The Demonization of Empress Dowager Cixi Empress Dowager Cixi effectively ruled over the Qing Dynasty (modern day China) for 47 years, from 1861 until her death in 1908. In a time when the Celestial Empire was crumbling, she pulled the strings of her puppet emperors and held it together as best she could but has been made a scapegoat by historians for matters that were out of her control. Republicans have also used the Empress Dowager as a scapegoat to discredit the dynasty after its fall. In reality, the Empress Dowager had many successes during her reign; China had its first victory in modern diplomacy at the Treaty of Saint Petersburg in 1881, modernisation of the Imperial Army and founding a national naval force, she set out a plan to combat
Many know her for a Queen that supported her people, killing her cousin, and defeating the Spanish Armanda, but killing her cousin Mary was her most important contribution in history because Mary the Queen of Scots was also an important figure in history and you will know more about her when you read my friends essay...... @Brenna Riley Mayberry. Anyways back to Elizabeth, she never liked fighting and she still held the throne for 44 years! Forty four years is a lot and we are talking about 16,071 days of staying in power and keeping England in power through wars, political and religious
She challenges and drives Macbeth to kill King Duncan. “Quote” Had Lady Macbeth not persuaded her weak husband to kill duncan, this whole quarrel would have been avoided . Although Lady Macbeth started it, she was not a pure villain. In Act 5, scene 1 she has nightmares while sleepwalking about Banquo and the blood on her hands. A real villain would not feel guilty after committing a crime.
After the victory at Orleans, Joan was nicknamed “The Maid of Orleans”. She became a very well known leader, even though Charles still did not have full trust in her after her victory in overtaking the English army. After her success she continued to push Charles to hurry to Reims to be crowned. He and his advisors did not want to rush anything so they took their time on getting there and getting crowned. They finally entered Reims on July 18, 1429 and Charles was crowned Charles VII with Joan at his side.
This lead to a trial, which ultimately lead to her be found guilty of being a witch and having relations with numerous amounts of men. She was imprisoned in a tower, and eventually beheaded because of her charges: “Reviled by many as the concubine who displaced a rightful queen, she was beheaded on outrageous, fabricated charges of treason, witchcraft, and sexual depravity” (Hoak 1). Most people who were convicted of witchcraft were burned at the stake, however Anne was pitied and was able to have the quick, instant death by
273). By doing this, Billy’s mother prevents him from developing sexually, but through sexual intercourse with Candy, he is able to briefly revive his manhood. Once Nurse Ratched threatens to call his mother however, fearing what may happen, Billy commits suicide. For contrast purposes, Kesey portrays the nurse in charge of the disturbed ward as the ideal authoritative female in between Nurse Ratched and the whores (Candy and Sandy); a kind and nurturing woman who bandages McMurphy and flirts with
Sue Monk Kidd presents Lily’s insecure personality in her novel The Secret Life of Bees to convince the audience to see Lily in an innocent light. Kidd desires to portray Lily as innocent to justify her running away from T. Ray and her home. An excerpt from the onset of the book reveals Lily’s insecurity: “There was nothing worse than clumps of whispering girls who got quiet when I passed. I started picking scabs off my body and, when I didn’t have any, gnawing the flesh around my fingernails till I was a bleeding wreck”(9). As one analyzes this portion of the book, Lily convinces herself that she does not care what the others think about her.
In the Bildungsroman, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily, the young motherless protagonist, exists in a life which lacks love and care, but with an act of rebellion, alters the entire course of her life. After enduring cruel punishments from a sadist father, Lily accepts this as the way of life she must live. However, after a crucial moment, Lily begins to consider the idea of freedom from her oppressive life; she realizes this when she and Rosaleen, her substitute mother, come under arrest for disrupting the public and Terrence, her father, would only take Lily out of jail. This is a pivotal moment as Lily a heated conversation with her father and exclaims, “You don’t scare me”(Kidd 38). Her brash action to rebel against her father
Rasheed was happy with Laila, but until Mariam got to know her, she thought Laila was a no good husband stealer. As the story progressed and Rasheed began to shun Laila as well because she gave him a baby girl instead of a boy, Laila and Mariam teamed up and protect each other instead of fighting one another. Rasheed had gotten more brutal even with a baby in the house. Laila and Mariam had enough of Rasheed's horribleness towards them, they decided to run away and start a new life, but soon were turned into the police and returned to Rasheed who did terrible things to them. “She was being dragged by the hair… He let go of Laila's hair, and she felt the toe of his shoe connect with her left buttock….
Billy Bibbit’s suicide is caused by Nurse Ratched as her constant threats frightened Billy to a point where he took his own life. Although McMurphy encouraged Billy to pursue his desires with Candy and initiated the entire incident, Nurse Ratched maliciously used his weak point to control Billy. She knew that Billy’s mother is his weakness so just as he began to become independent and defiant to her rules, she threatened to tell his mother despite his begging, as it states, “‘Nuh! Nuh!’ His mouth was working. He shook his head, begging her.
Like Boo Radley, Mrs Dubose 's courage is not plainly seen by Scout and Jem at the beginning, but her couragesness teaches the children something they will never forget. For Scout, Mrs. Dubose is a brash, nasty woman who takes over their afternoons after Jem goes crazy on her camellias. It 's not until after she dies that Scout and Jem get a sense of what 's going on behind the drool and venom. Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict who had vowed to go clean before she died, and enlisted Jem and Scout (without their knowledge) to keep her off the stuff for longer and longer periods of time. Atticus tells the kids the lesson he hopes they 've learned from her.