Transitioning to Act Three we see a side of Elizabeth that wouldn’t expect which would be dishonesty to save John from his death. Elizabeth being known through Salem for never telling a lie, is asked to tell the truth about John committing adultery so they can both be free. “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits I think, and put out on the highroad,” (1148). From that quote she broke her streak of honesty because she couldn’t tell if John wanted her to tell the truth, so she lied to court about John not being a lecher.
Dimmesdale continually tries to confess his sins. He even stands on the scaffold one night. “The magistrate, after a wary observation of the darkness,--into which, nevertheless, he could see but little further than he might into a mill-stone,--retired from the window”(Hawthorne 136). Dimmesdale was so close to being discovered of his sin and being set free, but the darkness blinded the woman at the window from seeing him on the scaffold. These punishments will never bring freedom to Dimmesdale because he acts in darkness where nobody can see.
“I could not believe her story and go on living with Stanley” (Williams, 1947, p. 145). While Blanche accused Stanley on raping her, Stella chose to defend Stanley and send Blanche to the mental institution because she knew that she couldn’t accept the truth of her husband is a rapist. But more importantly, it is because Stella wanted to protect her marriage since admitting her husband is a rapist means that her marriage is going to be over and her son is going to be growing without a father. And there is no one that she can depend on
The colorism she first faced was her grandmother inspecting her the shade of color of her skin to see if she looked more European or Indigenous (Anzaldúa 1983, 221). Colorism occurs when someone, generally darker skinned, is less desirable due to the shade of color of their skin within their own family. Anzaldúa faced this when she was called “muy prieta” and was told to stay out of the sun in order to keep her skin lighter. She was also shamed by her family for being openly sexual by being called “puta” and “jota (queer)” when she told them of her friends’ sexual orientation (Anzaldúa 1983, 227). Those labels were used to shame her for her lifestyle as well as to give power to the patriarchy and heteronormative society she resided
For example, the narrator in “The Word Love” lives a hideous life. She is not proud of her life in America because she is forced to do things that her mother warned her against. She lives with a man with whom they are not married, and she hates it that the practice goes against the values that her mother taught her. On the other hand, in the story “Silver Pavements and Golden Roofs” a girl from
Pearl is an uncontrollable little girl who has behavioral issues and acts similar to a demon child. It seems nearly impossible for her mother to control her. Like the A on Hester’s chest, Hester cannot just pluck Pearl out of her life. After all, it is Hester’s sin that causes her to wear the A, which also stands for adulterer. When Hester, Pearl, and Dimmesdale meet in the woods, Hester attempts to rid her own life of the A by tearing it off.
“‘Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!’ whispered her mother. ‘We must not always talk in the marketplace of what happens to us in the forest.’”(Hawthorne 231). One may get the feeling that she is a witch baby send out to torment her mother. In many cases babies is a joy to their mothers but in Pearl's case she was just the opposite and in this the author clearly and effectively used symbolism in pearls case to symbolize punishment and suffering. In addition Hawthorne uses pearls name to draw attention to hypocrisy.
Hester is very lucky not to be executed for her crimes, instead, she is forced to go about life with an “A” on her chest, showing her crime so everyone can see. Throughout the book, there is a scaffold that shows shame and circles back to symbolizing purity in the Scarlet Letter. The scaffold is the center point in this Puritan society where criminals are to be punished and the whole town can attend. As Hester is called to the scaffold to be shamed for committing adultery immediately shows that the scaffold is a symbol of humility and public exposure. When Hester is forced to the scaffold the first time she gets emotionally berated for her sin as the scaffold starts defining who she is.
First deception being between Desdemona, Othello, and her father with the elopement. Next, The lack of communication between the two characters signifies the type of relationship Othello and Desdemona had. Despite the fact that each were loyal to each other, it proves to show how unhealthy their relationship truly was, and reflects how it was in the beginning as well when they eloped and how much it was a bad idea. Iago, however, remained sovereign over their relationship, allowing the loves to fall right into his trap. However, Iago is not the only one that is to take all the blame.
“It was only the darkened house that could contain her. When sunshine came again, she was not there,” (Hawthorne 145) the sun only shone while hester was not there, it was dark and gloomy in here presence. The contrasts between the sunlight and the shade depicts the importance of light vs. dark. Sunlight never shines on the house when Hester is there because of the sin she has committed. The sun is used as symbolism for purity in a character.
Lily’s suffering increase after finding out that her mother had willingly left her behind with T-Ray and begins to question why? It even makes her thoughts sink deeper into depression,“it was easy for her to leave me, because she never wanted me in the first place” (252). Nevertheless, Lily was able to prevail her mental incarceration and come to terms with her mother’s death. With accepting who her mother was and what had happened, Lily was able to move forward with her life at the Boatwright’s house. Throughout The Secret Life Of Bees, Lily struggles to find how to live life freely, like many people do.
When we keep secrets we also keep guilt and guilt will destroy us from the inside. In the book of scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and how one woman who committed adultery with a character named dimmesdale who is the town revered. Dimmesdale kept secrets to maintaining his reputation but actions the guilt eats him from the inside. Dimmesdale the town revered for the puritan religion. He commits adultery with Hester and has a child, but instead of facing his sin he keeps inside for no one to know.
In a way, Jefferson has been building up to this moment throughout A Lesson Before Dying. At first, he neglected his godmother, who’s raised him since he was a child. Now he lets her embrace him (and embraces her back) for as long as she needs. Here, Jefferson’s actions resemble nothing so much as a sinner confessing his sins on his deathbed. (Ironically, this would make Grant, not Reverend Ambrose, the “priest.”) His final words to Grant show that Grant has succeeded as a teacher.
Restricted in movement and stripped of her opinion by her husband, the narrator forms an obsession with the obscure background pattern that “skulks behind that silly and conspicuous front design” (80) on the wallpaper. As the dim shapes become more distinct, she ultimately deciphers the true figure to be a woman. This is a metaphor for the realization of her mental and physical entrapment as she proceeds into a state of insanity. The intensive need for helping the woman escape reflects the need for her own liberation. As the woman quickly flees upon her release, the narrator refuses to follow as she is so unaccustomed to the “green instead of yellow” (89).
This states another good example of cruelty to women because back then women were not allowed to work they were expected to stay home and clean all day and raise there kids. Lastly, In the story her husband never lets her talk about house she feels, so she keeps it all bottled up in her head which eventually drives her crazy. As “The Yellow Wallpaper” States “It 's hard to talk to john about my case, because he loves me so. But I tried to last night” (777 Gilman). This show another great example of women cruelty because back then women were not allowed to state there own opinion and also