Written by the great Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon is where the song of African- Americans is sung with the most genuine and sincere voice in utmost entirety. In this essay, the masterpiece will be examined with gender studies approach and cultural studies approach, the function of Pilate and Ruth would be examined in depth, the suggestion that the protagonist should be more loving and caring for others would be fully explained, and the value of this book will be carefully examined.
Both ‘The Farmers Bride’ and ‘Singh Song’ portray the theme of marriage. However, they show different types of marriage. ‘The Farmers Bride’ shows a more ‘traditional’ marriage and ‘Singh Song’ shows a more modern marriage. In ’Singh Song’ the couple are married out of love which strays from the tradition of Indian weddings being arranged whereas in ‘The Farmers Bride’ the couple have an arranged marriage. In ‘The Farmers Bride’ the farmer believes that the relationship between him and his wife should be functional and uncomplicated and feelings should not need to be a consideration. He seems to believe that taking time to ‘woo’ or encourage love is out of the question. In his opinion, a wife has the duty of having children, keeping the house
“We live in a world where we rarely speak out and when someone does, often nobody is there to listen,” is a quote by Jaycee Dugard in her memoir A Stolen Life. Authors must be able to appeal to their readers in order for the story to be heard. While writing, they consider using multiple different tones and stylistic choices to entice an audience. In A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard utilizes a concerned tone and matter-of-fact style in order to express her emotions, provide readers with ample knowledge of her situation, and reflect on her life experiences.
Budge Wilson, in “The Metaphor,” writes about Ms. Hancock, a beloved teacher. Charlotte writes a metaphor in seventh grade relating her mother to a cold, grey building. When Wilson writes about Ms. Hancock, she describes her as being colorful and warm. Charlotte saw Ms. Hancock more as a mother figure than her own mother. However, when Ms. Hancock stops being her teacher, Charlotte starts to become more like her mother. Although, when Ms. Hancock dies, she breaks free of the hold of her mother and is “born” a new person. In the end, Charlotte realizes that adults can not see the beauty in people like Ms.Hancock, yet children can. Through juxtaposition, symbolism, and irony, Wilson describes Charlotte’s self-realization of life.
“The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich and “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin both have the common theme of death; however, in “The Red Convertible”, the death of Henry ends the very close relationship that he has with his brother Lyman while in “Story of an Hour”, the death of Mr. Mallard marks an opportunity of independence and freedom for Mrs. Mallard which shows that the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Mallard was unsatisfactory.
The purpose of realism in the 1800s was to get people’s attention. The authors did that by relating to real life situations or adding in things people wanted or needed. For example, Frederick Douglass wrote My bondage And my freedom and Kate Chopin wrote “ The story of an hour”. Both authors included the point that people wanted to be free. When they both got what they wanted, they were not really free. The authors used methods to draw their points across by using conflict and irony.
The only woman in the world who will still cradle you in her arms even if you've stabbed her loving heart is your mother.The short story “Teenage Wasteland” by Anne Tyler is about guilt and reveals mother’s feelings towards her children. A loving mother will feel guilty for anything that happens to her children, and even for that how they feel.
The novel Ragtime written by E.L. Doctorow sheds light of the injustices that are present in modern society. One injustice is gender, where men are dominant and women were seen as sexual objects and sex was the only power they had. Women were used for sex because it was something men had the right to do even if the women did not like it. Mother, Emma Goldman, and Evelyn Nesbit were victims of gender roles because women were used for the purpose of attention rather than having power. As the book unfolds these three women were victimized for being women where they tried to make changes in their roles as women. As a result these women were held accountable to use their gender as their only power to break the assumptions of how society proclaimed them as.
The relationship between a mother and a daughter is always thought to be very sacred and one of an unconditional bond. Angela Cater shows us the typical bond in ‘The Bloody Chamber’ while Michele Roberts breaks the boundaries of what we see as normal in ‘Anger.’
William Faulkner was an American author and Nobel prize winner of 1950; in his acceptance speech, he presented the idea that it is a writer’s duty to write about the compassion, courage, and pride of the heart. Faulkner says, “It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.” In the memoir, Kabul Beauty School, a young American woman named Deborah wrote her truth about how she traveled to Afghanistan to support the women of Kabul, but she takes an unexpected turn and her heart leads her to help them in a totally different way. Deborah shows compassion, courage, pity and sacrifice through the women in Kabul. Deborah fulfills her duty through her compelling words and delineate observations of the people she is newly experiencing.
There is a distinguished balance in the relationship of women and men and it is visible in coexisting and procreating beyond themselves. In making decisions that are influenced by mistakes sometimes, one person gets the short end of the stick. In Hills Like White Elephants, the feminine role is displayed by a woman named Jig, whose feelings and thoughts get pushed aside to cater to the main male character’s wants and needs. In this case the “operation,” that cannot even be called by it’s true name or else the objective to persuade would not be met and ruin their lives. Masculine and feminine attributes have been visible in literature from the beginning of language, with the response of love and forcing one’s self to put aside: “me” for “you.” Jig is well aware of herself yet wants to keep her man so much that she is willing to hurt herself physically and mentally. It is normal for the woman of any story to have to listen and decide with the permission of the man, consequently not doing what she feels is right. The undefined pressure and inclusivity of men without women is an understood thank you for life, but “what I want is what it will be.” Women of all time can compare themselves to Ernest Hemingway’s writings and the way it is written is not shy of the rules that are still played by today. With prevalent changes such as women’s rights, and abortion rights there is still barrier of equality that makes for a familiar type of religion practiced by all humans. It is
Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is a Magical Realism story of a young girl named Liz who must live on after she died so young. Magical Realism is characterized by six distinguishing traits. Magical Realism stories are characterized by an equal acceptance of ordinary and extraordinary, lyrical fantastic writing, an examination of the character of human existence, an implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite, and an acceptance of events contrary to the usual operating laws of the universe as natural, even remarkable which can be seen in authorial reticence and cultural hybridity. Each of these traits are what make a story a Magical Realism and what make Elsewhere a Magical Realism.
In the poem "Minerva Jones", written by Edgar Lee Masters, what you learn about this individual in the epitaphs is that minerva jones dies because of the pressure she felt that everyone in the little town was judging her for a fault that she didn't do. The people this person speaks about is a man named Butch Weldy and some people in the village. The relationship and interaction that is evident in this poem is that many people in the village judge her by her looks, and when they interact with her it in a mean way . In the text it says," Hooted at, jeered at by the Yahoos of the street for my heavy body, cock eye, and rolling walk." This quote tells you that the people in the town made fun of her, hooting and jeering at her ugly looks and unwomanly walk. The interaction that she gets is from a man butch who that "captures" her, that words implies that he raped her. In the text it say, "Captured me after a brutal hunt." This quote tells you that one of the townsfolk raped her, a tragic memory that no one cared for the fact that she was raped. The people thought the worst of her without knowing the situation or what really happened to her. After her death it only affected those who loved her like her
Throughout history, women have been locked in a struggle to free themselves from the borderline that separates and differentiate themselves from men. In many circles, it is agreed that the battleground for this struggle and fight exists in literature. In a
The Indian English poetry began far back before the independence. The credit of introducing Indians to English goes to Lord Macaulay. The Indian value of cultural assimilation was applied to English language. With English education, Indians befriended English making it a language of their intellectual as well as emotional make - up.