The literary phenomenon of The Bell Jar presents readers with a view of the character of Esther and her story through Victoria Lucas and Sylvia Plath. The development and circulation of the publication created a projection of the integrity of the story’s plot that can be seen as being affected by the autobiography of Plath’s life. The publication of the The Bell Jar, through Victoria Lucas, revealed a story of a young woman dealing with depression and a coming of age story of a young woman trying to live in a society where she does not feel she fits into: having to deal with the patriarchal power, to understand the orders of women’s lifestyle, and the destruction of ambition to become a writer. When it was published in the United States, in 1971, five years later, under the name of Sylvia Plath, the narrative began to take another outlook. This impacted the view upon the novel’s identity, the classification of what the novel truly is.
Richard Godbeer presented an excellent picture on how puritan life was structured, how it functioned, and how they perceived the super natural in this novel. Reading "Escaping Salem," I was thrown several different scenarios displaying how witchcraft was addressed in early puritan society and how they reacted towards it. The supposedly bewitching of Katherine Branch showed the reader how the people of Stamford and the court system handled the act of witchcraft. After reading this novel, I can say that I do believe the accused in the Stamford witchcraft trial received a fair trial. In early puritan society, the communities were very close.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American author from the antebellum period, notices the emphasis on individual freedoms in the works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists during his residency in the Brook Farm’s community. In response to these ideas, Hawthorne writes The Scarlet Letter, a historical novel about Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s lives as they go through ignominy, penance, and deprecation from their Puritan community to express their strong love for each other. Their love, even though it is true, is not considered as holy nor pure because of Hester past marriage to Roger Chillingworth, and thus Hester gained the Scarlet Letter for being an adulterer. Hawthorne utilizes biblical allusions, such as the stories of
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing – Benjamin Franklin.” When Benjamin Franklin created the fictional character, Silence Dogood, he achieved both of these things outlined in this quote. The Silence Dogood Letters were both something worth reading and worth writing about. They were a popular phenomenon when they were first written and they still prove to be an important part of our U.S. history to this day. Silence Dogood was first created so that Ben could get his writing in his brother’s newspaper, The New England Courant. Each letter—the first one printed on April 2, 1722—was about random events taking place in Silence Dogood’s life.
The main characters are constructed by their beliefs about themselves and about the other people. They are governed by the rules about the character of men and women existing during the Victorian Age and their reliance on each other. The woman from the title, for instance, is gloomy and mysterious like in the typical Victorian romantic novel. She was a villainess, but sometimes a heroine, a woman like that was a symbol of forbidden. When Charles Smithson meets Sarah Woodruff for the first time, he finds her attractive, because of her strangeness.
This statement seems to reasonable when considering that Emma’s biggest mistake happens under the influence of Mr Churchill and Elizabeth is influenced by her first impressions of Mr Darcy and Mr Wickham. Regarding Jane Austen’s heroines, one of the most important features of her novelties is the way she handled the characterisation and the progress of her heroines’ emotions and feelings, which is important since the progress is caused by their ‘fallible’ actions. Marsh discusses Austen’s novelties and developments in comparison with Fielding’s characterisation in Tom Jones. He explains
In order to be able to fully understand Chopin’s message, readers must envision the tradition of the Victorian society in which Kate lived. This was a society that clearly defined the gender role. Looking at Louse Mallard, one of the characters in the book, the author uses a woman who suddenly discovered a new life after the death of her husband. Ironically, Kate depicts Louise’s independence as a doomed fantasy because such freedom was actually unrealistic for the 19th Century woman. In this book, Chopin clearly outlines the importance of a woman’s identity other than her main role as a man’s wife
Beauty and the Scientific Beast Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in the year 1804 in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne was born into a Puritan family, which can be evident in many of his writings. He attended Bowdoin College and served on the U.S. Consul. Hawthorne’s early works did not go over well at first. Many did not know of him until his publication of The Scarlet Letter, which was a very controversial work of fiction during his time.
Using the techniques from her father, and figuring out how to learn on her own, Anne benefitted from the Elizabethan tradition which valued for the female education. She used this education to write her poems, which reflected her views during her life. Anne was concerned with the issues of sin and redemption, physical and emotional frailty, and also death and immortality. It can be seen throughout most of her work that Anne struggled to resolve the conflicts she experienced; between sensory and family experience and the promises of heaven. During her life, Anne felt more strongly connected to her family than to religion or God.
This research aims at identifying the self-defense mechanism and core issues of the main character of the novel, named Hazel Grace Lancaster. And the theory of existentialism is used here, and as a literary research, it uses a descriptive qualitative method. Hazel Grace Lancaster’s self-defense mechanism As a round character her personality develops from time to time in the novel, she unconsciously employs self- defense mechanism in order to press her anxieties so that they stay in the unconscious level. By reading the novel several defense mechanisms can be found in her personality, such as: • Selective perspective • Denial •