From the beginning Stanley has doubted Blanche, this is seen as he went through Blanche's things with Stella, questioning her belongings, “has she got this stuff out of teacher's pay?”(2.33). Stanley continues to impose his reality onto Blanche, which causes her more anxiety relying more and more on herself to create more of an illusion by creating an admirer for herself, saying that she ended it with Mitch because she does not deserve “deliberate cruelty”, and crating this alter ego for herself as being pure. While Stella is in the hospital, he and Blanche are left alone for the night as she continues bragging about her admiration coming from Sheep Hunt Leigh and how she just got a wire from him. Stanley catches her in her life, finally tearing apart Blanche's illusions. Although Stanley has been a threat to her through his suspicion and empowering masculinity over her, the last scene is where he finally takes final control over her, or symbolically where reality has a final triumph over her illusions.
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. There is no place for her in the social system, just as there is no place for Clarissa and Sally’s love for each other, or Peter Walsh’s dreams of radicalism. Virginia Woolf’s social set was made up predominantly from artists, writers, and radicals, whose free-thinking mindset positioned them against societal rules. The pathos that she generates for her characters positions them as victims of society, unable to achieve the style of life advocated by the Bloomsbury
The idea of the desire of freedom but inability to control it, and eventually yield in front of the societal expectations. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, the main character Edna chose to confront herself and developing her own desire that resembles through her convenient clothing, but her child, the product of the natural motherhood made her struggle with her decision. At the beginning of The Awakening, the elegant clothes that Edna wears illustrates Edna’s distinct from the rest of the mother women through the pressure of societal expectations that placed on her but not yet have the control over her own action completely. As Mrs. Pontellier is crying for her husband’s accusation for not meeting the societal expectation of being a classic mother women, she used her sleeves of the “peignoir” (6) to wipe out the tears. Peignoir often implies to the clothing of wealthy women, but are also simple clothes, which demonstrates Edna’s
Her prejudice has proven to be utterly false and she regrets how she let herself be influenced, an example of her regret is when she reflects over her behavior towards Mr. Darcy “How despicably have I acted!...But vanity not love has been my folly”(Austen pp. 205). Here, Jane Austen use internal discoveries to elucidate the fact that first impressions are often flawed. Essentially, Elizabeth allowed herself to be deceived by such a man as Wickham and she understands how hurtful she has been to Mr. Darcy. Furthermore, Elizabeth realizes that Mr. Wickham only despised Mr. Darcy because of misconceptions in their past and not because Mr. Darcy was an evil
Fleeing from Rochester, Jane almost perishes out on the moors.’ As there are conflicts of Jane with the society, there are also ‘conflicts within the character of Jane herself – conflicts of duty and desire, assertion and restraint […]’ Jane longs for to be with her beloved Rochester, but at the same time she realises that she has a duty to herself and to her moral and she cannot stay with him regardless of the consequences. Jane Eyre, even as a child, has no clear space in the society and she continues to seek her position throughout the whole story, though it is difficult as whenever she finds a place there appears an obstacle to her happiness. As a governess, she is disrespected by the guests of Rochester and dependent on her employer, as the fiancée of Rochester she cannot wed him because he is already married and as a country teacher, she has to live without her beloved man. Eventually, she finds her place as a wife of Rochester and joins him in his rather solitary living. And this perhaps suggests that her place lies outside the society as she is such an individualist that cannot live within the
Flora’s illness suggests that the governess is the one that was wrong, this makes the reader assume that the governess was harassing Flora to the point where she had become ill. The governess’s allegations have shaken and traumatized the innocent girl. And when accused the governess becomes distressed proving her guiltiness. This is also a case in which this scene could be interpreted in the way that the governess is just trying to care for Flora. In this scene Flora is acting very dramatic and refuses to see the governess.
Hailey Hudson 2 January, 2018 AP Lit and Comp Mrs. Schroder An Analysis of Alienation in The Awakening In Kate Chopin’s classic novella The Awakening, the development of Edna Pontellier serves to shine a light on the strict societal morals, values, and gender roles of the late 1800s. Edna is an outsider in nearly every sense of the word, and as the story progresses, she begins to accept this part of her and take her search for fulfillment to an entirely new level. The fallout from these actions, the rifts opened between her and those closest to her in life, ultimately proves too arduous, and leads to her death. Chopin explains to the reader at the very beginning of the novella that Edna has experience standing on the outside, even in subtle ways. For example, her whole life is submerged in Creole culture; however, she married into it, as opposed to being born into it like her friends, acquaintances, and husband.
Robert leaving puts Edna in disbelief because she depended on Robert’s love to live up to that expectation of the love life she desperately wanted with Robert. This could proves the thesis because it shows that Edna failed to meet her expectation concerning Robert. In addition to Edna finding her selfhood she feels as though her process is now in vain because of Robert leaving her in despair. According to Neal Wyatt’s critical essay “Edna had awakened, found her selfhood only to have that process and victory denied by Robert” (Skaggs). This express how the expectations Edna had for her self-happiness has failed which proves the thesis.
She, however, faced hardships in being the Black Swan. The stress of being the perfect Swan Queen turns into madness and Nina develops schizophrenia. Her mother imposed strict social morals and constraints, and Nina had fear of Lily, her colleague, stealing the role from her. This led Nina to struggle both psychologically and physically
In the end, she got tired of her efforts and anxious thoughts she left the party. What she does not know she bears the anxiety of being alienated and discordant like most of the modernist fiction characters. Virginia Woolf as being a modernist author serves the theme of anxiety many of