The short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” written by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry all show the loss of something valuable, as a theme. Each of the characters in the stories experience the loss of something special to them, such as the loss of a matchless harp, the loss of a caring son, and the unforeseen loss of a friend. In “Gwilan’s Harp” a young harpist named Gwilan has an irreplaceable, flawless harp. Unfortunately, when her harp gets crushed, Gwilan begins to struggle with the loss of her most prized possession. In Isaac Singer’s “The Washwoman” an elderly washwoman tells the Jewish family which employed her, about the loss of her adult son, not by death, but by the embarrassment of her profession.
In the first chapter Orleanna is the narrator who describes the setting and talks about a ruin that is so bad that it does not seem possible that it could have happened. She also goes on to foreshadow the death of her youngest child, Ruth May. She also asks for forgiveness and discusses the reasons for why it took her so long to leave her husband. In the last chapter it seems as though Ruth May is the narrator who is responding to her mother. As stated in the first chapter, there is a “woman with four girls in tow.” In the last chapter “the same woman...only [has] three daughters.” This shows that this is occuring after Ruth May’s death and she is saying, “Mother, you can still hold on but forgive, forgive and give for as long as we both shall live I forgive you, Mother”
Plot *Introduction- Louise Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble so if she startled she could die. *Rising Action- Her sister, Josephine, told her carefully about the accident happened and she revealed that her husband died in a railroad disaster through the newspaper that they’ve read. *Climax- Louise Mallard stayed in her room with no one except her, she begins to feel joyful, then she set herself free and start over since her husband is no longer alive. *Falling Action- Louise Mallard came out from her room, newly resolved, and they went downstairs with her sister and suddenly, the door opens, Brently Mallard, he’s not dead. *Resolution- Richards and Josephine protect Louise Mallard from the sight but they didn’t prevent her and she was shocked to see him, she was died of too much happiness.
The main idea of this short story is about the reflections of a women’s thoughts, Mrs. Mallard, after the announcement of her husband 's sudden death in an accident. This story connects to modern day issues because some women are actually being oppressed by their husband or significant other and feel a strong sense of freedom when they pass away. In this analysis there are four main literary devices that are used to illustrate the theme which are metaphors, irony, foreshadows, and similes. The theme that kate chopin used to idntfy the story line is a womens freedom. In this quote, “’Body and soul free!’”, Mrs. Mallard verbally recognizes her freedom now that her husband has died, and it is important to the story because it highlights her true feelings about her husband.
The Heartbreak That Killed “The Raven” is by Edgar Allan Poe. The Poem “The Raven” is gothic literature. This poem is about how a husband tries to deal with the lost of his beloved wife Lenore. Soon after the man starts to lose his mind and senses. The lost of his wife is so dramatizing for him that it starts to affect on his state of mind , also his physical appearance.
Kate Chopin wrote a story about Mrs. Mallard, a married woman who suffers from heart problems and also has to cope with her husband recent passing. Mrs.Mallard, she showed sincere grief about her husband passing. However, looking back at how controlling her husband Mr.Mallard were in their marriage, Mrs.Mallard felt a sudden joy when processing her husband death After her sudden emotional change, Mrs Mallard felt liberated when she started thinking about what her life would be like without Mr.Mallard, but regardless of the happiness she feels, she knows that once she sees her husband in corpse that sadness will return. Through her writing, author Chopin readers/ audience would be women who feel trapped and controlled in their marriage. Anger, loneliness and heartbroken are feelings that women who're coping with the death of their loved one feel.
Loss, pain, happiness. Three feelings that are not usually put together, but are portrayed in both the poem, “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall, and the memoir Upon the Head of the Goat by Aranka Siegal. In the very beginning both families are a happy bunch until an unexpected change in events turned their lives around drastically. Each piece also demonstrates that each family lost someone, things went downhill fast, and both mothers were put into a situation where they were helpless. The poem and memoir share a similar theme, which is: appreciate what you have before it is gone.
This isn’t necessarily the case with Poe, as lost love fuels a minority of his writing. Pieces of Poe’s writing depict a woman who has died in the prime of her youth. This is an obvious parallel to Virginia Clemm, Poe’s unhealthy and prematurely deceased wife, who was taken from him in middle of his writing career. Love for an innocent and young girl who has died, is depicted in such poems as: “Tamerlane”, “Annabel Lee”, and “ To Helen”. After the deaths of the woman in these poems, the reaction of many of Poe's protagonists is to stay emotionally dependent upon the late women to the point of constant compulsion.
This is widely depicted in the song “Can the Circle Be Unbroken” which discusses the suffering and grief associated with the death of the narrators mother. This song successfully generates lament from the audience through its lyrics which ultimately paint a story. One may see this as the author states “But I could not hide my sorrow when they laid her in the grave…went back home Lord, my home was lonesome since my mother was gone...all my brothers, sisters crying, what a home so sad and lone”. However, although the author paints a story of his/her mothers funeral, they also express their comfort in knowing that their mother is gone but present with the Lord. This is depicted when they state “There’s a better place in the sky Lord, in the sky.
Death of Freedom “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin begins as a heart-wrenching tale about a wife losing her husband to a railroad accident. The main character, Mrs. Mallard, has an awful heart condition, so her family has to be extremely cautious when breaking the horrible news to her. After moments of weeping, she makes her way upstairs where she will go through many emotional changes. The theme of freedom and self-realization is shown through Mrs. Mallard. After dealing with pain for years, she comes to a point of peace, relaxation, and, most importantly, hope.