One way that Catherine changed was after her encounter with the old Jewish Lady. The old lady told her, “ ‘Little Bird, in the world to come, you will not be asked “Why were you not George?’ or ‘Why were you not Perkin’ but ‘Why were you not Catherine?’ ” (Cushman 17). Catherine didn’t fully understand what it meant at first, but the old woman’s words helped her later when it really mattered. When Shaggy Beard’s messengers came, Catherine ran to her Aunt Ethelfritha’s house in fear and desperation. While she was there, the old Jewish woman’s words finally gained some meaning.
The opinions on Catherine’s decisions still vary, however a saloniére responsible for governance of the French Enlightenment, Suzanne Necker mentioned how Catherine was “the model woman of the Century” (Suzanne Necker quoted in Goodman 521). From the female perspective, a strong female ruler instills hope for equality and more representation of both genders. On the opposite spectrum of things, Montesquieu believed that women’s “ weakness...gives them more lenity and moderation” ( Montesquieu quoted in Goodman 522). At the time of her rule, opinions were already mixed and due to the instability of her rule due to her gender, historians and primary sources vary as well. To be taken seriously, Catherine needed a certain coldness and control over those around her.
Catherine was one of the daughter of a poor howard lord. After her mother 's death, Catherine was sent to live with her fathers step mother the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. The dutchess housed many other young women of poor parents, and her household lack discipline. Catherine was involved with two men during her time in the Dutchess household. Her uncle Norfolk brought her to court to serve Anne of Cleves.
Writing in her journal led Catherine to the discovery of the need for change. For example, in the beginning of he book, Catherine states, “I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by flies and plagued by family. That is all there is to say” (Cushman 1). However, nearing the end of the year, Catherine says, “I am like the Jews in our hall, driven from England, from one life to another, and yet for them exile was no exile” (Cushman 162). This demonstrates how Catherine changed throughout the book, because there is a change of tone between the two quotes.
Catherine at the start of the novel was a vulnerable nurse in the front lines of war. Still not being completely over her fiance’s death, Catherine plants herself in a relationship with an equally vulnerable Henry. Henry meets Catherine early on and turns from living in the midst of the nightmares of war to a life of a passionate love affair with Catherine Barkley. Henry uses the love he has for her as an aid to distract him from the brutality around him. Even at the start of the book, Henry gives out a cold vibe to his roommate and supposed friend, Rinaldi.
During a royal ball where Catherine is expected to receive the Kings marriage proposal, she meets the mysterious and handsome Jest. Fear of offending the King and angering her parents, she and Jest enter a secretive courtship. Sadly, Catherine has a fate that she would not be able to avoid, but she is determined to choose her own destiny. But, in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. One
Her dedication to learning Russian customs gained the support of the public. The popularity she accumulated in her early years in Russia later helped her when she ascended the throne. Since Catherine had no birth right to the throne, the closest she could traditionally get was as regent for
However, by the end of the novel, she is considerate of others, still pushes for her beliefs in a more polite and educated manner, and embraces the fact experiences have value. Different experiences such as the hanging and Roger’s death teach the horrors of society, her mother and the Jewish lady teach Catherine how to be herself, and animals like the ant and the bear teach her how the little things could be huge to others. One experience that leads Catherine to discover the need for change is her lack of both sense and direction. She often speculates about all she will do when she grows up. “I am no minstrel or wart charmer, but me”(Cushman
While she is trying to get a plan of marrying anyone she wants, she helps people she goes through lots of experiences. For these experiences she starts being less selfish and self-centered. Some of these experiences include getting a little sister, seeing other people work and how she doesn’t have to, and lastly is being the lord's daughter and not getting a choice of marriage because of it. The experience that Catherine went through is receiving a
Cathy was born a Catherine, the name meaning “pure” which she is shown not to be from the very beginning. She is described to go from “a pretty child” to a “pretty woman,” oozing innocence and delicacy. However, even as a child Cathy produced a “disturbance she distributed so subtly” (73). Her immorality becomes clear to the reader when it is said that “Cathy learned that by the manipulation and use of this one part of people she could gain and keep power over nearly anyone” (75). Here we see that Cathy, even at a young age, is able to see within people and use their weaknesses against them.