We are shown right as Blanche enters New Orleans she quickly beings to criticize her sisters home. This proves that even before her difficult past become known her imagination is shaped by it ,she wishes for the finest things. Due to her materialistic mindset she is unable to embrace the life she is forced to live. Blanche 's imagination grows
A streetcar named desire was written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, in purpose to show the “declining of the upper class and the domination of the bourgeois middle class in the U.S.A. where the south agriculture class could not compete with the industrialization.” Blanche Dubois the protagonist of our story, a southern beauty that is trapped by the restrictive laws of her society. But she broke them, and eventually put herself in a state, where she had no job and no house. So she had to go to her sister, Stella and live with her and her sister’s husband, Stanley. While staying there, she created a façade for her to hide her flaws and kept acting as a lady, where she is anything but that.
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” critiques the American South Describing Emily’s vibrant life full of hope and buoyancy, later shrouded into the profound mystery, Faulkner emphasizes her denial to accept the concept of death. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” takes place in the South during the transitional time period from the racial discrimination to the core political change of racial equality. Starting from the description of her death, “A Rose for Emily” tells the story about the lady who is the last in her generation (Emily Grierson). Being strong, proud and a traditional lady of southern aristocracy, Emily turns into an evil, unpredictable and mysterious old lady after the death of her father. Even though “A Rose for Emily”
Women in both the southern and northern regions were able to sympathize with what Jacobs had to say about her own personal struggles throughout her girlhood. In her narrative, Jacobs appeals to her audience’s sense of pathos through her use of metaphors, allusions, and figurative language in order to make the hard lives of female slaves prevalent. By comparing herself to an inanimate object through the use of a metaphor, Jacobs causes the reader to understand the fact that slaves were not viewed as humans, but rather as property. Jacobs lived her early years of life completely ignorant towards the fact that she was a slave. However, it was the loss of Jacobs’ mother when the former was only six-years-old that changed that forever.
The Rebelling Belle in Katherine Anne Porter’s Old Mortality When one hears about the American South, one of the first things that come to mind is the Southern Belle. With their elegant dresses and their unmistakable charm, the belles have definitely left their mark on history. But were all the belles accepting their position within the Southern society? Katherine Anne Porter, in her short story Old Mortality, attempts, with the aid of Aunt Amy, to analyze and deconstruct the figure of the Southern Belle, focusing on both Amy’s acts of rebellion and the impact that her privileges (beauty, charm etc) had on them. The reader’s first contact with Aunt Amy is made via a description of a photo of hers: She was a spirited-looking young woman, with dark curly hair cropped and parted on the side, a short oval face with straight eyebrows, and a large curved mouth.
Moreover, it is also used to convey many themes such as unreliability of appearances, and the sacrificial role of women in a patriarchal society. Throughout the play, light and color connotes Nora’s positive mental state, being a pure, innocent and typical woman in the 19th century, with darkness representing Nora’s true self. Its uses highlights Nora’s journey as she questions her position within the society that she’s living in, as well as the gender role that she must fit in. Ibsen clearly emphasizes on Nora’s struggle as she undergoes a change in
In the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois is characterized as a liar that has not only sexual issues, but also with living in a fantasy world as well . In the play, Blanche Dubois has a problem with lying because she refuses to accept reality of what she has done, so becomes a major liar. At one part of the play, Blanche is speaking to Mitch and Mitch asks Blanche if Stella is her younger sister to which she replies with, “Yes,Stella is my precious little sister.I call her little in the spite of the fact she’s somewhat older than I. Just slightly, less than a year.” (Williams 54).She lies instead of correcting him and saying that she is actually older than Stella because she is insecure about how old she
Blanche DuBois stands for everything that the Old South represented: old-fashioned values, the decaying aristocratic class, the imagistic pastoral sensitiveness (Prince 3). Blanche clings to the past in her struggle for reaccommodation. Right from the beginning she is an unusual presence, even hilarious. She enters the scene dressed in a very sophisticated manner which contrasts sharply with the world around: “Her appearance is incongruous to this setting. She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat…” (scene 1; stage directions).
In this context, Clement Scott, the influential critic of the Daily Telegraph, observes that Wilde “has fascinated us with a savage.” (79) Another illustration of Wilde’s toleration is depicted in the acutely narcissistic personality of Mrs Cheveley of the play An Ideal Husband. Mrs Cheveley is presented as a vagrant woman who indulges in frivolous activities such as stealing brooches and disturbing the conjugal harmony of others in pursuit of her personal gains. Yet Wilde holds no contempt for her. In the end of the play, he simply obliterates Mrs Cheveley from the scene “unredeemed but unpunished.”
Reed’s care, Bessie continually reminds over again that “if [Miss. Reed was] to turn [Jane] off, [Jane] would have to go to the poor-house” (16). From the society’s view, status change and any attempts to climb the social ladder are disreputable. The reprimanding tone Bessie applies heightens Jane’s silent understanding of her position within the household. Driven into her mind since birth, the public’s opinion about social classes becomes clear: the poor longed while looking up at the rich who expected honor and recognition.