In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, the narration of the story is a mix of third person limited and first person. The first person narration gives the reader the ability to hear what is going on in the mind of Ellen and receiving her point of view on different events is what makes her character feel more alive and believable “So, my dear Lord, this is my death and I wasn’t even thinking about it. My children have come to see me die. But I can’t, it’s not time (Porter 7) . The first person point of view offers the reader a look into Ellen’s emotions, enabling the reader to feel the despair and pain that Ellen must suffer through before she dies.
Madeleine turns out to be like an artistic creation herself as is the portrait of Carlotta Valdes. This technique makes it look like the painting is leaking on her, transforming her into Carlotta. Scottie can be associated with the painter of the portrait as he transforms Judy into a kind of Madeleine who answers his fantasy: the image of Carlotta because Scottie is more mesmerised by the painting than he is by Madeleine.
In the essays, Carnal Acts, Nancy Mairs, a young writer who deals with MS disease and mental illnesses speaks out about the difficulties of dealing with MS and how her voice as a writer helped her cope with the difficulties of MS. Mairs tells us she sees a very close connection between life and writing, “For me, thinking about literature and thinking about life aren’t separate, or even separable, acts (4)”. The theme of love who you are is distinctly depicted by Mairs in her essays. This theme is very common throughout the book, especially in the essay titled “Carnal Acts” where she clearly states society 's standards for women are too high. Mairs never considered herself beautiful because she never fit the perfect image of a beautiful woman,
Which brings me to how my research on dementia helped broaden my understanding on the short story "Babysitting Helen". It increased my knowledge the most in these three categories, the daily life affected, the symptoms of Alzheimer 's, and the struggles on the family. In the short story you can see the Alzheimer 's victim, Helen, was always being watched and always being taken care of. I now know why she was always on watch. As we can assume Barb is the caregiver for her mother and whenever she goes out she has to find someone to watch Helen.
This book opened my eyes to many new things. Before reading this book all I knew about mental institutions was that that’s where the crazy people are sent. After reading this book I have concluded that there is so much more to it. This book showed me that a mental institution hospital is not a joke, but a place where people can go to get serious help.
Although in the 1800s, postpartum depression was not medically diagnosed. The story Gilman wrote termed it as “The rest cure”. Postpartum depression is a very diverse illness that affects many women; the story gives readers a very broad perspective on the effect it has on the protagonist, Jane. The story, “
Susan Vreeland’s Girl In The Hyacinth Blue follows the journey of a fictional painting by J. Vermeer over several centuries and tells the stories and appreciation each family has towards the painting. As the stories proceed, the influence the picture gives on the essence of their lives is descriptively illustrated and shows the various ways the artwork is interpreted by each individual. Vreeland starts off in present-day America and ends in the 17 century Netherlands, which shows the reader the history of the painting and reveals the truth behind the portrait of a young girl. In this review written by Cristina Deptula, she wrote a small summary on each story and then breaks down her perspective of the book by categorizing it by three different topics.
As an accomplished photographer, Dorothea Lange had her pick of subject matter, particularly as she became more widely recognized for her talent. While teaching photography at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lange had her class challenge her to her own assignment of taking photos as part of "where do I live?" Lange submitted a portrait of her own polio twisted foot and the explanation that she felt she was imprisoned by her own imperfect body. Having learned at an early age that beauty was not always about perfection and that strength of character was often more beautiful when framed well, Lange sought to find this beauty with her photography.
After a reading, Chevalier‘s Girl with a Pearl Earring a reader may think what they are reading is a history text, and not a novel. In Chevalier 's fictional novel, the character Griet is one of Vermeer 's maid, is the model for the painting. The painting is no more called Girl with the Pearl Earring, but now known as Griet the maid, a girl whose father lost his sight and sister died in the black plague. Griet has been through a lot, but really she is made up. Berger last part of his Ways of seeing says, “Many of the ideas in the preceding essay have been taken from another, written over forty years ago by a German critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin” (34) Where Chevalier‘s novel Girl with a Pearl Earring are many fictional ideas of a
The still life of the centre is advanced to first term and the jar with flowers disappears. In this second sketch is already shown an essay of the colours of the finished work. The brothel scene is not as clear as in the previous sketch, and each female figure takes on a leading role by itself. In the final painting just appear five naked woman, two of them are looking to the “viewer”, other two, on the sides, are opening a curtain.
Barbara Kingsolver does a wonderful job with incorporating literary devices into her novel. These literary devices help the reader to experience the words written on the page and it allows the reader to think that they are actually living the story. One major literary device that Kingsolver uses throughout the book to show her ideas to the reader is imagery. “Her dark hair is tied in a ragged lace handkerchief, and her curved jawbone is lit with large, false-pearl earrings, as if these headlamps from another world might show the way.” (pg 5) When I hear these words, I am able to paint a picture inside of my head of Orleana Price.