“ John- grant me this. You have a faulty understanding of young girls. There is a promise made in any bed-” (Miller 1298). Elizabeth Proctor is John Proctor's wife in the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. Elizabeth has been keeping a cold house and judges John everytime he comes and goes for seven months since John had an affair with their 17 year old servant, Abigail. Even though she fires Abigail and John is straightforward and completely honest with Elizabeth, she will not forgive John. Elizabeth feels like she has done nothing wrong, but has she really? Elizabeth in the course of the play has a change of heart and goes from thinking she is a saint and completely honest to seeing her sins, and then she lies to protect her husband
Often times, literary works can easily distinguish between a good character or an evil character. Other times, a character can be very complex, which makes it difficult to characterize the character as good or evil. This complex character complex is known as Moral Ambiguity. In other words, readers are discouraged from identifying a character as purely good or evil. One particular character that can be views as morally ambiguous is a woman named Edna Pontellier. Edna from Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” can be perceived as morally ambiguous because of her affiliations with other men, and role-defying actions; however, both contribute to “The Awakening” as a whole.
Rochester's first interaction was when Mr. Rochester fell off his horse and Jane helped him in the woods. This might foretell that Jane is going to help Mr. Rochester again when he has troubles and need help getting through them. Then we they meet at the house, he kind of ignored Jane and he was “left alone” and “did not take his eyes off from the group of the dog and child (Bronte 175), however after he asked Jane to sit down, he immediately started acting rude and impolite. Jane felt that this was completely normal, and if he did otherwise, she would be shocked. Then Mr. Rochester deems interested in Jane because of the way she answers all his questions. She answers them with her strong personality, which shocked him because women were not like that back
Oftentimes, minor characters help to reveal a theme or contribute to the characterization of the protagonist. In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Helen Burns serves as a foil character to the protagonist, Jane Eyre. Throughout the novel, Helen’s docile and pious nature helps to emphasize Jane’s development from a passionate girl to a modest woman. Helen’s theological beliefs also allow her to serve as a foil character to Mr. Brocklehurst, the headmaster of Lowood Institution, and St John Rivers, a zealous missionary, in order to reveal how Christianity is used to control Jane. Compared to the male characters in the novel, Helen’s positive use of religion proves to be more effective in encouraging Jane to adopt Christian values. The
When meeting a stranger you immediately take in their appearance and features, just as Jane does after coming face to face with Mr. Rochester for the first time, noting that he had a “dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted” (Bronte Ch.12). During this encounter it becomes obvious that Rochester is more than a little rough around the edges, being rude and abrupt, while openly judging Jane. Shortly after her encounter with Rochester, Jane realized that the craggy faced man is the wealthy owner of Thornfield Hall. During Janes second engagement with Rochester, it
Bronte 's Jane Eyre transcends the genres of literature to depict the emotional and character development of its protagonist. Although no overall genre dominates the novel exclusively, the vivid use of setting contributes towards the portrayal of Bronte’s bildungsroman (Realisms, 92) and defines the protagonist’s struggles as she grapples with her inner-self, and the social expectations of her gender.
As an adult, Jane asserts her independence by rejecting unequal marriage. When Jane finds out that the man she was to marry, Mr. Rochester, was already wed, she ran away. Mr. Rochester pleaded passionately for her to stay, revealing his unfortunate history and even threatening to use physical force to restrain Jane. Both tactics failed since, as Jane puts it, her conscience personified strangles her passion for Rochester. Being a mistress to Rochester in addition to being financially and socially inferior to him prompts her to leave him. When a new suitor, St. John, proposes to Jane, she again rejects the marriage. This time, it 's because St. John plainly states that Jane would be subordinate to him as a missionary 's wife. Jane soon leaves St. John too. It 's only when Jane is fortified financially through an inheritance and socially by newly discovered family that Jane marries a blind and crippled Mr. Rochester. A marriage without equality, according to Bronte, shouldn 't have to be the only option
This essay will explore the theme of truth and illusion in Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. It will examine the the ways in which the characters interact with each other in the realm of illusion by wearing conventional masks and engaging in merciless psychological games in order to escape their painful reality. In this sense, this essay illustrates how the characters are forced to play out their roles in a game-like environment as determined by societal norms and, in doing so, posits that their pathological behavior may stem from their unfulfilled personal and professional lives as a result of the societal pressure that promotes the American Dream.
Some search years to find what they’re looking for, although it may not travel the proper course, it is the thrill of the expedition that truly matters. This was the case of James Oglethorpe, who in 1732 received a charter along with support from the parliament to take him on a voyage that would stay with history forever (B.G.). This charter granted Oglethorpe the permission to govern the colony of Georgia, create laws, and grant acres of land with the help of twenty other certified trustees (B.G). These orders set in stone by the charter, however, came with a price. None of the trustees were able to own private areas of land, grant terrain past the five-hundred acre limit, or earn a salary while with the corporation (B.G). These sacrifices
Jane Eyre, published in 1847, by focusing on its protagonist’s, Jane’s personality, dependency and self governance. The aim of this study is to look into Jane’s development and analyze her identity with the help of a theoretical framework drawn from psychoanalysis and developmental psychology, and within the context of the Victorian era. The novel focuses on Jane’s experiences and psychological growth from youth to adulthood.
This essay discusses two young women coming of age Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie struggles to grow up in three different marriages. On the other hand, Jane from Jane Eyre does a lot of developing and personal growth through her relationship with the one family. The focus will be on how these girls are similar and different. The reader will see how coming of age is different for every person.
In Rochester and Jane’s first meeting, the two begin to show their blended gender roles immediately. Rochester is first described as having a “dark face” with “stern features”, with a complexion that seems, “ireful and thwarted” (146). This description first classifies Rochester as very masculine character with his dark and almost scary complexion. Furthermore, as Rochester rides down the street on his trusty steed with this “lion-like creature” gliding next to him, his
Vibrant characters such as Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester and Mr. Brocklehurst definitely contributed to the relatability of the novel to its readers. Furthermore, it’s as if these characters were able to come to life due to the fact that they continue to embody certain individuals in our society today. With this, it further established excitement and appeal to its audience. First, Jane Eyre’s attributes displays women in our society who are still in search for meaning and love in their lives. Just like Jane’s spirit of passion despite abuse, these women continue to search for respect from other
The protagonist from “The Turn of the Screw”, is perceived to be despearate as she tries to achieve her dream but her personal pride leads her to an unstable condition. The author depicts the Governess believing that to attain her goal of gaining attentionby her employer, she must be a hero. Therefore, she invents lies about seeing her predessors haunting her pupils. Nonetheless, the more times James makes the Governess mention the ghosts the more she believes they are real and they, “want to get them (the children)” (82). The Governess is blinded by making it appear she sees the ghosts that she looses herself in her own lies leading her to an unstable condition of not knowing what is real or not. As found in “Jane Eyre” and “The Turn of the
In “Jane Eyre” Charlotte Brontë rejects the traditional role of women subdued by social conceptions and masculine authority by generating an identity to her female character.