In Nella Larsen’s novel, The Passing, Irene Redfield is an outgoing Harlem woman. She opens a letter from Clare Bellew, who is married to a white man who does not know that his wife is black. Clare insists that she is lonely, isolated as she is from her own people, and she asks Irene to meet her again. Irene recalls her encounter with Clare in Chicago two years prior, in Clare’s home, she and another light-skinned black woman had been forced to listen to attacks about black people delivered by Clare’s racist husband. Now, Irene understands that Clare wants to use her in order to enter the Harlem society, although still pretending to be white, she can be with her own race. Sexual passing and racial passing play a major role in this novel,
Teenagers have always sought to be their own person, forgoing rules and even recommendations in favour of self-determination. While an honourable undertaking, this path to self-discovery, leads them to experience new ordeals, where mistakes will be made. To reassure us that these mistakes are not necessarily bad, Elizabeth Alexander, in her poem "Nineteen", illustrates how youth 's desire for freedom¬ and to escape from their reality allows them to grow into adulthood and leads them to make choices that will impact their perception of the world. This theme will be analysed through structure, symbolism and contrast.
In "Are We Having Sex Now or What?" by Greta Christina, she addresses many different definitions and criteria for what she thinks sex is or should be labeled as. She starts by thinking about and conceptualizing what sex actually is. She goes and performs her own tests on what sex is like for her with many different people. Originally, she only accounts for the binary and traditional sex which is between a man and a woman. But she realizes this isn't good enough. She not only wants her definition to include all couples, but she also wants to show how sex changes people and the relationship they are in. It isn't something to be taken lightly, and always alters the relationship no matter what, either bringing people closer together, or pushing them apart. Lastly the final part she wants to
Flannery O’Connor’s The King of the Birds is a narrative explaining the narrator’s obsession with different kinds of fowl over time. The reader follows the narrator from her first experience with a chicken, which caught the attention of reporters due to its ability to walk both backward and forward, to her collection of peahens and peacocks. At the mere age of five, the narrator’s chicken was featured in the news and from that moment she began to build her family of fowl. The expansive collection began with chickens, but soon the narrator found a breed of bird that was even more intriguing; peacocks.
Social injustice and economic inequality were very common during the 1960’s. In the short story “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, it shows these differences between neighborhoods. Bambara does a splendid job by giving the reader explicit details to show the injustices during the 1960’s. “The Lesson is told from a first-person narrative from a girl named Silvia, who lives in Harlem, New York. Silvia describes a typical day as one where she is spending time in the park or at the pool, however, in each of these cases, she describes them as being filled with alcoholics living throughout the neighborhood. Though it may seem normal these all changes when Miss Moore moves in on the block. Miss Moore is described as formal, attended
If humans carelessly continue to find love with people that they barely know, it could actually end up in a terrible relationship. Kristen Roupenian, author of the short story “Cat Person” shows this statement to prove itself true using various literary elements. The story she published in the New Yorker, shows the relationship that exists between a twenty-year-old woman named Margot and a thirty-four-years-old man known as Robert. A relationship always needs to contain a lot of trust and some communication between each other. She proves it by showing the character’s thoughts, by telling the story using the third person limited ()and also by making it appealing to our senses.
In the novel Brave New World, author Aldous Huxley links sexual promiscuity and happiness by utilizing diction and imagery, proving that the only link sexual promiscuity has towards happiness is that it promotes a false sense of happiness.
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver is a poem about letting things go and appreciating just how simple and beautiful life is. Oliver claims that “You do not have to be good…” and that you only have to “love what [you] love…” meaning that as human being one should enjoy life and live it how he or she sees fit. Oliver continues her poem by convincing the reader that life should not be taken too seriously. By re-using the word, “meanwhile…”Oliver let’s the reader know that not only their life is going on at a particular time, but also other’s lives are shifting through time as well.
The rise of the Women’s Movement during 1890’s encouraged many to grant all human beings the same fundamental rights despite one's gender. Traditionally, sexual passion, in a woman's aspect of life, was considered inappropriate and wrong in societal views. Yet, Chopin boldly addresses sexual desire in a woman with a strong feminist tone in The Storm, empowering female sexuality.
Sexuality is the most notorious and common sign of development in adolescence. “The House on Mango street”, by Sandra Cisneros is a coming of age novel, where Esperanza transitions from a girl into a young teen. In her journey, Esperanza comes across many challenges, she is forced to grow up by life’s adversities. In the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, a mother advises her daughter and scolds her into becoming a decent woman. In her guidance, the mother is worried about her daughter’s sexual activity and warns her about the consequences of improper behavior. “A&P” by John Updike, is also a short story where a boy named Sammy comes across his sexuality when he spots three girls wearing bikinis entering the
In Shelley’s Frankenstein, Frankenstein defies nature and creates a monster due to hubris. Huxley’s Brave New World follows Bernard and John’s interactions with an advanced society. All literary works contain casts of characters that include major and minor members. Alphonse Frankenstein and Fanny Crowne are two minor characters in the acclaimed novels. However, an examination of Alphonse Frankenstein and Fanny Crowne reveals the true meanings of the novels. Alphonse Frankenstein creates his son’s need to leave behind a legacy of greatness and contributes to Victor’s desire to create a monster. Fanny Crowne reveals the preference of consumerism over morals and the development of the civilized society.
Mademoiselle F, as she is known, was an eighteen year old girl who frequently visited her affluent and elderly aunt. One time when she was visiting she was gripped by the sudden fear that she had taken something from the house without her aunt’s permission. At first, she tried to not wear her apron so that she would not have pockets to stick things in, but soon she became afraid that she was putting possessions in her shoes, hair, and hands. Mademoiselle F began a vigorous ritual of shaking out her shoes, thoroughly combing her hair, undressing and redressing, shaking out her hands, and then forcing her chambermaid to check Mademoiselle for her, just to be safe. This vigorous process exhausted her, and she soon brought herself to French psychiatrist J.E.D. Esquirol, who wrote down her case for us to read today. He was the one who referred to her as Mademoiselle F, as well as the first person to call her mentally insane. In reality, Mademoiselle F suffered from OCD, but she was soon brought to a mental institution for her compulsions and behaviors. While discoveries of and treatments for OCD have developed greatly since the first recorded case of OCD, people with this disorder still feel
“The Scarlet Ibis,” by James Hurst uses the narrators inner conflict to convey the theme that pride, although essential at times, is a destructive, overpowering force that enslaves one and blinds them from making the right judgment. When one thinks about pride, one may think of a feeling of satisfaction derived from one’s achievement and excellence. In this story, however, Hurst portrays that pride is a weapon that should be kept under strict constraints. The story is told through the perspective of a grown man, who shares his memories about Doodle, his younger brother. The narrator, who Hurst only describes as “Brother,” is an outgoing and audacious, young boy. As a 6-year-old living in the rural, he dreadfully sought someone to accompany him through his adventures, a younger brother. However, when he discovers that his young brother is born physically disabled, he is shattered, his dreams crushed like a can of soda. Brother rages, “It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly wasn’t all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.” In this part
Isolation, confinement and loneliness are major themes within Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. Without Isolation, confinement and loneliness, the novels would have an entirely different consequences and outcome. With the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper and Lennie from Of Mice and Men being isolated in the setting of the novels, there is no escape from achieving a positive resolution. Dialogue shows the confinement of Lennie’s and the narrator’s mental capacities, as well as foreshadowing, that demonstrates how the only way to gain a sense of freedom in both texts is to die. Dialogue blows up the lonliness of the narrator and George, while symbolism displays how it let it comes to the “blow up”point.
ABRTACT: Alice Munro is a contemporary writer, who is best known for writing short stories. Free Radicals is among her nineteen collections of short stories. The story does not answer all the questions for the reader.The story does not have any end meaning. The story uses the elements of Gothicism in a unique way. The article provides the detail biography of Alice Munro and her career, which will provide the reader with the insight of what made her a writer, why is her writings considered among the best. It will also discuss further on the critical analysis of the story Free Radicals. The definition of Gothicism and its characteristics.Elements of Gothicism in the story that made it a gothic one.