In Nella Larsen’s novel, The Passing, Irene Redfield is an outgoing Harlem woman. She opens a letter from Clare Bellew, who is married to a white man who does not know that his wife is black. Clare insists that she is lonely, isolated as she is from her own people, and she asks Irene to meet her again. Irene recalls her encounter with Clare in Chicago two years prior, in Clare’s home, she and another light-skinned black woman had been forced to listen to attacks about black people delivered by Clare’s racist husband. Now, Irene understands that Clare wants to use her in order to enter the Harlem society, although still pretending to be white, she can be with her own race. Sexual passing and racial passing play a major role in this novel,
Control can get out of hand when given to one single human being and can create major egregious problems to others. An infamous example is how Adolf Hitler attempted and almost succeeded to eliminate the entire Jewish population because he believed they were an inferior race. In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the characters constantly try to control each other for the sake of who they love, to gain control over people’s lives, as well as the sole idea of revenge.
Patriarchy presents the roles of men and women in a distinct form. Men are expected to be the dominant leader, strong, protector and sole provider where as women are subverted to the role of domestic duties, raring of children and fulfilling her man’s every desire without question or comment. In Lynn Nottage’s play Poof!, she brilliantly portrays the roles of men and women, and experiments with the concept of changing gender roles that are characteristic of our society. Overtime, the patriarchal system has been challenged and the defined gender roles are in the process of being eradicated. By presenting the plays protagonist Loureen, as an abuse victim that finds her voice and stands up against her battery, Lynn brilliantly illustrates that
“Far from being an ‘exquisite’ love story, Rebecca raises questions about women’s acquiescence to male values that are as pertinent today as they were 60 years ago.” Sally Beauman depiction of Rebecca represents the typical conventions that are apparent to the romantic genre. These conventions include the acquaintance of women and the romantic setting. Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca both describe these conventions apparent to the romance genre.
It is evident that change is a natural component in the average person’s life. Some however, are more drastic than others. This is exhibited through the first-person narrator of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wall Paper”, who undergoes a drastic change in her health due to postpartum depression, her relationships with the individuals around her, and her isolation. These changes later develop an internal conflict in the form of a troubling identity plight.
A story of significant events involving witchcraft, and murderous double-crossing town members is a play written by Arthur Miller: The Crucible. In The Crucible many people accuse other members of the town. These actions performed by the town members show their real personality and real incentive. Even though most people accused others, the people who didn’t share their accusations were still responsible for the outcome of the events. Sometimes an act of negative intimation to a loved one to do something, might backfire later. The culpable Elizabeth Proctor, with her being bitter, pusillanimous, and insecure, is responsible for the hysteria in The Crucible.
Nella Larsen’s Passing is a novella about the past experiences of African American women ‘passing’ as whites for equal opportunities. Larsen presents the day to day issues African American women face during their ‘passing’ journey through her characters of Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry. During the reading process, we progressively realize ‘passing’ in Harlem, New York during the 1920’s becomes difficult for both of these women physically and mentally as different kinds of challenges approach ahead. Although Larsen decides the novella to be told in a third person narrative, different thoughts and messages of Irene and Clare communicate broken ideas for the reader, causing the interpretation of the novella to vary from different perspectives.
Hiding away in the garret, readers find that Elvira, in act of defiance against her mother’s prohibitions keeps a romantic novel in the dark corners that she reads for
Additionally, Acts 16:13-14 states, “On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. […].One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, […]. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message”. As one reads the passage one can agree that Apostle Paul heads over to a river and discovers, Lydia a purple tailor. Aka: Lydia’s occupation is marketing purple fabric because (I believe) the color purple is associated with royalty, therefore it was very expensive, if not, rare to buy. Paul taught Lydia about Jesus Christ, the awaited Messiah who offers mercy, grace, a new life and much more! Paul’s message to Lydia, the tailor moved her
The main character in Winterkill is a young girl named Emmeline. Emmeline lives in a small settlement with her father since her mother died while giving birth to another, a son who accepted the same fate. Emmeline was extremely close to her mother and misses her dearly. Unfortunately the family holds a burden; they are ‘Stained.’ In other words Emmeline’s grandmother had an affair with another man. Being extremely ‘Wayward.’ So her Grandmother got hung and was left in a large cage at the Crossroads. Basically their grandmother brought shame on the family, for now and always. Despite that Emmeline has an impetuous and fiery nature, but is also very insecure. She hides her pain and sadness very well. Lastly she is extremely curious; her curiousness leads her to a whole lot of trouble later in the book. Emmeline is attractive and she is unique, so she draws the eyes of two. One a boy who is the same age as her, Kane, another a man, the settlement leader, Brother (Gabrielle) Stockholm. Thus creating a rivalry between the two. We shall discover more about the relationship between each over ‘Conflict’ and ‘Climax’
“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”
Charles W. Chesnutt was an author that had a unique style of writing. In his story, The House Behind The Cedar there were four distinct ways he told some of the main plots. First, he tells us in vivid detail about how the wealthy whites and poor black lived and how they act. Then he tries to tell us the trails and tribulation of Rena and John in a way that makes us want to feel sorry and excited to see how they get out of it. Next, Charles writes about a love triangle, but with more depth. It seems like he wanted everyone to decide who is a better match for Rena. Lastly, he gives us a very sad ending where Rena dies that makes you wanna cry.
Many years passed, the Mazzini sisters grow as talented, beautiful ladies. The Marquis return to the castle with his new wife and his son Ferdinand. The new wife Maria de Vellorno was impressed by the Mazzini sisters’ apartment and ordered them to move to another apartment closely near the southern portion of the castle. Julia and her sister feel restless in their new apartment for they heard strange sounds and observed mysterious lights came from the southern apartments. In the meantime, the castle is said to be haunted by supernatural spirits. Julia and her sister are extremely frightened by these sounds, and decided to inform their father about them. However, the marquis declines their claim and attributes these sounds for their wild imagination. By this time, Julia, the younger sister and the novel’s protagonist, falls in love with a young and handsome Italian nobleman Hippolitus de Vereza. Though their love is mutual , Hippolitus doesn’t has the courage to ask for her hand for his inferior position.
In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream the circumstances surrounding love have been put into question, this occurs when a magical nectar is put in the eyes of three major characters, and changes their feelings towards the people in their lives. Titania, Lysander and Demetrius all have had the nectar put into their eyes, though Demetrius avoids having this done to him in act 2 scene 2 which is the scene that the focus of this paper will be looking at. Throughout the play, we focus largely on the love life of Helena, which unfortunately does not seem to exist. She is in love with Demetrius, whom does not care for her in the same way, he does not cherish her at all before he is under the influence of magic. Once Lysander declares
When I began reading act four of The Crucible, I hadn’t developed strong feelings, positive or negative, about any characters. There were certain people I didn’t necessarily like throughout the first three acts, but there was never a point when I became extremely frustrated with any of them. In this act, that wasn’t the case. Deputy Governor Danforth proved to me as act four progressed that he wasn’t concerned for the people of Salem, he was concerned about not allowing himself, the government or his God look weak. I discovered how his reputation became more important to him than standing up to the hysteria and saving innocent lives.