Mihaela Turcu, American Studies, MA, II Where are the Southern Belles? Case Study: Blanche DuBois and Scarlet O’Hara The history of the American literature knows multiple changes throughout time and has registered various influences. Regionalism is an example that could sustain this argument, marking the 19th century with its particularities and local color. The real time events that marked America during the period that preceded and followed the Civil War did not go unnoticed. Many writers portrayed in their literary works plots, settings and characters that were torn from real life experiences.
Nevertheless, she was not at all attached to the writing style of that time. She also wrote of some genres that where not conventionally written, for example, gothic horror stories. One of her masterpieces, the one that helped that her voice and the voice of women were heard was Jane Eyre. The novel opens up with Jane Eyre as an orphan child cared by Mrs. Reed, who was cruel with her. Mrs. Reed put her in a cheap orphanage called Lowood School, where it was also horrible because no one cared about those children.
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
Amanda Richardson Mrs. Schroder AP Literature and Composition 2 January 2018 1995 Based in the early 19th century, Enda, the protagonist of The Awakening is stuck in an era where she does not agree with the values nor culture that those around her are accustomed to. Through Edna’s “awakening” and drastically different values, Kate Chopin is able to alienate her from the surrounding society. Edna’s thoughts and actions create conflict in her relationships. Surrounding characters are unable to understand or provide justification towards Edna’s new found culture and values, isolating Edna. Due to this, characters unable to perceive the actions of The Awakening protagonist remain in a state of confusion as well as provide major disapproval.
This is the case in Philip Larkin's poem "Home Is So Sad". Without the family, the heart and soul of this home, there is no character or meaning left, nor purpose to keep living as a character. The home views itself as a vessel or vase for a family, and when the family gone, its fundamental identity is destroyed. The home is not just sad, but despondent and without hope. A home with no heart and no family is much more sad than one with a despondent family, or an unhappy heart.
I will begin by briefly talking about the short 19 years of Joan’s life, briefly mentioning the main events of her life. Then I will continue on to talk about those important events of her life in more detail. For example, her visions, the siege and relief of Orleans, the attack on Paris and Joans trial and execution. I will be using several sources to gather information including Joan of Arc by Francis C. Lowell and Joan of Arc by Philip Henry Stanhope. Joan of Arc, also known as Jeanne d’Arc, was born in 1412 in a town names Domremy in Eastern France.
You hide”…“Why do you keep pushing me away?” (Tan 388). The main reason why she has a hard time doing this is because she never showed love to anyone directly with anyone in the first place. It was impossible for Ruth to tell Art that she loved him when she could barely say the same thing to her mother. Though Ruth does not believe that discussing such matters with Art is critical, it is actually separating them
The narrator does not actually know Emily that they are not friends and probably not even familiar. However, because of the Griersons’ name, the town pays attention to Emily’s life from the time she is a young woman until her death, which is declared at the beginning of the story. Emily is a faithful traditionalist, likely because she loving remembers the time when her family name meant something in the town. Now, her house is infirm, and as it turns out, she’s keeping a dead body on a bed in her house. Emily tries to hold on to old opportunity granted to her family in more wealthiest times.
They were clearly wronged, which is underscored by their strong symptoms of grief. To make matters worse, the widow had “lived there alone, with her son.” Since he was murdered, she was left with nothing. She had no family members to help comfort her, which only led to her loneliness. Moreover, the neighbors were unsympathetic. They halted the use of Antoine’s name, hence any faint memory of familial connections was demolished.
In the still, dark world in which I lived there was no strong sentiment or tenderness.” In writing this, she had explained how deep her suffering really was. In the loveless, dark world in which she existed, she felt few comforts and few regrets. She didn’t have the will to try in a life which she felt offered her little, if not nothing. To her, throwing away the doll was akin to throwing in the towel. Consequently, after she realized the opportunities provided by learning, she realized her loss in destroying the doll.