In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein there is a strong antithesis between motherhood traits that female characters possess and that Victor lacks. Motherhood traits of care, protection and self-sacrifice are what hold family together when family is a representation of the nucleus of society. In Frankenstein there is a contrast between Agatha role as caregiver and protector in the De Lacey family, Caroline’s willingness to self-sacrifice for the health of her adopted daughter, Elizabeth bravery to testify, and Victor’s abandonment of his Creature followed by the abortion of the female creature. Female characters are represented as the protectors of humanity therefore, no female characters was involved on the creation of the Creature. It is for this
She speaks with the boyfriend about possibly killing herself every time something goes wrong showing that she has a truly morbid sense of reality. As for dissociative behaviors, the only thing that I can see her doing is when she flashes to memories while in the middle of a conversation. It is as though she is avoiding the difficult situation by going somewhere
“Everything the people need.” Not having to think for yourself gets you in the habit of just doing. Never stopping to ask yourself, ‘have I done this already?’ ‘Is this wrong?’ ‘What about right?’ No, we only do, or rather the people from the book only do. Finally, you start to see how unfeeling Mildred is. This happens when she tells Montag he isn’t sick, and shows no sympathy for him. She stated, “You’re not sick.” Then again, when talking about the death of Clarisse, she states, “She was simple-minded,” “That’s water under the bridge.” These quotes show how Mildred feels no type affection toward anyone.
The Fault in our Stars Held prisoner by the cancer flooding her lungs with fluid Hazel has lost her ability to interact with people, Hazel is lost to her books and herself, feeling guilty. She is aware that there is nothing she did to cause the cancer but she only tries to decrease the pain she believes that she is somehow causing her family. She gives in to death and gives up rather than make a profound impact on the people around her. She begins to explain this as she narrates “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death,” Green, p.78. She realizes that she spends precious time obsessing about death, she is wasting her life grieving about something she cannot control, predict or change.
However, we also find out that she hasn’t been happy since the age of nine and has attempted suicide on multiple accounts. Plath early on highlights the difference between Esther on the outside versus her on the inside- it is the fine line between insanity and baring with the world. A scene from chapter thirteen goes into this very well, a scene in which her and her friends go on a beach trip. On the outside, though she seemingly hates the rays of the sun on her skin, Esther seems to be having fun. Not to mention, she only shows up because she was begged to- for her, it was another mask of happiness against the world.
Empathy as Catharsis: Study on David Foster Wallace’s “The Depressed Person” エピグラフ案：ヴィトゲンシュタイン/ウォレスのインタビューから Introduction: The academic studies on David Foster Wallace so far center around Infinite Jest, which was published early in his carrier. However, his short stories[ He has never published novels --”the long thing” he called it-- after Infinite Jest.] after Infinite Jest is as important as the novel to appreciate what he achieved and who he was. One of the story in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, “The Depressed Person” deals with the central proposition of Wallace: true empathy is impossible. The protagonist, the depressed person, is a female patient who suffers from immense depression.
In “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Emily displays the obsession through her isolation. Equally important, the theme of obsession works as a preeminent role through the protagonist. Emily was never allowed to be autonomous growing up, and she goes beyond the lines on maintaining a strong intimacy through her isolating lifestyle. In essence, Emily develops a mental illness from severe isolation due to the actions of her father. To compare, Faulkner shares a slice of evidence as to why Emily has an uncontrollable obsession for the dead, “After her father 's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all.” (Faulkner) Given these points, her father becomes arrogant and isolates her from society, or anyone who is willing to take Miss Emily from him.
She discusses her struggles with mental illness and abuse as part of her “history” that she cannot leave out. In the first few lines of the poem, she tells how her husband told her how she “fucked up [her] own life” (5). This line first introduces the theme of the author’s inability to leave a hostile environment. She never refers to him as her husband, simply as the man who she lived with. The refusal to specify what significance this man has suggests
Although one reader could interpret her character as one that serves no purpose but as a vehicle to say something about Montag, thus having a “manic pixie dream girl” type of role in the novel, her death had a profound effect on Montag. Another reader could interpret her character as one whose death sparks life in Montag and his will to do greater good and got him to question the nature of his job. Some time before her death, she says to him, “sometimes I even forget you’re a fireman” suggesting that he had already started to question his
This symbolizes her realization of being trapped for so long, and her desire now to free herself. However, because society is cruel and who never approve of a woman so independent, she creeps around the room to hide her escape. When John arrives at the nursery-like room, he sees what has become of his wife. His wife explains she has ‘gotten out, in spite of you and Jane,’ before John faints and his wife continues to creep around the room, trying her best not to step on the fallen body. In conclusion, the narrator of the Yellow Wallpaper, is what happened to a woman in an oppressed society.
It is easy to lose courage when the end result is known, and not in your favor. However, having courage when one knows of the end result establishes pride in him or herself. In How to Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs. Dubose is an elderly neighbor that criticizes Jem, Scout, and their family. However, when Jem destroys her flowers in a fit of rage, he and Scout spend a lot of their time at Mrs. Dubose house as a punishment. Eventually, Mrs. Dubose has a drug free, yet painful, death.
"Because there’d been this other person, a person who would have never joined a club or chased a girl who didn’t want to get caught. Who never would have let herself get made a fool of.” (McCreight, 318). This excerpt captures the feelings of Amelia, the protagonist, as she struggles to find her identity after it had been stolen by her socially elite club, the Magpies. ☺ After her mysterious and premature demise, her mother dives headfirst into the case; determined to prove to everyone that the death was not a suicide but in fact a tragic murder. I will be questioning the loose ends that the author did not specifically resolve, such as the aftermath of the climactic finale.