Everyone has those moments in life when something is going very wrong or isn’t going their way and wish they could blame it on someone else that isn’t involved or responsible doing these things. The concept of this is the basic definition of scapegoating. In the short story, by Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” he talks about a fiction town that is preforming one of the most extreme examples of scapegoating. In the case of the this town, they use a child as their way to scapegoat. They have put a child into a small cellar like room then neglect it and show it no sign of kindness so their entire city could never experience pain and have lifelong happiness for the rest of the population of the city.
People lie for many reasons. Sometimes it’s to themselves, sometimes it’s to others. No matter who they are lying to, it always affects others around you. In the story The Crucible by Arthur Miller, lying is a very common theme. Many characters lie, which include John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris, and many others.
Sylvia Plath finished her poem, “Lady Lazarus”, only a few days before her suicide in 1963, when her clinical depression she dealt with for most of her life was unbearable. The same year she published her novel The Bel Jar, which is considered to be semi-autobiographical. This paper discusses the references Sylvia Plath makes to The Bell Jar and the parallels between “Lady Lazarus” and the protagonist of The Bell Jar Esther Greenwood. Very significant for the poem is its title “Lady Lazarus”. Lazarus of Bethany is a biblical character featured in the book of John and the Bible says: "The sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that son of God, might be glorified thereby."
In the novel, “Sula”, author Toni Morrison addresses a series of obstacles faced by individuals who find themselves entrenched within marginalised societies. Morrison’s writing style differs from most other authors in the sense that it sheds light on imperative issues that would otherwise remain concealed; issues such as internecine racism, patriarchy and scapegoating within the African-American context. In “Sula”, Morrison introduces the question: What is the relationship between the individual and the community? She manages to do so by describing the conflict that exist between the Sula Peace and her local community. As a consequence of this conflict Sula, one of the main protagonists in the novel, becomes the scapegoat of her community.
Arthur Miller’s portrayal of a town in the midst of a downfall “The Crucible”, tells the story of how mob mentality and hysteria can significantly influence not only individuals but the whole town. This mob mentality leads to unthoughtful acts and false accusations. Two characters who demonstrate how mob mentality can lead to the demise of Salem are Abigail and Mary Warren. As Abigail begins to be accused she is pressured to deter from the truth. While Mary Warren gets pressured by Proctor to reveal the truth about Abigail, but the overwhelming pressure from the mob makes her turn from the truth.
Roald Dahl's short story Lamb to the Slaughter is a very intriguing read. Dahl uses a lot of characterization throughout the story, giving subtle descriptions of what the characters are like. This happens the most with the main character, Mary Maloney. In the beginning of the story, Dahl describes Mary as as being six months pregnant, with big calm eyes. This displays a picture of innocence.
In the world today and in the past, humans have always had a dark, manipulative side to themselves. Often times, that corrupted part of us can be unlocked in situations that bring about our insecurities. People go through numerous methods to be able to cope and face their threats without revealing their inner darkness that has manifested over time. In Mary Maloney’s case in “Lamb to the Slaughter,” a short story by Roald Dahl, she loses her sense of innocence and self-control to terminate the threat as a way of protection. Through the usage of a variety of literary devices in Dahl’s story, he reveals that every person has an inner darkness that can be triggered by situations that can affect his or her ability to think rationally.
Chanel Courant Poetry Analysis As two 20th century female poets who served as feminist figureheads for the literary genre, Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich's works experience some expected crossover in thematic content and overarching ideas about the stifling entrapments of womanhood, abuse of power, and pain as means of freedom. Plath's "Lady Lazarus" focuses on the control that comes with the vulnerability and entertainment tied to public displays of mental illness, while Rich's "Valediction Forbidding Mourning" depicts the female struggle to express emotion within the confines of male dictation, and the two find their commonality in the search for autonomy in a world where women are not afforded the luxury, and where their feelings are watered down to spectacles to be watched or immaturity to be subdued. Plath's works are overwrought with autobiographical sentiments of suicide and depression, and
The 1950’s for American citizens carried great numbers of depression and anxiety resulting in increased suicide rates particularly after the World War. Depression of the time was especially seen in women because even though they valued their role as a housewife, it was often overwhelming as they were generally mistreated and left feeling miserable. They had no control over their marriage and in some instances the husband may have had numerous affairs whilst still married, increasing the risk of developing depression. Unfortunately, over the decades, suicide has sadly become more prevalent occurring everywhere in the world to people of all age groups, it is a serious topic because it accounts for more deaths than a lot of other fatal diseases. Depression and suicide poems are constantly surfacing, fortunately they provide meaningful
Abigail Williams was a character in a play by Arthur Miller called The Crucible. She wasn’t just a character in Miller’s play, she was a real woman during the Salem witch trials and caused just has much trouble in her actual life as she did in the play. Abigail was extremely selfish, cruel, and possibly insane. She hurts so many people in such a short amount of time and hardly seems to care as long as she doesn’t get in trouble.
This warm June afternoon, I live in the Protestant village of Salem, Massachusetts, year 1692. Being a mere girl, I help my mother out at home with cleaning, tending to the farm, taking care of my younger siblings and many more chores. My older, and eldest sibling John is at school practicing literature and medicine as my father did before him. Everyday, he passes the town's courthouse who host trials starring witches prosecuted for doing the devil's work. It was rumored Marybelle Fisher was to be trialed today.