The audience already knows that Blanche is mentally unstable, however in this scene Tennessee Williams uses different techniques to demonstrate how the tension aggravates her case. The scene starts with Blanche dressed in a “somewhat soiled and crumpled white satin evening gown (...) placing the rhinestone tiara on her head”. Blanche is drunk and is trying to persuade herself that she is still young and beautiful by wearing a beautiful gown, however even dressed up she cannot hide her true self; the dress in itself is crumpled and soiled, exactly the way Blanche feels about herself and the reason why she tries to purify herself all the time. The audience perceives Blanche’s mental instability when she sees herself in the mirror. “She catches her breath and slams the mirror”, the mirror represents the reality, it contrasts with Blanche’s mind, in which she lives in a fantasy world where she is still young and unsoiled, the fact that she slams down the mirror shows that Blanche is surprised and repelled by her image and therefore has a mental issue with accepting reality and who she has become.
Because it is impossible for nature to play with Pearl, she plays with herself. Nature is just a symbol for Pearl and her loneliness as a youth. In similar ways, Pearl and nature are the same because of the way that the animals treat her. Again, the reader can see that the animals treat Pearl better than people do sometimes. This is because animals are a part of nature, and Pearl and nature have a unique bond.
Tom not only stays with his mother and sister well into adulthood but he also does not pursue a wife, a well paying job or a family of his own. Instead Tom dreams of a life that is more: a life filled with exploration, like the ones in the movies he adores. Throughout the play, Tom argues with his mother, drinks heavily and goes to the movies to forget about his problems. In this melancholy life filled with dissatisfaction he finds comfort in his sister who is shy, sweet and undeserving of the harshness life has thrown as her.
As Jen Cadwallader expresses in her Essay “Plain Jane and the Limits of Female Beauty”: “the homage paid to her appearance is a detriment to the development of her [Georgiana’s] character.” (Cadwallader 239). Thanks to her beauty, others seem to ignore or play down the mistakes Georgiana makes in her life, because of that she develops into “shallow” and “self-centred”
Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
Freeman sexually abused Maya, she is unable to control her body or words which signals the domination of her body by others. Even in the opening scene, there is a combination of Maya’s inability to control her appearance, words, and bodily functions. The inability to create a story about her body “pervades the remainder of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as Maya struggles to cope with her emerging womanhood” (Vermillion 252). Instead of letting the mute and sexually abused Maya represent the black female body in her text, she begins to reembody Maya by critiquing her admiration for white literary speech and writing.
The short story “The Shining Houses” written by Alice Munro contrasts disorder, exemplified by Mrs. Fullerton’s ideas about life choices and ways of living, with the order found amongst the residents and community of Garden Place. Firstly, Mrs. Fullerton, a reserved, self-sufficient woman differs from other ladies of the neighbourhood. Her deviations from standard societies rules define disorder. As a widow, she does not succumb to gender typing, claiming that “Sometimes it seems to me about as reasonable a man should go as stay. ”(2)
Glass Menagerie Essay: Human Desperation and Fragility in Symbols and Literary Devices Dahee Chung AP English Literature & Composition Mr. Brice A 26 year-old woman plays with glass figurines upon a living room table. Too plagued by her own physical as well as mental disabilities, Laura contemplates only one future for herself: seclusion from the outside world where bad-encounter prevail the desire for good experiences. A lack of positive growth for Laura, along with the rest of her family, is the pitfall for Tennessee Williams where he pressurizes kindred desperation in the Glass Menagerie to produce hopelessness as the ultimate outcome. In the play Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams uses description of stormy weather
In particular, she hides her age and past relationships from onlookers, unable to reveal her genuine face to her biological sister. When Blanche first comes to Stella’s house, she firmly demands Stella to “turn the over-light off!” as she
Earlier in The Help, Miss Celia tries very hard to become friends with the ladies in Jackson, especially Miss Hilly and Miss Hilly’s friends. She does this because she is very lonely in her mansion and thinks she will be happy being friends with them. She calls Miss Hilly and Miss Hilly’s friends once every day about getting together to play bridge, which she does not even know how to play, and asks to be in their housewives’ club. Neither Hilly nor Miss Hilly’s friends ever call Miss Celia back, and they tell her that she cannot join their club, even though they have a couple spots open. In a conversation between Miss Celia and Minny that took place a few days after the banquet, Miss Celia has a realization that she does not want to be friends with Hilly.
She no longer feels love for Montag. She is addicted to her TV ‘family’ and her seashells, which are like earbuds. Mildred sees no color in the world around her, but when she has her technology she feels happiness, “Again and again the dark space of their bedroom is stressed, its coldness and silence; whereas Millie’s favorite soap operas keep up a conversation hubbub and medley of bright colors” (Mancini). Society believes Mildred is depressed due to technology, but it is her way ‘out of the real world’ when there is no one else around. Even though she is brainwashed, it is a source of encouragement when she feels like killing herself.
The porch also gives a clear vision of the how segregation in this town of Eatonville. Men sat around on the porch and played games but women were not allowed to participate in these activities because it lacked “class.” However, clearly not all men are alike so when Tea Cake came along, Janie felt the freedom she never experienced in her past relationships. Even before meeting Tea Cake, the death of Joe exonerated Janie from the shackles that were placed on her individuality and "[she] did what she had never done before, that is, thrust herself into the conversation."
Lastly, In the story her husband never lets her talk about house she feels, so she keeps it all bottled up in her head which eventually drives her crazy. As “The Yellow Wallpaper” States “It 's hard to talk to john about my case, because he loves me so. But I tried to last night” (777 Gilman). This show another great example of women cruelty because back then women were not allowed to state there own opinion and also
On page 40, Laura is singing at the table while the family is eating, her mother than reacts to this by telling her eat her breakfast and mind her manners, for singing at the dinner table was not lady-like at the time period. This isn’t the first time that Laura’s mother tries to teach elegance and how a woman should act, whenever Laura asks too many questions, her parents try to curb this behavior. Another example of when the children are educated by adults is on page 146 when Laura tells Pa about how she was considering letting Jack loose on the Indians. Pa educates the girls that they must always do as he and Ma say, and that if they do, they won’t get hurt.
Jeannette is the narrator of her own memoir, telling her story from the young age of three into adulthood. Jeannette, a middle child, was daring and lived passionately. Brian, Jeanette's younger brother was very much like her. Since Brian was the only boy he was protective of his sisters and was very independent. Lori, the oldest sibling, was the total opposite of Jeannette and Brian.