He is mainly focused in the relationship between Stellas sister, Blanche and the environment of the raffish charm city, New Orleans. In the beginning of the play, Blanche and New Orleans are anticipated as totally incongruous together. The reason why this controversy is created between Stellas sister and New Orleans, is that Blanche comes from Belle Reve, a completely different city, and she is not used to the life in the place where Stella has settled down, as she is described as a highbrow person, from an elevated social class who is well refined and very delicate. Her character is also noticed from the fluffy bodice clothes and the white gloves that she is wearing, as well as the cultural language that Blanche uses to communicate with the others. On the other hand, New Orleans is a small city, with old white painted houses with rickety stairs, with an atmosphere of decay, full of bars where the loud disturbing sound of the tinny piano is heard, and people that behave differently from what Blanche expected.
We can see from the relationships she had with men that she defied the generally accepted norms and tradions of the nineteenth- century women. Jane Eyre can be labelled as a feminist role model of the Victorian Era due to her commitment to dignity, independence , freedom of choice and her willingness to speak her mind. WORKS CITED: 1 Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. W.W. Norton and Company, Inc, New York: 1987.
Isabel and Ruth lived in Rhode Island, until they were sold to the rich, snobby Lockton couple in New York. Isabel’s main priority was her sister; she tried to protect her from Madam Lockton’s harsh ways, but after a few months of being in New York, Isabel’s life took a terrible turn. Though Isabel was worked like a horse, she learned that tough work can help you reach your goals in life. Through hard work and terrible punishments, Isabel kept her sister and herself safe. In this story, Isabel faced lots of conflict with Madam Lockton.
The Compare and Contrast on The Age of Innocence and Maggie: A Girl on the Street The Age of Innocence is written by Edith Wharton. It is about the New York City’s best families. Its three protagonists, Newland, Ellen and May, are from those families. The fiction mainly records a love story with no perfect ending between Newland and Ellen and the dirty parts of the best families. Maggie: A Girl on the Street is written by Stephen Crane.
Eliot’s characterisation of the novel’s heroine, as dark and rebellious, unlike Charlotte Bronte’s reserved Jane Eyre, evidently becomes one of the leading factors in her tragic death. Although Eliot contested feminism in her time, claiming to be “a daughter of the fathers” (Mitchell 14), her novels nonetheless strive to give a realistic depiction of social outsiders and small town persecution .Rather than creating “silly novels by lady novelists [who] rarely introduce us into any other than very lofty and fashionable society” (Eliot 1856), Eliot challenges the representations of dark women in traditional English society, much like a late Jean Rhys in Wide Sargasso Sea, detailing their hardships and unpleasant endings. Therefore, in analysing what Philip terms as Maggie’s “long suicide” (Eliot 429), I aim to uncover the years of societal abuse dark women endured in European society,
Unlike the peaceful and joyful scenery of New York City, the ideological conflict between patriarchy and feminism is fiercely undergoing, displayed in Nick’s first visit to Daisy and Tom Buchanan. On the one hand, the text depicting the scene “reinforces patriarchal ideology” (Tyson 119) through detailed characterization of Tom, exposing men’s oppression on women. On the other hand, it also “undermines patriarchy” (Tyson 119) by portraying Miss Baker as a counter example against the patriarchal repression on women. From the perspective of feminist analysis, the text about Nick’s first visit to Daisy and Tom in the very beginning of the whole book insightfully reveals an ideologically conflicted view towards patriarchal ideology in physical, social and psychological aspects.
This essay will discuss how Sylvia Plath uses figurative language to represent Esther’s feelings of insanity, anxiety, and freedom. 2. Insanity One of the most important symbols of insanity in Sylvia Plath’s novel is the bell jar. Given the fact that this is also the title of the book, it is surprising to find that the bell jar only recurs at the beginning of chapter fifteen when Esther, after being ‘rescued’ from the city hospital, reflects on how indifferent she is to where exactly she is at the moment. “If Mrs Guinea had given me a ticket to Europe, or a round-the-world cruise, it wouldn 't have made once scrap of a difference to me, because wherever I sat – on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok – I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air” (Plath 2006, 199).
Throughout Edith Wharton’s Transcendental novel, Age of Innocence, she creates a complex society based on social norms. During this work, Wharton suggests that power is based on wealth and that an individuals’ potential is limited to some extent by the strict rules of upper class New York society. For instance, the elites of New York refuse to let Ellen Olenska into their society because she is a woman who left her husband. These New Yorkers are worried that they will be breaking the social code by having an outcast as an acquaintance. Ellen’s struggles in fitting into society depicts the fact that one cannot ignore all social norms and be accepted by anyone worried about their own status.
The Bell Jar While New York City is a city of hopes, dreams, fame, shining lights, and parties, Sylvia Plath, the author of The Bell Jar, explains that is not the case for her main character, Esther. Plath replaces the glamour of New York City with isolation; therefore, the title is a direct representation of Esther’s mental suffocation. Esther also demonstrates the difficulty of a teenage girl attempting to chase her dreams, but ultimately gets confused and emotional about what she wants to do with her life. Conclusively, Esther becomes more isolated as time progresses, and she refuses to get assistance from a physician. Later she attempts to end her life, due to her isolation, denial, and intellectualization.
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald criticizes the constraints thrust upon women as dictated by the society stereotypes in the 1920s, and shows how internalizing and adhering to societal values, imprisons the individual and strips them of the qualities that allows them to attain the happiness that they desire. This is seen in Myrtle, who in order to pursue her dreams of wealth, summons her downfall by acting according to the societal pressures imposed on a woman, which had been incarnated within herself. Myrtle was an ambitious woman, who had grown up in the slums and
Ellen Olenska is, in essence, the complete opposite of what women were expected to be. Wharton chose to challenge those standards with Ellen in particular. Wharton created Ellen Olenska to show the reader that society’s double standards could be challenged. For example, it was forbidden for women to leave their husband, but Ellen Olenska left Count Olenska in Europe and moved to New York. Ellen was seen as striking towards the public upon her arrival, showing more skin than appropriate in New York for women at this time.
Similarly to Penelope, Cersei Lannister is noble mother figure in society. Rather than being accepted into society for her normal behavior, it is her submission to society which brings her social acceptance. Cersei Lannister is a powerful, beautiful woman. Sadly her Lannister title brings her into sinister situations where she is forced to make life and death decisions, both for her family and for her people of King’s Landing. Cersei is kidnapped by a rival group in the city, they hold her hostage and refuse her water and food.