Edna is struggling to choose a identity between a mother, wife, lover etc. She seems to not want to be subject as the possession of anybody. She focuses on independence even denying Robert of her love towards him which if she chose to stay with him, she would be associated with him and therefore labeled. She looks up to Madame Reisz as an independent woman, pursuing her passions and doing as she pleases. "I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn 't give
For example she feels free when she swims for the first time. The sea is where she discovers her independence for the first time and it is described thusly: “The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.” Whenever she talks about her feelings, she meets resistance from those close to her, especially her husband. When she sets out on her own, she realizes that ideas do not dictate reality and she cannot have a self sufficient existence as she
This feeling finally came to her after she was swept away by the current in the ocean. This was because she had to figure out her own way out of the situation, even though she looked back in her memories to what her father told her, she had to do it because it was just her life on the line anymore. After this horrible circumstance she found the courage to stand on her own. This decision led her to divorcing her husband and moving back home to live on her own. She was finally strong enough after seeing her stepson years later to go back to the pool and swim.
Though the description is the exact same, the connotation of the sea from Edna’s perspective has completely shifted. Specifically, the sea represents an end to the despair that has plagued Edna throughout the novel. Whereas as the beginning of the novel the ocean represented cleansing and excitement, Edna now views the sea as her only escape from her limited form in society. Thus, through an existential lens, the symbolic meaning of the sea changes throughout the story as Edna realizes her inability to overcome contemporary definitions of feminism and is forced to seek closure to her despair by turning to the sea one last
This constantly reminds readers of why Odysseus has to be back in Ithaca. As suiters “feed on another’s goods and go scot-free” and aim to marry Penelope, Homer vividly describes how Telemachus is not able to handle the uproar of the suitors and Penelope “[falls] to weeping for Odysseus, her beloved husband.” By knowing this information – that is blind to Odysseus but not to the readers – the readers are able to understand the urgency of Odysseus’s household. By doing this, Homer emphasizes not only Odysseus’s responsibility as a ruler, but also his duty as a husband and a father, leading readers to regard Penelope as the main drive for Odysseus’s grand journey. Therefore, the readers are able to deduce that the reason Odysseus has to return home is to protect his household, especially Penelope who is continuously forced to marry one of the
When it comes to her attention that Griet Is assisting Vermeer and keeps it a secret from her daughter that her husband is working closely with maid Griet, gave her instant power over Vermeer and Griet. If Maria Thins told her daughter of what was going on, it would sacrifice Griet’s job and her reputation. It would not so much sacrifice Vermeer as maids always take blame and people of such high social status reluctantly take accountability. When Catharina is led to the studio to find the painting of Griet possessing her pearl earrings. She was infuriated by this and when Maria Thins and Griet arrived on the scene, Maria asked Griet "Well,
The central warning could also have to do with these lines about a bird that you want to keep caged, “Freedom is what it sets it heart upon” (Chaucer 479). This means that no matter how much you love and try and shelter someone, what they want most is to be free to do what they want. This goes along with “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” where her only wish is to make decisions for herself. This tale proves that trouble comes from quarreling by having Phoebus only getting angrier when he argues with the crow about the validity of his statements.”O wicked thief, now I shall pay you for you lying tale!” (Chaucer 483). He gets more and more worked
While there, Edna begins learning to swim, and as she learns to control the water she in turn discovers that she has agency over her own body. When she comes back from the island, this new outlook on life clashes with her husband’s old world values, and he endeavors to stop what he sees as utter madness. At one point, a family doctor recommends to Léonce that Edna spend time at her ancestral home, far away from the water, to return her behavior to what he knows as normal. Edna expresses a dislike of and actively avoids certain parts of society, but cannot fully separate herself from the motherly duties forced onto her by traditional gender roles, unlike her muse Mademoiselle Reisz. These duties, ultimately, prove to be the fetters that cause Edna to sink downward, and lead her to end her life in the same ocean where it truly
Bethany did not give up on her passion and decides to get back into the water and surf for the first time after the attack. “The doctor order me to stay out of the water until everything was healed up… I decided I would go down to the beach and just watch… but of course, I couldn’t stand just to do that. The water, the breeze, it was all to tempting”(Hamilton 177). After Bethany’s attack, she thought her career was over, but Bethany did not let this challenge to stop her from pursuing her dream. She followed her dream and never stopped believing in herself, and because she never gave up on her dream Bethany won multiple competitions after the attack and became a well known surfer around the world.
Edna strays far from land and although she is frightened at first, she discovers a feeling she has never felt before: freedom. “A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul” (27). For the first time, she challenges herself, and she is able to do something she was not able to previously do. Learning to swim is Edna’s first step in her journey to challenge and defy society. The cover of the novel is effective because the picture of Edna emerged in water alludes to the fact that she is connected to the sea and finds her awakening in the
“If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” (66) This is Jeannette’s father Rex teaching her how to swim by throwing her back into the water after sinking the first time. It is also a good representation of Rose Mary and Rex’s parenting skills insteading of coddling their children they present them with challenging them, some even life threatening, that the children are faced with. Jeannette Walls’ shows very little personal reflection in The Glass Castle though she does show a lot of detail in events, written like a piece of journalism.