Pastan stated in an interview that she stopped writing for about ten years, because she could not be the perfect wife and mother that she was expected to be and also commit herself to her poetry (Brown, 3). She considers herself “a product of the ‘50s – what I called the perfectly polished floor syndrome. I had to have a homemade desert on the table for my husband every night” (Brown 3). Such experiences reflected her poetry, significantly. Pastan uses many poetic devices, such as metaphors.
Irene Fogel Weiss is a survivor of the holocaust. She says, “Thinking you were going to take a shower when in fact you were going to the gas chambers - that was the ultimate deceit.” Weiss was lucky in many ways. When her group was being distributed to either the gas chambers or slave labor, she was mistaken as an older girls. She claims, “This was the first chance I had to survive.” Weiss experienced many horrific things, but luckily, she found her two aunts when she was sent to Auschwitz Birkenau. She was later sent on the death walk when Soviets came to liberate the camps.
Mrs. Roach starts the book by telling about the time she experienced a facial anatomy and face lift refresher course. She explains how a human skull and a severed head effect the living human handling the cadavers remains mentality. With a head, there 's still tissue, it 's almost like you can feel every day that person has ever lived in your hands. But with a skull there is no tissue, only bone making the remains seem...Less than human. During the rising action of the book, Roach talks about more of the things she’s encountered on her journey to becoming a Forensic Scientist.
Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916, and grew up with her parents and younger brother. Saying her mother, Geraldine, was abusive would be an understatement. Geraldine Jackson called her daughter a, “failed abortion,” and constantly criticized her hair and weight. As an adult, Jackson channeled her dark past onto paper. She wrote “The Haunting of Hill House,” which is arguably one of the best ghost stories of all time.
In the poem “Minerva Jones,” written by Edgar Lee Masters, the main character, Minerva Jones, suffered many hardships throughout her life. Based on the poem, I learned that Jones was the town’s poetess, was overweight, had a cockeye, and walked with a limp. In addition to this, she was raped and died when getting an illegal abortion. In the poem, she shares two important relationships with “Butch” Weldy and Dr. Meyers. The actions that Weldy took would later have a domino effect on Jones’ life.
She wanted to come home. Deep down in her soul, even if she knew her mom is a peremptory, egotistic and self-absorption woman, it still took Eleanor eleven years for looking after her mom, trying her best to win mom’s tenderness. Breaking the oleanders spell is the way she chose to satisfy the hollow in her soul since the truth, which is her mother had already died, is ineluctable. Unfortunately, her first and also last journey was leading to Hill House, the vile and diseased house, which can see through anybody, including their unconscious. For example, when Mrs. Montague used The Planchette for communication with spirits from
He labels Maggie as a fallen woman, a common literary critique of women characters during the era Crane wrote his novel. The main takeaway from his analysis of the novel is, essentially, that the fate of the fallen woman is “death as the result of seduction and betrayal” (Fudge). With this sort of character, he suggests that there is no other ending, and death is seemingly the only way for her story to end. He then brings up the symbolism Crane cultivates, imagining Maggie as a flower. Fudge “equate[s] beauty with virtue,” uncovering Maggie’s deflowering by Pete as the beginnings of her wilting away into the soil, from a blossom to a dead body, amounting to no more than dirt
She developed it when she was younger “Sometimes last for life and can start at any age”(Health Matters 77). Her life was ruined when she was left at the altar, “It was when I stood before her, avoiding her eyes, that i took note of the surrounding objects in detail, and saw that her watch had stopped at twenty minutes to nine, and that a clock in the room had”(Dickens 44). Miss Havisham stopped her whole life back when her PTSD started to develop. It 's the only thing she lives, is that day over and over and over again. Being left at the altar caused her PTSD, “Caused by experiencing a terrifying event”(Health Matters 77).
Everyone leads different lifesytles and varying experiences, but no matter how diffrering a humans life is, it all ends with death. The essay “The Death of The Moth” was published posthumously in 1942, a year after Virginia Woolf lost a battle with depression and mental illness, and at age 59 committed suicide. Virginia Woolf 's "The Death of the Moth" shows the audience the power of death through a short narration about everyday, yet very symbolic moth. Woolf uses her own experience of watching a moth die to apply it to a larger theme. Woolf connects a simple moths lifespan to paint a gorgeous picture of “life” and then destroys it right in front of the audience 's eyes, to leave a lasting impression of Woolf 's perception of life and death.
Liberation After Death: Akhmatova’s Shifting Tone in “Requiem” Written between 1935 and 1940, Anna Akhmatova’s “Requiem” follows a grieving mother as she endures the Great Purge. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s General Secretary, unabatedly pursued eliminating dissenters and, consequently, accused or killed hundreds of thousands who allegedly perpetrated political transgressions (“Repression and Terror: Kirov Murder and Purges”). Despite the fifteen-year censorship, Akhmatova avoided physical persecution, though she saw her son jailed for seventeen months (Bailey 324). The first-person speaker in “Requiem,” assumed to be Akhmatova due to the speaker’s identical experience of crying aloud “for seventeen months” (Section 5, Line 1), changes her sentiments towards deaths as reflected in the poem’s tone shifts. Akhmatova’s melancholic diction initially reveals her sorrow, but the tone transitions to serious and introspective when she uses allusions to religious martyrdom and imagery of fixed objects.