Pecola, an 11 year old child was raped by her father. Pecola is an easy prey because she was just an 11 year old young girl, and she has no strength to voice out her concerns to the adults in the novel. She does not know anything about oppression and that’s how she became a victim of one. Because of what Pecola experienced, the physical abuse, that led to her psychological disorder. Pecola was emotionally abused by her classmates who usually called her ugly because she was black.
She doesn’t know how to see the harm in what she does, and in the book it said, “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed,” (page 323). Mayella destroyed one of the only things she cared about, and that’s because she didn’t learn the value of the truth. Mayella Ewell’s life is made up of many lousy things which all come together and shape her as the erroneous girl that she is. She is uneducated, has no values, and because of this, doesn’t deserve to be treated with equality. All of these things are part of the themes that make up the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, and
Toni Morrison revealed that, motherhood and family life were nothing that could be taken for granted for the slave families were often divided when family members were sold and the female slaves were systematically abused both by other slaves and the white owners. Here, Sethe’s mother was never allowed to be a real mother as her owner did not allow her to stay with her daughter to love and nurse her, and she was hanged when Sethe was just a few years old. Sethe wanted to claim her children as her own although she knew that a female slave did not have any legal rights over her children. Sethe’s motherly love became an overly possessive love towards her children.
Jane Eyre has three cousins in Gateshead, who are Georgianna Reed, Eliza Reed and John Reed who treat her horrible especially John Reed as Jane Eyre proclaims, “ He bullied me and punished me not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day but continually: every nerve I had feared him…” (Bronte 9). Jane Eyre being in the Gateshead was paranoid to be near John Reed. “Mrs. Reed was blind and deaf on the subject she never saw him strike or heard him abuse me…” (Bronte 9).
She said: “He bullied and punished me; not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually: every nerve I feared him, and every morsel of flesh on my bones shrank when he came near.” (Bronte 8) When Jane is giving us a description of her childhood, you can’t help but feel concerned for her safety. After Mrs. Reed had enough of her, Jane was sent to an orphanage that was erupting with sickness. There, she got her education, and became a diligent governess. She had no family, no friends, and no money.
She is forced to live in John’s uncheerful and hollow farmhouse, managing households every day. She struggles and suffers alone as they are childless. This is portrayed through Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters conversations. “I stayed away because it weren’t cheerful. Maybe it’s down in a hollow and you don’t see the road.
When you see, your parents fight always and you cannot do anything, also if you exposed to domestic violence, and no one take care of you this is a bad environment to live in. pecola lived in that kind of environment and she get mad at the end because of her family, “An experience of violence can lead to lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm, whether the child is a direct victim or a witness.”
Howard Barron’s corpse at the end was a shock to everyone in town that nobody predicted. This is due to the Grierson’s family social status that clouded the townspeople judgement. All those red flag indicators could not help the town people figure out what is happening in the Grierson household. On the other note, Jack Scherting’s presumption of Emily’s motive of killing Howard Barron was also shocking but not too far fetch. Jack Scherting’s idea helped me see the story in a completely different spectrum about the relationship between Emily and her father.
She is also forced to wear an embroidered “A” on her bosom which stands for adultery. The sin is disapproved and the whole colony shuns Hester and Pearl. To prevent drawing even more attention to themselves, they move to a cabin on the outskirts of the town. “It was only the darkened house that could contain her. When sunshine came again, she was not there,” (Hawthorne 145) the sun only shone while hester was not there, it was dark and gloomy in here presence.
The canary also represents Minnie’s isolation after marrying John Wright as the canary was also stripped away from it freedom by being caged and domesticated. Glaspell also uses the canary to refer directly to Minnie by
Mama describes herself as a big-boned woman with hands that are rough from years of physical labor. She wears overalls and has been both mother and father to her two daughters. Poor and uneducated, she was not given the opportunity to break out of her rural life. She doesn’t understand Dee’s life, and this failure to understand leads her to distrust Dee. Mama sees Dee’s life as a rejection of her family and her origins.
She was manipulative and dishonest in treatment sessions as she would report going to school, but later found out that she skipped school to go to Walmart with her friends. Court documents state that secure placement was needed due to MS-13 gang member have made a threat to her life in the community. She also exhibited difficulty with inability to comply with probation, home, school and community rules.
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee took the minor character of Mayella Ewell and made her into a sympathetic role to her readers in a latent way. Mayella's life at home is told through the story's background and foreshadowing references. This is how Lee made Mayella memorable enough to the reader to know who she is and her family situation without needing her point of view of her side of the story. Once Mayella enters the storyline, her actions will become understandable to the reader and generate sympathy. One way Lee makes Mayella a sympathetic character is how before entering her into the story, one of Mayella's younger siblings was introduced.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout learns about different kinds of people through Dolphus Raymond, the Ewells, and Walter Cunningham Sr. The groups that these three represent are the misunderstood, the poor, and the disgraces. These characters helped to develop Scout and teach her how to tolerate everyone. Dolphus Raymond is a very misunderstood character in the book.