Flannery O'Connor was a devoted Catholic, and , as exhibited in most of her stories, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" has Christian themes of redemption and grace. Lucynell Craters, the only innocent character in the story, symbolizes purity and is described as "an angel of Gawd." Her character acts stop the shifty, self-serving Mr. Shiftlet and help him reach redemption. In “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” O’Connor uses religious symbolism to emphasize spiritual struggles between good and evil and how humans are only looking for their own advantage.
The novel frequently referenced instances where Tom lashes out due to pure rage combined with alcohol abuse. Tom is described as a drunk, and often allows himself to consume more alcohol than the average person. As Tom is naturally a confrontational person, it never bodes well for him to be intoxicated in the presence of others. For instance, during a small altercation with his lover, Myrtle Wilson, Tom punches her in a jealous fit of anger, breaking her nose. A similar event occurs later in the book with his wife, Daisy, although the cause of the fight is unclear.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, is about Grant and Jefferson who are two black men that have drastically different views on life as one of them is college educated, while the other has no formal schooling. They refused to change their old ways and stayed closed minded throughout most of the novel . Being African American in Louisiana during the 1940s facing racism didn’t help Grant and Jefferson since whites did everything they could to degrade them. Towards the end, they evolved into caring and brave characters due to the influence of motherly-like women such as Grant's aunt Tante Lou and Miss Emma, who is Jefferson’s godmother . Miss Emma and Tante Lou, were influential female role models who instructed Grant to visit Jefferson and see him stand up for his rights, and so did Vivian, Mr. Wiggin's girlfriend who encouraged her significant other to follow Miss Emma’s and Tante Lou’s advice.
After eleven years of an unhappy marriage Myrtle sees her affair with Tom as an escape from the awful like she is living in. The fact that she knows so little about the upper class men and the poor judgement of her character makes her an easy target for Tom to take advantage of her. Although she finally buys everything that she desired for, she never could have Tom’s heart all to herself. Tom would rather not leave Daisy because their marriage represents a larger meaning than only love it almost a symbol that show their social status. " Daisy!
Tom tires to buy Daisy with material things, such as the pearls, but ultimately she detests the pearls since they signify her loveless marriage. Earlier on, we find out that Daisy hasn’t been happy with her own marriage, as she states, “Well, I’ve had a very bad time”
At the early 1920’s society’s view on divorce was not good, women who wanted to get away from their husbands would be looked down upon and ignored by the people, not having a job or a place to go the women had no choice to but to bare with the men they lived with. In the case of Daisy and Tom, they were both very attractive and wealthy people, they should had been a perfect couple in the eyes of the public, but the truth was far from it, Tom also explained to his mistress on why he didn’t think Daisy would ever want to get divorced. “You see,” cried Catherine. Triumphantly, she lowered her voice again. “It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart.
Unfortunately, because of Tom being genuinely unaware of the fact that Jim just so happens to be engaged, Jim and Laura do not end up becoming a couple. As a result of this, tension arises between Amanda and Tom, causing Tom to leave the household. Finally, if Laura were not to be in the play, Tom would not feel guilt like he does in the end: “Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!” (Williams 97). Overall, both Tom and Amanda have a desire to help Laura, which develops the plot heavily due to their attempts to help her.
There is Miss Rose, who is never married for fear of losing her freedom. Although Miss Rose is never nor has the intension of getting married, she has a secret longing for having children. Her wish is granted on the arrival of Eliza on her doorstep. She takes her in and raises her as her own. Miss Rose love for Eliza is evident with her desire to see that Eliza has become her best.
‘’Honey I mean your father is gone forever’’ said Mary. ’’Mommy why does it have to be like this’’said Anna. ’’It just has to be like this’’ said Mary Chapter four 19 years later Anna was 21 and Mary was 50 years old. I forgot Mary was re-married to George Merilan. The next day Anna came home because she wanted to tell her mother that James purposed to Anna.
In the present time, Daisy is moved on and married, with a child in a beautiful grand home. Her relationship with Tom can be speculated to be based on her wanting to gain his finances or that he can support her like no one else can. Daisy portrays an idealistic vision of herself, and , throughout the story, shows a selfish and narcissistic persona at times. Daisy and Gatsby
In the introduction “Come Closer to Feminism” Hooks describes the conversations she tends to have with people who are interested in what she does. The misconception that feminism is hatred towards men by women is one that is constant according to her. As she explains most men and even women have the idea that feminist hate men, that they are all lesbians and they take jobs away from white men to make their lives harder, but when asked what they have read or know of feminism most will answer saying that they have never read a book. Their ideas of theories have arrived from that of what others say or mention.