The 19th Century was a resolute period for human rights as for women’s rights. In A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, the protagonist Nora is the emblematic Angel in the House, submissive to her husband, Torvald. Nora decides to ostracize herself from the society she’s always been a part of by leaving her children and her husband in the pursuit of a new life. The author, however, doesn’t ever address the events that happen after her exit, which leaves the reader with an ambiguous ending. The ending’s purpose is to have a rupture between Nora’s past and future, but still being realistic and showing that there are hopes for a return.
Man should never be allowed to play god, but creating life is something that has always been an enticing concept (American Scientist). In order to feed our fantasies about cloning and producing life, we turn to fiction novels to amaze, and sometimes to scare us. One of the best-known archetypes of this is Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Hailed as the eighth most popular English novel in history (The Guardian), the classic story of a mad scientist named Dr. Victor Frankenstein has been the basis of countless movies and parodies (Romantic Circles). Though the name Frankenstein has become very well known, the original story as penned by Mary Shelley has been overwhelmed by the numerous derivatives that were published afterward in different forms of media including movies, plays, and even comic books.
While reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the relationship between Rex and Rose Mary walls and their children became to be very intriguing. Specifically how they raised their kids without holding anything back, an idea reinforced by a famous Walt Disney quote This quote describes how “trying to shield” children ) from reality” wouldn’t “do them any favor.” This idea was enforced by multiple occasions from the book which include letting Jeannette cook by herself at the age of 3, even after getting serious burns from cooking, letting the kids do whatever they wanted as long as they “Used common sense”, and the incident where Rex let Jeannette go upstairs with a stranger because he knew she could defend herself. The first incident revolves around how Jeannette was allowed to cook, even after having serious burns from from cooking.”She had to get right back on the saddle.” And how she “couldn’t live in fear of something as basic as fire.”(Said after Rose saw Jeanette cooking by herself again) “I was three years old...standing on a chair in front of the stove…”I was wearing the dress to cook hot dogs, watching them bob in the boiling water.” Jeanette also stated how “... she lets me cook by myself--a lot.” Rose would say “‘Good for you’, when “she saw me cooking.” Rose believes that you must not let something stop you, no matter how serious, because you must live on. If you allow something to consume you and stop you from pushing forward, you will not be able to live,
Jeanie was once a friend of the two sisters, until one day she went to the goblins. For Lizzie, she served as a cautionary tale. “She thought of Jeanie in her grave,/Who should have been a bride;/But who for joys brides hope to have” (312-314). Maidens in the Victorian era, as we are reminded were not able to partake in sexual activities prior to being married. When Lizzies thinks of Jeanie being a young bride, she is alluding to not having intercourse on her wedding day.
In “The Child and the Shadow,” written by Ursula K. Le Guin, the author examines the relationship between a person and his/her shadow and the boundary between the collective conscious and collective unconscious mind. At the beginning of her essay, Le Guin recounts a fairy tale that she remembers from childhood. The fairy tale follows a man, who is too apprehensive to act upon his fascination of meeting the beautiful woman in the house across the street, while his shadow is much more confident in its ability to converse with the woman. He allows his shadow to isolate from himself and go into the house of the woman completely alone. Years pass before the man and the shadow witness one another again, the reader is exposed to the fact that the
Briefly Summarize the book. The Ghost of Graylock is about two kids, Bree and Neil Cady, who go and visit with their Aunt's Claire and Anna because they are having family problems with their parents. Along the way ,they meet two kids , Wesley and Eric , who become their friends. The four of them have heard about the rumors of Graylock and decide to go and explore the abandoned asylum. They thought it was going to be a normal investigation, but it turns out to be the scariest day of their lives.
Cultural values are often represented in popular stories, such as Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Aschenputtel. Cinderella is known as a girl who is hounded by her stepmother and stepsisters after losing her parents, then overcomes hardship by marrying a prince with the help of a fairy godmother. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel written by Gregory Maguire, which takes place in the Netherlands. Contrastingly, Aschenputtel is a German tale written by the Brothers Grimm after Germany recovered from the Thirty Years War. With these distinct backgrounds, the cultural values in each novel differ, but the morals the authors share have never changed.
The Fault in Our Stars is a beautiful novel written by John Green. This story takes place in Amsterdam and Indianapolis, where it 's based mainly on two characters, Hazel, and Augustus. Hazel is facing stage four Thyroid cancer, and Augustus suffers from osteosarcoma, another form of cancer. Hazel is a very heartwarming character who never gives up no matter what, but like most teenagers, she dislikes doing what her parents believe is good for her. Her parents tried convincing her to attend a support group, but she just didn 't buy it until one day her mom forces her to go.
Given her moms abilities she is extremely intelligent, wise and clever. When she was a small girl her mother abandoned her and she had to flee her fathers house because she was disliked by her stepmother (“Biography for Annabeth”, 2010). Annabeth travelled to camp half blood, which is a safe haven for demigods, with her two demigod friends Thalia Grace, daughter of Zeus, and Luke the son of Hermes. During her years at the camp Annabeth trained
Manpreet Chera ENG 3U105 Mr. Anderson January 5th, 2015 The Handmaid’s Tale ISU Journal #3: Character Offred is the narrator and protagonist of The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred belongs to the class of Handmaids, fertile women forced to bear children for elite, barren couples. Handmaids show which Commander owns them by adopting their Commanders names, such as Fred, and preceding them with “Of.” Offred remembers her real name but never reveals it. Offred was once a librarian and she no longer has family or friends, though she has flashbacks to a time in which she had a daughter and a husband named Luke. Offred remembers her sadness, fear, and isolation as her rights were slowly taken away from her during the establishment of the Gileadean regime.