(page 4, paragraph 3)” Mrs. Strangeworth has completely changed personalities and is now known as a disrespectful, awful women who starts rumors. At the end of the story, it states, “She began to cry silently for the wickedness of the world when she red the words: Look out at what used to be your roses. (page 6, last sentence)” The end of the story helps show the theme by presenting the consequence Mrs. Strangeworth received for her actions. After reading the book, we find Mrs. Strangeworth as changed through indirect characterization and we found the theme of appearance is deceiving. Mrs. Strangeworth changed from the sweet, loving woman she was in the beginning to the secretive, anonymous rumor starter in the end.
The poem says “…a fly buzzing over the Kool-Aid spilled on the sin… (Wakoski 1.6-7)” This shows that she feels like he is bugging her like a fly. Another reason I know this is how she feels towards him is that in the poem, it says “…the sound of banging screen doors on hot afternoons… (Wakoski 1.6)”. This shows that the banging screen doors, possibly annoy her, and she is comparing the annoyance of the man in the poem to the annoyance of banging screen doors. Therefor I believe the beginning is about a woman that is annoyed with a man, and she is comparing him to annoying things such as a fly. The poem inside out has a middle about flaws.
The narrator goes on to describe the housekeeper, who is also John’s sister, “she is a perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession” (Gilman 313). According to Carroll, the narrator will be considered impure because of her incapability to nurture her own child and do her own housekeeping. She allows other people to do the jobs she’s expected to do. Carroll uses the author, Mary Douglas, as an example to describe how something can be considered impure: “Mary Douglas correlates reaction of impurity with the transgression or violation of schemes of cultural characterization… for example, she hypothesizes that the reason crawling things from the sea, like lobsters, are regarded as impure is that crawling was a defining feature of earth bound creatures, not of creatures of the sea. A lobster, in other words, is a kind of category mistake and, hence, impure” (55).
The crying women represents Mrs.Bowles and her new found emotion of sadness. If it was a perfect world no one would cry and be depressed just because of a silly poem. The crying shows more of a compassionate and meaning full side of Mrs.Bowles. The flaming match represents the women who set her self on fire with her beloved books. It refers to the quote, “You can stop counting” she said.
In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz”, both authors use their version of a parent-child relationship to convey feelings of disappointment, and romanization of their relationships, commonly through imagery and a large shift from a romanticized version of the parent-child relationship to the reality of a not so perfect parent-child relationship in both literary works that are contrary to the original thought of the stories. In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”, the protagonist, Mama, shows definite favor for her eldest daughter, Dee, over her youngest daughter, Maggie. Mama romanticizes Dee, through a vivid use of imagery, describing her body as something that is be preferred over Maggie’s body: “Dee is lighter than Maggie with nicer hair and a fuller figure…” (Walker 319). This quote shows how Mama favors Dee more than Maggie by pointing out her physical attributes like Maggie’s “… burn scares [that] [run] down her arms and legs” (Walker 318). Furthermore, Mama believes that Dee will be more successful daughter as she is the one who is pursuing a secondary education, and Maggie is not pursuing an education.
However, not everyone feels this way. In Fever 1793 , Mattie and Mother treat each other rather poorly, and later in the story they felt great guilt. Anderson has Mattie exclaim.. “I had just saved her precious quilt from disaster, but would she appreciate it? Of course not” (3) . This reveals that Mattie has negative attitude towards her mother, in addition to Mother having a poor attitude towards Mattie.
Earlier on in the novel, Sister Mary Aggie tells Percy if he goes to heaven, the sight of him will ruin heaven for others. When she said this to Percy, “her words stung” (Johnston 63), but later on in the novel, when insulted by a girl on how ugly he looks, he simply “nodded as if she had not insulted [him] but had merely said what no one knew better than [he] did was a truth [he] no longer cared about” (244). The manner in which Johnston introduces Percy differs from how he is illustrated later on in the novel. Later on in the novel, using words such as “merely” to describe the insult illustrates how verbal taunts have no effect on him anymore. Because he was rejected from society, he descended from a self-conscious timid boy to an apathetic
The tone of, “Barbie Doll,” by Marge Piercy is dark and sarcastic. The darkness of the poem became evident when her beautiful features disappeared and were replaced with self-hatred, “Her good nature wore out,” (Line 15). This provokes feelings of sadness, as the readers see a young girl starting to believe the insults of her tormenters, and start to loathe herself. The tone is again seen when the writer describes of the girl figuratively cutting, “off her nose and legs,” (Line 17), ultimately alluding to suicide. Piercy used sarcasm in this poem to link issues regarding beauty standards in the real world.
Passage 1, a vignette by Sandra Cisneros titled “A Smart Cookie”, acknowledges that not following through with a dream can result in that haunting failure and/or loss. The vignette is about how a mother reflects on her life and how she “...could have been something…” This passage characterises Mrs. Cordero as shameful and depressed. For example, she said “shame is a bad thing, you know” which demonstrated that she was greatly shameful of her poor life decisions and failure to follow her aspirations. According to the line “I could’ve been something, you know” the reader can infer that
I really liked how this poem uses imagery of her work and relates it to being a mother and birth. This is demonstrated when she says, "Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth didst by my side remain" (Bradstreet 1-2). Just as a mother loves her children, imperfections, flaws and all, Bradstreet relates her book in the same way in this piece. In Judith Wright's poem, "Stillborn," Wright provides a heart-wrenching look into the feelings a mother of a stillborn child. I feel it is best described when Wright says, "Those who have onced expected the pains of that dark birth which takes but without giving and ends in double loss" (Wright 8-11).