Fitzgerald uses symbol and character to build his theme of money does not guarantee people 's perceptions or dreams. 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.
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. She holds an intense anger for the children and is convinced that they were keeping her in bondage and wasting her life.
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.” This is also indicative that Lady Braeburn has experienced a great deal of change late in her life due to the physical dependencies on others. Lady Braeburn is frustrated and portrays her bad tempered nature through physical force: “ ….
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. To achieve that illusion during the ball, she must borrow a diamond necklace from a friend, Madame Forestier.
The home they make together differs with their poverty and the world outside. Their love seems to be never ending, though Della worries about how her sacrifice will affect her husband because of how it affects her looks. 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
Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a failure in everything she does. 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. Although as an eminent theme in many of these texts, her greed comes back to harm her and she does not escape unscathed. Covetously she tries to acquire a necklace that she could never own by herself.
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. ‘She danced madly, wildly, drunk with pleasure.