According to Priscilla L. Walton, author of He took no notice of her; he looked at me: Subjectivities and Sexualities of ‘The Turn of the Screw, a gender criticism of the Turn of the Screw, “The governess of the novel serves as a representation of the “problematic nature of single women and their sexuality” (Walton 349). Women with a job and no husband threatened the patriarchal society because she could not fulfill her motherly duties of having and raising children. But in some ways becoming a governess can fill some of those desires relating to children. Through being a governess, a woman can fulfill the raising children aspect of a woman’s identity as she was a substitute mother to the children she is caring for. A governess gets to take care of the children and raise them so that they are successful in the future.
For instance he simply hands the reigns of the wagon and told her "You pull on the left-hand rein to make 'em go the the left and t'other way for t'other way". These directions made no sense to her beceause she did not even know her left from her right to guide the horses. Some people will diagree with these claims that were made about Elizabeth being a sensitive character. They may claim that her aunt was too protective because the story states "that was the first time she had ever had a whole thought of her very own. This would be wrong because while her aunt was loving and caring, she most likely than not has died and Elizabeth had been sent some where she did not want to go.
Edna even says herself, “I would give up the unessential…my money…my life for my children, but not myself.” For her life, Edna realized that means her marriage and physical life. As far as her marriage, Edna was never truly happy with her marriage with Leonce. Furthermore, Edna states she truly cares for her children, but sometimes her search for herself may conflict with this. This then further discourages readers even more due to the fact that this gives insight to her actions, and somewhat justifies them. In addition, the search for self-identity is viewed as important in today’s society.
Words define themselves in relation to each other, as people do. As I Lay Dying is about the difference between words and deeds, and definitely there is much in the book that proves that the latter is valorised. Addie unambiguously renounces words when she comprehends their tendency to dislodge and replace reality: “When he [her first-born son Cash] was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn’t care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew that fear was invented by someone that had never had the fear; pride, who never had the pride” (ALD 115). Words are not only redundant but also secondary to reality; meanings are superimposed on signs beyond the latter’s capacity of signification.
The short story,¨The Lottery,¨ by shirley Jackson shows the theme of duality of human nature. One character who showed duality was Tessie because when the lottery first started she was going along with everything but when her family got called she changed her whole dynamic. She is now saying that the lottery is not fair since her husband was the one who pulled the paper with the dot on it, but if it was someone else she wouldn't be saying that. She was only speaking up about it not being fair because her life depended on it. Although she was a good example of duality, all of the woman showed duality of human nature.
Johnson refuses to give the quilts to Wangero, one wonders if it was because she hated her daughter over the rejection of the family heritage, because she had found success, or if her daughter was an unlikeable character from the start. Was there a jealousy that her older daughter had found success and confidence when she would never know any, was she jealous of the confidence her daughter displayed by saying she did not have to live under the old ways anymore, or was she favoring Maggie over Wangero, since Maggie was flawed like herself? No matter whether one sides with Mrs. Johnson and Maggie on the value of the quilts, or with Wangero, the obvious schism is clear. Where one party values them because of the family connection, the other rejects that connection because it was born out of oppression and
She has changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. Dee feels that her name came from slavery and wants to distance herself from that part of her past. Dee says, I couldn't bear it any longer being named after the people who oppress me” (318). This makes no sense because she was named after her aunt and her grandmother who did nothing to oppress her. Dee probably feels this way because she grew up impoverished and resented having to do without things.
Also, the fact that she had a conversation with Lennie portrays that no one else wanted to socialize with her and that Lennie was the last result. Since she married her new husband, she has constantly been living in the background of his shadow. Ultimately, this would be classed as pathetic fallacy because her husband was full of darkness. The fact Curley’s wife lives in her husband’s shadow portrays that she lives the lonely back end of life. Evidence to support this is: ‘I get lonely’ Curley’s wife said ‘you can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley else he gets mad’ .This quotation represents the isolation and solitude that she went through in her life.
The symbols of life In the past women were expected by society to stay home and do the house work,take care of the kids and stay devoted to their husbands but then someone comes along and completely goes against those standards. This is exactly what Kate Chopins is trying to explain in the book The Awakening because she didn't like the expectations/standards that were put on women and when she wrote a book about it everyone thought that it was scandalous to the point to where it was banned. It was banned because during those times people didn't really think or even knew about what would happen in some marriages like cheating, or standards that were put on women. Through the book The Awakening there are many symbols that take a big part in the book in which they all goes a bigger meaning in the story
“His sale was a terrible blow to my grandmother; but she was naturally hopeful, and she went to work with renewed energy, trusting in time to be able to purchase some of her children” (128). Hope of a future freedom with loving family members are what got these women through each day, even though they knew the odds were not in their favor. Family was also a major factor in maintaining ones dignity. The saying of “If you can’t do it for