(Chopin, 2014) Louise’s withdrawal to her room acts as a metaphor for her life as a married woman. So far, Brently Mallard controlled the decisions, now Louise has the freedom to make her own choices without the ties of marriage. This metaphor shows oppression because Louise’s old life is compared to the oppressive feelings one has when confined to a room. Once locked in a room, a person would feel powerless, forgotten, and alone.
Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam makes many valid points about women’s identities in marriage. Mariam’s choices throughout the play reflect her understanding of the fact that in the world she lives there is no space for a chaste, honest, independent woman. The standards that a woman of the time are impossible and Mariam’s attempts to grapple with them are doomed to fail. After experiencing the freedom of self expression afforded to her after she believes her husband has died she is unwilling to re-enter the position of a subordinate.
This relates to the theme: death is a part of life, so we need to live our best lives each day because Peter’s daughter’s death was a part of his life, but it exposed and ruined him. In order for Hazel to live her best life she cannot give up because Gus is dead. Death and hardship is a part of being alive, so Hazel needs to be resilient through to keep grief from revealing her worst self. In conclusion, when Peter Van Houten speaks with Hazel and
Mallard, one can conclude that she suffers defeat by being the lesser of her marriage. After years of being an accessory to her husband, Mrs. Mallard could not help but to feel completely taken with pleasure at the thought of her husband’s supposed death. In her mind, her husband’s death meant that she would finally be open to the world, that she could now live her life in whichever way she dreams. This new-found feeling of freedom caused her to act in ways she would never consider around her husband. She locks herself into her room to collect her exuberant thoughts and to confirm it to herself that she no longer must live according to her condescending
Besides helping the reader to connect to the literary work, imagery also functions to strengthen and develop the work’s underlying themes. For instance, in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard sits alone at her window, contemplating the news that her husband is dead. A storm outside has just passed: She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air.
From the very beginning irony is used. Jenifer Hicks brings out the point of irony when she quotes that Mrs. Mallard “would have no one follow her to her room”. Mrs. Mallard might have also meant that she would have no one interfere with how she lives her life again (Hicks). Another source of Irony is at the beginning when Mrs. Mallard’s sister thinks she is deeply saddened by Mr. Mallard’s death. “Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhole, imploring for admission.
She develops illusions of a woman that is trapped in the wallpaper that becomes more apparent as her social isolation becomes more apparent. Her frantic need to free the woman behind the wallpaper is eventually successful as she begins isolates herself further
In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza’s shame and despair dragging her down, contrasted with her vivid dreams of escaping her economic class providing purpose and hope demonstrate the dual contradictory effects of poverty on an individual. While she does express ambition for her aspirations, Esperanza’s economic troubles cause her to feel despondent and isolated, demonstrated by her disappointment with her material possessions. Her despair is first introduced in the vignette “The House on Mango Street” where a passing nun views Esperanza’s run-down house. The nun responds to her house with disbelief and disgust, prompting Esperanza’s embarrassment: “The way she said it made me feel like nothing.
Blanche’s anger of being lonely results in her envious feelings towards her sister, so she plans to devastate her sister’s life and this creates the idea of sibling rivalry ( DiGaetani 69). For instance, in the first she comments on her sister’s apartment saying “What are you doing in a place like this?” (Williams 19). Her comment reflects her malice feelings, because she is homeless and her sister is living in an apartment with her husband. Moreover, Blanche insists on describing Stanley with rough descriptions in front of her sister, she told Stella “you are married to a madman”( Williams 64).
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a short story that deals with the concepts of gender difference and madness. The narrator in the story is a ‘bad’ and ‘unsuccessful’ woman and is also mentally-ill. Gilman criticizes the mainstream opinions regarding those concepts using symbolism and imagery. Gilman uses imagery and symbolism when describing the windows and the wallpaper, which helps the reader better understand the differences between ‘normal’ people’s outlook and the one of an insane person, such as the narrator. The windows are a symbol of the way most people, according to Gilman, view the world.
With Stella Kowalski no longer residing at Bell Reve and all other family members ailing, DuBois was left in charge of Belle Reve and its finances, which also contributed to DuBois’s break with reality (Williams). DuBois had to stand by and watch everyone she knows die, yet she couldn’t run away as Stella Kowalski did, for she contains a perseverant attitude and therefore could not break down and be weak. She stayed strong, cold, and
The Yellow Wallpaper In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a married couple is getting their house renovated, and they rent a spooky house for three months. The wife believes she sees creepy things happening in the house but the husband disagrees and says everything is fine. During the short story, Gilman vividly describes the setting of the house to be a gloomy, mysterious place that she calls a “haunted house.” Gilman is trying to show that the woman is not allowed to present her expressions of the house to her husband, and she does not get to show her feelings, because he shows authority in the marriage.
Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" demonstrates how an unhappy wife rejoices internally over a forbidden independence. Chopin uses a variety of symbols and imagery throughout the story to explain Mrs. Mallard's emotional and physical state. The continuous theme of oppression represents the thoughts of a young woman yearning for an escape from a society where her true thoughts are not acceptable. As a feminist writer, she aims to give women the strength to reject what society constructs as behaving like a lady but, see herself as an individual worth significance.