Most Americans go throughout their lives in search of one thing, companionship. Americans believe that by having a companion, they will live a much happier life. By having a companion, Americans consider themselves better “socially” just by their companion. Overcoming loneliness is a major theme in American literature and Americans will risk their reputation and wealth in order to attain it.
In order to overcome loneliness, Americans will search for a companion. Americans need someone to support them. Without someone supporting them, Americans face loneliness and are not motivated to keep going. There are many advantages to having a companion to support you. Companions not only help you ...view middle of the document...
Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he with you. I tell ya,” he cried, “I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick” (Steinbeck, 72-73). No matter what setting or situation a person is stuck in, by having a companion it will instantly improve it.
Being lonely has many consequences on Americans. In Of Mice and Men, George describes what happens to lonely ranch workers: “I seen the guys that go around on these ranches alone. That ain’t no good. They don’t have no fun. After a long time they get mean” (Steinbeck, 80). George’s quote can also hold true to anybody who is without a companion. Those that are lonely are not happy, and must face life alone. People who are lonely are often very sad and sometimes mean.
In order to overcome loneliness, Americans are willing to risk their reputation to be with the one they love. When someone loves someone else they will go to no end to make it work out. Achieving the American dream is worth more than one’s reputation. One’s reputation does not matter to the public, only to their companions. When things go wrong and one’s reputation is ruined, they will still have the support of their companion.
A good example of risking reputation for companionship would be The Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the story, Hester Prynne committed adultery in a very strict Puritan time, which resulted in her ruined reputation. Religion played a very important role in this time period, making things very hard for Hester (Lanlan,4). During this time being un-loyal to a spouse was considered a horrible offense (Lanlan,4). When Americans become desperate for the American dream, they will do anything to achieve it.
In The Scarket Letter, Hester dreams of having Dimmesdale be her companion. When Hester sees that she cannot be with Dimmesdale, she looks to the companionship of her daughter named Pearl. “But she named the infant ‘Pearl,’ as being of great price- purchased with all she had- her mother’s only pleasure” (Hawthorne,74). When people risk their reputation for companionship and the situation turns bad, they still need someone there for them. When Hester Prynne lost everything, she still had a companion that helped her situation. Hester was ignored by townspeople and her reputation was ruined, but with Pearl she never felt loneliness. If it was not for Pearl Hester could not have faced what she did. “She is my happiness- she is my torture, none the less! Pearl keeps me here with life!” (Hawthorne,94).
Americans often face severe consequences when they risk their reputation in order to achieve companionship. For example, Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter was forced to wear a mark of shame upon her bosom--- the scarlet letter A (Lanlan,1). She also faced public shame and embarrassment. “Alone in the world, cast off by it, and with this sole treasure to keep her heart alive, she felt that she possessed indefeasible rights against the world, and was ready to defend them to death”...