Abigail’s ulterior motive is to have a relationship with John Proctor and get rid of Elizabeth. Abigail displays her affection as she says, “John- I am waitin’ for you every night” (22). Her jealousy towards Elizabeth for being with Proctor is what drives her to get rid of Elizabeth and take her place. Abigail’s actions cause conflict between Elizabeth and Proctor. When Proctor says, ‘it’s winter in here yet’ (51), it reveals the way they have become very distant and their interaction is cold; their dialogue has
There warn’t ever anybody but Ethan. Fust his father—then his mother—then his wife.” Winter is the obstacle that has been holding him back from success, but if the winter and Zeena are so much alike then it is actually Zeena keeping him from moving away. In a way, Zeena is like a ball and chain clasped on the ankle of Ethan. As a result, it defines her cold, bitter inner
“The note of authority in [Ethan’s] voice seemed to subdue [Mattie]” (88), yet he did not realize that the seasons cannot be controlled. Mattie, distraught over the thought of leaving Ethan, “seemed the embodied instrument of fate” (91), as she quickly convinced him to sled down into the elm tree. Wharton specifically characterizes Mattie as summer to display what happens when warmness comes in contact with snow: mud. Mattie takes the reins of the sled and drives the two down the hill. Ethan longed to possess Mattie, yet all seasons must come to an
Ethan’s indifference toward his wife and lack of compassion for her illnesses clearly demonstrates Ethan and Zeena’s loveless relationship. The nature of the Frome’s marriage was made transparent when Ethan fell in love with another woman. When the novel begins, Frome demonstrates his cowardice when confesses that he
Into The Woods The musical “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is a metaphor for life in many ways, but the most prominent one is the woods symbolizing life itself. The prologue song “Into The Woods” is about each of the character’s dreams and wishes. Cinderella wishes to go to the festival, Little Red Riding Hood wants to deliver bread to Granny, and the Baker and his wife want to have a child, even though the witch cursed their lineage. In order to accomplish and reach for some of these goals, they must go into the “woods” and take some risks. Just as we must take risks in our personal lives to accomplish our goals, being that is the only way to achieve what we aspire to do.
First, Janie struggles with her relationship with her first husband, Logan. Janie tries to love Logan, but struggles. Logan later on starts to make Janie work on the farm and she begins to feel used and unwanted: “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman… Long before the year was up, Janie noticed that her husband had stopped talking in rhymes to her. He had ceased to wonder at her long black hair and finger it” (Hurston 25-26).
One of the main differences is that “Porphyria’s Lover” is written by, and is in the point of view of a man, while “Void in Law” is written by and is in the point of view of a woman. When the poem is in the point of view of the man, the poem is more about how the woman is at fault for being unfaithful and she receives consequences for doing so. When the poem is in the point of view of the woman the poem is about how depressed a woman feels after he left her to be with another woman. This shows how in this time period there was a double standard for genders, and it wasn’t as much of a big deal when the man was unfaithful than when the woman was unfaithful. In addition, the poems differ in the amount of dialogue present in the poem.
Sharon states, “I am going to marry a liar”, and on her deathbed, she still exclaims, “You’re a liar”. By never forgiving his mistake and continually holding him to blame for their boring and unfulfilling marriage, the theme becomes evident. The theme of Do You Know Where
The snow-flakes on the flowers represent the coldness Paul receives from his teachers because they express their aversion towards him. Similarly, the blossoms are mock by the winter cold (Cather). Just like the flowers in the winter, Paul feels lifeless when his society treats him with indifference by “shutting him out of the theatre and concert hall, which felt like taking away his bones” (Cather). Paul’s society makes him insecure and alone as he fades out of his world. Finally, the flowers kept inside glass cases mean that Paul is trapped inside.
This immediate imagery shows that it is a burden, or something that weighs upon Aunt Jennifer, to be married to her husband. Later in the story, the author continues by stating that “her terrified hands will be/ still ringed with the ordeal she was mastered by” (Rich 531). The word that stands out the most in this phrase is terrified- showing us that it was most likely an abusive marriage between Jennifer and her spouse. When the author references Aunt Jennifer’s embroidery as the conclusion of the poem, it is showing how they continue to live on, “proud and unafraid” (Rich 531). This only furthers the point that Aunt Jennifer was trapped in a marriage where the males were the ones left with their pride and their confidence, whereas the women
In both novels, the Crucible and Ethan Frome, the main characters are stuck in pointless marriages, however revenge and love led the two plays into slightly different paths. In the crucible John Proctor has a seemingly miserable marriage with Elizabeth Proctor. She was an unhappy, depressing wife, and the cold house she kept led to John having an affair with the housekeeper Abigail Williams. Similarly in Ethan Frome, Ethan is married to a mean, sickly, and depressing wife, and found a way to escape from his misery through the housekeeper Mattie. We can see that in both plays, the two main characters are not happy with their marriages and lives, therefore they try to get away from them by having an affair with other women who seem to be their