When Ruth asks that race be addressed during the trial, Kennedy shuts her down. She believes that race doesn’t belong in the courtroom, that justice is blind. Throughout the novel she refuses to acknowledge the blatant racist undertones of the case, and then doesn’t understand Ruth’s hostile nature. She isn’t racist, she isn’t the reason Ruth is on trial, she just wants to win the case, and race discussions would prevent that. After Ruth introduces Kennedy to some of the struggles she has to face daily as a black woman, Kennedy realizes her own outlook on the issue is terribly naive.
At first glance, Nella Larsen’s Passing is a novel primarily concerned with the construction and representation of race and racial boundaries. While the theme of passing for white is important to the text, it masks the exploration of same-sex desire, passing unnoticed by most readers. Through the characterization of Irene, Larsen demonstrates how the intersection of identities effects a person’s perspective of the world around them and their experiences with others. Irene Redfield leads a fairly secure, middle class life in Harlem until she is revisited by a figurative ghost from her past, her childhood friend, Clare Kendry, at the top of the Drayton hotel. The novel’s narration is third person limited with the focalization on Irene’s experience and
She is also upset because Walter is giving in to racial tension and calling Mr. Lindner back to negotiate taking money in exchange for not moving into the white neighborhood. Lena immediately snaps back and calls out Beneatha for not learning to care for her brother. In this scene Lena’s maternal instinct really shines through. Even though she is disappointed in Walters foolishness and lack of pride, she knows that Walter is at his lowest point and that persecution and ridicule will not help the situation in any way. She also understands that his pursuit of money wasn't for self interest but to make things better for the whole family.
Ray alleges “In contrast to outlaw heroes, the official heroes preeminently worldly, comfortable in society, and willing to undertake even those public duties demanding personal sacrifice.” (380). Skeeter is the opposite of this because she doesn't follow social norms, becomes alienated due to her choices, and crosses social boundaries. She doesn't follow social norms because in the movie after she comes home from college she becomes an independent, unmarried woman who’s focused on her career. While her mom and friends want her to focus on becoming a wife. Skeeter becomes alienated due to her choices of not being married, and because of how her perspective on the division between white Southern households and black maids has changed due to being in the city and going to college.
Irene and Clare's relationships reflect on what Larsen's thoughts and beliefs are on marriages. Irene's marriage with Brian Redfield is empty and unfulfilling. Brian resents Irene because she was the reason why he could not be where he wanted to be, which has led to discomfort and arguments throughout their marriage. Brian very much wanted to be in Brazil, but Irene insisted upon him
Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, forces Janie to marry a man she is not in love with out of convenience. Nanny does not want Janie to suffer the necessities of life, but Janie cares little about materials and seeks love. Nanny’s ideology haunts Janie for much of her life, influencing decisions she takes later in marriage. Huston says, “The memory of Nanny was still powerful and strong,” which shows how Janie conforms to the ideology her grandmother instilled in her. And although Janie conforms, she continues to question inwardly about love.
She can’t wear red lipstick in front of Nathan because he would find it immodest and would punish her. She has to hide her true self to avoid the wrath of her husband. Unfortunately, because she has to hide her true self so often, she's started to lose pieces of who she once was. Orleanna was “so thoroughly bent to the shape of marriage [she] could hardly see any other way to stand” (201). She does not remember her single life, and has become so deeply invested in this dominating marriage that her life bent under the will of her husband is the only way she knows how to
I’ll do duty to my brother and yours as well, if you’re not prepared to I won’t be caught betraying him”(line 58). Her sister tries to convince her not to go against Creon’s decree, but because she was so stubborn she would not listen and did as she pleased. “A vain attempt should not be made at all”(Ismene). (Antigone) “So leave me
Her foster brother has found his biological sister, Adele, and Sarah just can’t seem to accept how important this is to him. She wants Felix to drop everything in an instant to come and be her sidekick again, and when he refuses, she can’t handle it. While her immediate assumption that Adele might be shady isn’t too far fetched – critical viewers of Orphan Black have been taught well to be at least a tad suspicious of any newcomers – her complete disregard for Felix’s feelings was just awful. Though it was a little strange how interested she was in Felix’s mother, for his sake, I hope Adele is
Once they decide on a man, there is no going back and divorce was considered uncommon. The women in the novel, each display their thoughts on marriage. However, Elizabeth Bennett, who is opinionated and passionate about her beliefs, is inclined to disagree with the norms of the society the most. While others believe that marriage is the key to happiness, she disagrees. She is not easily influenced by those surrounding her, even her family, and her honesty and wit allow her to avoid the drama that dominates the society.
For this reason, Ismene’s opinion on Antigone’s determination to bury their brother illustrates how realistic her thoughts and actions are. When Antigone asks for Ismene’s help to burry their brother Ismene points out the flaw in her plan, “ Burry him! You have just said that the new law forbids it.” Her underlying respect for her brother made Antigone impulsive with her decision to burry her brother. With this in mind, Ismene points out her underestimating the power of authority, which demonstrates her skill of not letting emotions, get in the way of her thinking unlike her sister. After several attempts Ismene realized she is unable to change Antigone’s mind, so she says “ But no one must hear of this, you must tell no one!” Furthermore,