Hardy ends his poem with Melia saying, “You ain’t ruined” to the county girl to show that she still carries a part of her country past with her even though she left it behind (24). While the town symbolizes wealth, culture, and education, the country epitomizes labor, dirt, and lack of education; Melia seems to be influenced by both cultures because she cannot erase her
Change is a part of life that can be beneficial, harmful, or both. Every day people dream of becoming something they are not with hopes they can achieve what they believe to be a better life. In “The Ruined Maid” by Thomas Hardy and “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell, both narrators undergo a drastic transition in their lifestyles. In Hardy’s poem the narrator, Melia, goes from living a simple farm life, to living a luxurious life as a prostitute.
Mrs. Wright herself seems to be in stark contrast with her pre-marriage self; Minnie Foster. The latter is described as being pretty and lively whereas Mrs. Wright lives the life of an outcast, keeping to herself. The loneliness in the two women’s lives adds a dark atmosphere to the respective stories as well as an undeniable gloom. In conclusion, Ruth Warren and Mrs. Wright share many life experiences and struggles, but what makes them different is the way in which those struggles shape them. While Ruth Warren retains her cheerful attitude despite her gloomy situation, Mrs. Wright becomes a shell of her former self, yielding her happiness completely to her
Roman law stated that women were not allowed to participate in certain activities because they were considered incompetent. Women were looked at as fragile, delicate people who could not provide or stand up for themselves. Since they were seen as incompetent, men did not see them worthy enough to make big decisions. “Roman law, as codified in the sixth century by Emperor Justinian, presupposes female incapability and is typified by a protective, paternalistic attitude. Such an approach tends to justify the exclusion of women from certain activities” (Kittell).
I had never heard of Tillie Olsen before this reading this story. I found “I Stand Here Ironing” to be very interesting to say the least. She is an excellent writer but I would not say I am a fan of her work. I found this story to be a difficult read and I unfortunately could not find any interest in it. I mean I understand that Emily and her mother had many hardships that they faced during their lives, but I feel like it would be a more enjoyable read if Olsen would have went into more detail about Emily growing up and how she overcame the challenges of having a physical differences then other people.
When Elisa’s husband leaves her alone on the farm, she meets a tinker whose interaction liberates Elisa’s sense of self worth, but later crushes her spirit. She attempted to break free from the feminine restraints of society but fails at it. John Steinbeck 's “The Chrysanthemum” embodies how women are restricted and placed in subordinate roles in society. When compared to Allen 's, Elisa’s role in society is much more insignificant. Elisa’s job is to tend her garden and to care for her husband.
According to the chain of being concept, the position in the hierarchy cannot be changed. Therefore, the state in which one finds oneself at a specific chain level is self-perpetuating, just like habits are. By analogy, the occupations the speaker and her lover are involved in appear to be constant – this is what they are used to do in a situation they were put into by external factors. Opposed to creatures, humans are considered to have reason and think rationally; but opposed to God, they are also subject to earthly passions and, therefore, habits and desires. Thus, occupying a level of chain reserved for humans, the main characters of the poem are bound to follow their habits
“No Road” employs an authentic syntax which means what it says. It is therefore paraphrasable because the function of meaning which calls for permanent contents are not distorted but fulfilled. The forms of syntax have essence. There is a respect for the rules of discourse and there is the unfolding of the thought from stage to stage indicating that conceptual thought is at the base of the poem. The resigned and the melancholy tone suggests the beauty of love which is now ended, but the emotion does not peter out into sentimentality but the poet exercises a strict control over his medium.
in Turnbull 197). After the novel failed to achieve the commercial success he so much desired he wrote: “Women do not like it. They do not like to be emotionally passive.” (ibid. 507) Fitzgerald consciously gives them secondary roles in the story, which keeps with the traditional view that women do not have a voice. Though these women have tremendous effects on men, which are often detrimental, they are portrayed as “mere complements” to the men(Mardsen).
The sardonic modulation in the speaker’s voice indicates that this poem can be read as a gently ironic poem about Jennings’s own poetic procedures, about the indecision depicted in many poems between meekness and commitment. The persona she creates is a feasible source for the unusual utterances she makes about the inept Persephone irresolutely moving between the two worlds, waiting for the precise “moment” when the symbol will combine form and meaning. She “would certainly hibernate if she could.” She would withdraw into the symbol, into the world of extreme aestheticism, but she knows that in order to write poetry, she must remain committed to the world of experience, the subject matter of her poetry. The inept Persephone could be considered as an avatar of the poet who knows that if the mind
Tubman no longer felt she could live with the name she had been given because she thought it made her unique, which she believed she was not. Since Tubman was young at this time, she was cheap labor. Being noticed as cheap all of her life caused Tubman 's self-confidence to fade. She had started to realize that the only reason she was so easily sold out was because of her price tag. At one point in her life, she was sold to a mistress to become inside help instead of helping out in the fields like the rest of her family.