Alejandra was defined by her actions, such as when she refused to elope with John Grady in favor of remaining dedicated to her family. She shouldn't be defined by her words because she often bragged about her rebellious spirit, but didn't back it up with action. Though Alejandra was constantly manipulated by her grand aunt, who kept her wayward actions in check, she remained dedicated to her and to her father. This allegiance to her family eventually became her weakness, as she abandoned John Grady to follow her aunt's wishes, leaving behind a man she wanted to be with in order to maintain good relations with her kin. She was also made weak by her curious spirit; her relationship with the American, John Grady, threatened her relationship with her family.
In As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, the conflicting attitudes Cora Tull and Addie Bundren hold towards language and action determine their views on motherhood, marriage, and religion and how they choose to live their lives accordingly. Cora welcomes her role as mother, believes her duty is to her husband, and relies on the intensity of her faith. On the other hand, Addie despises being a mother, thinks love is meaningless, and concludes religion is solely a matter of words. But Faulkner uses his characters to show that neither language nor action is stronger than the other or mutually exclusive. Cora: A Woman’s Duty is to Her Family Cora Tull fits the typical mold and expectations of a woman.
.sure her own [looks were] all right” (988), wanted to become independent and do things that not every girl her age does, faces a male who wants her, but she does not want him, she begins to become afraid. The story shows that Connie was not prepared for Arnold Friend’s despite her actions beforehand. Connie is the opposite of her sister, June. June is a goodie-to-shoes while Connie wants to be her own person. Her mother always nags on Connie saying that she should be like June who follows the rules and is a good role model.
This line suggests that she desires for their love to live an impossible length. Bradstreet most likely had a hard time imagining her life without her husband, and in result she expresses complete devotion to him. Phillis Wheatley had difficulty accepting the judgements and misinterpretations that regarded Christian slaves. Wheatley has a much easier time accepting that people in this era failed to accept minorities when writing, “Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, / May be refined, and join the angelic train.”(Wheatley 7). She found it difficult accepting that she originated from the, “pagan,” lands.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
Lord Capulet was kind and gentle about her in Act II, Scene I but when she had to refuse to marry Paris in Act III, Scene V he couldn't care less about her wellbeing, both physically and emotionally. Juliet was respected by her father to a certain extent as long as she was being constantly weary about what she said and did. She had no say and no one to stand up for her when Capulet claimed he was always morally correct. I felt that behind the fake care of his daughter for his reputation, Capulet did not care for his daughter as a top priority in his life. This could be counteracted by stating that Capulet’s want to be constantly obeyed could've been excused in 14Th century Italy as he was just the modal gentleman of the
Despite placing the blame for this situation on Lysander, saying that it was with cunning that he "flinch'd my daughter's heart, turn'd her obedience...to stubborn harshness"(line 37,38) and that he "bewitched the bosom of my child" (line 28), Egeus does not suggest that any punishment should be put forth for Lysander for interfering with the planned marriage. This could be that because Lysander is not part of Egeus' family, Egeus does not have control over Lysander; it could also be that Egeus believes that a truly obedient daughter would follow her father's command regardless of any other person's
From the beginning of the story to the end Nea is pigheaded and doesn’t think about the consequences of her actions. Nea misconceives Sourdi’s unavailability for being in danger and unhappiness in her marriage when in actuality she’s happy and expecting another child. Sourdi is a dynamic character because she shows growth throughout the story. Though subtle, Sourdi shows courage when she marries her much older husband not knowing what to expect, but hoping he can provide a more satisfying life. She becomes independent, no longer leaning on the support of her relatives and starts a family of her own.
This attempt from Hagar to change her physical appearance to fit the expectations she believes Milkman has, shows that she was not getting the love she desired. Although blind to how his leaving affected Hagar until a later time, Milkman finally came to the discovery of what he had done. His inability realize all that Hagar was doing was for him and treat her like she deserved, ultimately played the key role in why she died. Pilate contrasts this very differently in the sense that she never leaves who she loves behind. This difference between the two and the way that Pilate handles situations is why Milkman looks up to her and strives to be someone like
This story blocked out feminism, it detailed into a world where women couldn’t compare to men. Janie allowed her grandmother to drive her into a relationship in which her grandmother saw fit. Janie was lost when it came to men, she unknowingly went into the relationship with Logan Killicks. In which Logan was much older than Janie and felt like he deserved respect. Janie resisted the commands he tried to shove at her.