where she has lost her mother. Kira is bound to be banished because her father, a powerful man, got taken by beasts and her mother died of a disease. Another reason why she would be banished is that of her twisted leg, causing her to be no use for doing normal work that the other women do. If she didn’t have a twisted leg, then
Pecola Breedlove is conditioned to believe that she is ugly by her parents from a young age and “[hides] behind [her ugliness]” because she does not know any better (Morrison 38). She closes herself off to the world, thinking that her “ugliness” is a burden to those around her. Pecola’s brokenness forces her to idolize the images of something that she will never be; a Shirley Temple duplicate with curly blonde hair and rosy red cheeks. But, what Pecola yearns for the most is for Temple’s blue eyes—more specifically, she yearns for the bluest eye. In the words of Jacqueline de Weever, Pecola’s dream for blue eyes shows that “[she] wants, in fact to be white” (de Weever 5).
As children when we grow up we almost always automatically know what we want to be. I wanted to be a fashion designer, then an actress, and it was not until 7th grade that I realized becoming a nurse was my passion. After doing research on my field, Mary Eliza Mahoney is the person I look up to. Mary was the first African American women to complete nurse’s training in 1879. Mary Eliza Mahoney was born in a small neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845.
The author said,"... and the smile, when she thought of sweet Elijah bravely fighting someone, somewhere– that was hers too" (46). This being the last sentence in the short story made me very confused. I read this and thought is that all she wanted in a husband, a "brave" and "kind" man to complete her perfect life. She was trying to love the perfect life that is unattainable for a normal female. She was trying to compare her life to a fairytale.
Hester made sure to emphasize on the beauty of her daughter by making sure she was very well dressed. Hester was a very good seamstress. She made all of Pearl’s dresses and they all looked fabulous. Even Hester realizes that Pearl is the living, breathing scarlet letter. She even said so in the book.
(Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird is another character that is not who everyone thinks she is). Scout and Jem do not like Mrs. Dubose she yells and screams at them when they walk by her house: “Jem and I hated her. If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be ranked by her wrathful gaze” (132). Mrs. Dubose always had an angry tone and harsh remarks to say to the kids came into her view. A couple months after Jem’s punishment of reading to Mrs. Dubose ended, Atticus tells Jem that Mrs. Dubose has died.
In the book, this symbolizes people that do nothing but good in their lives but are still misjudged because of prejudice. “It was a melancholy little drama, woven from bits and scraps of gossip and neighborhood legend: Mrs Radley had been beautiful until she married Mr. Radley and lost all her money. She also lost most of her teeth, her hair, and her right forefinger.” (Lee 52). There are all these horrible rumors and stories about Boo Radley
Women during the 1950s experienced a great deal of hate towards them and were treated poorly by society and this is reflected in the characters of the novel. During this time period women were often thought to be crazy or psychotic. Angela Hague said, "By focusing on her female characters' isolation, loneliness, and fragmenting identities, their simultaneous inability to relate to the world outside themselves or to function autonomously, and their confrontation with an inner emptiness that often results in mental illness, Jackson displays in pathological terms the position of many women in the 1950s" (73-96). Women during the time period that the novel was written, experienced treatment towards them that often made them appear to be crazy or strangers. This relates to the setting because Eleanor started to go crazy in the house and felt like an outcast.
Maria is a girl who was born with a harelip and was considered as having “all the bad luck that God had to give” the day she was born (Clement 38). Maria only saw her self-concept as being ugly, disfigured, unlovable, cursed, and good for nothing. No one, not even Maria feared that she would ever be stolen into sex trafficking since she was not beautiful. Although Maria has close friends who accepted her, she was considered ugly by everyone in Guerro. Her own father even left her and her family after she was born as a result of her harelip.
The tone of “Barbie Doll” is anger. In this poem, anger is another important quality. She became angry because people was making fun of her. “Her good nature wore out like a fan belt” (Piercy, line 15-16). She became disgusted with people making fun of her, so she cut off her nose and legs.
She had “yellow eyes, pink teeth, red fingernails, and dark hair on her arms and chest” (225). The doctors called her a “Freak of nature”, and they thought that she couldn’t hear them because of the “mewing” she did. (225) Just hearing that I am sure made her feel even worse than she had before. It wasn’t hard to see that she was different. The family would always ask “why us?” or “maybe it’s a curse” or “she was fine for years”, and the list would go on and on.
Scout is a tomboy in the novel, her family does not not like that very much, especially Aunt Alexandra. Discrimination is used against Scout because they try and make her wear a dress and act more ladylike around people. Aunt Alexandra was racist in the beginning of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by wanting to fire Calpurnia just because she was black, which is a good example of
Another element in this novel is Melinda’s inner conflict, man vs. self. What Melinda has been through greatly affected her everyday life. She struggles with depression, dislikes her appearance, and feels ashamed of herself for something that isn 't her fault: “I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else...even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me” (Anderson 51). Andy Evans, the senior who raped her, made her feel worthless. This situation is much like the one in the novel The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Grendel’s self image changes throughout the story because the effect of some characters that is taken upon Grendel’s personality. Grendel’s mother had an effect on him through the story he had a soft spot when it came to his mother. For example, “ of all the creatures i knew, in those days only my mother really looked at me.” (Gardner 17). Grendel is hideous, no one really pays attention to him. He’s hideous and ugly, to ugly to look at.
In all of these stories women were given a negative image because of the standards set for women by society. Women were not respected and often thought of sex objects that are there to make great men fall; this becomes very evident in the literature written during this time. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother a monster, who is given the qualities of a women and represents women who are not submissive to their husbands. “Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell bride, brooded on her wrongs.”(Beowulf, page 56, lines 58, 59). In this quote Grendel’s mother is described as “monstrous” or in other words evil.