it is an ever-fixed mark. That looks on tempests and is never shaken” (Lines 1-7). In Edith Wharton’s classic, Ethan Frome, this theme is present for protagonist Ethan Frome, who falls in love with his maid, Mattie, and forsakes his wife, Zeena. Ethan and Mattie’s flirtation with infidelity sets a catastrophic series of events into play: Zeena is jilted by the lovers’ betrayal, Mattie asks for the irrational way out of her situation, and all three characters make destructive decisions. Ethan’s indifference toward his wife and lack of compassion for her illnesses clearly demonstrates Ethan and Zeena’s loveless relationship.
Newland Archer, the novel’s protagonist, ends up loving the woman who breaks social norms while losing his love for May who has grown into the shape “into which tradition and training had moulded her”. The leisure-class is put under the magnifying glass by Wharton and she discusses the virtues and vices of each. Most notably, the flaws of their social norms that constricted Archer from showing his love towards Ellen are emphasised as he instead settles for May. Wharton provokes pity from the reader regarding the fact that Archer did not end up with his real love due to these constraints. Once meeting with a different set of norms and not being mechanically implied to fall in love, Archer finds his love in another person who does not follow the norms and is more free as a
All Tom’s attempts to care for his sister and his mother ultimately fail, including his bringing of a gentlemen caller for Laura to dinner. The gentleman caller, which Laura actually was quite fond of, was engaged and unable to be the man the Mrs. Wingfeild and Laura were hoping for. “The dinner’s disastrous outcome le[eft] Tom certain that unless he makes his own way into the world, their neediness will devour him.” (Teachout 60.) And so, at the close of the play Tom abandons his family just as his father did. Laura, though not as obviously, also embodies her absent father.
Bayardo San Roman seemed to be too perfect; however, does his culture turn him into an ignorant and impulsive person? We are left with the questions: why does he come to town? Why does he choose angela? Why did he take Angela back to her parents after he found out she wasn 't a virgin? Why was he passed out and drunk at the wedding?
I am sure that he didn’t find out that she lost her job because he would kill her. Eventually, she found a job working for Celia. Celia is a white girl that married Hilly’s ex-boyfriend. She is nice to Minny and she wants to learn how to cook from her, but there was the catch-her husband must not know about Minny. He found out soon, but he didn’t mind it and kept it as a secret.
We need to forge our destiny on our own and we have to take what we want, not caring about what men might think, or society. Society is a construct made my men. They are the ones calling us whores but we are not the ones who pay for a nice embrace. They say we bring shame over a man's name but they are the ones cheating on us. Is his father treating you any better?
/ Ah, word ill urged to one that is so ill! / In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.”(1.1.197-199) Romeo only marries Juliet to ease the pain of heartbreak from Rosaline. Juliet isn’t in love with Romeo either. Just before Juliet meets Romeo for the first time she says she is not ready to be married. Her mother says, “LADY CAPULET: Marry, that 'marry ' is the very theme / I came to talk of.
Similarly, Wilson in Fences was also conscious that such a mixture, where money and race are put together, is poisonous since it leads characters to destructive conflicts like the ones between the father Troy and his son Corry or also between black and white minorities. However, these conflicts are still of paramount importance because of the historical and human significance they give to the play. Starting from the
Therefore, both characters have this tendency to trust themselves and it brings both good and adverse effects to them. A striking difference between Creon and Antigone is their priorities. The greatest priority for Creon is the state power. He is quite cold towards his family because he is focused on following his own rules for the sake of Thebes. However, when it comes to family he acts so inhuman that he doesn 't listen to his own son and even thinks about ruthlessly punishing his nieces Antigone and Ismene.
These well-known characters purposely stand on opposite ends of the pole, together with all they represent. On one end, there is the virginal and almost childlike heroine, and on the other, the mature and sexually threatening stepmother. Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber, the authors of the article: “Good and Bad Beyond Belief: Teaching Gender Lessons through Fairy Tales and Feminist Theory,” claim that in the absence of the heroine’s true and righteous mother, her pathological stepmother is “the only available, living ‘model’ of feminine maturity” (124). However, since the stepmother is put under harsh social criticism, the heroine is likely to associate herself with “the passive, feminine identity of the first queen, avoiding any identification with the active principle embodied in the characterization of the bad mother/witch” (Fisher and Silber 124). Such is the case of the tale of “Snow-white,” in which we only see the good queen when working on her embroidery, (considered a typical female activity) and wishing for a child (Grimm 215).
On the other hand, Medea also struggles with balancing natural law and justice. The purpose of justice in the Medea is to restore the natural balance tipped by Jason 's betrayal of his marriage vows to Medea. Creon is also guilty of injustice. It is unjust for him to give his daughter to Jason in marriage, then punish Medea for his own violation of the natural order. Then, out of fear, he justifies his action by suggesting that Medea might harm himself and his daughter.