In Sedgwick’s A New-England Tale, Mrs. Wilson is the classic representation of a novel’s antagonist, especially in regards to how she treats protagonist, Jane Elton. However, it is the parenting, or lack thereof that has the greatest impact on the lives of Elvira and David Wilson, who despite being prohibited from engaging in sinful behavior, do just that. Sedgwick demonstrates that Mrs. Wilson’s salvation may have given her an authority over others, but when she failed to teach her children the ways of the Lord, her responsibility abandonment led to her children’s act of sin. Hiding away in the garret, readers find that Elvira, in act of defiance against her mother’s prohibitions keeps a romantic novel in the dark corners that she reads for
I’m not promoting the verbal, mental, and physical abuse of women by any means, but it’s tough to beat up on Proctor because everyone was treating their wives poorly at this point in time. Now, not everyone was having affairs with eighteen year olds then and he needs to be held accountable for that, but John Proctor definitely has a minor understanding of moral values. Nevertheless, Proctor did fall under the charm of Abigail Williams, which makes him lose the moral high ground he once held, thus taking away his status of the perfect
Reading this story, from Mama’s point of view, limits our ability to understand the viewpoints of the other characters involved. Mama describes Maggie as being “simple and not very bright”, but she may just be very introverted and if you heard this story from Maggie’s vantage point, she may come across as very caring and wise beyond her years due to the tragedies she experienced in losing her home to fire and in being burned. Also, in Dee’s defense she has the right to feel proud in regards to her education and “making it” in the outside world. Her personality is flamboyant and she is portrayed as being highly motivated which contrasts sharply with Mama and Maggie’s personalities. Mama may be misunderstanding her actions due to their very
To me that lack of experience was very apparent. The scenes that described the act of cutting seemed superficial. Callie’s thoughts while cutting where mainly of how good it felt. There was no exploration of the mental burdens it caused or what really pushed her to this in the first place. Cuts by Patricia McCormick really could have been a powerful book that pushed teens to seek help.
First, Stephan and Esperanza are not accepted because of their origin. Second, Boori Ma is blamed for something she had little control over and finally, Mrs. Sen’s culture is not appreciated by Eliot’s mom. In these two books, ignorance is identified as judging a person because of the stereotypes connected with his culture. The characters in Kingsolver’s and Lahiri's Novels ignore the culture that immigrants can bring into their lives and influence them with but they choose to stick with their current
When Travis Parker faces the choice of turning off his wife’s life support, I am reminded of two interviews I conducted where the interviewees had to turn off the life support of a child. (Beckford, Avil)” It was good that she put a recommendation to readers but she did not go into detail. In some cases, it is good to keep it sweet and short but hers was way too short for me honestly. Many people come to find what Beckford thinks about the book and having it short doesn’t really help. It was nice to have a summary of the book, but I think she sort of went a little overboard on the summary though.
While reading Eleanor & Park from beginning to end, I find myself not liking the book as much as I had hoped. There were some problematic instances of negative stereotyping. Park 's mother, Mindy, is a perfect example of how she is portrayed in such a way some people will find offensive. The family dynamics from both of the main characters ' families are not good at all, if not very dangerous to readers who have already survived from any sort of abuse. My biggest problem here is the romance.
While Helen kind of disses herself right after this quote, Brett Harrison agrees that it is a cute scene in his essay, The Real ‘Miss Temple’,“In this self-deprecating manner Helen Burns underlines the virtues of Miss Temple…”. While Helen goes on about how she can’t stay focused in Miss Scatcherd’s class, she doesn’t realize that she admits exactly what is wrong with Miss Scatcherd’s way of teaching. The reason that Miss Temple gets much more attention from Helen is because her teaching was different than most of the other teachers in the Victorian era. This proves that Victorian school children were not taught information well because of the harsh treatment from the
Sometimes, “a focus on the patient’s autobiography silences all other members in her family” and this can be as spontaneous as dangerous. Not only the risk of absorbing a single point of view implies the loss of important features that can come from others’ stories, but absolutizing one’s perspective is not fruitful in a strict sense. Of course, the patient knows better than others what she is going through, but her opinion might also be blurred by many other feelings, motives, and desires. For instance, the desire to make a good impression and “trying to be a good patient” in the doctor’s eyes, and to her family and closest friends. Sometimes, this is the last chance they feel they have “to do a good job” and perform well.
Elvira is the one that is making troubles in the relationship between Charles and Ruth. Even though Madame Arcati was called to hold a séance, she was not really a help for Charles because she knew what she was doing but always ended up nothing. She could feel and talk to the dead people but can’t really convince them. Instead it made more misunderstanding especially for Ruth. The connection between Charles and Ruth used to good and okay before Madame Arcati was presented.