Once she has established the theme, in the story, she then refers to her grandmother by the Spanish name Abuela and describes her life and role of mother and wife as Latino women. Cofer explains the struggles her grandmother had living up to the expectations as a women in the Latino culture, which she called “martyr complex” in Puerto Rican women, of self-sacrifice (Cofer, 1993, para. 3). The symmetry of the story” The Witches Husband” and her grandmother, is if the wife leaves the husband he should not follow, but let her return if she chooses. And if she
Kym Moseley de Leon is a modern day hero. She went through the struggle of having an unfaithful, abusive husband to taking care of her daughter as a single mom. She was able to rebuild herself thanks to her family and most of all, her husband Robert de Leon. Kym Moseley’s battle against life itself as a single mom displays and imitates the hero’s journey that is shown in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as well as serving as living proof that heroes are found in our daily lives. She learned that she was worthy and that you need to have self respect before others respect you.
Sethe doesn’t want “…her children to be taken back into slavery…” (Matus, 104) The memory of past, takes Sethe to the cruel white man during slavery. “Schoolteacher’s nephews brutally abuse Sethe sexually, sucking milk from her breasts and whipping her back bloody” (Kubitschek, 116). This incident affects Sethe deeply and she always remembers the viciousness of white man and the murder of her own child. She cannot endure to see her daughter nat the hands of this brutality. Therefore, she decides to kill her.
She is also showing elements of antisocial personality disorder. Twyla more than twice mentions her desire to kill someone without any further remorse and due to truly trivial reasons. It is clearly visible in the fragment when the girls are introduced to each other. Twyla thinks: “if Roberta had laughed I would have killed her”. There is also an example of when Twyla 's mother comes to visit her at the shelter and greets her, babying her a little, she thinks then: “I could have killed her”.
Being alone with Pearl all the time led Hester to begin finding work for herself. There was little work to find because she was to be married and keeping the house, so she found jobs in embroidery, a subject of which she was very passionate. Seeing that she had only a small family, she set off to join the Sisters of Mercy who helped those sick or dying. People of the community began seeing the A as less an omen of adultery and more an emblem of her abilities to help those with less. Hawthorne most likely chooses the A to symbolize something more than adultery, and a way to show not all sins will last for
It talks about loneliness, desperation and confusion that anyone who has no guide to ease them into the world goes through. It also talks greatly about the human mind’s ability to repress the memories that it finds too traumatic to deal with. The plot starts out simple, an unnamed protagonist attending a funeral in his childhood hometown. He then visits the home that he and his sister grew up in, bringing back memories of a little girl named Lettie Hempstock who lived at the end of the lane, in the Hempstocks’ farmhouse, with her mother and grandmother. Lettie used to claim that the pond behind her house was an ocean.
While Morrison depicts myriad abuses of slavery, like brutal beatings and lynching, the depictions of and allusions to rape are of primary importance; each in some way helps explain the infanticide that marks the beginnings of Sethe’s story as a free woman. Sethe kills her child so that no white man will ever “dirty” her, so that no young man with “mossy teeth” will ever hold the child down and suck her breast (Pamela E. Barnett 193) Stamp Paid, a former slave who ferries Sethe and Denver across the Ohio River, tried to take Beloved’s corpse from the mother’s clinging hands and give Denver to her. A mother killing her own child is an act that subverts the natural order of the world. A mother is expected to create life, not destroy it, but with Sethe’s case, she was insane and out of control at that specific moment when she imagined that her child might face the same assault in the future. Thus, she prefers to put an end to this situation.
Nagaina, from the short story “Rikki-tikki-tavi”, by Rudyard Kipling, is the wife of the antagonist Nag. Nagaina also being an antagonist, she and her husband try to kill an innocent family living in a bungalow so that there is room for her children to move around when they hatch. Throughout the story, you can see that Nagaina is smart, murderous, and comprimising. Nagaina was smart when she hid her eggs “In the melon bed on the end nearest the wall where the sun strikes nearly all day. She hid them there weeks ago.”(23) She also shows she is smart when she sneaks up on Rikki-tikki while Nag is talking to him.
As a result, members of their community, specifically an elderly woman named Mrs. Dubose, become angry at Atticus, and Bob Ewell even tries to murder Atticus’s children. Fortunately, Boo Radley, the town’s social outcast, jumps to the children’s rescue and kills Bob Ewell. Eventually, Scout was able to learn from her tragic experiences with the help of Atticus’s teachings. Using life lessons, Atticus aims to inculcate morals and principles throughout Scout and Jem’s lives. Atticus persistently implants the concept to Jem and Scout that it is cruel to harm an innocent being.
In her talk, Pamela Meyer lists examples of everyday lying statements we would make to each other such as “you don’t look fat in that” and “I just fished that email from my spam folder”. Meyer uses many comparison and contrast between cases to prove that all lies can be spotted. For example, she shows the reactions of two mothers after their children died. In these clips, she points out that even if the two mother’s words are equally devastating and sad, the unserious tone and calm demeanor of the mother who killed her kids gives away the fact that she was lying. Pamela uses Repetitions in her talk: when talking about people who spoke the truth, she starts six consecutive sentences with “they are”.