Juliet is at the age of marriage and her parents set her up to marry a kinsmen named Paris. Juliet goes behind their back and marries Romeo an enemy. A series of more unfortunate events take place and ultimately our two young lovers take their own lives. The question remains, who is the most to blame for the tragic deaths? Due to the forced marriage and his verbal abuse Lord Capulet shoulders most of the death for Romeo and Juliet.
In the “Awakening”, the author, Kate Chopin broke the nineteenth century standards of the ideal woman through the main character Edna Pontellier which sparked a lot of controversy. Mrs. Pontellier throughout the book has a journey of self discovery, as an independent woman who rebels against the social norms by leaving her husband. Chopin reaches out to her audience of women, to stand up against the oppression that they served due to the roles that were pressed upon them as caretakers of the house and as accessories to their husbands. Kate Chopin ended “The Awakening” with the suicide of Mrs. Pontellier because that is how Chopin gave Mrs. Pontellier her freedom, a freedom and rebirth from the harsh society that many women had to live during those times. The ending of the book sparked a lot of controversy over the way that Chopin decided to Edna Pontellier to make Edna commit suicide.
Edith Wharton focused her novel Ethan Frome, around the tragic story of the man himself. Ethan lived with his sherd wife, Zeena, and discovered early on in there marriage that happiness was not in the card for him, as he gave up his dreams for fear of being alone. Years into their marriage Zeena's cousin, Mattie, comes to stay with the Fromes. Ethan soon finds himself entranced by the girl, longing to be with her over the women he was married to. The two find themselves falling in love and are devastated when they hear that Zeena has arranged for a new aid to come.
F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is about a wealthy couple, both with lovers that were born into a low social class. Nick Carraway is the narrator of the story. His neighbor, Jay Gatsby, always throws large parties and is Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan’s, lover. Nick and Daisy have a boatload of history, and no matter how hard they try to forget one another, they eventually retreat to their former ways and become lovers. Meanwhile, Daisy’s husband, Tom Buchanan, is also having an affair with Myrtle Wilson, a poor woman that lives in the Valley of Ashes.
Meeting of the minds between the director Hitchcock and screen play writer John Michael Hayes produced one of the most beautiful pictures in the Hitchcock canon. Jo Conway McKenna (Doris Day) is an internationally famous singer who has abandoned her Broadway career in favour of her husband. Her transition from a singer to a dutiful, responsible house wife can be seen strictly according to the set norms of the decade which glorified the image of an “ideal woman” as good housewives and mother. Dr Ben (James Stewart) early in the film is projected as bossy and always domineering. When Jo hears the news from Ben that her son has been taken away, we see a complete transformation from a cheerful mother talking about conceiving a second child to a near hysteric.
Whether if they were written as sirens to lure men to their death or strong females that help them on their way. Penelope is Odysseus’ wife who is faced with many suitors in her home on Ithaca. She is a very powerful woman in this epic being that she is married to Odysseus and is the mother of his son, Telemachus. Since Odysseus has not returned from the war and is assumed dead, many suitors try to replace him by taking Penelope's hand in marriage and Odysseus' property. She has been holding them off by making the excuse that she must first finish weaving a shroud for
Two female characters are Penelope and Athena. Penelope is the beautiful wife of Odysseus. She hasn't seen her husband for twenty years and fears he is dead. She is pursued by many suitors who wish to take Odysseus' place. She weeps for Odysseus nightly.
Romeo has been exiled because he has killed a cousin of the Capulets, Tybalt, and Friar Lawrence believes that if he marries Romeo and Juliet and helps them run away, that it will end the arguing between the families and get Romeo out of trouble with the law. Friar Lawrence 's plan is for Juliet to consent to marriage with Paris, then the night preceding the wedding, Juliet is to drink a potion that will make her fall asleep for forty-hours and she will appear dead (DBQ Romeo and Juliet page 365 ). The Capulet family will bury Juliet, and Friar will have a letter sent to Romeo in Mantua, telling him to reunite with Juliet in the Capulet tomb when she awakes. Flaws appear in Friar’s plan. Friar poorly times his plan and when he sends Friar John to send word to Romeo, he is unable to because he is quarantined because of the plague (DBQ Romeo and Juliet page 369).
A Streetcar Named Desire is a story about a women with mental health issues, named Blanche Dubois. In the play, Blanche loses her family 's estate, and goes to stay with her sister Stella. Stella lives with her husband Stanley. From the start of the play, the audience begins to notice Blanche and Stanley’s contrasted personalities. Williams uses symbolism to allow his characters to represent something stronger than themselves.
Maria Coletta McLean wrote, Summers in Supino. This book follows Maria through a very difficult time in her life after her father passed away. Although this story flows from loss and grief, the values of the Italian culture shine through. Through the eyes of an American, Italians may be viewed as boisterous, wine drinking, party going, and pasta loving families with many children. Are those descriptive qualities a true encapsulation of the Italian culture?
Thompson interviews Kane 's estranged best friend, Jedediah Leland, in a retirement home. Leland recalls Kane 's marriage to Emily disintegrates over the years, and he begins an affair with amateur singer Susan Alexander while he is running for Governor of New York. Both his wife and his political opponent discover the affair and the public scandal ends his political career. Kane marries Susan and forces her into a humiliating operatic career for which she has neither the talent nor the ambition. Susan consents to an interview with Thompson, and recalls her failed opera career.
Good-by –because I love you.” (Chopin, p148) which caused Edna to commit suicide because she realized she was not happy without her kids and society wouldn’t accept her because she left her husband. Jaine returns back to her hometown after Tea Cake dies. Jaine at the end of the novel is looked at as a survivor and a hero. She left to find happiness, but he happiness that she found was not text book. Jaine found that love starts from within and has to be explored and sought out for.
In “The Great Gatsby” by Scott Fitzgerald, Myrtle Wilson plays a role in not only her own death, but also the tragic demise of J. Gatsby. In chapter 2 she is described as “in her middle thirties and faintly stout” (29). Myrtle Wilson is the wife of degenerate garage owner George Wilson. She expresses her feelings for her decision on marrying George as “The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake” (34-35).
In Act 4 scene 3, Juliet takes drastic measures so that she could see Romeo again. In this scene, Juliet 's father is forcing her to marry Paris, but her heart belongs to someone else, Romeo. For this reason, she develops a plan where she takes a temporary poison which makes her look as if she is dead, when in reality she is not. After contemplating the plausible outcomes, Juliet takes this poison so that she can wake up after 42 hours, hoping that Romeo would be by her side, and that they could live happily ever after. The drinking of this poison shows that Juliet embodies many characteristics, one of includes being courageous.
As I mentioned in the introduction, the knight raped a young girl and was rewarded with a beautiful wife. Before all of this happened, the queen made a deal with the knight. She told him that he had one year to go out into the world and come back to tell her what women most desired, and if he did not have an answer, then he would die. Throughout that time of his journey, he was panicking because he did not find an answer to the queen 's question. At this time, the knight became desperate and decided to go look for help from an old witch.