The motive behind her deeds has deep roots in the susceptibilities of the society she lives in. There is a tangible social tension and an innate inequality, which sweepingly grows into sexism, racism, and other -ism based discrimination. What is even more problematic is that such issues are left unspoken - there is no open discussion about their rightness and the consequences of spreading rumours or isolating the women from the social and political life. That is why it is safe to assume that one of the reasons Abigail Williams falsely accuses so many people without showing any signs of guilt or remorse is her outspoken resentment towards Salem and its residents. Since the beginning of the play she has been notorious because of the village rumors about her provocative and quite manipulative behavior.
The sister of the protagonist Pip, Mrs. Joe Gargery is a good example, from the moment she is introduced the reader gets an awful view of her, she is represented as violent and everything in her character makes her unattractive. :” I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me “(Great expectations,1992 ,p.53) What there can be concluded from these examples is that Dickens, the male writer, did not mean the reader to have much sympathy for these female characters. From deep within they are not good people and they deserve what they get. It seems as though Dickens generalizes the entire female population as being corrupt and impure at the core.
As Alicia Ostriker writes, the flesh in Catholicism was seen “corrupt and corruptible; it is inherently sinful and inherently subject to change and death” (qtd. in González-Arias, “Foodless, Curveless, Sinless: Reading the Female Body in Eavan Boland’s ‘Anorexic’”). This alludes to the medieval nuns, which has been examined by Rudolph Bell in Holy Anorexia, whose starvation was a way to reject and broke free from the women’s sinful nature (qtd. in González-Arias, “‘The Famine of the 90s’: Female Starvation and Religious Thought in Leanne O’Sullivan’s Waiting for My Clothes” 53). Although the term “anorexia nervosa” has been used quite recently in medicine, female starvation could be found even in the first-century Rome, where women rejected food to break free from the traditional patriarchy-formed roles of mothers (González-Arias, “‘The Famine of the 90s’: Female Starvation and Religious Thought in Leanne O’Sullivan’s Waiting for My Clothes” 51).
The classic ghost story of Henry James’ ‘Turn of the Screw’ comes with all of the necessary embellishments that one would affiliate with a ghost story: haunted mansion, innocent children and a woman who is not all that she seems. That woman falls into figure as the governess, a woman who is mentally unstable and as noted on previously, sexually frustrated, and is a part of an unrequited love relationship with her master. She efficaciously being to sexually abuse the children, which is interpreted from an ambiguous perspective, due to her lack of physical satisfaction from the man she loves. When the governess begins to lead her sexual advantages towards Flora, the subtlety only adds to the malevolent of it all. Insisting that the young girl sleeps within her own room, she crudely comments that she “have her … at night, her small white bed being already arranged, to that end, in my room”.
“Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell-bride, brooded on her wrongs. She had been forced down into fearful waters, the cold depths…” (pg 34) She cannot be defined by the role as a hostess. She would attack any person or creature who would dare enter her cave.
She symbolizes evil in the sense that she is born through sin and therefore she represents the punishment that God inflicts on Hester's adulterous act. Pearl also symbolizes the guilt that her parents are experiencing. She defies the puritans' law by being cheerful when she is associating with nature instead of suffering. Another way in which pearl symbolizes punishment is the fact that she keeps pestering and bothering her mother. “‘Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!’
Lady Macbeth is Evil Humans are capable of great compassion, as well as great cruelty. Often they will go to great lengths and use any means necessary to accomplish their goals. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth are guilty of employing heinous ruthlessness to achieve the goal of ruling Scotland. Spurred by Macbeth’s letter of the witches’ prophecies, Lady Macbeth begins a journey which demonstrates her dark and cruel nature ultimately bringing about the downfall of her husband and herself.
This reveals Voltaire’s intention to disclose the inequalities of social standards on females and their feelings of oppression. (grammar???) No matter what horrors are happening to and around a woman, she is unable to prevent or assuage the situation. The moment the Thunder-ten-tronckh family gets murdered by the Bulgars, the lovely Cunegonde gets ravished
Throughout the book, Lee uses irony and characterization to demonstrate how hypocrisy and prejudice can permeate into a society 's beliefs. The irony in Maycomb society highlights hypocritical situations, as shown by the Missionary Circle. “‘Not a white person’ll go near ‘em, but that saintly J. Grimes Everett.’ Mrs. Merriweather played her voice like an organ: every word she said received its full measure: ‘’The poverty… the darkness… the immorality-nobody but J. Grimes Everett knows.
Rikki Tikki is an audacious and inquisitive character in this story who often stands up to Nag and Nagaina. Nagaina is known for being villainous and gullible because she believed Darzee’s wife would come near her if she was hurt. Lastly, Kipling’s use of personification really brings the story alive, especially the feud between Rikki-tikki, Nag, and Nagaina. In the end, being too audacious can endanger you and the people you love because you don’t fully grasp the idea of your consequences until you’ve made your mistakes. Those mistakes can affect not only you but all the people around
England conversely placed the principle amount of blame on women compared to men. Higher church officials held a negative view towards concubines, as one stated that " I speak to you, o charmers of the clergy, appetizing flesh of the devil, that castaway from paradise, you, poison of the minds, death of souls, venom of wind and of eating, companions of the very stuff of sin, the cause of our ruin." In this account, women were equated with being spawns of the devil sent to soil the souls of priests. In England, however, this viewpoint distorts even further to women in general. It was thought that " The polluting, sexual presence of women 'defiled the lips and hands ' of priests and, therefore, the sacraments.
In my view, Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation,” is so-titled because Mary’s action and remark made Mrs. Turpin come to an awareness about her rude and wicked behavior. Mrs. Ruby Turpin is a serious Christian according to her own description. However, the reality is that Mrs. Turpin is a racist woman who is filled with hate for African Americans; but she despises “white trash” even more. Mary on the other hand is described as a teenager who is overweight, however the fact that she is a fat teenager has nothing to do with her intellect or common sense of social fairness.
As I would like to think Curleys wife is the loneliest and saddest character in the novel as she has no personality that of which we are told, she has no name which indicates that John Steinbeck would not like to see her as a free willed woman, she is Curleys property meaning she bears the title "Curleys wife" as she is dominated by him. Curley also demands that she is not to wander outside the house unless advised, she does in any case attempting to look for consideration and fondness, she gets away with this utilizing the reason that she 's attempting to find Curley. Her life is dictated by her husband and is demanded to not ever converse with the ranch hands nor allowed to think about them as he will find out. This reminds me how George dictates Lennie into not conversing with anybody unless George permits him, they both additionally rebel by conversing with the ranch hands making excuses to get away with it as they are both so lonely. This is the reason Lennie and Curleys wife are ideal for one another, they both draw out the outrage and love in one another as they are both in the same circumstance, for instance Lennie is mentally handy caped thus meaning if you were like Lennie back then you would be shunned and would only make society worse.
Women were not respected and often thought of sex objects that are there to make great men fall; this becomes very evident in the literature written during this time. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother a monster, who is given the qualities of a women and represents women who are not submissive to their husbands. “Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell bride, brooded on her wrongs. ”(Beowulf, page 56, lines 58, 59).
“The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and and a dull spirit at the same time” (Lavatar). This quote is seen throughout The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, in a character named Abigail Williams. Located in 1600s Salem, Massachusetts, a group of troublesome girls started accusing many innocent people of witchcraft, which causes a lot of people to die. Abigail was the main instigator, using her psychotic personality to full advantage while being driven by her love for John. Since she is motivated by her lust for John Proctor, her decision to accuse Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft creates high tensions, restlessness and death by the end of the play.