Emily Grierson in the short story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner goes through depressing events in her life, but how she deals with these stressors is what is interesting. Ms. Grierson has to deal with the loss of her father. Additionally, the fact that her new found lover did not want to marry her and could leave her at anytime causes more stress. Both of these situations lead her to isolate herself from other people, fearing the thought of the town looking at her as weak. The loss of her father, her lover Barron possibly leaving her, and the thought of being weak, causes Emily Grierson to obtain the fear of abandonment.
By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth realized the consequences her and her husband are going through. She tried to save her out of control relationship by drawing him from plotting. However, she was too weakened by her own psychological guilt that left her drained and was unable to stop Macbeth. In fact, due to her guilt of taking part of the murdering, she started sleepwalking and having delirious visions. These visions make her believe she has blood on her hands that can’t was off, symbolizing what’s done cannot be undone.
Sethe figuratively returns to the murder of Beloved and erases from her life some of the overwhelming impact of that action, giving herself a chance to reintegrate her profoundly fractured psyche. It is almost as if there is no longer a fleshmemory of her murder of her child. Intellectually Sethe knows it happened, but the memory of it functions like a demagnetized tape recording; traces of the recording remain perhaps, but they can no longer play themselves out at anything like original volume. (Koolish 186) At this moment, Sethe focuses her rage on the cause of all her pain and misery i.e. the while folk.
/ Is Romeo slaughtered and is Tybalt dead?”(3.2.70-71). This quote at the middle of the story shows that Juliet tells her family and the nurse what they want to hear from her, meaning Juliet doesn’t have her own opinion, so her family takes this as an advantage so they could persuade Juliet that the Montagues are evil people. So, Juliet expresses that she’s angry about Tybalt’s death, and wants to avenge her family member (Tybalt). In relation to this, this expresses that she’s loyal to her family’s interests and doesn’t have her own opinion based on her experiences. Towards the end of the story, when Juliet asks Friar Lawrence for assistance concerning the marriage, Friar Lawrence expressed to Juliet, “O Juliet, I already know
In Strindberg’s Miss Julia and Mamet’s Oleanna, readers are able to conclude that the battle between John and Miss Julia and John and Carol are similar. In Miss Julia, Julia is portrayed as a fragile woman who allow Jean, a heartless man leads her into her downfall—her death. On the other hand, in Oleanna, John, the professor is forced to live nightmare because of Carol, his student. This similarity allows the readers to realize that in life, history repeats itself; this includes personal and professional conflicts that human beings are forced to face throughout their life journey here on earth. After reading Oleanna, I am able to conclude that John is right; therefore, I have sympathy for him.
Despite representing Sethe’s life after slavery, Sethe’s inability to both forgive and release herself from her guilt sees her desperate attempts to veil it with a love for Denver that Paul D claims is “too thick” (Morrison, 2007: 203). Memories of her dead daughter are thus both an implement of healing and a tool of masochism. Sethe’s forces her into a kind of stasis; an interloper that prevents her from moving on from her haunted past. But, unlike her mother, eventually “Denver prevents the past from trespassing on her life” (Ayadi, 2011: 266) and becomes a transformed female figure. With the introduction of a long-lost friend of Sethe’s from her days at the slave yard, Sweet Home, Paul D at first appears to be the liberator of Sethe from the shackles of her actions and the heavy weight of not only her child’s death.
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.
Leo Buscaglia once said, “Let go. Why do you cling to the pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday.” The past can be extremely difficult to let go of as past actions and events can continue to haunt an individual. The protagonist in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, must contend with aspects of her past as she struggles to escape its troubled and scandalous ropes. The suicide of her husband has a lasting impact on her outlook on life as she places the blame on herself, causing her to become reluctant about letting go.
Through the pain and losses in her family, she begins to get motivated and is able to stick up for herself and others for what she feels is right. (Her father was killed because he felt communism was right). As Liesel grows up, she begins to re-evaluate her life, and creates a set of moral rules for herself instead of what society dictated for her. Liesel then begins to understand that her mouth (language) could be a blessing and a curse, and living under the control of the Nazi’s it changes her views on life. After books she reads, writes and steals, she learns more about herself, she evolves from a “powerless” character to a powerful character who can change the lives of many.
In the play written by Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the reader is introduced to the protagonist, a lady by the name of Blanche, who struggles to better herself, help her sister Stella, and leave her past experiences behind. Throughout the play, Blanche is verbally abused by Stanley and the reader sees this when Blanche finally stands up for herself and quotes, “Poems a dead boy wrote. I hurt him the way that you would like to hurt me, but you can’t” (1793). It seems that Blanche still feels guilty and takes the blame for the death of her husband, but she is also done with Stanley antagonizing her. When Stanley is going through her belonging, she can already tell he is dangerous and has bad intentions of hurting others.