Blanche, which is Stella 's older sister, arrives in New Orleans as a broken, arrogant, sensitive, and an obvious crumbling figure. Blanche was once married and very much in love with a young man who seemed to be very tortured. He committed suicide after she discovered that he was a homosexual man, and ever since suffering from regret and guilt! Blanche watched as her parents and relatives passed away. She had to endure many hard trials including watching foreclosure fall on their family estate!
Even scars form, the festering is ever below” Chap. 12, p. 178. Minha mãe is Florens' mother. Minha mãe tries her best to prevent her daughter from wearing shoes “my mother, a Minha mãe, is frowning, is angry at what she says are my prettify ways. Only bad women wear high heels” Chap.
Swine &Das observe in “The Alienated Self; Searching for Space in Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Sula” anthologized in Modern American Literature that ”This novel probes deeper into the black woman’s psychic dilemmas, oppressions and tribulations as symbolized by the tragic life of Pecola literally affected by the dominant culture’s beauty standards(Swain and Das89). Pecola, like her mother, equated and standardized beauty with white. Both are haunted by this inferiority complex and self-hatred. Cultural hegemony distorts the true nature of values so that it dominates the subordinate class to believe that they are inferior and the dominating class is the superior; as such, here white is believed to symbolize beauty and black is to symbolize ugliness. Pecola stands for binary opposition ugliness, unworthiness, invisibility and lack of self-esteem.
Throughout the novel, the most disturbing aspects of her history return to plague her in the form of her resurrected adult daughter Beloved, a figure that embodies the overwhelmingly captivating power of the past. Beloved symbolizes the persistent and oppressive trauma of enslavement. To Morrison, she manifests both the subconscious and overt effects of institutionalized slavery, including the overwhelming power and deceptive allure of the past. The character of Beloved, both as a ghost and as a young woman, inhabits Sethe’s life as a physical reminder of her haunting past. In the beginning of the novel, Sethe and Denver have become resigned to dealing with the malevolent spirit that wreaks havoc in their daily lives at 124 Bluestone Road.
In many parts of the novel she is described as a demon child or elf-child. She is mean, obstinate, and has a fierce temper. Hester says, “She is my torture!”(109) Hester is literally saying that Pearl is not only a blessing but also a curse. Pearl is often evil to everyone even to her mother, but was this Pearls nature, or was it just a reaction of her being isolated and looked down since childhood? The author says, “But Pearl, who was a dauntless child, after frowning, stamping her foot, and shaking her little hand with a variety of threatening gestures, suddenly made a rush at the knot of her enemies, and put them all to flight.”(98-99) Pearl is evil to other kids, she tortures animals, she is a symbol of
But, in general, the author portrays Mama Elena as a conservative and cruel mother who treats her as not a human being but as a slave. On page ten of “Like Water for Chocolate”, stated that “Mama Elena threw her a look… contain all the years of repression that had flowed over the family.” The author here introduces how the conservative view of the family is introduced and Mama Elena’s attitude towards too Tita. Another example of Mama Elena’s strictness was seen, when Mama Elena had her sent away by Dr. Brown, because Tita was acting like a psychopath. She stated that,
Both Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and Wilkie Collins The Woman in White depict female characters who are under emotional and physical distress, albeit for entirely different reasons. Emma Bovary’s confinement is self-induced, she is slowly dying from unfulfilled aspirations due to her own fundamental and eventual fatal error, in that she mistakes literature for life. Subsequently, Emma is confined in a world she finds tedious and monotonous. Ultimately, her ennui (Identities, p.20) becomes so severe that nothing she does can console her craving for excitement, as Flaubert tells us “domestic mediocrity drove her to sumptuous fantasies, marital caresses to adulteress desires” (101) and nothing she does matches the ‘’felicity, passion and rapture she finds so lovely in her books “(p.33). In comparison Collins The Woman in White tells the sensationalist tale of women who are confined through no fault of their own, from the beginning of the novel we are told, “This is the story of what a Woman 's patience can endure .
"Kahlo painted herself as the quietly suffering female. In every possible sense, the mass-culture Kahlo embodies that now-poisonous term: victim-hood. She was the victim of patriarchal culture, victim of an unfaithful husband, and simply the victim of a horrific accident. But that's probably one reason why she's so popular.” "She dramatized the pain in her paintings, while carefully cultivating a self-image as a 'heroic sufferer.'" (Mencimer, 2002) 2.
She also records the multifaceted trauma women had faced during the unsettling and devastating day of partition. Each women character represents a way of life. Lenny her mother, her godmother, Shanta the Ayah is the major female voice in the novel. Women once they fall prey to men’s violence like lenny’s Ayah, cannot hope for their restitution to their families. In every situation women has been become the target of exploitation it can be for the sake of family, honour, community and country also.
As postmodernism puts everything in doubt, it is very important to question and critique the position of woman in such a murky space. Feminism serves as a yard stick to fathom and measure the intense pain of the gentle and fair gender which puts forth the argument in a legitimate way by stating that woman is rendered helpless and reduced to a victim by being persistently hammered into non-entity in a patriarchal system. The paper intends to study the plethora of the chronic mental anguish as rendered by the dweller of the paradise on earth— Naseem Shafai. Naseem Shafai— a marvellous, subtle and intense poetess of Kashmir, whose literary talent conferred on her Sahitya Akademi award in 2011. She carved her space in the