A theme in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje is that you can’t escape your past. This is demonstrated by each main characters’ behavior and thoughts throughout the novel. Hana, the nurse, can’t escape her pain and grief she is suffering from because of the loss of her father, Kip is haunted by his nationality and his experiences in the war and the English patient or Almasy is haunted by his decision to get involved with a married woman. All of the main characters have regrets and can’t forget about their lives in the past and only time will heal and let them move on. Firstly, Hana is dealing with the grief of losing her father in the war while she was overseas being a nurse for other wounded soldiers.
Emily from “A Rose for Emily,” is oppressed by her father who passed away. Faulkners writes, “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (Page 4). In the short story, Emily’s father is proven to have been oppressive to her after running off every young gentleman that came around looking to court Miss.
In the short story, “The Story of An Hour,” written by Kate Chopin a woman named Louise Mallard is given the devastating news leading her to believe her husband had passed away. Mrs. Mallard’s close friend and sister try to tell her this news in the most gentle way possible since she had a heart condition, but almost immediately Mrs. Mallard started crying and locked the door to her room. Once the crying halted she quickly realized all the freedom she now had in her life because of her husband’s passing. After all the exciting thoughts of her new life, her sister bangs on the door and gets her out of the room. Mr. Mallard walked through the front door, unknown that everyone had thought he was dead.
Similarly, in ‘Poppies’, the mother suffers from an emotional conflict arising from her yearning for her son as the mother seems to be speaking to the memories of her son. By the usage of metaphor and imagery, both poets offer an emphasis on the idea of internal conflict arising to the persona of each poem. Both poets use metaphor to offer their reader a vivid image either on the guilt the narrator is feeling leading to the PTSD he suffers or the yearning of the mother for her son leading to an emotional breakdown of the mother. Armitage uses the metaphor “[the soldier] see every run as it rips through [the looter’s] life - I see broad
During her young and difficult life, she started writing letters to God and express how she feels. She had tremendous abused from her father Alphonso who raped, beaten, and impregnated her twice. She presumed that Alphonso also killed her children after she delivered them. Alphonso had a new wife after her mother died. After quite some time, Alphonso wanted her instead of her pretty sister Nettie to marry a man they known only as Mister but with a real name of Albert.
He recognized her kindness to someone she didn’t really know. One day, she was cleaning in room and notices a picture of her mother. She confronts him as to why he has these pictures of her mother. He emotionally replied, “ I have those pictures of your mother because she is my daughter, which makes me your grandfather.” She was astonished by his words. In that moment, she cried immensely to her grandfather and asked,” why did you hide this from me this whole time?” He says, I had too much anger that your mother left me for some man that I didn’t approve of and I have this regret that destroying me till I got the opportunity to get to know you.
While dormant, this conflict has been raging since the beginning of her marriage, as demonstrated by a poignant scene from chapter three in which the reader is first introduced to Mrs. Pontellier’s marital dissatisfaction. After spending an ungrateful amount of time with her husband for the first time all day, Edna reacts bitterly; “The tears came so fast to Mrs. Pontellier’s eyes that the damp sleeve of her peignoir no longer served to dry them... She could not have told why she was crying. Such experiences as the foregoing were not uncommon in her married life.” (Chopin 6) At this point, her life has been spent in servitude to the “outward existence which conforms.” She performs the duties obligated to her by virtue of marriage; rearing children and caring for a home. This oppressive existence brings no satisfaction to Edna, and ironically, she is more alone in marriage than she has been at any point in her life. This despondence will cause her to seek fulfillment from other sources, leaving her vulnerable to the advances of Robert Lebrun.
As John’s mother was dying, “He felt the hot tears welling up behind his eyelids as he recalled the words and Linda’s voice as she repeated them” (Huxley 201). John was about to cry because he was sad that his mother was dying, which no one in the World State could understand because death was such a normal thing for them that no one got bent up over. While John’s mother is dying, he gets angry because little boys are talking about his mother in an awful way. “The Savage had seized him by the collar, lifted him clear over the chair and, with a smart box on the ears, sent him howling away” (Huxley 202). We see here, that John acts upon his anger and has the ability to be angry, whereas people of the World State would take soma to calm themselves down.
This immediate imagery shows that it is a burden, or something that weighs upon Aunt Jennifer, to be married to her husband. Later in the story, the author continues by stating that “her terrified hands will be/ still ringed with the ordeal she was mastered by” (Rich 531). The word that stands out the most in this phrase is terrified- showing us that it was most likely an abusive marriage between Jennifer and her spouse. When the author references Aunt Jennifer’s embroidery as the conclusion of the poem, it is showing how they continue to live on, “proud and unafraid” (Rich 531). This only furthers the point that Aunt Jennifer was trapped in a marriage where the males were the ones left with their pride and their confidence, whereas the women
This caused Medea to be vengeful and go out on a rampage. Not only did this hurt Jason, but it also hurt the Corinthian king,his daughter and many more. Medea felt justified in her homicidal acts because she had given up so much to be with Jason. Medea’s nurse explained how the main character abandoned her life for a man she believed she loved, “Sometimes she turns to look away, to call out for her father, her country and home: all abandoned and betrayed for a man who now abandons her, betrays her honor and her love. She has learned the hard way what it is to be an exile to had given up everything” ( lines 29-36.)
This is obvious even before the wedding, as Daisy appeared agonized prior to the ceremony: “‘Take ‘em down-stairs and give ‘em back to whoever they belong to. Tell ‘em all Daisy’s change’ her mine. Say ‘Daisy’s change’ her mine!’ She began to cry--she cried and cried”(76). However, Daisy knew, in order to maintain her elevated status on the social hierarchy, she needed to marry a man of the same strata, so she married Tom Buchanan and, “didn’t say another word”(76). The discontent once again becomes apparent directly before the occurrence of the mortality-inducing car crash that killed Tom’s lover, especially demonstrated with Daisy’s venomous comment to Tom, “‘you’re revolting’”(131).
Rosemary Almond was a housewife that was abused by her husband, Derek Almond. Throughout the book we saw that she really loved her husband, but because of the stress that her husband was going through with the terrorist on the loose and the pressure from the leader he was mean and abusive towards her. She played one of the damsels in distress in the book because she was in situations where she needed to be rescued. First by her husband who abused her and almost shot her, but decided not to because the gun was not loaded. We can see that he hurt her badly in panel 6, page 65 where there was a red spot on her clothes because he slapped her and hit her for asking for them to be intimate.
When one of Paul’s best friends Kemmerich dies, Paul is the one who has to tell his mom about the bad news. One quote that points to this is, “I must go and see Kemmerich’s mother… This quaking, sobbing woman who shakes me and cries out on me: ‘Why are you living then, when he is dead?’” (181). Paul had enough bravery to talk to his dead friend’s mother about how her son died. Paul has to lie to Kemmerich’s mother or else she would have been even more upset than she had been when she heard the bad news. Paul is devastated when his friend died but stays brave because he knew with war comes death.
One strong emotional reaction is when Aibileen always mentions something about her past like with her ex-husband, Clyde and her deceased son, Treelore. It’s sad when you keep on remembering your loved ones dying and leaving you. Another strong emotion I had was when every time the maids were discriminated against. It’s not fair that just because of your color that you have to be made fun of. My last strong reaction in the book in my opinion is when the maids get fired.
I’m trying to spare us all terrible grief’”(18). This quote is ironic, as David makes a fast decision to spare his wife, Norah, grief by giving her more grief with the lie he told her. In David’s past he grew up with a sister much younger than he was, with a heart defect,. When his sister died at age 12, he saw his mother in terrible grief. Therefor having to see his mother always grieving over his sister, he made a vast decision to