“Mrs. Outlaw said he wanted the children, but the mother wouldn’t allow it” (Ryan, Pg.74). This exemplifies that Santiago wanted the children, but Skyla didn’t allow him which Naomi realizes that her father loved them since the beginning. Naomi then comes up with a plan to find her father and get an approval from him to let her stay with her grandma instead of her ruthless mother. “I told the truth about your mother and that my wishes are for you and Owen to live with Maria” (Ryan, Pg.222).
But when the Gilead was made and she was forced to stay home “She stays in her home, but it does not seem to agree with her.” (84). Serena Joy who was once a star and active speaker fell to the oppression towards female in the time of the Gilead. Her personality changed as well, one would think she is a loyal to her husband but offered Offred to have sex with Nick. “We just won’t tell him[Commander], will we?” (303) is a solid proof that Serena is not loyal to the Commander and she just wants to have a baby. When Serena found out about the affair she said “Just like the other one.
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.
As part of Edna’s self-discovery she wants to spend time on her own and she feels forced to leave her kids with her parents. When she visits them, her kids still bring her happiness even if her previous life does not and “it was with a wretch and a pang that Edna left her children” . Edna does fine alone, with her art, forgetting her past, but when she goes to see them, she is confronted with the side of herself that she is giving up and it hurts her. This aching shows that there is still a part of her that is a wife and mother. One part where the Ratignole side of her overcomes Reisz’s is when she goes to Adele’s side at childbirth instead of staying with Robert.
Ying Ying never learned to speak her mind or to control the path of her own life. As she watches Lena make the same mistake of passivity, she internally struggles to tell Lena what she sees. “I want to tell her this: We are lost, she and I, unseen and not seeing, unheard and not hearing, unknown by others.” (Tan 67) Ying Ying lived through a terrible marriage that left her voiceless. She lamented the loss of her unfaithful husband and despite her knowledge of her blamelessness. Her experiences taught her a valuable lesson to respect oneself and to fight for one's beliefs, a lesson she must pass on to her daughter.
Nea’s journey seems solely based on saving her sister when in actuality she is trying to find excuses to avoid growing up. The tragic hero fabricates false dangers to compensate her desire to be needed by her sister who has moved on with her life. Nea feels abandoned becausen Sourdi matures while she remains a child. Ma and Sourdi remain connected with traditional customs that Nea simply cannot understand due to her exposure to American culture. Her over active imagination, anxiety, and aggression get her into trouble.
After leaving Logan and marrying Joe, she was very happy and seemed to be in love but soon after becomes a “trophy wife” and was just going through the motions of marriage. “No matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some… She got nothing from Jody except what money could buy, and she was giving away what she didn’t value”(Huston, 76). At this point Janie had fully accepted the fact that she wasn’t going to have love in her marriage, and didn’t really care. At this point Janie’s character starts to develope into a more independent woman who cared less about what he husband wanted and more about what she wanted.
From Villian to Lover In Isabel Allende’s short story The Judge's Wife, the wife acts as both the temptress and nurturer which changes Nicolás Vidal from the shadow figure archetype to the lover archetype. Vidal spent his life staying away from women. His mother was the only woman, and person, that he ever loved and cared for, although he never showed her affection because it would be seen as a weakness in his gang. His personality changes when he faces the wife of Judge Hidalgo, Casilda. On the day Nicolás Vidal is born, the midwife prophesies that a woman would be his downfall.
The girls had always lived under the wing of their silk-stocking parents and they had quite opposing thoughts on it. “Why go back home when you can relish in the freedom of adulthood and possibly irresponsibility?” “Is that a hint of rebellion I hear? How could the angelic April Donovan ever think of committing anything near wrong? Seriously though, I’m glad to be going home. There wasn’t anything here for us here anyway