Both of these characters commit adultery and both live in the same restricted Puritan era. Yet, Hester is publically ashamed, isolated from the Puritan society, and remains a legend, while Abigail is revered, embraced by her society, and in fact is a ruthless woman; Hawthorne 's Hester is the epitome of atonement and morality, while Miller 's Abigail is an illustration of authority in the wrong hands, and the destructive impact jealousy and vengeance can have on a person. The circumstances which both of these women live in play a large role in shaping their characters. Abigail is a pariah in the society who has painful experiences with love, which are major contributing factors in making her resentful. Miller creates an atmosphere of a really restrictive society in Salem.
Firstly, the different types of Rosaleen’s suffering endure for the remainder of her life. Then the various impacts of discrimination suffered by April and how it leads her to end her life. Finally, May surrenders due to the numerous sufferings in the world that drive her to take away her life. Ultimately, racial discrimination engraves a lifelong physical and psychological suffering in people. Therefore, no one deserves to go through such suffering, not even
The stories of Florens, Lina, and Rebekka show that early America was especially dangerous, tenuous, and brutal for women and girls. Morrison deepens our emotional understanding of those marginalized women who appear in history only incidentally, as a line in a ship’s log, a slaveholder’s inventory,
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Miss Emily Grierson, is faced with challenges that leave her no choice but to find a way to escape the internal struggle of loneliness created by her own actions, leading to self-inflicted destruction. Looking in on the surface, the female character is imprisoned by the repressiveness of her father. While he played a huge role in causing Emily’s mental state to deteriorate, it was ultimately the consequences of her own self-control that confined her mind. Because of her poor choices, Emily lives in misery instead of rescuing herself from such damaging chains of sorrow. Throughout the text, it is evident that the overall conflict in “A Rose for Emily” was driven by self-deprecation
To begin, Nathaniel Hawthorne utilizes pathos throughout his writing to imprint the importance of individual conscience into the reader 's mind. Hawthorne begins the book by having the reader pity the main character, Hester Prynne, as she is a young, husbandless, mother in a society that shames her for her unfortunate circumstances: “haughty as her demeanor was, she perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been flung in the street for them all to spurn and trample upon” (Hawthorne, 53). The consistent misfortune of Prynne evokes emotion in the reader and stresses the weight of her decisions. Prynne manages her way through such a hostile society -“Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly on your bosom” (Hawthorne, 188)- in a way that is metaphorically applicable to the real world, allowing the reader to truly connect and understand the character for who they are. This connection adheres with the reader, whether it be conscious or not, and affects their day to day life, changing how readers view situations given to them ranging in
African American women have suffered through various traumatic experiences in history and within their own personal lives. Through the characters of Amabelle from The Farming Bones and Sethe from Beloved, readers are able to see the psychological effects of slavery, the Parsley Massacre, and the death of their loved ones. The theme of survival is prominent within these compelling novels and is mainly displayed through the women previously stated. Amabelle and Sethe undergo many dangerous situations in their lives. They battle many external and internal wars.
In “The Painted Door” by Sinclair Ross, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “Behind the Headlines” by Vidyut Aklujkar, inequality and dissatisfaction are central topics shared by all the stories. Ending with some sort of a rebellious act which changes the protagonists’ lives, the three authors deal with the fact that inequality or isolation may lead to a breakout behaviour of the victims. The wives, Ann from “TPD,” the protagonist of “TYW” and Lakshmi from “BH,” are dissatisfied with their lives as they live in inequality and loneliness; this causes them to finally act out in some way, standing up for themselves. their breakout behaviours not only change their own lives but also the lives of their husbands. Inequality
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, centers around the metaphysical turmoil churning within wife and mother Edna Pontellier as she manages two competing foci- first, the “outward existence which conforms,” and second, the “inward life which questions.” Transformation of Edna from a timid housewife who meekly goes about the daily business of keeping up appearances into a philandering independent may be entirely attributed to this clash, which upheaves the stable, yet unfulfilling foundations of her domestic life and drastically alters the entire mindset of the protagonist. And while Edna is first occupied by the pressures of her peers, she later initiates a full reversal and quests inward to discover her repressed desires, neglecting the duties that
Beloved a powerful novel that represents the awful history behind slavery, and exposes the damaging effects it had on the individuals that witnessed it. The novel, set in the Post-Civil war in Ohio is that of a sad victory story. “124” the powerful place in which the ex-slaves express extreme emotions of what happened in the past. Kristin Boudreau states that “when Toni Morrison’s Beloved opens with a house “full of baby’s venom, it announces the prominent pain in the lives of these ex-slaves” (447). African Americans had to regroup and put their slavery demons at bay, experiencing their own personal traumas.