The portrayal of the hardship of motherhood allows Sethe’s experience as a slave to transcend beyond the time period and become a universal suffering that people can relate to, therefore achieving mimesis. Meanwhile, Paul himself is another character whom Morrison uses to achieve mimesis. He keeps his emasculating torments as a slave in a “tin can” where his heart used to be, which he is unwilling to open because he feared if Sethe “got a whiff of the contents it would really shame him” (Morrison 85). His time as a slave made him see himself as a property rather than a man, which results in his loss of identity and repression of emotions, as well as prevents him from connecting with Sethe. His inability to convey his love prevents him from accepting and moving on from his trauma, and therefore creates pity.
Sepetys takes the consequences of Emilia’s pain and emotional damage to new heights with her war-themed novel; as a result of this, perseverance is articulated amongst many other traits that this character possesses, showing how imperative of a quality it is. A theme that is profoundly emphasized in Salt To The Sea is that in order to face the emotional and physical hardships life opposes you with, you need perseverance. Throughout the course of the novel, Sepetys forces Emilia to withstand many physical hardships that push her to her breaking points, but through perseverance, Emilia is able to get through these obstacles. Emilia’s first challenge is presented to her very early on in the book, showing the reader how brutal of a time war is. In this part of the book, Emilia knows she is injured but denies help and persists through the pain.
When Tess is raped and becomes pregnant as a young woman, a situation for which she is condemned by patriarchal society’s inflexible values while her rapist goes on with his life in the same state as it was before he raped her, nature itself reflects the darkness and confusion of this moment in her life. Therefore, her situation in real life can be connected with what nature has suffered. In the novel, there are certain indications that nature itself both effects and is affected by the human affairs. For example, fog is a significant reflection of nature for the intriguing things. It is on a dark night that Tess is seduced by Alec in the Chase Woods.
The next morning, she is angry at Tomas for having sent her to this fate. Tereza speaks of this event as if it truly happened. The reader sees that Tomas’ infidelity is pains her greatly to the point that she feels like she is dying, represented literally in her
In this scene, Titus shows no mercy for Tamora when she kneels and begs for Titus to show mercy for her son. She even tells Titus that “sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge” (1.1.119). Although the Romans claimed Titus to be the noblest of them all, he shows no mercy for a begging mother trying to save her son which explicitly shows the contrast between civility and barbarism in Titus. Titus ironically believes that he is being civil when he tells Tamora honorably to patience herself and to pardon him, but when he allows Lucius to commit the barbarous act, it complicates his civility. The complication that arises is whether to ask the question if Titus is being civil by doing his religious sacrifice or if the religious sacrifice is an “irreligious piety” (1.1.130) according to Tamora.
In this instance, the reader acknowledges official break in gender roles from Sethe. She begins to acknowledge a reconstruction of herself with a deconstruction of gender roles. She recognizes that the feminine gender role of being submissive and passive did not give her freedom from slavery. Therefore, Sethe’s reconstruction of the self because of gender has influenced her need to make decisions for her children. In Supernatural Forces: Belief, Difference, and Power in Contemporary Work, Bonnie C. Winsbrow explains the importance of self with regards to Sethe’s construction of her identity.
In her scan for respectability her fortunes vacillate uncontrollably. It investigates Tess' associations with two altogether different men, her battles against the social mores of the provincial Victorian world which she occupies and the lip service of the age. (Hardy T.,
The protagonist decides to kill her own baby because she does not want her to go through the atrocities of slavery. She knows what may happen to her. Only by killing her daughter is she able to protect her. She says in the novel “if I hadn`t killed her, she would have died and that is something I could not bear to happen her” (Beloved, 1988: 200). In the novel, Sethe admits that her daughter died as “soft as cream.
Upon further consideration of Ismene’s quotation, “…I have no choice…” we recognize Sophocles’ motive to establish her character as one that is more likely to plead for mercy than fight for justice. This sparks the topic of fate vs free will and Ismene’s reference to the “poor suffering” of her brothers as “their common destiny” is indicative of her deep-seated belief in the role of
However, when the judge asked the jury to vote for the penalty; ''The jury votes in favor of the death penalty, 360 to 140'' (Woods, Ryan).This time the margin was greater because Socrates refused to give up about his philosophy and ideas about the gods. Socrates made his last speech before being led off to prison. In his last speech he divided the audience between accusers and followers. He blamed his accusers by ''putting to death Socrates, a wise man—they say I am wise, even if I am not''(Woods, Ryan) ,and he said if you have waited I will die anyway because I am an old man in seventy ,and If you have a patience I will die without any help (Woods, Ryan). Socrates by his words wanted to affect the jury and gain the mercy for not putting him to a death and change a penalty instead.