The poem “A Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker, is an unrequited love declaration presented in first person by the speaker to a love interest, whom remains oblivious to the feelings expressed by the speaker. The writer, Dorothy Parker, best known her piercing wit and wordplay was a celebrated writer and critic during the prime of the roaring 20’s and 30’s. A biography on her life and people she worked with while she wrote gives insight to a story about a woman who was lonely, sad, and unlucky in love. In this piece she adeptly illustrates the yearning that a woman has for her casual lover. His ambivalence to her experience pains her so as he is unable to see.
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
All of Mariam’s life she’s been labelled a harami, a illegitimate being but finds herself a new life full of warmth and satisfaction through loving Aziza and Mariam. Contrary to, Mariam’s mother; she did not feel love in her life, so did not find fulfillment. She ended her life by suicide as she felt there was no purpose to live, ‘“I’ll swallow my tongue and die. Don’t leave me. Mariam jo.
The protagonist in the story, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston is a mixed race woman named Janie who desires true love, yet is timid and overpowered by her husbands, which results in her complexity. The hardships she experiences along with a strong desire in finding love give Janie a voice, and connect with the community. Over the course of thirty years and three marriages, Janie succeeds in finding her own voice, as well as respect in her community. Janie is an idealist who believes in true love. However, because she is born into poverty, she is forced to marry men who offer her financial security.
Kate Chopin is an American Author from louisiana. She is known for her vast amount of short stories and novels. One of her most famous short stories is “The Story of an Hour”. Kate Chopin wrote this short story based upon the women from the 1800’s and how they were stuck in an unhappy marriage and getting a divorce was never really an option for them. 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.
Detailed summary of IMMIGRANT The Novel Immigrant portrays the life of a female protagonist named Nina who works as a lecturer in Miranda House. At a very early age she had lost her father and was compelled to live under the shelter of her grandparents along with her mother. Her father passed away because of sudden cardiac arrest leaving Nina and her mother Shanthi in distress. Nina made her first step towards freedom as she got the lectureship in her alma mater and freed her mother from the scorn of her grandparents. Nina who had lost her father tried finding his replacement in Rahul, her English professor while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Miranda House; Rahul was a serial lover to whom she lost her virginity in her innocence.
The story shows that her father abused her mother like it was normal. Had her mother still be alive she would be the victim, and it would only be a matter of time before the father would move onto the children. Not only was Eveline living a life of hell, she felt paralyzed in the decision of leaving for a new life with Frank. The theme paralysis comes into contact with dysfunctional families more than we could expect. It seems as if Eveline’s life was planned for when her mother passed away.
Firstly, regarding the view of people on Miss Emily, they seem to pity her, firstly by the fact that she could not fulfill her womanhood by marriage, and then by the death of her father. They also often relate the pity and loneliness with madness. This is clearly reflected in “That was when people had begun to feel really sorry for her. People in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last” (Faulkner 80). By the time she reaches thirty years old, and still unmarried, the people in the town seem to accept that she will never be married, and assume that she would become crazy like some other members of the community.
This is too much for Mrs. Mallard to handle. Life had been grim before, with her looking forward to the years ahead "with a shudder" (paragraph 19). Now that Mrs. Mallard has tasted what life might have been like without her husband, the idea of resuming her former life is unbearably grim. When Mrs. Mallard sees that her husband still lives, she dies, killed by the disappointment of losing everything she so recently thought she had
The Story of an Hour" is a short story in which Kate Chopin provides an often unheard-of viewpoint of marriage. Mrs. Mallard, who is the main character, experiences the satisfaction of independence instead of the desolation of loneliness after she learns about her husband 's death. Later, when Mrs. Mallard learns that Brently, who is her husband, is still living, she realized that all hope of independence is gone. The breath-taking disappointment kills Mrs. Mallard by giving her a heart attack. Published in the late eighteen hundreds, the oppressive nature of marriage in "The Story of an Hour" may also be a reflection of, even though not specific to, that time period.