Additionally the central image of Atwood’s Cat’s Eye is clearly a blue cat’s eye marble, which re appears a number of times during the course of Elaine’s turbulent journey toward maturity. Particularly, where Elaine elaborates on the game of marbles itself, its value seems to be its beauty. Although she does play marbles at school risking, the loss of her cat’s eye marbles, she actually risks losing the blue one. Instead, she keeps it in her red plastic purse. Her brother, a far better shot, hides his own marbles in a glass jar that he buries deep in the ravine.
In Barbara Lazear Ascher's essay “On Compassion”, she describes various situations she's observed in New York City to imply that “compassion is not a character trait like a sunny disposition. It must be learned… adversity that becomes so familiar that we begin to identify and empathize it.” While observing these two scenes, Ascher expresses her admiration towards the curiosity behind compassion by availing pathos, use of questioning and variant figurative language to illustrate the encounters. Combine these two sentences. Through the use of pathos, Ascher exemplifies a description of the homeless as dressed unwell, unhygienic, filthy, and acrid. During the first encounter, a mother is approached by a homeless man, and while she is about to cross the street.
Author Kate Chopin of The Awakening theorizes “That outward existence which conforms, the inward life that questions.” Margaret Atwood ponders upon this ideal in her bildungsroman Cat’s Eye, in which protagonist Elaine Risley of a unique upbringing encounters life at a traditional school, in which her intrinsic values are tested by her so-called peers Cordelia, Grace, and Carol. The social conformity Elaine was forced to undergo caused her to lose herself in the process, creating the plot for the novel. Elaine’s changes in social construct, internal struggle of morality, and lack of supervision created the depressed state she portrayed throughout the novel. Had this deterioration of the self not been included in Cat’s Eye, the work would dismiss
Culturally, the evil eye is a human look that is believed to cause harm to someone, and in my personal life my mother and grandma believe the old superstition that if someone admires someone too much they can cause physical harm to someone, most often in the forms of nausea and headaches. The colloquialism of “the eye” is not only efficient establishing dialogue indicative of the times, but associating Curley’s wife through cultural connotation of the evil eye with ill-intent before she is even properly introduced. This criticism Candy has of Curley’s shows the sexism of the characters in the novel. In Curley’s opinion, nothing else is noteworthy about Curley’s wife besides her appearance and sexual desire for men other than her husband. Curley’s wife is not regarded as a person in Candy’s eyes, and many other men on the farm, but rather as a sexual object with no back story, ideas or personality traits other than loose.
Symbolic Blindness Sometimes insecurities cause people to judge others or criticize based on assumptions and not see things as they truly are. In the short story “Cathedral” the author Raymond Carver describes a narrator that is sarcastic and critical of his wife’s blind friend that is coming for a visit. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes opens up a whole new way of looking at things. The narrator is not very open to meeting his wife’s friend Robert because he has never known or be around anyone blind before. He states his “idea of blindness came from the movies”.
In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, the seemingly judgmental narrator is faced with meeting a blind man named Robert. The narrator sees himself as superior to others and, in this instance, especially to the blind. Due to the narrator’s pretentious attitude, tension between the blind and himself is revealed when he says, “[m]y idea of blindness came from the movies” (279). In Carver’s short story “Cathedral”, the tension between literal and metaphorical blindness is most evident through the narrator’s insensitivity and bitterness towards the blind man. The character of the narrator progresses from a closed minded individual to someone who can look outside of his own perspective.
Repressed Homosexuality in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof In the play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American play writer and author, Tennessee Williams, creates a piece that brings attention to a very dysfunctional, Southern family due to dishonesty, greed and concealed emotions. This story takes place around the 1950s and is centered on a broken, alcohol-loving man named Brick, his vivacious wife named Maggie, and their extremely… unusual family, but this isn’t the typical 1950s type of play. Most of the story and its conflict centers around one main topic: repressed homosexuality. This play was eventually cut down, altered and turned in to a film created by director, Richard Brooks. By Williams using such a diplomatic topic as the foundation of his play, many problems came
Margaret Atwood, an award winning Canadian writer and the author of the book Alias Grace and the poem Owl Song, depicts her work by highlighting the point of view of her characters using methods like letters or in the form of a story. In Atwood’s literatures, both have a significant trait that connects the two to each other. The people in Atwood’s work undergo a sort of trial where they begin to change in personal behavior. The idea of losing innocence can best be described as growing up or seeing everything in a different view accepting that a blissful life is not something you should take granted for.
Isolated Thoughts: Existentialism and The Catcher in the Rye With the world affecting the minds of people, they are in constant motion of trying to imitate each other’s actions, such as catching up to the latest season of the Bachelorette, a television show, where men or women compete for their love. The competitors have one thing in common to each other, to attract the opposite gender through different ways of approaching the person. Each person has a different way to approach a situation such as the characters in the book, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger with Holden, who is injected with existentialism. Throughout the novel, Holden’s ideal state of isolation and existentialism led him to battle against society and how society fed him ideas of expectancy.
This could have been used by Bronte to isolate Catherine from the reader. This may represent here geographical location on the moors or her oppression in the restrictive 18th century society, when the novel was set. An era in which Catherine's free and open nature, Nelly described her as being "a wicked wild slip " would be unacceptable and expected to change as she grew into a proper young woman - the Victorian stereotype of the 'Angel of the House' (similar to Isabella Linton). Hosseini however may be trying to create a sympathetic, emotional connection between character and reader, to show how the women are more free to be who they want to in a 20/21st century