Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam makes many valid points about women’s identities in marriage. Mariam’s choices throughout the play reflect her understanding of the fact that in the world she lives there is no space for a chaste, honest, independent woman. The standards that a woman of the time are impossible and Mariam’s attempts to grapple with them are doomed to fail. After experiencing the freedom of self expression afforded to her after she believes her husband has died she is unwilling to re-enter the position of a subordinate. Mariam is aware the death is the only way to maintain the self she has created.
Lady Macbeth’s character undergoes a complete personality transformation by Act V. The anxiety she had always feared is enhanced as she sleepwalks and guiltily relives her actions. “Out, damned spot, out, I say!...Yet who would have the old man to have so much blood in him” (Act V, i, 25-30). Through her death, Shakespeare enhances his philosophy that she utilized her free will to make negative decision which led to a guilt-filled fate. Macbeth’s character had built up an arrogant personality because of Hecate’s and the other witches’ prophecies. “Bring me no more reports.
Sethe’s passion for her children shines through this passage, she identifies her children as “the part of her that were precious and fine and beautiful;” for Sethe, to allow her owner to take her children, would be to allow him to destroy everything that is beautiful in herself, to destroy all the “life” she had made. To this understanding, Sethe’s murder of her daughter seems a less morally reprehensible crime because it becomes more of an act of self-defense. Morrison withholds judgment on the action, instead throughout the book, Toni focuses her criticisms on the forces of slavery that led Sethe to kill her daughter. In this passage, Morrison condemns slavery as an institution so cruel that it could mutate a mother’s love into murder. 12.
She does what she is told, not questioning why, but accepting that that is the way that things are to be. Though gaining the approval of her father and others who believe in the patriarchal system, Ophelia makes herself extremely vulnerable by doing this. It’s almost as if she is begging someone to manipulate her, which is exactly what happens. “The king, queen, and Polonius continue their plan of uncovering the reason for Hamlet's madness by using Ophelia as a decoy” (Wright). In the end, by obeying her family
Fefu, in shooting her husband 's now loaded gun with real slugs rather than blanks, creating the environment in which Julia dies (although confusingly the gun is not shot at Julia). This illusory death spawns a drastic change for Julia from life to death and the much needed discharge from her insanity. For Fefu, perhaps a redeeming act that has freed Julia and herself from the “judges”. Fefu and her friends is a witty play which helps the readers open their eyes to the reality women face. This play perfectly covers all aspects of issues women face till present
Lady Macbeth was a great example of the theme, she displayed herself as a tough women but that was not the truth, she was weak and had no one, which led to her committing suicide. And as for Banquo, he had a sense that the prophecies were true, and he did his best to reveal Macbeth, but in the end led to Macbeth having three murders kill Banquo. The theme of appearance vs. reality is everything about
Caroline catches a fatal scarlet fever as a consequence of caring for Elizabeth. When Elizabeth catches the scarlet fever against the family’s advice and aware of her likely death she still sacrifices herself, something that Victor never does for any of his family members. As part of her dying wish she asks Elizabeth: “you must supply my place to my youngest children. Alas! I regret that I am taken from you; and, happy and beloved as I have been, it is not hard to quit you all?
Sethe figuratively returns to the murder of Beloved and erases from her life some of the overwhelming impact of that action, giving herself a chance to reintegrate her profoundly fractured psyche. It is almost as if there is no longer a fleshmemory of her murder of her child. Intellectually Sethe knows it happened, but the memory of it functions like a demagnetized tape recording; traces of the recording remain perhaps, but they can no longer play themselves out at anything like original volume. (Koolish 186) At this moment, Sethe focuses her rage on the cause of all her pain and misery i.e. the while folk.
The story tells of the reason she fell so hard for her enemy Jones Carter, and the reason she is so coldhearted and ruthless. Murder the capable, confident and protective leader of the Murda Mamas shows her motherly nature as she protects her crew from all manner of danger and provides for them. The novel also references Mecca the little insane character with a terrible secret about Monroe his twin brother and a twisted tale that could end in all manner of unpredictable fashion. Dealing with romance, the novel also tells the story of Zyir and Breeze who find themselves heartbroken and unable to love each other due to circumstances outside their control. The novel also reintroduces the love story between Miamor and Carter.
Once Macbeth murders Duncan he immediately tenses and panics, but Lady Macbeth steps up and calms him down: “Give me the daggers, The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures; tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil.” (II.II.56-58). The use of “devil” in the passage, gives off a dark and evil connotation just like murdering Duncan. Even right after the death of Duncan she still shows no remorse for contributing. All she considers is to hide the obvious evidence, Lady Macbeth knows Macbeth could abandon the plans at any moment. She must remain strong and ruthless for both of their sakes.
Jig says “once they take it away, you never get it back.” The child is a symbol of her identity and free will. The cost of freedom differs in the two stories in jigs story, it does not involve death but instead life. It is a symbol of her taking control of her life and relationship. In the story of an hour, freedom arises from the death of Louise husband. Not to mention a freedom that was so compelling that when it was ripped from her it killed her.
She married Romeo for love, not for lust. She knew what she wanted and she went for it. Like any young teenager she was at a crossroads throughout the entire play. In the end she was abandoned by her family and saw no other option than to fake her death and wait for Romeo to return. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication and Romeo was dead by the time Juliet awoke.
She experiences the misfortune of love and security, but in order for her death to be truly tragic, she has to come to terms with the realization of her powerlessness without the men in her life. In her madness, Ophelia eventually does make this realization and because of her lack of alternatives, she accepts death.
Or how about the old man on the farm? Candy, the American dream can’t work for a old and injured man. Candy had lost his hand while working, he didn 't have a wife, he only had his very old dog, which in the book was used as a metaphor. “You seen what they did to my dog tonight? They says he wasn 't no good to himself no nobody else.