Rigid Societies that Prevent Living, Prevent Improvement Choosing between what someone may want versus what their family and society expect from them are decisions that determine character and happiness. In Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, many characters pine over their own satisfaction versus others. The rigid and judgmental structure of the Indian caste system in 1969 separates the protagonists from progression. Specifically, Roy’s character Ammu endeavors to feel content, but struggles in doing so while pleasing her family. Indian hierarchy and social insincerity ultimately trap Ammu, causing her to no longer live, but merely exist.
Gopal Chandidar is her parents’ choice. Her marriage with him proves to be unsuccessful because Gopal can not forget Malini, his ex-girl friend. The writer remarks, “They were separated even before they were joined together in matrimony” (99; ch.13). Moreover, this fastidious attitude of Sundari regarding marriage does not mean that Sundari is in love with her
Societies do not accept the idea of women being successful in their life and feel that women are a threat. In consequence we can see clearly how Erin Brockovich addresses many ideas as reversal of gender roles, sexual objectification, and inequality. Erin is mistreated and misjudged throughout the movie by men, and by her society for falling into a certain category, which is being a divorced woman. She is thus given a certain role, and is looked down upon by people, because to them she has failed the most important task in a woman’s life, which is to get married and stay married. It is thus a movie about self-awareness, and female
On the other hand, although both texts portray similar themes, they are given in different situations. The theme of “All Summer in a Day” is shown as Margot was hated by the others because they were jealous of her. They even consider her memory a felony and despise of her because of her future. This is shown at one point in the story where the other children’s feelings are clearly described. “The biggest crime of all was that… she remembered the sun… so, the children hated her… and her possible future” (Bradbury, 2).
Nonetheless, Steinbeck expresses that Curley’s wife is actually the antagonist of the story through her characterization, actions, and dialogue. Imagine having a younger sibling who gets anything they want no matter what they do. This would make most people dislike that sibling, similar to the way the workers would eventually feel about Curley’s wife. Many of the workers believe that “a ranch full of guys ain’t no place for a girl”(51) and also that “she’s gonna make a mess”(51). This indicates the original bias against Curley’s
Zeena’s character in the story seems as if she has no value in Ethan’s life and continuously described by Ethan as a very negative person. “She appears to be a mean, grumpy woman who browbeats her husband, holds him back from all his hopes and dreams, separates him from the woman he loves, and abuses...her relative, Mattie Silver.”(Shmoop). With the reader assuming that Ethan’s depression derives because of what he says and the descriptions he gives about his life, the idea of Mattie and Ethan wanting to become a couple together becomes acceptable because Mattie gave Ethan the only shred of happiness in his life. The villagers knew very little of what scandal went on between Ethan and Mattie, therefore the only source of information available comes straight from Ethan. Without outside opinions regarding the scandal, the readers do not hear the entire story and form their own
Many of Woolf’s characters are placed outside of society’s strict rules and thus classified as ‘unusual’ and a threat to the social system. Septimius, Peter, Mrs Kilman, Clarissa and Sally in their youth, and even minor characters such as the ‘old Irishwoman’ who wishes to toss flowers in front of the Prime Minister’s car, compromise the rigidity of society, with its condemnation of expression of the individual. Mental illness, sexuality, male emotion, and poverty all set characters against the social system. Throughout Mrs Dalloway, we often see these characters suffer great unhappiness from the intense pressure to conform to the social system. The rejected Mrs Kilman, with her severe religious zealotry and unspoken attraction to Elizabeth, feels she has ‘suffered so horribly’ and ‘the pleasure of eating…the only pure pleasure left to her’ to fill the void.
She does not allow her son to marry a woman when he does so she keeps herself depressed with the loss of son. She thinks of Miss Bevan a money sucker who marries her son only to fulfill her financial needs. In between the lines the text gives notion that Mrs. Subury can be categorize in the same row with La Cachirra, none of them was ready to let their sons marry and live a normal life. Their abnormal passion for their sons leads to permanent disorder in the lives of sons and the women who belonged to them. These two stories contain the theme of incest, unacceptable passion, children possession, and jealousy with other
The deep rooted Indian culture is stiff to her even in USA. This shows that she denies her rights of having personal feelings and desires that serve her own interests. As a traditional Indian woman, Dimple is brought up under the surveillance of her father and subjugated to husband where she can’t comprehend any reason to justify her feeling atleast at her husband. she, inspite of staying in USA is supposed to surrender her will to her husband. Her internal marginalization is forced by her “self” when seduced by Milt Glasser.
This sexual frustration leads to her intellectual alienation from her husband. She takes refuge in “furious pillow-beating, kicking, everything but crying.” (P.9)Sexual act which is a revitalizing force lacks in her life and makes her sterile. Gautama callously remains immune to the demands of her soul and body despite his practical wisdom and experience. Maya’s honest appraisal of herself that her face lacks the charm to capture the entire attention of Gautama brings in more pain. She gets depressed eventually giving up the efforts to enchant him and force him to share her troubled mind.