The relationship between the two was so bad that Connie had homicidal and suicidal thoughts, “Connie wished her mother were dead and she herself were dead and it would all be over. “(86) Some of the harassment from the mother seemed to come from jealousy. Oates shares some insight into the mother’s past and says she was pretty at one point in time “but now her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie.”(85) Her relationship with her father wasn’t much better. In fact, Oates tells us that he didn’t give much thought to anyone in the family because “he didn’t bother talking much to them.” (86) He worked a lot and when he came home, he wanted to eat supper, read the paper, and go to bed. Connie’s relationship with her sister, June, was probably the most stable, although it still wasn’t very healthy.
In the article, there is a section talks about how women within the community become infuriated with the phrase broken family structure. The women in this community are more concerned with keeping themselves and their children alive, than they are with their marriage. These women would rather spend time with their children than being in a relationship with a man that knows he is a failure and brings negative energy to the family. One of the priests that Kozol spoke to told him that, of course the family structure would break in a place like the south Bronx, where everything breaks from pipes to hearts, so it only makes sense that the family would break too. Moral conservatives would never want to add family’s to this community for the chance of it being
Lastly, we devalue elders and their wisdom by refusing to hear what they have to say, just as the people of Fahrenheit 451 ridiculed and criticized those who were knowledgeable about the world before the “purge” and refused to have a blind pulled over their eyes. In conclusion, throughout Fahrenheit 451, the social standard consisted of a lack of deep relationships with others and a blind acceptance of society’s norms. Outliers, such as Clarisse, who wanted more than what was fed to them through the “funnels,” were thought to be rebellious and antisocial. However, though Bradbury’s depiction of this society may appear far-fetched, it still bears similarities to our own civilization and social
In “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Twilight Zone episode “Eye of the Beholder” the female main characters are criticized because of the way they look. Janet Tyler is an outsider whose face doesn’t match “the norm” and Georgiana is forced by her husband to try to remove the birthmark from her face. Both of these women look different than they are supposed to, and the authority figures in their lives are attempting to force their hands. However, these women and their situations are both drastically different as well, because even though their situations are similar, their needs and wants are far from the same. By using the symbols of the birthmark and the shadowed faces, and ironies from both stories, the ways the two women and their stories are similar and different are clearly shown.
Mrs. Mallard is such an interesting character to discuss due to the fact that she is such a controversial character. Some would say that she is a sick individual for imagining her life being so much more care free without her husband. Others would defend the fact that that being a wife in the 1800’s was never an easy task. Woman were meant to be seen, not heard. They were supposed to tend to all of their husbands requests and demands.
This shows that Irene judges based on appearance and likes to think highly of herself. But her relationship with Brian isn’t as perfect as she portrays it to be. Deep down, Irene has a sense of fear stealing away her sense of security with Brian (43). Irene realizes that she cannot have the same privileges as being white has because she is bound to a race that limits her from doing what she wants. All of Irene’s mixed feelings about her identity leaves her in a state where she wishes that “she had not been born a Negro” because she was “caught between two allegiance” (78); herself and her race.
Edna is described as a woman who is, “rather handsome than beautiful¨. When it comes to being a mother Edna is not the best mother. As stated, “In short, Mrs.Pontellier was not a mother women”(11). This is said because Edna isn’t one to be with her children all day even if she does love them dearly and she wasn’t one to always be taking care of her husband. She is like this because she didn’t want to follow the social standards and started to rebel.
The confinements of gender roles do not allow people to reach their full potential due to the lack of choice and self-identity that comes with a set of rules set and encouraged by societal standards. This idea is present in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale with the idea that from the lack of choice comes acts of rebellion against the government in protest of the roles that may not be wanted by all. Forced gender roles also cause the Gilead citizens to remain poised and proper in their roles out of fear, which in turn contributes to both genders being degraded by one another in order to protect themselves from being punished. Due to this, society would be destined to become heteronormative and leave no room for any variation among citizens. The importance placed on both genders fulfilling very limited and strict roles in The Handmaid’s Tale creates a miserable society with unfortunate consequences.
Further, her fear disclosed the power of individual in Puritan society, since her family’s voice was unheard and ignore, and she cannot defend herself from crime. In this act, Miller discovers the power of individual and the effect of rebellion. People who had oppositions often consider useless, since they’re incapable to deliver their message to majority due to the fact that they had no strength compare with community. Therefore, rebellion consider as outcast, and a challenge to
She broke up with me. Not because she didn’t love me anymore but because her life is a mess. She couldn’t cope with the emotions of her divorce, so she buried them deep inside. So she exploded and then imploded. She couldn’t be with me anymore because the emotions of being with someone new are keeping her from getting over something old.