The pristine blankness of their mind is susceptible to impressions, both positive and negative, from external factors, primarily parenting, schooling and their interactions with society. Victor’s physical and emotional reactions to his child tarnish this slate, altering the monster’s interpretation of the parent-child relationship and that of his part in the social order. Victor’s “bitterness of disappointment” reflects through his avoidance of his creation and foreshadows the abuse and abandonment that would ensue for the rest of the novel (Shelley 60). The monster cannot help his actions and thoughts because the only moral confidant that could possibly understand him is the absent
In the short stories “The Storyteller” by Saki and “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” by Leslie Marmon Silko, conflict drives theme. In “The Storyteller”, the aunt, a fatuous woman and inept storyteller, clashes with the bachelor, an intelligent, creative storyteller whose stories contrast those typical of his era. The conflict between the aunt and the bachelor appears after the aunt’s futile attempt to entertain the three children traveling with her with a moralistic story. Following her failure, the bachelor informs that aunt that “[She doesn’t] seem to be a success as a storyteller” an accusation the aunt resents, prompting her to suggest that the bachelor attempt to tell the children a story (Saki 207). Through their disagreement about the
Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him. He is aware of his otherness and knows that he is “shut out from intercourse” (84) with the people he holds so dear. It can be argued that this is the point where the creature’s humanity is the strongest throughout the course of story. He has a basic understanding of human societies, he speaks and reads their language, shows compassion and, most importantly, seeks their company and friendship. In his knowledge that social belonging is the missing component to his own happiness, he confronts the people he secretly observed only to, once again, be met with fear and anger (94-95).
‘Solitary’ is an adjective which Dickens implanted into the prose so that the readers could grow a stronger dislike for him as it infers that he is anti-social and unpleasant, ‘solitary’ also relates to Scrooge as he has the characteristics of someone in solitude. Similarly, as the simile states, he is ‘as an oyster’ because he puts up an impenetrable, hard exterior on the outside; keeping up a façade to hide himself away from the pain. Additionally, this is reinforced through the notion, ‘To
She began to howl.’’ (Crane The verbs Crane chooses, “screamed,” “howl,” “roared,” “growled”, suggest that Mrs. Johnson is not a motherly figure. The poverty causes Maggie’s parents to behave not like responsible parents. The father of Maggie dies early in the short novel. Maggie’s mother, a vicious alcoholic, who is described as a “sated villain”, is a mefistofelic character. She is abusive, she hurts her children very often.
Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
Emphasizing their different values, Nick’s discomfort with meeting Myrtle for the first time showed through in an attempt to distance himself, ‘“Hold on,” I said, “I have to leave you here.” “No you don’t,” interposed Tom quickly. “Myrtle’ll be hurt if you don’t come up to the apartment.” (28). “Well, i’d like to, but----” (28). Nick claims to be one of the few honest people he knows, and his honesty shows through with his distaste for Tom’s dishonest relationship with Myrtle. Nick realizes that he is different, and comes to dislike the people he is surrounded by, like Tom, Jordan and Daisy, but believes Gatsby is different.
Her job makes her head so cloudy and disorganized that she cannot have even one clear thought. Additionally, in line 15, the speaker laments that “My navel is a reject button” (Piercy 151). Contrary to the traditional image of a navel being the place where life is given to a child, the speaker feels as if she is constantly being rejected. The most important representation of the loss of identity in “The Secretary Chant,” however, is in lines 21-24 that proclaim “File me under W / because I wonce / was / a woman” (Piercy 151). This excerpt clearly states that she no longer feels like a woman and has been taken over by her
They both have dissimilar reasons for their depression, but have a single way of coping with it. Suzy’s depression is ignited by the fact her stern, cheat of a mother is having an affair with Mr. Fox—who has no acknowledgement of what could happen to others involved. Her mom’s uncaring tone used when hollering through the megaphone when it was time to eat and the book Suzy found, “The Very Troubled Child,” are clues to why she is uninterested in her mother; on top of it all, her father’s distance is what makes Suzy feel unwanted and isolated. Sam on the other hand is desolate, orphaned, and restrained. His parents are deceased and he travels from one home to another with only the pride of being a khaki scout, but not even that is enough to make him happy.
In Diana’s story the tension is created when the girl is not treated the way she was used to, and when her father is not listening to her conversation, in Jennifer’s story tension rises when things don't go the right way, and when bad news is given. For Confetti Girl the little girl's differences with her father create conflict. One example is when