In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Miss Emily Grierson, is faced with challenges that leave her no choice but to find a way to escape the internal struggle of loneliness created by her own actions, leading to self-inflicted destruction. Looking in on the surface, the female character is imprisoned by the repressiveness of her father. While he played a huge role in causing Emily’s mental state to deteriorate, it was ultimately the consequences of her own self-control that confined her mind. Because of her poor choices, Emily lives in misery instead of rescuing herself from such damaging chains of sorrow. Throughout the text, it is evident that the overall conflict in “A Rose for Emily” was driven by self-deprecation
Even though Harry and Joe tried to adjust and enjoyed to new circumstances, for Thula from rich wheat-farming family Boulder City was a bleak and desolate place. Moreover, Thula felt inferior to her twin sister who lived a nice house in Seattle. While Thula was tired of hardships of life, eventually she gave vent to her pent-up feelings against her stepson and asked Harry to live apart from ten-year-old Joe. In fact, Thula regarded Joe as an eyesore because she became unable to make a living.
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
Ellen, the protagonist in the short story “The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross is responsible for the death of the baby. Ellen is selfish, lonely, and frightened. She does not realize that life is never perfect, her isolation and fearfulness cloud her judgement and therefore lead her to make the irrational decision of running away in the midst of a dust storm, which she believes is the right decision for the betterment of her child’s future and for herself. Generally Ellen displays selfishness towards reasoning with her husband on leaving and staying at the farm.
“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!” (Aly Raisman). The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is about a girl who narrates her intriguing life.
Being ordered around and told how to live life is not an ideal lifestyle to have. However, many women around the world are forced to live this way. In Budge Wilson’s “The Leaving”, the female characters, Sylvie and Ma, abandon the family farm for 3 days in Halifax, that will alter the rest of their lives. Meanwhile the article, “Same Story, Different Ending” describes Aqsa Parvez and Anila Batool ’s battle against their honor bond families.
The opening line “Her clothes are out of date” as well as the children 's behaviour; demanding her constant attention as they "whine", "bicker" and "tug her skirt” are symbolic representations of how the mother no longer lives the same life she used to. The reference to “out of date” emphasises the sacrifices the woman has made for her family, whilst the children’s dialogue illustrates their negative depiction from the mother’s perspective. In this piece, the children are the catalyst for change; depicted as having a crushing weight on the mother’s emotions, leading to the development of her belief she is tied to a straining and sacrificial life as a result of
Kate Chopin’s novella The Awakening is about the young Edna Pontellier and her struggle with fitting into her role as a wife and a mother. During a vacation at La Grand Isle she meets Robert Lebrun, who is the man she later throws her love upon. Her newfound love and her growing desire to be independent from all aspects of society drives her further and further away from her husband and children, and the lengths she is willing to go to for her freedom expands dramatically. Robert Lebrun and Edna both have secret growing feelings for each other that they are unable to fulfill when they start developing, but when Edna has finally separated herself enough from her family to attempt a life with Robert, he is unwilling to follow her dream. All through
Marigolds by Eugenia Collier is about a woman named Lizabeth looking back on her past, specifically the moment and things leading up to when she became an adult. “Chaotic emotions of youth” as she calls it are what really lead to the main event and are caused from confusion. In the story she as well as other children don’t understand how something like their neighbor, Miss. Lottie’s, marigolds could be so beautiful amid such a poverty-stricken, dilapidated town.
Margaret Atwood wrote about a fear that lives with many, not having any freedom. Offred is one of the thousands of people who have had their freedom taken from them. Her life revolves around keeping others content and doing what she is told, but she begins to get bored and curious. When this occurs, Offred begins to break the rules due to temptation which helps her realize everyone is doing so. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules.
Since the Everdeens and the Snows are different kinds of parents, Katniss and Kristina develop into different kinds of women. Katniss uses her father’s death and her mother’s depression to her advantage, since these circumstances, although unfortunate, provider her with the opportunity to learn how to hunt, gather, trade at the Hob, and cook. Her parents’ impact on her causes Katniss to become a fighter and tackle whatever obstacles are thrown her way, no matter how overwhelming they seem. Kristina, on the other hand, succumbs to the negative influence of her parents, instead of rising above it and using her less than ideal circumstances to empower her to become a better person. She falls into the junkie lifestyle in the hopes that she can escape her painful family dynamic that includes an absent, drug addicted father, and a mother who barely pays any attention to her and denies her obvious drug addiction.
In “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour,” characters are portrayed as women who are searching for freedom and self-realization. We see the women trying to pull away from societies marital traditions. The behavior of the women is understandable, because their role greatly changed during the civil war. Many men were off fighting the war; therefore, women had to take care of the men’s day-to-day duties. Women gained a new sense of being when they learned that they could do more than just take care of the home and children.
Once Mariam and Rasheed start living together, she realizes that she has to work and do all of the chores. Life is not going to be like it was with Nana but instead she is about to suffer and endure with Rasheed the rest of her live. Enduring suffering is a reoccurring theme in the novel. Likewise, Laila, the daughter of one of her neighbors, is not even married yet, but she has to pick up the slack around her house because her mom is depressed after she hears her sons have died in the war.
Ethan Harwood, a man of age forty, stood in the middle of the science facilities wearing a long white lab coat which draped across the floor. Ethan hated his job, manufacturing an artificial virus which controls the subconscious minds of people, but he was forced to by the Health Organisation. He decided that tonight he was finally going to escape with a group to try and save the town of Blackdale. As he walked home through the polluted air, he could not see the end of his nose, his pitch black hair and dark brown eyes almost made hime invisible at night. As soon as the purple contaminated sun had set and the tall industrialised buildings had turned out their lights, he gathered a group of people to start a revolution, the Defiant.
In todays fast-paced society, action is often associated with accomplishment; however, the achievement of a goal requires first a dream and a well-constructed plan. Every individual is capable of achieving great things during his or her lifetime, but the seemingly "idle" period that precedes action is crucial to accomplishment as it encourages observation, kindles passion, and lends time to the development of a course of action. Although Frederick Douglass spent many years in slavery before he won his freedom, his years as a compliant slave in Boston allowed him to observe and understand the world around him, which prepared him for his escape years later. As a child, Douglass served the Auld family in the city of Boston, Maryland, and he