Many writers portrayed in their literary works plots, settings and characters that were torn from real life experiences. The Southern Belle is one of the most recognizable examples of that era and even today it remains an intriguing study case for
Some aspects of history should stay hidden. In the Southern Gothic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it tells a story of southern culture and values through a young girl’s perspective of growing up in the 1930s in Alabama. The Southern Gothic genre is supposed to resemble the southern culture, but have a bit of a creepier element to it. Throughout this time period, Lee illustrates the struggles and hardships, as well as victories and overcoming obstacles for the people. She also writes of very realistic problems many faced in the 1930s such as money problems, discrimination, growing up, learning the truth, and judging.
Womack emphasizes that critics misjudge Harjo’s poetry by presuming a heterosexual reading for her poetry and paying no attention to her intention, same-sex desire. One of these critics is James Ruppert, who responds to Harjo’s poetry without making any reference to lesbianism. In Ruppert’s “ What Moon Drove Me To This”, he represents Harjo as a feminist writer who is interested in presenting her native culture. Womack argues that Harjo’s “Isleta Women Singing” is published in the earlier book of Harjo’s The Last Song, but Ruppert ignores the idea of same-sex desire in that poem intentionally. According to Womack, Ruppert follows the steps of the most critics, and he has the same interpretation that they have of Harjo’s
The “Misfit” then sees her unwillingness to change as a person and has her watch her family die in front of her (in the woods to the side while she could hear the gunshots). This unwillingness to change theme is also communicated well throughout “A Rose for Emily.” In this short story, we follow Emily who is completely unwilling to change and has a stubbornness about her that forces her to commit acts of violence against people who she loved. Emily is completely stubborn and unwilling to change throughout the story and this stubbornness shows that people can be unwilling to change. Emily is shown throughout the story as an individual who cannot be told anything from anyone and when the state
Southern Gothic has shaped American society today. Southern Gothic appears in novels, movies, theater plays, and many other works. American society reflects the Southern Gothic genre in many aspects of entertainment. Southern Gothic is a genre based on the south that focus on grotesque themes. Society still sees the genre aspects in art and literature today.
O’Connor uses a unique blend of setting, tone, irony, and character development to make this short story a quick yet fascinating read. One of the fundamental elements of the southern gothic style of writing is roots in the American south.
Of Mice and Men, one of Steinbeck 's classic novellas, is constructed on the strange friendship between George Milton and Lennie Smalls and their journey to achieving the American Dream. On their quest, they arrive at a farm where they meet a nameless farm wife who is simply referred to as Curley 's wife. Throughout the novella she is objectified and isolated which helps develop the theme of loneliness. Because she is a woman, she is deprived of many opportunities to have dreams and goals in her life. Steinbeck crafts Curley’s wife’s character to demonstrate the role of women in the 1930’s, and to prove that women will never be able to achieve the American Dream because of the sexist society present during that time period.
American short story writer, novelist, essayist and memoirist Welty is often designated as one of the notable southern regionalists, along with such writers as william Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter and Flannery O’connor. Welty has distinguished between two styles in her writing, which she labels”inside stories” and “outside stories.” The Inside stories are introspective and the thoughts and emotions of her characters are clearly delineated. They include the novels “Delta Wedding” and “The optimist Daughter” and many other short stories. Outside stories are those in which the reader has no access to the charactes’ thoughts. Characterization is achieved through dialogue.
She only went to school for a few years because she had to take care of her family, so Mayella’s opportunity to learn the proper ways of a woman vanished. She never learned moral values like telling the truth, and was never treated with respect. When she was being called “ma’am” in court, she accused Atticus of making fun of her, but if she stayed in school she would have known that is how to properly address others. The flowers in Mayella’s garden symbolize how she needs beauty in her ugly life, and how caring is a positive thing, but sometimes no matter how hard you try hard, the things you care about will still die (like her relationship with Tom Robinson). Mayella grew up with an abusive father, so she never learns how actions can have consequences.
This poem is a sharp contrast to the one that I first chose to read, and has a more somber theme to it. The theme that I saw most displayed in this poem was that although your life may not make a huge difference to the world, your life could make a huge difference to one person. The woman described in the poem was, “A Maid whom there were none to praise/ and very few to love” (Wordsworth 491). This woman was beautiful, describe as, “A violet by a mossy stone”, but few people loved her and so when she died, no one was around to care except the narrator. When she died, the narrator sums up his feelings by saying, “But she is in her grave, and, oh/ the difference is to me!” (Wordsworth 491).