Imagine getting killed by your own family and reborn a tree, like in the “Vietnam version of Cinderella”. There are many versions of the Cinderella Story, the two that are most interesting are to compare their similarities and their differences are the French and Vietnam versions, they have evil step-moms, magical godmothers, and happy endings. First of all, the stories begin with an evil step-mom that locks Cinderella up and makes her do all the household chores. For example, in the Vietnam version of Cinderella, the step-mom asks Cinderella to go fishing and said, “Try to get as many as you can and if you come back with only a few of them, you will get flogged and sent to bed without supper.” In the French version of the
"'You remember the diamond necklace ... I bought you another one just like it. And for the last ten years we have been paying for it. "'(8) Later Mathilde finds out the necklace she lost was fake and that the one she bought was thirty eight thousand francs unlike the fake which was five hundred francs. The reader in this case would feel pity on Mathilde for what she went
Even with a humble and understanding husband who would go above and beyond to make her happy she is still unhappy. Blessed with a beautiful physical beauty, but not the affluent lifestyle that she yearns for, which lead her to continuously seek for what she cannot posses. Her greed for a lavish lifestyle stop her from enjoying her basic life and to constantly judging what she posses ''She suffered from the poorness of her house, from its mean walls, worn chairs, and ugly curtains. All these things, of which other women of her class would not even have been aware, tormented and insulted her'' (Maupassant 7). Mathilde always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels and expensive clothing instead she have to wear simple clothing.
She realizes she has a way out and starts to blame the witchcraft. She uses the situation to improve her reputation in the town. While Mrs. Putnam is the witch in the shadows pointing fingers at everyone. She first wanted Tituba to help Ruth, who is her only child that survived, yet later on she ends up blaming Tituba for all of her babies dying. Mrs. Putnam is squealing to Reverend Parris that her babies died because Tituba allowed witchcraft in the
Jalil had no choice, but to let Mariam live with him and his family. Jalil’s wives were resentful towards Mariam. Later she was introduced to Rasheed, a man triple her age, during their time of committing the abuse starts. Mariam became submissive, there was no one to save her even her own father, so she accepted her fate of being a wife and a possession. Laila is the second protagonist who is introduced halfway through the story.
That was when she found her two hundred dollars was gone” (Hurston 118). Janie had so quickly fallen for Tea Cake and because of her past with Joe, being abused, trusting that Tea Cake would return and have her money was difficult for her to wrap her brain around. In Janie’s past relationships, the men would not let her do any of the normal labor built for a man. She is to stay in the house and do what women were expected to do, clean and cook. Janie is eager to help outside and Tea Cake is the first guy to let her do so.
In the story, “The Necklace”, Mme. Loisel has many flaws. In the story, I believe that her greatest flaw is her desire for everyone of a higher class to love her. This is proven when the author states, “She would have liked so much to please, to be envied, to be charming, to be sought after.” (pg. 2) This flaw eventually causes her downfall because when she finds out that the necklace is missing, she doesn’t tell her friend what happened, for fear of her friend not liking her anymore.
In “No Exit,” Estelle is the final prisoner, who was obsessed with her look. She was desperately needs man’s attention and wants to see herself in the mirror to make sure that she is still as gorgeous as when she got send to the hell. She was strongly believed that she does not belong in hell, because her beauty and wealth. She think she has higher place in society, and she is prettier than everyone else, at this moment she is comparing herself to Inez, the other female prisoner. Estelle is like the evil step mom, who will do anything to get to the place that she wanted.
They will do anything to get rid of this woman but for the potion to make her fall in love they would only invest a measly dollar. This spea “The Chaser” highlights some key points between male and female correlation. As females, we need to watch out for the Alans of the world and work towards showing them that we are more than just a pretty face. Women have all the right to speak out for themselves and what they want in life. The world is constantly changing and so are human relations.
In “A Mother’s Day Kiss-Off” Bennetts tells of all her stories of how poorly women are treated, feeling like society should treat them the same as men. She explains “Mother’s Day would be an even happier occasion if it didn’t leave so many women feeling that their most important concerns had been kissed off by a greeting card” (44). In “The Myth Of Co-Parenting,” Edelman states “It began to make me spitting mad, the way the daily duties of parenting and home ownership started to rest entirely on me” (53). Edelman is expressing her anger that her husband started to not care anymore, while Bennetts is angry that people push mother’s troubles aside with a piece of paper. Edelman also shows in her article that she is angry by telling that she took her husband's credit card on day for revenge.