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.
In 1836, the gruesome death of a prostitute encaptivated the public eye and began a newspaper frenzy that centered on a morbid fixation of the life and death of Helen Jewett. Patricia Cline Cohen's The Murder of Helen Jewett pieces together the facts of Helen's life and death in an attempt to describe gender inequality in America by giving a meticulous account of life in the 1830s. (Insert small biography) Around three in the morning on Sunday, April 10, 1836 Rosina Townsend, the madam of the brothel, was spurred from her bed at the south end of Thomas St by a man knocking on the front door.
In her diary, Martha never directly expresses any opinion about the social hierarchy of the society, but she does express her frustration about male doctors complicating her job as a healer (248). In Martha’s Maine, the powerful men were almost above the law and the trial of Mrs. Foster’s rape shows how hard it was for women to take any action against their abusers. In that men dominated society, as a midwife, Martha’s testimony about the paternity of a child was important as it was common practice to ask “unwed mothers to name the father of their child during pregnancy” (149). It was based on an old English law as were many other laws in early America. Despite being a citizen of the USA, Martha were not able to vote, serve in jury or acquire property for herself.
This shows that the day he died he did not understand what was going on and why people were so said. I think that the main character is unemotional because at this time the character may had been very young it did not understand what was going
In Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward parallels the mythological story of Medea in order to highlight her representation of women. The use of Medea, who is embodied in various aspects within the three main female characters, allows Ward’s work to obtain a sense of universality to her narrative. Also with this incorporation, Ward is able to change the dominant perspective of “blackness” that has plagued southern literature written by African-American authors. Salvage the Bones occurs in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, following Esch,who has just found out she is pregnant, and her poor family just days before the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. Medea, an anti-hero, who succumbs to her own decisions and the demons of love represents a dynamic femininity, rather than the stereotypical aspect of which is what being a female is.
Considering the fact that this poem was written during World War II, the varied interpretations of this poem are many. Because the medical knowledge in the twentieth century was minuscule as compared to the medical knowledge and advancements that we have today, women were not advised to have children (Lambert). In the poem, Kees notes on how he does not desire to have a daughter because of the poor living conditions at the time. It is safe to assume that Weldon Kees did not foresee a hopeful future for the world. With World War II in action and the Great Depression ending shortly before, hope was a difficult thing to foresee.
I find that this example highlights the fact that while women had far less political power in society during the nineteenth century, the least the law could do was to protect the sexual integrity of women; However, African American women suffered from racial, gender and class discrimination that makes it difficult for them to prosecute those that sexually assault them. Furthermore, anger of white men were usually taken out on the wives of freed African American men and usually in the form of sexual assaults and this made the situation for African American women
The novel, Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey, is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a thirteen-year-old and his struggle to face the fact that he helped Jasper Jones, the town’s troublemaker, cover up the death of Laura Wishart. The novel, Jasper Jones has a literary quality which is visible through multiple themes and issues. Through personal context, different issues and themes such as racism, dishonesty, and physical abuse, have challenged and affiliated my personal beliefs while reading the novel. The idea of physical abuse is the most against my personal context, as I do not believe in such a thing.
Then she dies from heart disease. This is clear in the story where it states: “but Richard was too late. When the doctors came in they said she had died from heart disease — of joy that kills!”. The irony shows that women in the 1800s had it bad from where they couldn’t do anything. The time when they do, everything goes wrong and freedom is
She expresses that, “North and South Carolina and Georgia place no restriction upon the work of children at night; and while we sleep little white girls will be working tonight in the mills in those states, working eleven hours at night,” (Line 27-31.) She uses the phrase ‘while we sleep’ to generate feelings of remorse among the listeners as the children work tirelessly on end while the adults are resting. She also uses the phrase ‘little white girls’ to create more sympathy as girls were seen as frail and innocent, and it creates the question ‘Why is an innocent and weak person being forced to work laboriously?’. She also states, “Tonight while we sleep, several thousand little girls will be working in textile mills, all the night through, in the deafening noise of the spindles and the looms spinning and weaving cotton and wool, silks and ribbons for us to buy,” (Line 18-22.) She uses auditory imagery in the pathos argument above for her audience to better understand the harsh conditions that the children work in.
I think the point of the story Lyddie is to show just how hard it was for young women to get by back then. In Lyddie's story, she has to go endure many hardships such as losing her farm, having poor working conditions, and having to walk and walk to become a factory girl. The place she stayed at was an small inn. The in was very overcrowded with 2 women sharing a bed. This could potentially be harmful to the girls if for example there was a fire they would not all be able to make it out alive.
Horace begins the biography with a stroke of prose about the life of Dr. Lacey Kirk Williams. His parents, Levi and Elizabeth Williams were both slaves; because of the Emancipation Proclamation, they were granted their freedom. They had seven children; Lacey Kirk Williams was the second son born on July 11, 1811. The writer provides the reader with a wealth of information pertaining to the family migration from the backwoods of Alabama to the southwest region of Texas. In like manner, the author notates at the that she does her best to always have the voice of an interviewer, but being filled with the spirit of her faith, her talent for writing prose seeped into the story to paint a portrait vividly for the reader, ultimately always wanting to provide an honest and thorough visual depiction of the subject’s
“‘As a wife and mother,’ cried Lucie, most earnestly, ‘I implore you to have pity on me and not to exercise any power that you possess, against my innocent husband, but do use it in his behalf. O sister-woman, think of me as a wife and a mother!’ Madame Defarge looked, coldly as ever, at the suppliant, and said, turning to her friend The Vengeance: ‘The wives and mothers we have been used to see, since we were as little as this child, and much less, have not been greatly considered? We have known their husbands and fathers laid in prison and kept from them, often enough? All of our lives, we have seen our sister-women suffer, in themselves and in their children, poverty, nakedness, hunger, thirst, sickness, misery, oppression, and neglect of all kinds?”