In the novel, Kindred, Octavia Butler characterizes Rufus Weylin to develop the theme of power and authority. Rufus Weylin is Dana’s great-grandfather, and is thrown back into the past to save him. As she does so, she has to adjust into slavery and empathizes with the other slaves as well. Rufus is characterized at first innocent, then cruel, prejudiced, and selfish. When he was a child, Rufus is sweet but ill-tempered when his mother spoils him but father ignores him.
By her own admission the women she admires were “the young drug addicts” (O’Neill, 2006). Take for instance when Baby saw a prostitute with a tattoo; she decided “I would get a tattoo of a butterfly on me before I turned fourteen” (p.257). Lack of maternal support lead Baby down a dark path, because in the presence of her two foster mothers, Baby flourishes; she feels loved and appreciated because she has a routine. For instance Baby remarked “I wasn’t sure whether I wanted [Isabelle] to let go of me” this is a clear indicator that she needed a mother’s
In the play, “How I Learned to Drive” written by Paula Vogel a young woman nicknamed Li’l Bit has a sexual relationship with her uncle Peck. When Li’l Bit was eleven years old, her uncle Peck showed her how to drive which is how it all started. Throughout the play an extreme deal of growth of maturity occurs with forgiveness and love. Li’l Bit is the innocent in the play.
As the narrator becomes more fascinated with the wallpaper she moves progressively away from her normal day-to-day routines and lifestyle. When the narrator finally recognizes herself as the woman trapped in the wallpaper she screams at her husband "I 've got out at last," (Gilman 656) "you can 't put me back" (Gilman 656). She realizes woman are forced to hide behind the internal patterns of their lives and they need that she needs to be
Furthermore, Joan theorizes black women in the hip-hop generation feel this way about black men because of their lack of a positive relationship with their father. The author uses her personal experience as an example of the poor relationship with her father and how she learned to accept him for who he was. Morgan concludes, black women have a hard time dealing with black men because they attract whom they reflect inside. Also, the mother’s feeling about men sends a dangerous message to her son raising him to be dependent on women and developing a sexist
Sexuality in adolescence 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.
Mary was an unorthodox mother who was often swaying back and forth between the temptation to pursue her selfish endeavor of becoming an artist and her duty as a mother to assume responsibility and support her family. This constant feud resulted in the entire family losing faith in her and becoming distraught. Jeannette’s mother was one of the key factors that contributed in the plan for her and her older sister, Lori to move to New York and start a fresh life there. It was with the realization that the only method in which they can prosper and live a good life was to leave their parents and start a life anew. Jeannette and Lori realized that they must think logically and think about progressing in life although this plan may not comply with the ideal plan of living together as an amalgamated
Sadly, she is abused by multiple offenders, such as her uncle, her employer, a classmate, and most importantly, her own father. Although her father does not molest her, he exploits her in other revealing ways. Sexual exploitation is when a child is sexually abused so their parent/caregiver may gain something in return (Schwartz-Kennedy, Beth M., et al 3). On one occasion in the book, Jeannette is exploited when her father is drunk at a bar, and he hands her over to another man to do whatever he wants to her (Walls 212-213). According to The International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, one in five underage girls are sexually assaulted by an adult (Schwartz-Kennedy, Beth M., et al 19).
Ibsen’s play A Doll 's House, written in 1879, examines the importance of social class and the expectations that follow. A Doll’s House tells the story of married couple, Torvald and Nora Helmer who strive to fulfill social expectation. However, the ending is known to be a shock for some, as roles reverse and Nora comes to realize that she has been mistreated like a doll throughout the whole marriage. Throughout A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen, doll 's and the dolls house are symbolic of how Nora is a submissive wife controlled and dominated by Torvald, and both are repressed by societal standards.
Did you know that there is injustice in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen? The men in A Doll’s House treat women differently than how they treat other men. To society at the time men were above women. This idea is supported by the way that Nora is treated like a child by her husband Torvald, the way Nora has to follow all her husband’s decisions, during that time period women didn 't typically have a job or education. When all of the evidence is presented the reader can, therefore, decided whether or not they agree that women are treated very unjustly compared to men.
He stated how he always wanted to see his mother and used to daydream of a large family, with a huge banquet waiting in his honor. After living in the orphanage, he was sent to the foster home of Mrs. Tate in Cleveland. In this foster home, he suffered some very unpleasant things. He suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a babysitter, who forced him to perform sexual favors for her. According to Lopez, Rosa
Linda Brent sought to escape Dr. Flint’s increasing threat and inevitable sexual abuse by having an extra-marital affair with his neighbour Mr. Sands. In comparison to Dr. Flint, Mr. Sands seemed to genuinely care for Linda, even helping and protecting her from Dr. Flint. Linda believed that being sexually involved with another man would deter Dr. Flint from pursuing her; however, this only worsened her situation -- Dr. Flint threatened to keep her as her slave forever, and Brent had two children with Mr. Sands. The greatest difference between the speakers of these two narratives is that one is a mother and the other is not; however, mother or not, they both understand the extremely terrible consequences of raising children as an enslaved
Women were considered to be weak, also were ordered to stay home and become a housewife. Yet, it is interesting how the author made the only daughter in the family become an easy target for men to have sex with. Dewey Dell said, “And we picked on toward the secret shade and our eyes would drown together touching his hands and my hands and I didn’t say anything. I said ‘What are you doing?’ and he said ‘I am picking into your sack.’
In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Gilman uses the “psychological horror tale” to criticize the role of women within society in the late 1800’s. For Gilman, the conventional nineteenth-century middle-class marriage, with its stringent distinction between the “domestic” roles of the women in society and the “active” work of the male, ensured that women remained inferior citizens. In the story, John’s assumption of his own superior wisdom and maturity leads him to misjudge, patronize, and dominate his wife, all in the name of “helping” her. The narrator is reduced to acting like a cross, petulant child, unable to stand up for herself without seeming unreasonable or disloyal. The narrator has no say in even the smallest details of her life, and she retreats
Later when Janie marries Jody Starks, we see another example of a member of the “in-group” enforcing the negative stereotypes the dominant culture has imposed upon them. Jody remembers the “other men figuratively wallowing in” Janie’s hair (55). He has her cover it up because “she was there in the store for him to look at, not those others” (55). Janie’s hair is a symbol of her sexuality and womanhood. Janie remarks that when Jody forced her to start wearing the scarf, their sexual relationship suffered.