The novel is a balladic, love story from ancient colonial times where Antoinette Cosway is portrayed as a parallel of a madwoman in the attic in Thornfield depicted in Jane Eyre. Jean Rhys complete the character of Antoinette by her own fantasy and personal experiences gained during her stay in Antillean islands where she heard about the madness of the Creole women, wealthy daughters of white slaveholders and black females, from the beginning of the nineteen century. In addition, these daughters of the decadent society hated by the ex-slaves were slowly languishing in the breathtaking beauty of the tropical nature. (Olexa, 1973) Moreover, Trevor Hope (2012) claims the Rhys’s novel is the reconstruction and revisitation of Brontë’s Jane Eyre. We can claim that Rhys’s main aim was to remove Bertha from the character of the non-identified wife locked away in Thornfield, give her the proper soul and identity, inform about her childhood and youth, thus the reader will understand her state of mind in Jane Eyre and will not consider her only the insane Rochester’s wife, but as Antoinette Cosway.
Change is a part of life that can be beneficial, harmful, or both. Every day people dream of becoming something they are not with hopes they can achieve what they believe to be a better life. In “The Ruined Maid” by Thomas Hardy and “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell, both narrators undergo a drastic transition in their lifestyles. In Hardy’s poem the narrator, Melia, goes from living a simple farm life, to living a luxurious life as a prostitute.
Ofelia’s Last Fairy Tale: A Dying Wish El Laberinto del Fauno is a film directed by and conceived from the mind of Guillermo del Toro. It is set in the events after the Spanish civil war in 1944 when rebels are still rejecting the Fascist regime. The tale starts with the journey of Ofelia and her mother Carmen. They are conversing about how Ofelia is taken by her fantasy books to which her mother says, “Aren’t you too old to be filling your head with such nonsense?”. This critique’s intent is to establish that Ofelia’s world of enchanted folks was a dying kid’s last attempt to spin a happy ending in her own fairy tale.
Despite the minor setback, I could not contain my excitement and muffled my squeals with a pillow. When I had reached the heart wrenching moment, I could not help but cry for Avery’s loss. Closing in on the last few chapters, I could feel fresh tears streaming down my face. Avery Roe suffered the loss of her first love, the rejection and death of her grandmother, and finally realized why her mother had locked her away in their grand mansion. For her mother, instead of getting heartbroken, she felt failure every time she made spells, and it was her own daughter that broke her heart.
Vivie, the daughter of Mrs Warren, is an unconventional woman by Victorian standards: she is cold, calculative, and driven by education and money. However, her personality is complex: she is also capable of displaying an empathetic and understanding side. The audience sees the latter when Vivie discovers that her mother was previously a prostitute in order to survive. Vivie’s vulnerable and sensible side is shown briefly; it disappears when Croft states that he and Mrs Warren continue to run a series of brothels across Europe. This event is pivotal to Vivie’s character; from then on, she loses the developing warmth she had for her mother, and completely blocks all romantic feelings from her life.
I want to be free of everything ugly.” – Hedda, 235. A Heddas obsession with beauty helps her escape Victorian values and imagine herself in the beautiful world she craves. Hedda ends her life by dying beautifully on the sofa, with a bullet in her dead. “Because I have such a dread of scandal” - Hedda, “Yes, Hedda, you are a coward at heart.” – Lovbourg “A terrible coward.” – Hedda. Heddas relationship with lovebourd is interesting.They both seem to influence each other negatively, Hedda promoting suicide and Lovebourg negatively influencing her self-esteem, calling her a coward, and having her agree.
Madame Cheron cannot deal with Montoni’s threats and spiteful actions, she becomes ill and ultimately dies. Emily, on the other hand, shows mental strength and overcomes her fear in order to search the dungeons and eventually flees from the castle. Although she signs her property over to Montoni after he mentions the possibility of showing her room to his friends, the minute she is safe, Emily takes action to regain what is rightfully hers. In the end, Emily gains possession of the family estates and becomes an independent
The confinement of females under mental and physical distress is the central theme in Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and Wilkie Collins The Woman in White. Flaubert’s Emma Bovary is a narcissist whose self-induced obsession with literature restricts her from having a happy fulfilling life, as nothing compares to the excitement and adventures she reads in her novels. While the plot of Wilkie Collins The Woman in White depicts two women incarcerated against their will in a private mental institution. These private asylums proliferated in the mid nineteenth-century as alternatives to the established large-scale public hospitals/asylums. This assignment will compare and contrast the methods used by both authors to define confinement, including structure, setting, narrative techniques and genre.
The descriptions used in Chopin’s work are a marvelous representation of her character’s struggle with inner conflicts. Louise’s victory in accepting her husband’s death is a feeling that she now cannot live without. The ultimate death of Louise Mallard is one that represents physical and emotional defeat. In this dramatic short story, Chopin uses imagery to sew together a tapestry of emotions all encompassed in an ill-stricken widow. Works Cited Chopin, Kate.
In Act One, the first witch explains how she will punish the husband, who is also the captain, of an annoying lady she met. The witch says, “I’ll drain him dry as hay. Sleep shall neither night nor day” (I.iii. 19-20). The first witch tells her sisters of how she is not going to let the captain sleep to torment him.