Argumentative Essay In Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, an ambiguous ghost story is told by a man named Douglas. The story was given to Douglas on a manuscript by the woman who wrote and lived it many years before. The governess and narrator of the ghost story was hired to work at a country home named Bly to care for two children. Everything is going well for the governess at her new job until she begins to see apparitions. Many argue that the governess has gone insane and hallucinates the ghosts, while others believe that the ghosts that appear to the governess are really there.
In the novel Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, the author’s style is expressed using different components such as flashbacks, word choice, and talking in the perspective of different main characters. All of these components contribute to the author's main style which can be described as serious and emotional. The author includes many flashbacks of the different characters previous lives in the novel. This is seen in the first chapter, explained by Jing-Mei Woo (one of the main characters) when she is thinking about her mother, who used to be the “leader” of the Joy Luck Club, where it states “The week before she died, she called me, full of pride, full of life: ‘Auntie Lin cooked red bean soup for Joy Luck. I’m going to cook black sesame seed soup’.”
Joseph Campbell's definition of a hero’s journey can be seen across many characters in the novel, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. In order to meet this definition, one must overcome three stages: the department, the fulfilment, and the return. Tan depicts Jing-mei Woo as a shell of a woman who is forced to take up the footprints of her late mother. She then learns the meaning of family and is able to fulfil her mother’s dying wish by resurrecting her past life in China, which allows her to complete Campbell's definition of a hero’s journey. Jing-mei’s call to adventure is different from others in the novel; Jing-mei is thrown into her journey by losing her mother and learning her long lost twin sisters, Chwun Yu and Chwun Hwa, from China are still alive.
Maxine’s mother, Brave Orchid, tells her many stories in her native tongue, Chinese, and these stories show patriarchal interdictions and warnings. Because traditional Chinese culture is very patriarchal women became silent and voiceless in their lives. In the stories Maxine hears from a young age she realises this and as she gets older she
Neel Khanna Mrs. Meahl IB English III August 11, 2014 Beginnings in The Woman Warrior The Woman Warrior is a collection of memoirs in which Maxine Hong Kingston writes about the people and events which help shape her thinking and her girlhood growing up as a Chinese-American. Kingston discusses these most salient events and idols in five separate chapters, including the first chapter in which Kingston reveals the fate of her father’s sister to place the reader in the midst of things, effectively grabbing the reader’s attention. The chapter progresses forward with the introduction of the themes of fear, bravery and the Chinese culture, all of which resound throughout the book. By beginning her book with an important moment in Kingston’s
Girl, Interrupted is a movie that is meant to portray multiple different mental illnesses and how they affect a person’s life along with others. It portrays illnesses that affect mood, eating, and thought processes. At the beginning of the movie, Susanna tried to kill herself with Aspirin and Vodka, but claims she had a headache, and was rushed to the hospital. The therapist she met with 4 days after her incident referred her to Claymoore, a psychiatric hospital, to treat her depression. Right as Susanna moved in, she got cornered by Lisa, because Susanna took her best friends place in the room.
In the novel, Inez Temple is described as a lady who has been brought up around people who practice voodoo. Her mother and grandmother are called “old-fashioned witches” who helps their neighbor by providing them with “healing teas and protecting rituals” (11). Inez Temple has the same gift that her mother has but in the beginning she never really believes she has the same ability to see. Her first encounter with her ability to see future of Rose and throughout the twenty-five years span of their convoluted lives is that she is a visionary that every character needs. She is the one that bring all the characters to gather like glue.
(Hodkin, M. 2011) The title itself will draw you in, it is unusual and riveting. You’ll want to know who Mara Dyer is and what’s so special about her and why is she unbecoming. The novel starts off grievously with Mara Dyer waking up from a three day coma in a hospital where she is told by her mother that she got into an accident, an accident where Mara’s three best friends died in a building that collapsed and she is the only survivor of that incident. Mara wanted to know what exactly happened, she asked her mother but only replied with “I would if I could, Mara. But you’re the only one who
The Woman Warrior is a “memoir of a girlhood among ghosts” in which Maxine Hong Kingston recounts her experiences as a second generation immigrant. She tells the story of her childhood by intertwining Chinese talk-story and personal experience, filling in the gaps in her memory with assumptions. The Woman Warrior dismantles the archetype of the typical mother-daughter relationship by suggesting that diaspora redefines archetypes by combining conflicting societal norms. A mother’s typical role in a mother-daughter relationship is one of guidance and leadership. Parents are responsible for teaching a child right from wrong and good from evil.
The woman warrior was an interesting novel of memoirs that gave her audience a new perspective on feminine values, and while there might have been various themes throughout this book, the main focus revolved around Kingston's femininity and struggles of finding one's own, personal voice. Throughout its five chapters there are numerous references to her everyday emotional and physical struggles of growing up as a chinese woman. Kingston's implementation of literary devices, such characterization, metaphors, and symbolism are used in order to brilliantly set the theme in The Woman Warrior. At the beginning of this novel, Kingston’s first chapter “No Name Woman”the entire family is silenced with secrecy, because of an aunt who had not only disgraced her family, but the entire village, when she became pregnant by someone other than her husband, who has been absent in her life for years. This shameful deed drives the woman into committing suicide soon after childbirth by throwing