Psyche on the other hand, tries to consolidate her desire and duties to try to please both. In the story, “Psyche’s Art”, it states, “But being very much in earnest about doing her duty, not because it was her duty, but as a means toward an end, Psyche fell to work with a will, hoping to serve both masters at once...Psyche found duties and desires desperately antagonistic.” (Alcott 2177). She wanted to do both, but it wasn’t working. To be devoted to the household work didn’t allow her to have time for her art work and vice versa. Her desire and the duties she was expected to do, were
Sin is a prevalent theme throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter. The main character, Hester Pryne’s sin of adultery instigates the entire novel. The novel follows Hester’s journey in dealing with her sin in a strict Puritan town. Nathaniel Hawthorne provides an example of how someone’s sin can affect many individuals. Hester’s sin not only affects herself, but also affects many other characters including the Puritans, Roger Chillingworth, Arthur Dimmesdale and her daughter Pearl.
This child, Pearl, was born due to a sin committed by her mother. Upon the scaffold, she holds her daughter as the townspeople openly discuss scarlet letter sewed on her attire and ways to punish her more effectively. Hester stands there soaking in everything around her, all the abhorrent comments about her choices and lifestyle. She suffers from the abasement of the community and no one shows her compassion, yet she persevered. Hester is forced to be paraded through the streets like a criminal, but in the townspeople 's eyes, she is a criminal.
Being the legitimate symbol of the scarlet letter herself, Pearl’s biggest symbolic representation is Hester’s sin. The scarlet letter was evil, hence Pearl was also perceived as evil. The Scarlet Letter, after thorough examination, is filled with hidden symbols. This creates a sense of mystery and encourages the reader to think more about what they are reading. Throughout the novel the scarlet letter, nature, and Pearl all continue to play a huge role in symbolism.
Grendel's self image changes throughout the story because the effect that some characters that they take upon Grendel’s personality. Grendel’s mother has had an effect on him through the story, he's had a soft spot when it comes to his own 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 too ugly too look at, people get scared when they see him because of the way he looks.
Hester Prynne is punished by being put on the scaffold and receiving the scarlet letter “A” and also by being put into jail. Throughout her punishments, Hester somehow finds a way to stay kind to others and remain her genuine self. “She offered up a real sacrifice of enjoyment, in devoting so many hours to such rude handiwork.” (77). This quote represents how Hester is kind to the poor and uses her skill in needlework to sew clothes and garments for the needy. This quote also shows that needlework is tough labor as the quote states “ such rude handiwork”.
Peal does not see her mother as a sinner because she has been isolated by puritan society and as a result does not have the same beliefs. Pearl is the illegitimate child the symbol of her parent sin, but she is also a regenerative force.”(Kate 11) So long as Dimmesdale is alive, Pearl seems to be a magnet that attracts Hester and Dimmesdale, almost demanding their reconciliation or some sort of energetic reconciliation. “ Not a pure materateralism however, but one embellished by her guilt at the child’s disordered nature and for this living result of the act of love.”(Lasser 275) Pearl and Hester are not materialistic When Dimmesdale dies, Pearl seems to lose her vigor and becomes a normal girl, able to marry and assimilate into society. The implication is thus that Pearl truly was a child of lust or love, a product of activity outside the boundaries imposed by strict Puritan
There. I lived there” (Cisneros 5). Her response, synonymous to the shame commonly felt by many individuals affected by poverty, illustrates her humiliation by relating it to her house. Esperanza again demonstrates her unease with her house and neighborhood when she states, “I don’t belong. I don’t ever want to come from here” (Cisneros 106).
This description of the scenery outside displays the effect of the Reed family on Jane. Jane is constantly belittled and treated coldly by her extended family, making her feel unappreciated and miserable, yet like she should be grateful that she is not suffering on the streets. These external and internal conflicts are mirrored firmly in the harsh nature of Gateshead. And these conflicts are only confirmed through Jane’s interaction with Mrs. Reed after learning that she was to be
(Morrison 38). In addition, various members of the black community are constantly displacing their own feelings of being outdoors onto others within the community. For example, even before he rapes his daughter, Cholly Breedlove is outdoors from the black community because he is a visible and tangible reminder of the feelings many other members of the black community have. He represents the anger and frustration many members of the community is guilty of taking their anger about their own treatment and injustice at the hands of white people on their families, and Cholly reminds them of their hypocrisy. Concerning Morrison 's writing style, her style is easily distinguishable due to her unique use of language.
Although she felt as if she was being isolated by living on the outskirts of town, " there was a more real life for Hester here in New England than that unknown region...here had been her sin; here her sorrow; and here yet was to be her penitence..." (179). Here Hawthorne proves that Hester remained in the community because she felt as if it was the place where she should still serve consequences for her sin. As the quote says, her entire struggle with sin, sorrow, and shame have all been established in the the Puritan society. After facing humiliating experiences she is convinced she would be unable to start over somewhere new. As a result, Hester 's shame and sorrow led her to becoming more of an outcast to the Puritan
Not being able to live up to what the North had in mind for white womanhood, meant that she was deemed unworthy of happiness just for the fact she tried to free herself by giving up her virtue. Linda Brent was also prevented from the high expectations of preserving her purity due to Dr. Flint pressuring her countless times. As stated by Brent, “When I found that my master had actually begun to build the lonely cottage, other feelings mixed with those I have described” (Brent, A Perilous Passage in The Slave Girl’s Life). She was hinting at an occurrence between Dr. Flint and herself, where it seems that he was pressuring her into giving him her purity. It was hard for anyone to stay pure if they were always coerced or even forced to engage in any sexual
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.
Like in the quote, the child died because the woman’s illness got worse, people can lie about themselves anytime, so a background check would be very useful. Also, other foster parents may have anger issues, have a past of domestic abuse or other problematic issues. Stories are told about the horrors of living with abusive people in the article “The Horror Stories These,” this article has the different perspectives of how the children have suffered, the article states, “staying with a racist foster father who saw him hanging out with a black friend, he beat James, drug him outside, clasped a dog collar around my neck, and cuffed his hand to a Confederate flag rail in front of the doghouse. He left James outside overnight in the cold of December with no clothes,” (Simon, 2014). This clearly illustrates, how this foster father treated this child as an animal for spending time with a colored person.
It’s the worst kind of shame, almost as bad ad begging on the streets where the tinkers hold up their scabby children. Give up a penny for the poor child, mister, the poor child is hungry, missus(250).” The feeling that Frank has at that time, I bet Angela has the same feeling either. However, she doesn’t mind to use her dignity to exchange a meal for her children. As a mother, Angela is doing her best to get the basic needs for her children. Even though the process of getting that meal is disgraceful, she choose to hide this ugly truth for her children and hold up the shameful feeling in her heart.