As an insightful person once said “Stand up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone”. Anyone would prefer to be confident and stand up for themselves than to let someone control them like a marionette. Richard Wright, author of his autobiography “The Rights of the Streets of Memphis”, wrote this story to inspire readers and teach them to stand up for themselves just like his own mother taught him on the streets of Memphis, Tennessee. In the short story, Wright’s father has left them and now his mother is left in charge to feed her her two kids. Richard has to take the responsibility of becoming the man of the house.
In 1692 in a little town called Salem, Witch trials were performed some innocent people were hanged and others were falsely accused of performing witchcraft. In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, there was a couple that lived in Salem Village. The couple’s names were John and Elizabeth Proctor they were a very distant couple. Some people have lost their lives because of using witchcraft, but some of those people that were innocent shouldn’t have lost their lives because they had nothing to die for meaning they doing right and they were protecting their loved ones.
This line shows Elizabeth’s inner vulnerability and inquiry about herself. Elizabeth shows that deep within herself she knew all along that John’s affair with Abigail wasn’t completely his fault. She does not just blame him for their marriage going wrong as she seemed to do earlier in the play, but instead she admits she is also capable of self-criticism. This realization helps Elizabeth forgive John, and renouncing her anger seems to bring her the feeling of personal peace. Her loyalty and real love for John are more evident than in this scene than in the entire play.
Elizabeth Proctor “The Crucible ” is written by Arthur Miller (1915-2005), for his play during Salem, Massachusetts, witchcraft trial of 1960s. This is a dramatic story according to the acts while reading through the whole play. This shows the testimony of the people in town who involve in the witchcraft and get accused to death. However, this play has a character names Elizabeth Proctor. She is John Proctor’s wife who is known as a cold personality in the beginning of the story.
I see the way men look at her. Obviously no one was looking at me in my plain old dress. When I asked Elizabeth why she wanted to cut her hair in such a way, she told me it was the “in” thing to do if you wanted to be the “new woman”. Then she showed me a magazine called Redbook (Roark, Johnson and Cohen 631-633). There I saw a woman that looked even more seductive than Elizabeth.
In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gillman gives a real life example of how the inhumane treatments for postpartum depression genuinely do just the opposite of what they are supposed to. The narrator, which is the woman in the story, shows how her development symbolizes the effects of cruel postpartum depression treatments and how they transform women into something they are not. The narrator is developed through certain regimens of the treatment, altering her thoughts through journaling, and forming an unhealthy obsession with the wallpaper in her bedroom which eventually consumes her into believing what is not there. Tone is a very important element in this story. The author uses tone to demonstrate how the narrator’s thoughts change from the beginning to the end of her treatment.
Guinevere from Lanval is significantly different from the Guinevere from The Wife of Bath. Guinevere from Lanval is depicted as a loose woman who is disloyal towards her own husband. Unlike Guinevere from Lanval, Guinevere from The wife of Bath is complete opposite. She is faithful and loyal to not only to her husband, but also amongst woman. She portrays as a strong feminist.
Victor says, “[I] looked upon Elizabeth as mine — mine to protect, love, and cherish” (30). He treats her like a precious object that the doesn’t want to share; she exists solely to be a companion for Victor. For example, when he returns home to Geneva after the murder of Clerval, he comments that Elizabeth seems more subdued and has lost some of her vivacity but that this “made her a more fit companion for one blasted and miserable as [he] was” (160 ). Victor
Elizabeth develops her during her conversation with Lady Catherine. Lady Catherine asks Elizabeth a couple of nosy questions during their meeting at Rosing Parks. Elizabeth replies, but does not directly answer her questions. Lady Catherine reacts with astonishment and Elizabeth perceives she must be the first person “who dared to trifle her” (128). Lady Catherine’s surprised reactions convey that a lower-class individual has never undermines her power before.
Secondly, Shakespeares’ ‘King Richard III’ explores the inability of women obtain independence and freedom, and are instead, limited with a heavily reliance on males in order to establish a steady life. The play conveys the fear that arises if a female loses male protection, deeming them as powerless and subjecting them to great vulnerability. This is portrayed in Act 1 scene ii, when Lady Anne becomes a widow after the death of her husband King Henry VI’s son, Edward, mourning greatly over his body. As Richard enters, he persuades Lady Anne into marrying him, and due to her circumstances, Lady Anne is forced to accept his hand or else will be unable to care for not only herself but her children. Richard gleefully begins to celebrate his conquest
In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, two families, the Capulets and the Montagues, engage in a vicious rivalry. Infatuated teenagers and members of the two rival families, Romeo and Juliet, engage in a secret love affair. Friar Lawrence and the nurse serve as authoritative figures to Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both the friar and the nurse enable the young couple to prosper despite their contrasting motivations to do so. Shakespeare exhibits the complications of gender through the comparison of the friar and the nurse because he is suggesting that the differences between gender, traditionally, are inherently different.
The male roles in the family seem to be above females’ because they get to make decisions for girls. Men feel dominant to women, so the same behaviors as the women are acceptable for them. Along with these, the ladies are not expected to crave love and affection like the gentlemen do. The gender issue of men being dominant and women being submissive used in the drama, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, shows the differences in the roles, behaviors, and expectations appropriate for each gender and is an example of an outdated stereotype. Unlike the time frame of this literature, women in the present are valued equal to men.
Elizabeth Anne is presented as a sympathetic character in the short story "Elizabeth Takes the Reins". Elizabeth is portrayed as the "sensitive" main character who later learns to do small things on her own. There are three primary reasons that show she is a sensitive character. First, she was forced to go somewhere she did not want to go. Secondly her aunt, named Frances has either died or has gone somewhere, third her Great-Uncle Henry has no sympathy towards her at all.
Virginia Woolf: Shakespeare’s Sister In the essay “Shakespeare’s sister” Virginia Woolf asks and explores the basic question of “Why women did not write poetry in the Elizabethan age”. Woolf sheds light on the reality of women’s life during this time and illustrates the effects of social structures on the creative spirit of women. In the society they lived in, women were halted to explore and fulfill their talent the same way men were able to, due to the gender role conventions that prevailed during this era. Through a theoretical setting in which it is it is imagined that William Shakespeare had a sister (Judith), Virginia Woolf personifies women during the sixteenth century in order to reflect the hardships they had to overcome as aspiring writers.
A common conflict within a familial unit is the parent-child relationship. There are countless works of literature that discuss and analyze the topic thoroughly. I Stand Here Ironing is a short story, by Tillie Olsen, that beautifully displays the perspective of the working single mother in the mid-nineteen hundreds. Olsen’s strategic use of several literary elements highlight the personal struggles of single mothers who have conflicting feelings about motherly duties and “bread-winning” obligations.