Dreams are not guaranteed to come true. Myrtle Wilson, MYRTLE WILSON THE WHORE OF A WIFE, dies before achieving any of her dreams. She had an affair with Tom Wilson as an attempt to bring herself closer to the wealthy upper class, but she was never happy with what she had. In this novel, dust is a symbol representing the poor and desolate. When Myrtle dies, her blood is united “with the dust” (137, ch. 7), signifying how dissatisfying her life was.
The two kids never did anything against their mother, but she holds are grudge that stands firm while she drowns. In an essay, Suzanne Green describes Edna's state of mind at the end of the novel as, "incensed that her husband and children presumed that they could “drag her into the soul's slavery for the rest of her days. "".(Green) Green writes that Edna is "incensed" with her children, and quotes that Edna believed the kids were holding her soul as a slave. Edna was doomed to unhappiness from the beginning of her children's lives because of these thoughts.
The title of the short story Blood work is a clear reflection of the journey upon which they have embarked. “She is tired of the dependency that has stripped her of her dignity, the dignity that comes with only you knowing the colour of your bodily waste and the state of your private parts.” (Mhangami-Ruwende 146) Lady Braeburn is frustrated, bad tempered and argumentative in her old age for various reasons, despite the loneliness which she endures as her only son George is totally disinterested in her wellbeing and companionship, Lady Braeburn has physical dependencies where she is reliant on caregivers to assist her and this has stripped her of her dignity. Lady Braeburn has also endured horrific physical experiences by previous black caregivers which have influenced her opinion and attitude towards them. “Lady Braeburn is tired of the manhandling hands, different hands: some gentle, some rough, some cold and some warm.”
When Maupassant conveys Madame Loisel’s dream he narrates, “She dreamed of great drawing rooms dressed with old silk” The premodifier “great” once again refers to the theme of greed, shown throughout the story. Although she is living in a steady life, Madame Loisel always desires for better. Maupassant can be seen as a misogynist here as Madame Loisel is portrayed as a greedy woman who does not know how to cherish what she currently has. She continues to complain on her plain and ordinary lifestyle even though there are many more underprivileged people living in the society. Women continue to be characterized negatively through Madame Loisel’s expectations on her meals.
Throughout the story Maupassant’s heroine would rather live in her imaginary world, than suffer from the “poorness of her house.” She acts as if “she had married beneath her” and even when her husband is trying to bring joy into her life, Mathilde is ungrateful. Even when the opportunity to appear in high society presents itself, she is reluctant to agree. From the beginning Mathilde is worried about how others will perceive her. She always wants to appear wealthier than she really is.
One theme could be, love is the only thing you need to be happy. While Mathilde Loisel and Della Young are both young, beautiful women married to caring and very loving husbands, they are completely different in personalities. Della Young is an unselfish wife who cherishes her husband, but Madame Loisel of Guy never considers anyone 's feelings other than
At the young age that Jane is, she should not yet be self conscious of her appearance and concerned about her level of beauty, yet she becomes “humbled by the consciousness of physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed” (Bronte 7). The Reed family fits into the stereotype of inner beauty not matching outer beauty; they are extremely rich and beautiful, yet they lack basic levels of compassion.
The story introduces the reader to a young lady named Madame Loisel who is a self-absorbed woman who never seems to be satisfied with what she has, no matter how much that may be. This is exhibited when it states in the text, “She suffered constantly, feeling that all the attributes of a gracious life, every luxury, should rightly have been hers. ”(Maupassant 333). Not only that but she also has the arrogance to bring her poor husband into the matter by complaining to him whenever the mood strikes her to wish for something she can not have.
This story is about a grandmother who does all the wrong things and ends up getting herself and her family killed. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, we go through this adventure with a family that never truly makes their destination. The lies begin to build and the loose term of a good man gets thrown around one too many times. Does dressing like a lady and acting proper like a lady truly save your life? The grandmother’s moral code and values are skewed and largely self-concerning.
The story The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, Madame Loisel begins the story sadden by her social status then was forced to change by fate, and becomes more “ grown up”. In the start Madame was constantly moping about the nice things she didn’t have. “ She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living.” The quote shows that she was envous about what other women had and how she moped instead of taking the problem into her own hands and trying to fix it. Finally when she was able to go to such an event she had envied she worried immensely before and afterwards about others thought of her.
For my final paper I decided to think outside the box and go with point of view because not a lot of people chose that. I like being the odd man out and trying new things so I decided to look at the difference of perspectives which pertains to the main characters in Greenleaf, Mrs. May vs. the scrub bull and in A Good Man is Hard to Find, the grandma vs. the Misfit. The claim that I will make in Greenleaf and A Good Man is Hard to Find, is that hidden meanings in the short stories show that the protagonist and antagonist differentiate in a matter of perspective and here is why.
Many countries have been corrupted by a singular emotion, greed. The leaders of those countries wanted everything to themselves. During the Cold War, Joseph McCarthy was full of greed in the sense that he accused people of being Communist. The desire of freeing America from the threat of Communism urged McCarthy to accuse everybody, who defied him, of being a Communist. One such person who was accused was Arthur Miller.