The search for independence can be a tedious task and individuals may go their whole lives looking for it and being unable to find it. This is true for that of Lily Bart in The House of Mirth written by Edith Wharton. Lily is not content with the life she now lives and craves an independent lifestyle where she does not have to rely on others for social and financial support. Yet by further analyzing the text Lily’s search for independence leads to her ultimate demise. In the first chapters of The House of Mirth Wharton establishes various conditions that Lily desires.
In the poem, “No Assistance,” Ntozake Shange writes about the struggle a woman goes through with recognizing that she is in a one sided relationship. Not only is this shown by the woman’s words, but also with the specific tones she uses. The title, “No Assistance” is the woman stating that she no longer needs her partner anymore because they weren't any help at all. She also says “this was an experiment, to see how selfish I could be” this is the woman rejecting the idea that she is being used. She is in denial that this is unrequited love and that she was in love with him in the first place.
Within the painting “Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais, the inherent tranquility of Ophelia in the water accurately parallels Edna’s own feelings towards the motif of the sea, and the detailed elements of nature in the image exhibits the concept of a women’s inherent relationship with nature that is further perceived in “The Awakening.” Consequently, this painting best accompanies Chopin’s message in her novel, which conveys that the significant relationship between women and nature intrinsically restrains women from truly ever having freedom and independence, and therefore pushes women to continuously search for a place to have individuality. Throughout the entire novel, the sea was a representation of individuality and freedom. It was
In her novel, The Awakening, Kate Chopin captures the interest of readers with the use of symbolism. The storyline details a time when women had strict expectations of what they should and should not do. The main character, Edna Pontellier, has a desire to change the role that society expected of her, but this view is not accepted very well. Throughout the story, Chopin uses symbolism to skillfully progress the theme of how Edna is struggling to change and be independent and happy with her life. Symbolism is specifically utilized throughout the novel with Edna’s houses, birds, the sea, and swimming.
In conclusion, the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” presents the theme of love and that being in a relationship hinders independence but in an unique way. Hurston uses symbolism like Janie’s head rag which stifled her independence and when burned, made her feel free. She also uses the motif of communities, which are ever present throughout the book, using specific examples such as when Janie isn't allowed to go to the funeral, which hinders her independence because she isn't making choices for herself and isn't doing
By attracting him in this way, Paul feels as though she has seized his right to make decisions and lead his own life: A grown man fixed by a girl? But what if the girl was not a girl, but something in disguise? A lowdown something that looked like a sweet young girl and fucking her or not was not the point, it was not being able to stay or go where he wished in 124, and the danger was in losing Sethe because he was not man enough to break out, so he needed her, Sethe, to help him…and it shamed him to ask the woman he wanted to protect to help him...God damn it to hell. (149) Here, Beloved’s captivating power mirrors that of slavery. Just like in his earlier life, Paul D feels humiliated by his fundamental lack of power or control, and he is unable to appear strong or masculine even to the woman he loves.
Throughout the course of this poem, Bogan uses metaphors, imagery, and the setting to show that women are seen as incapable of doing what men do. Louise Bogan shows how women are not treated fairly by using metaphors throughout her poem. The metaphors helped create meaning and emotion and helped the reader have a better understanding of the poem. Bogan states women have a good heart but cannot use it to their desire by saying, “Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts” (3). The cell Bogan describes helps the reader understand the confinement being shown in this line.
She says she “wants time to function as a power wash”, and remove the memory of the ride from her mind before she enters her house. This stanza shows how distressed the narrator feels about the comment, proving that her method of coping is not viable, and that she cannot let go of the small instances of racism she experiences. Her attempts to ignore times when she is offended do not work, and in that regard, are little better than John Henryism. She still does not confront racism, which would allow her some closure on the matter, but rather than fight against
The nails pierced on her body could represent the emotional and physical pain she faced. This painting is a desperate cry of pain but Kahlo is not ashamed of whom she is and what she has gone through. Her past has made her into the artist that she is; she transformed her experience and memories into passion on canvas. Her self-portrait is exaggerated by herself and not depicted in a realistic way. Audience who does not have an idea on Kahlo’s past will question if the painting is being literal or fiction or whether it should be taken literally.
‘Plath perceives the domestic life as restrictive and a complete obliteration of her own self-worth’. Using ideas of feminist theory from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view? As a female poet subject to 1960’s patriarchy, Plath’s domestic and professional claustrophobia were inevitable. Married to the successful poet, Ted Hughes, she was incessantly reminded of the artistic restraints assigned to equally talented females. Plath’s poetry, looking particularly at her ‘Collected Poems’, illustrates the consequential disorientation and loss of identity caused by such patriarchal dominance, demonstrating sentiments of disgust as she is forced to adopt certain gender stereotypes in ‘Morning Song’ (1961).
The color creates a barrier between itself and the outside world, providing comfort while protecting its emotions and feelings, and hiding its vulnerabilities, insecurities and lack of self-confidence. The paint is not put on evenly an example would be her skin and the sky. Both have layers of a translucent gray so that the light passes through the layers producing a soft radiant. There’s no depth in this oil painting the works depends on aerial perspective for its effect, on scaled variations of color, tone and form as perceived at different distances? In brief this painting depicted social construct of the Tahiti women it during that decades poor, miss guided.
This artwork is not meant to please anyone; it is just for Kahlo herself. It changed what people think about women’s status in the arts. As Kahlo said: “I paint my reality. The only thing that I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration” (Herrera 4). In this painting, Frida Kahlo painted her own special experience of her body.
Reflecting back on the idea of love, Edna also repetitive instances where she is called out that she is not living the life fulfilling to her families needs. “It seems to me the utmost folly for a woman at the head of a household, and the mother of children, to spend in an atelier days which would be better employed contriving for the comfort of her family.” “I feel like painting,” answered Edna. “Perhaps I shan’t always feel like it.” “Then in God’s name paint! but don’t let the family go to the devil.” (Chopin
At the end of the story the woman says to herself, “I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing”(Porter 110). This woman can’t find it within herself to blame the changing world for the outcome of the situation so instead turns the whole problem on herself and convinces herself it is her fault. This is Porter puncturing the outer layer of the average human and investigating the darker side that we all have inside of us which was new for this time period. In all of Katherine Anne Porter’s pieces of literature an essence of disillusionment is present. This can be explained by her upbringing and things she has experienced throughout her life.
She shows that she knows that hey forbid her from writing, but it is the only way that she knows she will get better. Even though she will well aware that her husband, sister and doctor find it a un- likely cure and are against it. We are also to that the narrator tries to cope with her problems as well. Unlike John, who simply ignores his obstacles, the narrator descends into a sense of imagination to help mentally heal herself. The narrator becomes almost compulsively obsessed with the idea of freeing the women behind the bars of the yellow wallpaper.