“Herbal” by Nalo Hopkinson can be interpreted in many ways. Some readers may presume that the story talks about anxiety and depression, while others say it is about drugs and possibly abuse. I believe that the story is about the main character, Jenny, and her life with an abusive partner. The story shows that a victim in an abusive relationship will always have feelings for their partner, even when the partner is no longer in his or hers life. There 's always that desire for the abusive partner because our human nature is to desire and be desired by someone.
Both Lilith and Molly fall into this trap as well however on the masculine side. As Jesser writes: “Butler’s Heroine certainly displays characteristics that often fall into the masculine code of behaviors, such as greed, aggression and a desire to dominate” (39). Both Molly and Lilith show these behaviors along with following the stereotype of masculinity equaling strength. When Lilith tries to control the humans she often ends up resorting to force. When Case tries to rape one of the women Lilith responds with more violence (Butler 177-178).
Manipulation of Men through the Power of Women in The Crucible and The Great Gatsby “A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way and works within whatever system she is in. ”(Anita Brookner). Manipulative abusers have a tendency to abide in extremes. They regularly begin off being extremely thoughtful, considerate and mindful.
Motives for almost every action vary from person to person and artifice is no different. In The Crucible the reason behind Abigails witchery and manipulative ways his because she wants to be with John Proctor. Her own selfish wants come before others lives, Abigail being a very egotistical antagonist, overshadows the other girls motives. While mary Warren seems to just want attention and to be treated better, the other girls motives vary as well. Though overall these young women have an array of reasons, from adulterous revenge to the basic overall concept of the book, being scapegoating.
Abigail’s villainy consists of lying, plotting revenge, and murder. She is a great villain because whenever someone accuses her of lying, she can think of an excuse really quickly. All of the immediate comebacks keep the reader on their toes. “DANFORTH: turning worriedly to Abigail: … ‘Is it
Norma has a really strong personality and is really persistent when it comes to taking an easy reward. “Reaching out, she pressed it down. For us, she thought angrily” (Matheson 110). This displays Norma’s thinking and a peek into her personality. She couldn’t hold herself back from pushing the button, which tells us that she is weak and has no self-control.
Which she hopes with this masculinity she can pull off a huge cruel, murderous, plan. Lady Macbeth made it clear in the story that she was ruthless. She told Macbeth that she would bash in the brains of her baby she was nursing. How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless
Among the faults of humanity that The Crucible demonstrate in its characters’ actions is greed and abuse of power and authority. With power often comes arrogance and abuse from the authority. When humans are given control over situations and the ability to choose how options play out, they often lean towards the choices that will benefit them most. The corruption of leaders and powerful figures are due to this selfishness-- and often vanity--in regards to their own reputation. In The Crucible, this is seen through Abigail’s controlling nature towards the other girls, “Let either of you breathe a word… I can make
Blanche is by far one of the most complex characters of the entire play! She is a very intelligent and sensitive woman who understands the values of literature and the possibilities of the human imagination. She is also very emotionally traumatized and unstable. This, in a sense gives her own imagination permission to become a safe haven to store her pain! Blanches personal opinion of her real self as opposed to how she would like to be has been increasingly blurred over the years!
The main character may live in the medieval times but she is no simple portrait of a woman of those times. She is complex, she is shameless about sexual exploits, she is not afraid to speak freely or use her “sexual power to obtain what she wishes”. (Smith) She is a strong-willed and dominant woman who gets what she wants when she wants it. However this also brings back up the negative aspect of the female sexuality and being female in general during this time.
The perfect target for prejudice. Because of her physical traits Maleeka gets bullied by the “cool” kid Charlese and her sycophants. As Maleeka is a target for prejudice, she is taunted, bullied, and named all the time. To change who she is she hangs out with Charlese and her sycophants Raina and Raise.
The queen bee 's clique follows all of her orders; therefore, they do all of the queen 's dirty work. The queen bee acts as though everyone is beneath her. She is very rude and narcissistic. If she does not like someone, or someone has done her wrong, she is quick to use them as a victim. She will victimize that person by turning their friends against them, humiliating them, or telling everyone their secrets.
The characters are very important in Octavia Butler’s science fiction short story “Bloodchild”. A character is a person presented on a dramatic or narrative work. When it comes to the story of “Bloodchild”, most people would agree that gender roles are reversed. This agreement may end, however, on the question of character in Butler. It is safe to say that understanding the characters, who they are and what they do, help explain the theme of gender roles.