In Everything that Rises Must Converge, author Flannery O’Connor tells the story of a young man named Julian’s relationship with his racially prejudiced mother. Through the use of vivid imagery, O’Connor manifests the fact that Julian is resentful, not only of his mother’s bigotry and judgement, but also of the economic and social situation in which he lives. This bitter tension between mother and son is depicted by O’Connor through the use analogy. The story culminates when Julian’s imperceptive mother develops an adoration for a young black boy traveling on the same bus as her and Julian. While Julian’s mother fears and abhors African American adults, she does not hold a vicious prejudice in regards to their seemingly-innocent children.
Money, power, and success have blinded people into thinking they are in love and it has led to these women being oppressed. Tom and Gatsby in this book are what is called the patriarchy. According to Revise Sociology, the patriarchy is “The systematic domination of women by men in some or all of society’s spheres and institutions.” In Tom and Daisy’s marriage; they are both having an affair, Tom wasn’t at his child’s birth, and he oppresses Daisy physically, maybe by accident, and socially, by not allowing her to go wherever she wants to go. In Tom and Myrtle’s affair; they are both married, yet they have this affair, she is dependent on him because he oppresses her economically and psychologically, and he also oppresses her physically when he broke her nose. In Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship; she is having an affair with him and he psychologically oppressed her with his money and wealth only to get the idea he has of her as his “Golden Girl.” Fitzgerald’s argument is, when love is not the main reason for a relationship it will lead into oppression of women.
In the classic Renaissance play, Fences, by August Wilson is about a family who has internal and external conflicts. We find throughout the play that Troy cheated on Rose and impregnated another woman, Alberta. They have a child born out of adultery. Considering that Troy is the Protagonist, much of the problems involves Troy. The problem of adultery starts with Troy; he desires Alberta to get away from the responsibility of marriage.
His pent up frustration against his mother results in an outburst against Ophelia whereby Hamlet verbally assaults her- “go thee to a nunnery.” Ophelia is also guided by her Id since she desires Hamlet and upon being abused by the latter, she loses her sanity and her will to live, showing the reign of Thanatos, thus, prompting her suicide. Her father, representing her superego, attempts to control her behavior along the lines of morality, but the consequence is rather disastrous as her Id
Marie-Claire Blais’s Mad Shadows explores the complex relationships within the dysfunctional family of Louise, her son Patrice, and her daughter Isabelle-Marie. Louise’s obsession with Patrice’s beauty causes Isabelle-Marie to be an outsider in her own family, which she cannot escape even as she gets married and has her own child, Anne, who strongly resembles Isabelle-Marie in circumstance and appearance. Mad Shadows incorporates a cycle of familial violence spurred on by jealousy and neglect; despite Isabelle-Marie’s attempts to break the cycle of violence in the final scene of the novel, her actions and destructive urges are already apparent in Anne, ensuring the continuation of violence in the family. Parental neglect in Mad Shadows is portrayed as one of the major ways violence passes from the abuser to the victim within the cycle of violence. These methods of neglect are shown through Louise and Isabelle-Marie’s mistreatment of their daughters: while Louise resents Isabelle-Marie for her differences, Isabelle-Marie dislikes Anne’s similarities to herself.
Throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, King Lear, the goal of gaining control over the kingdom and boasting about one’s status drove the characters to deceive each other through the use of lies and manipulation. Right from the start, King Lear demanded that his daughter profess their love for him, causing Regan and Goneril to exaggerate their love all to flatter their father and gain the most of his land. When it was Cordelia’s turn, even though she spoke from her heart about how much her father means to her, her words did not praise her father enough as he insisted she revise her confession. Act 1 Scene 1 started the destruction of the Lear family as Regan and Goneril proved successful in gaining their father’s land by spreading lies
Emily from “A Rose for Emily,” is oppressed by her father who passed away. Faulkners writes, “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (Page 4). In the short story, Emily’s father is proven to have been oppressive to her after running off every young gentleman that came around looking to court Miss.
¨Mrs. Rogers, I had no doubt, had acted very largely under the influence of her husband.¨(Christie, 243) With this we can tell that not only did Thomas kill an old lady for money but forced his wife, most likely threatened her or even blackmailed her, to do the dirty work. Thomas did two awful things, two illegal things, two things that need justice to be served. Emily Brent, another character that some believe deserves to be on the island and justice should be served. Emily Brent was taking care of a young girl who got pregnant before marriage, which is against what Emily believes in so she kicked her out of her home, which then the young girl drowned herself.
Ramsey’s son hating him. She also gives an explanation of the reasons that his son hates him. His son feels that Mr. Ramsey interferes with many of his actions with his mom, and this is where Woolf introduces imagery to explain the feelings and actions of these characters. Woolf uses visual imagery in order to describe the feelings and opinions of each character in this first part of the novel. Also, the personality of Mrs. Ramsey is described with interest and statement.
This caused Medea to be vengeful and go out on a rampage. Not only did this hurt Jason, but it also hurt the Corinthian king,his daughter and many more. Medea felt justified in her homicidal acts because she had given up so much to be with Jason. Medea’s nurse explained how the main character abandoned her life for a man she believed she loved, “Sometimes she turns to look away, to call out for her father, her country and home: all abandoned and betrayed for a man who now abandons her, betrays her honor and her love. She has learned the hard way what it is to be an exile to had given up everything” ( lines 29-36.)
Telemachus releases his pent-up testosterone to take care of a problem that he should have dealt with a while ago, the suitors. “Suitors plague my mother-against her will-/… By god, it’s intolerable, what they do-disgrace,/ my house a shambles!” (Homer. 2. 55- 68) is an excerpt from Telemachus’ speech to rid the suitors. He literally tells the suitors that they are leeches and they lack the guts to properly ask for his mother’s hand in marriage by asking her father.
Hurston’s book displayed the controversial topic of abuse in the family. Many writers were afraid to touch the subject, but Hurston was able to introduce the problem. There are many instances of abuse from beginning to tend in the narrative such as whipping. Mrs. Turner is trying to set up Janie with her brother, Mr. Turner. In response, Tea Cake whips Janie to show his dominance.
In Shakespeare 's play, King Lear, it is brutally obvious that Lear is strongly disliked, or even hated by his two older daughters, Goneril and Regan. In the novel A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Ginny’s and Rose’s hatred for their father doesn’t appear to be too over the top until the reasons they hate him so much are finally revealed. Both sets of sisters eventually end up retaliating against their fathers after they are given his land. Some may say that the daughters actions against their fathers was cruel, atrocious, and wrong; however, an argument could be made that their actions were justified by how their father had previously treated them. Perhaps Lear and Larry deserved to be treated as they were.