My Antonia: Jim and Tony’s Unrequited Relationship “I’d like you to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister, anything that a woman can be to a man (206).” Jim Burden, a young man, narrated his memories and friendship with a young immigrant named Antonia Shimerda. My Antonia was a novel that showed incapable relationship between two characters, but displayed the real beauty and love in life. Willa Cather’s book illustrated how the main characters created a strong friendship, but, were separated from a relationship by societal norms and expectations. Social barriers were one reason why Jim didn’t pursue Antonia romantically. Antonia, also known as Tony, was a poor, uneducated immigrant that moved in America with her family to find a better life.
The question of love is a complicated one. One that Janie thought she had the answer too. She thought the answer to her troubles of finding love was to just marry someone. She later found out that this wasn’t the case from her first two marriages. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” a pivotal point in the novel is when Janie marries Tea Cake.
2 pg 68). This is important because at this moment in time, Mr. Rochester was at the church and about to marry Jane when it is revealed that he is, by law, still married to Bertha Mason. This revelation significantly alters the plot because, had he not been married to her or had no one ever found out that he was, he and Jane would have gotten married and Jane would have stayed at Thornfield. But, instead, he initially tried to deny that he was married and still used his wife’s insanity as a reason to consider himself not married anymore. Because Mr. Rochester was married (and also probably because he lied about it), Jane changed her mind about marrying him and decided to leave Thornfield for good, despite the fact that it was painful for her to leave.
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, we follow our protagonist, Janie, through a journey of self-discovery. We watch Janie from when she was a child to her adulthood, slowly watching her ideals change while other dreams of hers unfortunately die. This is shown when Jane first formulates her idea of love, marriage, and intimacy by comparing it to a pear tree; erotic, beautiful, and full of life. After Janie gets married to her first spouse, Logan Killicks, she doesn’t see her love fantasy happening, but she waits because her Nanny tells her that love comes after marriage. Janie, thinking that Nanny is wise beyond her years, decides to wait.
Shakespeare is able to make readers see how deeply in love the couple was though they had only known each other for a short amount of time. Finally, Romeo and Juliet get Friar Laurence to marry them. The only proof of this is Friar Laurence saying, “But come on, inconsistent young man, come with me. I’ll help you with your secret wedding” (2.3.89). The wedding is so extremely rushed that in the play, there is no direct statement that shows that they actually got married.
Marriage in Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure (1668) and Dorothy Leigh’s The Mother’s Blessing (1616) For a woman in seventeenth-century England, there were two things she was expected to do in her life: to get married, and to have children. And those are exactly the themes that Marriage in Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure (1668) and Dorothy Leigh’s The Mother’s Blessing (1616) deal with. Starting with Margaret Cavendish, her play The Convent of Pleasure was published in 1668 as a closet play, which means that despite being a play, it was not written with the intent of it being performed on a stage in front of an audience, but rather to be read in small groups. The theme of marriage is very clearly present in the play, as one of the main characters, Lady Happy, tries to avoid the pressure of having to get married by having herself and a few other women withdraw themselves from society and its strict (gender) roles, to live in more freedom. Knowing that, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that The Convent of Pleasure speaks in favor of freedom for women, and encourages them to, just like Lady Happy, refuse to satisfy the expectation of society to get married.
This is shown with their views on marriage. Hero is willing to marry whoever her father asks her too and when Leonato finds out that Don Pedro seeks marriage with Hero, he encourages Hero to marry and says to Hero, “Daughter, remember what I told you. If the prince does solicit you in the kind, you know your answer” (II.i.57-58). Beatrice, however rebels completely against marriage and says “If he send me no husband; for the which blessing / I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening” (23-25). This shows how she isn’t willing to conform and be so respectful of what people think.
“As I told you my young lady bade me inquire you out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself”(Act II.II.148-149). The Nurse has offered to keep the secret of the marriage between the two young ones and she will not tell anyone about it. After the Nursze comes back from visting Romeo she finds ways to not tell Juliet the good news instead she starts talking about other things, the Nurse also knows how delighted juliet will be once when she finds out about the wedding “Your love says, like an honest gentleman, and a courteous, and a kind,...where is your mother?”(Act II.II.55-57). The day of Mercutio and Tybalt 's death she did not think Romeo would do such a thing, and now her thoughts about Romeo have changed instead she thinks Romeo would end up hurting her young lady. She can not do anything about it as Romeo is Juliet 's husband now.
4. The Storm Short story The Storm could be considered as a sequel to another Kate Chopin’s short story called At the Cadian Ball, where we get introduced to two young lovers, Calixta and Alcee, we also get introduced with the character of Bobinot. Nevertheless, the story itself can be read without reading the earlier story. At the Cadian Ball we get to see how Calixta and Alcee came to marry their partners. Right from the title we are in some way warned that there is nothing naïve about this story.
Do you know any similarities or differences between the princess bride wedding and medieval times weddings? While the differences from the princess bride marriage and medieval weddings are noticeable,the similarities are striking. A way i, going to compare and contrast the two is by finding a way they are similar.The princess bride wedding and medieval weddings are similar because the bride of both weddings or any weddings in the medieval times didn’t have a choice on who they were going to marry.The groom would pick who he was going to marry and the bride couldn’t say no.I know this because of the quote from the princess bride which says “I’ll never love you,I wouldn’t want it if I had it,then by all means let us marry” (Goldman 90).A different way i know this is because the author of medievaltimes.com states “They didn’t have a choice as to who they would marry” Next way i'm going to be comparing and contrasting the two is by pointing out a similarity between the two.Brides for medieval weddings and the weddings from the princess bride both were and are usually kidnapped by the groom and his friends.Some ways i knew this is because the author of the website brideandgrom.com writes “close friends of the groom would help him kidnap the bride from her family.Another reason I knew this was true is because Goldman wrote “he took her
For example, The Party takes control of marriage. Marriage is supposed to be a life decision that is between two significant others instead of having a higher power arrange a marriage. The Party chooses who you will marry “All marriages between Party members had to be approved by the committee” ( Orwell 37 ). The Party arranging marriages is not even the worst part either, if there is any attraction to the other they refuse to let them be married, “ Permission was always refused if the couple concerned gave the impression of being physically attracted to one another” ( Orwell 37 ). How would you have freedom if you can’t even choose your life partner that you spend the rest of your life with?
In his article, “Dido, Queen of England”, Deanne Williams remarks the personal aspect of the life of the Queen in 16th century England: “From Sir Philip Sidney to Sir Roy Strong, [who were] Queen Elizabeth I 's observers …. Elizabeth managed to avoid it for decades, maintaining, when pressed, that she considered herself wedded to England” (Williams 31). According to the Renaissance royal biographers William indicates that a tangle of invitations, courtships and suitors, and the hedging and equivocation that did not cease until Elizabeth was long past meno- pause (Williams 31). Yet, Love was encouraged by the authors that are focused on in this research paper, yet, all the same, they depict love as a downfall in two female characters that embody power and authority: Faerie Queene 's Britomart and Dido, Queen of Carthage 's Dido”. In these two heroines, one can flesh out three aspects that can be interpreted as a negative role
The short story “Duty” tells readers what happened with Lady Capulet, both before and after Romeo and Juliet. In “Duty”, Lady Capulet’s monologue reveals that she was in love with a young Lord Montague, and he loved her as well. Young Lady Capulet, not yet a lady or a Capulet, had a choice quite similar to her daughter’s: love or duty. Unlike her daughter, Lady Capulet chose her duty to her family and to being obedient. Lady Capulet told her love “no” and married a man who she neither loved nor liked at all.