The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a novel that takes place in a historical setting during the years 1642-1649. The book is about a young woman, Hester Prynne, and her struggles to overcome the humiliation and guilt she feels for committing adultery. Without close analyzation of the book, it may just seem that many parts are insignificant and don’t have any meaning to the plot of the story. With that said, the beginning of the book is very significant and helps foreshadow what happens later on in the book. Given these points, the rose-bush in The Scarlet Letter symbolizes Hester’s passion and family and helps contrast the community with nature.
Justine Sabo Professor Sidle ENGL2327 9 March 2017 Literary Analysis on Eliza Wharton from "The Coquette" ` In her epistolary novel, "The Coquette", Hannah Webster Foster, uses the death of Eliza Wharton to bring attention to the the social injustices and cultural restraints that women of the new nation faced. Eliza Wharton's downfall is caused by her quest for freedom and independence from the cultural norms where women were expected to conform to social expectations or suffer the consequences. Foster highlights the circumstances surrounding Eliza's downfall by allowing the reader to get an inside look at her feelings, motives, and the sequence of events leading up to her demise through the close examination of letters written by
Gilman is using the sub-pattern and main pattern to represent the protagonist and her longing to get out of the "cage" she has been living in. In actuality, this mansion is probably a mental health institution for women suffering from postpartum depression. At the end of the short story the protagonist realizes how mistreated she was, and takes matters into her own hand. When she rips off the wallpaper, she is finally free and shows that she is done with her mistreatment. Similar to the protagonist in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter.
Throughout the novel, Martha Wolg is often found talking or thinking about sexuality; one way to interpret this is to assume that Martha lacks in confidence in her sexuality. Throughout this paper, I will prove this by considering that Martha idolizes her daughter’s physical appearance, Martha frequent comments on her own physical appearance, and her relationship with men throughout the novel. One instance in which Martha demonstrates that she lacks confidence in her own sexuality is evident in part two when Martha goes into great detail about Ursula’s, her five-year-old daughter, primary and secondary sex characteristics. On page 41, after Martha returned home after visiting her daughter at the hospital, she reminisces about the last time she gave her daughter a bath. In this memory, she describes Ursula’s breasts as “little breasts that still seemed like weak unclear stars” and her vulva as “a glowing, budding flower, an unopened flower .
This analysis of The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899) will use the psychoanalytic image of the mother as a starting point for Edna’s journey of self-realization which is symbolized in physical “Rooms.” As Edna travels to and from the Island and the different “Rooms” she uncovers and develops her personality but ultimately the journey leads to demise. Her demise is because her rooms are tied to her mother, and she is never able to succeed in her Room as Woolf would have wanted because it is tied to the mother, and not the patriarchal father who represents money and creative power. The symbolism of the mother as a Room parallels the concept of a room in A Room of One’s Own (1929) by Virginia Woolf. The physical and metaphorical “Room” in Edna’s
She does this in order to make them a more interesting read. Angelou was challenged by her publisher to turn an autobiography into fiction, and thus she began writing her life with literary elements put into it (Walker 77). She recreates herself in childhood form in order to “reclaim the horror of childhood sexual abuse from statistical anonymity” (Henke 243). Angelou uses repetition and mirroring in Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry like Christmas to show similarities in her young life to her adult life, such as leaving her son with her mother like her own mother did to her. She also uses capitalization to show importance.
In her novel, The Awakening, Kate Chopin captures the interest of readers with the use of symbolism. The storyline details a time when women had strict expectations of what they should and should not do. The main character, Edna Pontellier, has a desire to change the role that society expected of her, but this view is not accepted very well. Throughout the story, Chopin uses symbolism to skillfully progress the theme of how Edna is struggling to change and be independent and happy with her life. Symbolism is specifically utilized throughout the novel with Edna’s houses, birds, the sea, and swimming.
Symbolism and authors style and its effect on the plot In literature, authors will often utilize symbolism in order to develop characters and plot. In The Bluest Eye, the author, Toni Morrison portrays an African American girl named Pecola, who is stricken with longing for a better life. As she muddles through her difficult childhood, her once innocent interpretation of race and beauty are deformed by the beauty standards that dominated the mid-20th century society. She believes that beauty is dependent upon love, and her self-image, in particular, her eyes, plays a big role in the novel. She consistently attributes her struggles and failures to her lack of blue eyes, and believes that by having blue eyes, her struggle will go away.
In No Name Woman by Maxine Hong Kingston, the intercrossing adaption of memory and narrative challenges the gender inequality in the old China. In relation to the unnamed aunt’s story, mother of the narrator talks story orally when the narrator tells story in print. The mother believes the story would keep the narrator from any act of sexual transgression, while the narrator retells the story to question the traditional system of gender identities, roles and expectations. With reference to the relationship between memory and narrative, this essay analyzes the influence of personal and familial memory towards one’s identity formation. To begin with, the narrative of unnamed aunt’s story is built up on the personal memory of the narrator’s
Toni Morrison divides her audience’s beliefs with her 1987 novel, Beloved, as it introduces a grievous, yet honest story of a mother and her child overcoming their arduous past. Some consider Beloved a novel not meant to be read in a school’s modern day curriculum, while another few believe in the opposite. Despite this, the narrative picks apart and fleshes out the complex characters through their own eyes, instituting a way for the readers to see and feel every individual. Moreover, Beloved portrays in a way that is more unique than most as Morrison not only conveys a brutal reality of slavery, but also its deadly grasp it possesses on those who experienced it personally Laced with emotion heavy tongue and immersing tone, Beloved depicts a heartbreaking tale, one which begins with an anticipated downfall and concludes with a new period of healing. Set after the American Civil War, Beloved is set during the period of Reconstruction, a time where slavery still proves to be a growing concern in the South.
The novel is an American Gothic novel set between the French and Indian War (1754-1763) and the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). The novel follows Clara Wieland, as she struggles to find her place in society as she is faced with the loss of her virtue. Benjamin Franklin gives another example of loss of virtue in “The speech of Miss Polly Baker,” written in 1747. The speech shows what happens when a woman is given the right to defend herself against her accusers. Both works show the reality women faced when presented with the loss of their virtue.
In Chapter 16 of A Thousand Splendid Suns, our focus is shifted from Rasheed and Mariam to Laila who is a new protagonist to the story. Khaled Hosseini establishes parallels between Laila and Mariam, and between the two married couples - Rasheed and Mariam, and Fariba and Hakim. Through the lives of Mariam and Laila, one can perceive that the personal suffering of both Fariba and Nana limits them to fulfill their roles as mothers. Both mothers care for their daughters, but are unable to focus on their needs due to their own misery. Because the author changed the third person point of view from Mariam to Laila, Hosseini can compare and contrast the two characters.
Nao states: “I will write down everything I know about Jiko’s life in Marcel’s book, and when I’m done, I’ll just leave it somewhere, and you will find it!”. In other words, writing deeply affected her life by it being of her great grandmother. Someone who she admired and hoped someone would find out about. This seems as something important to her, writing about her great-grandmother who was the only person that Nao really cared about and was important and interesting enough to write about. She decided to start writing about it because she knew she was going to kill herself and she owed it to Jiko to share her great life story, a memoir of someone she greatly saw as someone special to some special stranger.
The book, Bad Feminist, written by Roxane Gay, is a collection of essays that argues about many topics of feminism and typical problems in today’s society. “What We Hunger For," is one of her personal essays. Gay reveals to her reader the difficult journey she had to endure as a teen, while also taking her reader through the cultural experiences that many girls endure but never talk about. She later explores The Hunger Games trilogy and its heroine Katniss Everdeen to emphasize the cathartic and sobering stories in young adult literature. Gay claims that through the use of young adult literature and movies that speak of true experiences and accomplishments, the dark past young adult endure can be unlock and resolved.
Kate Chopin shows this dismissal bit by bit, yet the idea of parenthood is real subject all through the novel (Chopin & Knights, 2000). Edna is battling against the societal and characteristic structures of parenthood that drive her to be characterized by her title as wife of Leonce Pontellier and mother of Raoul and Etienne Pontellier, rather than being her own, self-characterized person. Through Chopin 's attention on two other female characters, Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle