The novel is a balladic, love story from ancient colonial times where Antoinette Cosway is portrayed as a parallel of a madwoman in the attic in Thornfield depicted in Jane Eyre. Jean Rhys complete the character of Antoinette by her own fantasy and personal experiences gained during her stay in Antillean islands where she heard about the madness of the Creole women, wealthy daughters of white slaveholders and black females, from the beginning of the nineteen century. In addition, these daughters of the decadent society hated by the ex-slaves were slowly languishing in the breathtaking beauty of the tropical nature. (Olexa, 1973) Moreover, Trevor Hope (2012) claims the Rhys’s novel is the reconstruction and revisitation of Brontë’s Jane Eyre. We can claim that Rhys’s main aim was to remove Bertha from the character of the non-identified wife locked away in Thornfield, give her the proper soul and identity, inform about her childhood and youth, thus the reader will understand her state of mind in Jane Eyre and will not consider her only the insane Rochester’s wife, but as Antoinette Cosway.
For instance, she recalls how she blew out the red candle and they “extracted her (the matchmaker’s servant) terrible confession” that the candle was extinguished to lend credence to her story. Moreover, she is very observant, utilising a servant girl’s pregnancy to aid her in building her story. According to Lindo, “I had watched her stomach grow rounder and her face become longer with fear and worry.” Furthermore, she uses superstitions and traditional thinking to her own benefit, rather than let them trap her. By enacting such a complex plan to get out of her awful life, Lindo has full agency over her future. This is
Based on the fact that lesbian activity was endemic in British society, from the sleeping arrangements, to night-time invitations being a way for mistresses and ladies to show favor in households and at court , along with the fact that Mary Wroth was the better half of a profoundly unhappy marriage from a young age (Lewalski, 245), it is fairly easy to assume that she participated in, (or at the very least knew about) lesbian activity at some point, to some degree. We know she read Faerie Queen, Arcadia (her own uncle wrote it and homages to him are written all over her work), and watched or read some of Shakespeare’s plays, because she had an excellent education financed by her parents and interacted with her aunt and uncle on a regular basis (Lewalski, 245). This, combined with certain instances and relationships in Urania, seems to suggest that it’s highly improbable she was
In the story Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell, I have learned that women was recognize as powerful objects. The story tells me in ancient Mesopotamia that men based their perspective on women for what we have and not our mind set. The women in the story are mention when you first open the books and is continue throughout the entire story line. The first woman was a prostitute name Shamhat, who was sent on a mission to change the life of a beast named Enkidu. In the story, Gilgamesh called Shamshat “one of the priestesses who give their bodies to any man, in honor of the goddess” (p.12).
Symbolism was seen throughout the texts Girl in Hyacinth Blue and The Things They Carried. The Vermeer painting was a symbol for each person or people in every chapter that came into contact with it. For example in chapter 4 titled Hyacinth Blues of Girl in Hyacinth Blue, the painting was a symbol of freedom for Claudine. Claudine expressed “betrayal-his or mine, it didn’t matter-freed me (Vreeland 104).” She had been cheating on her husband for a while and when she had gotten caught, she sold the painting to get to Paris and start a new life. In the first story, the painting was a symbol of guilt.
Followed by Ishtar, who guaranteed Gilgamesh the world if he offered her his love. Gilgamesh refushed Ishtar's offer which led to Enkidu's death. The affection between Gilgamesh and Enkidu takes a tragic turn, whilst the love portrayed by Ishtar and the temple prostitutes remains certain. Gilgamesh and Enkidu submitted themselves to the female life force. Almost all the conflicts, clashes, confrontations are with women, which are loaded with tension and worry.
Latino culture could be seen throughout the novella. This can be seen by the titles alone such as that use various Spanish words or common Hispanic names such as “Chanclas”, “Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark”, “Meme Ortiz” and others. The impact of Cisneros as women could be seen throughout the novella, discussing the subject of rape, marrying young, the position of women’s rights, and domestic abuse which can be seen in the vignettes “Red Clowns”, in which Esperanza gets raped; “Linoleum Roses”, were Sally marries when she is in the seventh grade; “The House on Mango Street” which discusses how although women’s rights are
The attention Abigail draws to herself through the accusations made in the witch trials generate a great source of power for her, when Abigail and John Proctor, of whom previously had an affair have a conversation regarding the witch trials she says, “I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window, and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness. Do you tell me you’ve never looked up at my window?”(Miller 21). Through her relationship with John Proctor, Abigail gains power due to the fact that they share a mutual liking for each other and John is married to
By night bastet would transform herself into a cat to guard her father from Apep or Apophis a serpent who was her father’s greatest enemy. With her cat eyes shining in the dark, she managed to kill the evil serpent. Credited for killing the serpent, bast ensured the warmth of the sun would continue to bless the delta of the nile with fertile soil and honored as goddess of fertility. Bast is one of the few sun goddesses that is also called a moon goddess , with her cat eyes reminding us of the moon that it
This is evident through the way they were worshipped, depicted in artwork, and shown in mythology in each of the cultures. One of the ways that the way that Isis and Osiris were viewed changed is in worship. In Egypt, Isis was essentially the mother goddess who used magic spells to protect her son, Horus, while Osiris was the god of the dead, as well as ruler of the Underworld. In Egypt, Isis was worshipped simply for her magical powers which protected Horus, because people sought to use similar powers for themselves. “Soon the force of ‘magic’ comes to serve highly egoistic and aggressive purposes, especially in love charms, and the magician thinks nothing of threatening the