Both William Shakespeare with his play King Lear, and Jane Smiley with her modern adaption A Thousand Acres, create their own respective versions of a strong- willed woman who tries to survive the situations she is faced with in her life. Shakespeare created the malicious and scheming character of Goneril who was raised with power and status, while Smiley created the subdued and obliging character of Ginny who was raised to be a respectable woman with strict morals. Despite being placed in similar situations regarding their father 's actions against them, relationship with their sisters, and marriages, Goneril and Ginny reacted with contrasting mannerisms and attitudes towards their situations because of their different background and morals …show more content…
Both fathers, King Lear from King Lear and Larry cook from A Thousand Acres, believe that their daughters are mistreating them by leaving him out in the rain and refuse to admit that they are taking advantage of them. This then results in both fathers insulting their eldest daughters by pointing out how neither Goneril or Ginny cannot carry children and how they are ungrateful for everything their father gave him. Despite being thrown into the same situation, Goneril and Ginny act in a different manner from one another. For example, when Larry bellows his insults at Ginny, “You don’t have to drive me around any more, or cook the goddamned breakfast or clean the goddamned house...Or tell me what I can do and can’t do. You barren whore!...Just a dried-up whore bitch.”(181), she says nothing back at her father and just stands there in shock and listens “I admit that I was transfixed; yes, I thought…Spittle formed in the corners of his mouth, but if it flew, I didn’t feel it. Nor did I step back.”(181) In contrast to Ginny’s actions and attitude, when King Lear begins hosing her. “Hear, Nature, hear; dear Goddess, hear...Into her womb convey sterility,...Create her child of spleen...To have a thankless child. Away, away!”(1.4.282-296) Ginny, angry, lets her father leave with no arguments or protests. She then proceeds to plot against her father, to make him weak so that he does not have the protection to overtake or harm her. “This man had good counsel….And hold out lives in mercy. Oswald, I say!”(1.4.328-333) “Safer than trust too far….When I have showed him th’ unfitness”(1.4.335-339) Because of their different morals and backgrounds, Goneril and Ginny acted in the way that they were raised to behave under the rules of their father. Goneril acted in a destructive
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She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands. I know you must see it now” (III.
William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” discusses how people have both a monstrous and honorable side. Shakespeare demonstrates this by using syntax and figurative language in the soliloquy, “Romeo and Juliet”. In the soliloquy, a monk by the name Friar Laurence, talks about how everybody has a guilty and innocent side. In the story, the Montague and Capulet family are fierce rivals. The rivalry shows the dark side while the love of Romeo and Juliet shows light side of both families.
Lydia and George are giving into the children’s temper tantrums, allowing them to spend more time in the nursery. The children use this weakness of parenting by disrespecting their parents to get what they want. The disrespect towards the children’s parents and the ability for the children to continue doing so shows that the children are overpowering their parents as a result of the lack of discipline, and they are being
(III, v, l. 117) Her father, enraged by disobdience, says "An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend. An you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets,For, by my soul, I’ll ne'er acknowledge thee...” (III, v, l. 193-196) By rebelling against her father, her mum immediately her.
Types of Love in Romeo and Juliet In the play Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses real life scenarios to convey a deep and heartwarming literary work. Romeo and Juliet showcase different types of love throughout the play in unique characters. First, Shakespeare creates the love and bond of friendship between Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio. Secondly, to show parental love he uses characters such as, Friar Laurence, Capulet, Lady Capulet, and Nurse.
(3 marks) The mother was disapproving of the father and the child’s “romping”, playing noisily and boisterously around in the kitchen. Her “countenance/ Could not unfrown itself”(7-8), which means she was frowning the whole time. Her facial expression, her posture,
In cradle- clothes our children where they lay, / And call’d mine Percy, his Plantagenet!” (I.i.78-89). In this passage, King Henry IV is saying this lines at the beginning of the play that induce conflict between Prince Hal and Hotspur. Henry characterizes the acclaim and affluence of Hotspur by calling him ‘the theme of honor’s tongue’; in analyzing, he says, Prince Hal has been besmirched by ‘riot and dishonor.’ He then mentions an old English folk superstition about fairies who exchanged young children at birth.
In addition, the negative connotation of “nothing” repeated several times and the breakdown of the language foreshadows a breakdown of the family. As she reasons about her answer, Cordelia also expresses her compassion towards her father through a hyperbole by stating, “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth” (Lear 1.1.93-94). Justifying her response, Cordelia expresses that her love towards him cannot be properly expressed as she contrasts how he has “begot [her], fed [her], loved [her]” and in return she “obeyed [him], loved [him], and most honored [him]” to show that she loves her fathers as much as their relationship requires (Lear 1.1.99-101). Though she speaks from her heart, Lear ultimately rejects her argument, recognizing that she is not worthy of his wealth as expressed through his belittling tone. As a result, Lear blesses his kingdom upon his ungrateful, lying daughters who he believes to have loved him the most when in fact, he exiled the only daughter to have truly loved him.
Omar Mokhtar Mrs. Carol Amineddine (English Pre IB 1) 3, Sep 2015 Pride and Prejudice Second Essay There are several differences and similarities between books and their movies. There are many similarities between pride and prejudice book and movie. First, the characters were represented in their similar personalities and physical traits. For example Mrs. Bennet wasn’t very in intelgant in the book and in the movie, and that was clear in her interest of the marriage of her daughters.
William Shakespeare's King Lear is depressing and has no mercy, but it also encounters many more aspects which are quite important for everyone to know, such as: trails of deaths, battles, love, hatred, treacheries and most importantly nature and culture. Shakespeare created a play where the world was cruel and there was only plotting and tragedy with no shining light at the end of the tunnel. Shakespeare makes King Lear, a natural figure to show the hypocrisy. The connection between King Lear and Cordelia is an analogy for the relationship of nature and culture. It seems that King Lear believed in culture instead of nature, he could not understand his youngest, nicest and the most loving daughter Cordelia only because she had no words to
It is a striking event how he treats his alleged favourite daughter and how easily he believes the lies he is being fed. Despite this, his quote holds a certain truth to it. As Lear has sinned against Cordelia, his other two daughters have sinned against him. He is right in his words for the reason that, although he was unjust and treated Cordelia disrespectfully, he did it because he felt betrayed.
King Lear is about political authority as much as it is about the power of family and its’ dynamics. Lear is not only a father but also a king, and when he gives away his authority to the unworthy and evil Goneril and Regan, he gives not only himself and his family but all the people of Britain into cruelty and chaos. As the two wicked sisters satiate their demand for power and Edmund begins his own rising, the kingdom collapses into civil clash, and we realize that Lear has destroyed not only his own authority but all authority in Britain. The reliable, hierarchal order that Lear initially represents falls apart and disorder consumes the dimension. The failure of authority in the face of chaos recurs in Lear’s excursions on the heath during the storm.