Madness as Identity Fragmentation The main focus of this essay is to prove that the madness experienced by a few of the characters in Wide Sargasso Sea is not necessarily an inherent mental illness, but rather a consequence of the stress that colonialism, patriarchy and/or the consequence of existing between spaces has placed on the identity of each of the individuals. Madness in this sense is the fragmentation of an identity, something that both Antoinette and Rochester experience as they find themselves displaced in the world of Wide Sargasso Sea. Wide Sargasso Sea is a complex post-colonial feminist text. The story is deeply psychological, and offers insight into a story never told.
“A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner and “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson have both created characters in which they display evil. Emily Grierson and Adela Strangeworth have different wishes of outcome, when it comes to what they have done, but yet are still quite similar. Both stories take place in rather small, quiet towns, where it doesn’t seem that most others are aware of what these women do. Both Emily and Adela’s similarities and actions display their possibility of evil.
First of all, she is not a superior character at the start. She also does not really have a tragic flaw, her bad qualities only make her seem annoying and selfish, but do not heavily affect others. Her tragic end also does not occur as a result of her fate. She forces her own glorified end with the attention seeking action of taking her own life. As Katherine Callen King says, “...Antigone as she is lead to her death in punishment for disobeying her uncle’s order”.(Katherine King, The Women’s Review of Books), anything that happened to herself was by her own doing.
(Faulkner 171). Unlike Cora, Addie believes that this way of life was horrible and unsuccessful. Addie faces the least hardships, besides her illness and death. She isn’t restricted as much as the other women and believes in what she wants, not what she is told. She chafes against restrictions put on by society, and is even buried in her original homeland.
The famous author Agatha Christie recognized this pattern and applied the formulas to her novels. In Murder on the Orient Express, Christie created quite a stereotypical atmosphere -where every character is judged by their nationality, but defies those stereotypes planted on them. This theme leads to the thought of the relationship between stereotypes and racism. There is a
Institution and Character: Duality in Diderot’s The Nun (Prompt #2) In Denis Diderot’s The Nun, the world in which protagonist Suzanne inhabits features no singularly central villain or antagonist, but instead an institution and larger system that oppresses her to the point of an eventual suicide. While several characters serve as persecutors of the inarguably pure Suzanne, they exist rather as mechanisms of a system which Diderot clearly detests.
Others see nothing wrong with her actions and excuse them by placing the origin of it on loneliness. These actions, no matter what the commencement, have a great impact on the people of the ranch. They affect relationships, sensibility, and moral character. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men the actions of Curley’s wife can be debated through what she does, her reasons of her actions, and the impact her actions have on
As described by Mrs. Hopewell, her mother, Joy-Hulga rarely tries to connect with others, or rather, to branch out from herself; Joy-Hulga seemed to grow “less like other people and more like herself--bloated, rude, and squint-eyed” (276). Distinctly, Joy-Hulga’s hierarchy is one that has no room for anyone else at the top, and it places herself at the highest tier, making her untouchable and infallible in her mind. Because of her hierarchy that lends to an isolationary sense of superiority, Joy-Hulga is actually rather unfamiliar with social interaction, and because she assumes her superior position, she is further blinded to any guile
These stories do have something major in common; there is an incredible lack of a motherly figure in the stories. With that in mind, it becomes easy to relate the two stories to the variations of “Little Red Riding Hood”. Is there a significance to this missing mother? The absence of a motherly figure can ultimately be a contributing factor of the poor decisions of each of the characters and their voice. While many authors desire for the female character to be independent and morally sound, the character often appears broken and disconnected from those around her, especially her mother.
All of the character’s who interacted with Jane were either plain/ugly or gorgeous. The plain people had the most beautiful and kind souls, while those who were physically pleasing had a horrid character that eventually crept out of their dark soul. Bronte wants the readers to learn that you should have a blind eye to beauty when getting to know someone because their personality often times contradicts their outward
The killing of her father works, but they should exchange some witty banter. The flashback with Angelique regarding the women slaves is not needed, it hinders the pace, and her backstory is enough. Angelique can 't hurt Leigha and this shows her vulnerability and makes her complex.
There are many definitions for insanity but I generally use its dictionary definition as well as my personal understanding of the word. Insanity can be used in a strictly legal sense, used to describe a mental illness, or foolishness. Someone who is suffering from clinical insanity is not rational or sensible, still, there is no restricted way for using insanity because life experiences, cultures, influential people, and society shape how one perceives words. Like beauty, insanity is in the eye of the
Graham Salisbury, author of Blue Skin of the Sea, left a lot of hints and did a little bit of foreshadowing to help develop the characters. For example, on page two, it shows that Sonny is scared and not confident which he did, in fact, grow to be a little on the scared side. “When I didn’t move he made chicken sounds yelling ‘buk-buk-bu-gock!’ and pretending to flap a pair of wings. Another example is about Uncle Harley fro page 21, “Dad would never bet a hundred dollars unless he knew he could win.”