The relationship between a mother and a daughter is always thought to be very sacred and one of an unconditional bond. Angela Cater shows us the typical bond in ‘The Bloody Chamber’ while Michele Roberts breaks the boundaries of what we see as normal in ‘Anger.’
At the end of the nineteen century, was published a book, for the first time, concerning Jane Austen’s literary work. Exactly in 1890, the writer Godwin Smith gave for printing Life of Jane Austen, and from then he started a new era which values the author’s literary legacy, so others begun to write critics; thus, this moment marked the first step of the authorized criticism, focused on Austen’s writing style. In conformity with B.C. Southam Critical Heritage, the criticism attributed to Jane had increased after 1870 and became formal and organized. Therefore, “we see the novels praised for their elegance of form and their surface ‘finish’; for the realism of their fictional world, the variety and vitality of their characters;
In the novel The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, the cities of Carriveau and Paris are transformed from peaceful locations into bloody war zones after the Germans invaded France. Setting is used to emphasize the destructive impact the Nazis had in France during its occupation in World War II.
The main hero is a courageous Lussana di Benedetto , daughter of a Florentine artisan and widow of line-cloth manufacturer, who decides to challenge social and political hierarchies by in initiating a suit against Giovanni, a son of wealthy merchant family that is connected to the Medici’s, who she argued was her husband
The house in which they live in is described as ‘’… silencioso —frisos, columnas y estatuas de mármol’’. The features that distinguish the house, corresponds to the characterization of the character of Jordán – the looming walls with his height, the marble statues with his insensitiveness and coldness, the silent patio and the echo ‘’…los pasos hallaban eco en toda la casa’’, entails the solitude and the emptiness not only of the house but in the charters, influencing the physical and psychological hardships of the character of Alicia. One can learn from the passage the lapse of the story happens during the winter, the couple had married in April and had lived three months of joy, ‘’ Durante tres meses —se habían casado en abril— vivieron una dicha especial.’’ The fact that it was winter coincides perfectly with the frigidity of both the house and Jordán in contrast with the character of Alicia. Quioga does not use much colour, only mentions ‘’…el brillo glacial del estuco’’, making reference to the monotonous surroundings, the reader therefore makes a clear comparison to for example a prison. Furthermore, with the features mentioned, the author intents to create a dark atmosphere deliberately utilising features of the fantastic in such a way to indulge the reader into questioning what is real and what fiction
Suspense is a vivid topic in both “Annabel Lee” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. “Annabel Lee” is a poem that describes the “love” story between the narrator and his dead love. “The Pit and the Pendulum” is a story that discusses the narrator's experience when he gets caught during the inquisition, and slowly drifts into delirium as he is physically watching his impending death. Both pieces of literature contain concepts that form suspense throughout the story/poem, such as Motif of the Unknown, Motif of Insanity, and Imagery/Diction.
Although the word “Gothic” is often associated with supernatural creatures or haunted, abandoned places, the word actually originates from an elaborate style of architecture. The reason that the word “Gothic” has become associated with these ideas of horror and death is because the architecture was thought of the ideal place for mysterious, suspenseful, and dark stories to occur. These types of stories became known as the Gothic genre. The Gothic literary genre often includes elements of fear, death, and strong emotions, and is set in set in a dark or mysterious place. The book Rebecca by Daphne du Marier is the epitome of the Gothic literary genre because it involves a witch-like character, a Gothic hero, and it is set
The Blithedale Romance is a work of art comprised in 1852, based in the 1800s. At this time, women were a step below men and expected to dedicate their life to their home and their family. A woman who was too vocal, too educated, or disobedient was frowned upon and deemed an undesirable wife. They could not own land, sign contracts, and nor venture out alone; an unmarried and unchaperoned woman was outright scandalous. A career was out of the question, and feminism was an innovation of the time. The most desirable woman by contrast was one who was fertile, meek, obedient, attractive and kind. Nathaniel Hawthorne makes a huge statement on “the ideal woman” in The Blithedale Romance. While giving the appearance of taking a stance behind Zenobia
Donkeyskin is a fairy tale about a princess who faces difficult challenges but manages to overcome them in the end. The King’s wife dies and with the intention of keeping the king unmarried for the rest of his life, she makes him to promise that he will marry an awesome woman like her. The situation forces the king to propose to her daughter who is even better than the queen. The tale focusses on the idea that good can always triumph over evil. It revolves around the flight of the princess to escape the awful marriage to his father (Perrault, 1977).
The Female Quixote and Sense and Sensibility are two novels of the 18th century. In both novels the protagonists are women. In their novels, the two authors talk about the difference between novel and romance and criticize both genres through their female heroines.
“Desiree’s Baby” is a twisted and heart wrenching story that takes place during a time of great racial inequality. The Devil seems to be very busy throughout the world as he escalates situations and spews lies into the thoughts of men, tearing them from their beloved families. The story “Desiree’s Baby” summons up a very saddening irony that the prejudiced Armand learns that it was his mixed parentage and not that of his wife which produced their mixed-race child whom he detested and rejected.
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates the personal growth of the dynamic protagonist Louise Mallard, after hearing news of her husband’s death. The third-person narrator telling the story uses deep insight into Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and emotions as she sorts through her feelings after her sister informs her of her husband’s death. During a Character analysis of Louise Mallard, a reader will understand that the delicate Mrs. Mallard transforms her grief into excitement over her newly discovered freedom that leads to her death. As Mrs. Mallard sorts through her grief she realizes the importance of this freedom and the strength that she will be able to do it alone.
Ann Radcliffe is normally associated with the school of ‘Conservative gothic’ literature. Her works, laden with aspects of the gothic, are developed in a way that explain the supernatural events and dispel any belief of an ‘otherness’ that is central to most gothic works. Despite this, Radcliffe’s novel ‘The Italian’, can be analysed for its gothic aspects through the ideas and concepts of the Burkean sublime. This essay aims to analyse the work of Radcliffe through the ideas of Burk such as his understandings of how a work is made sublime.
“The Bloody Chamber” is Angela Carter`s retelling of the classic grim fairy tale “Bluebeard”. The passage analyzed in this essay is used in the story to identify the strange dynamic between the Marquis and his soon-to-be bride. In it the young heroine recounts the Marquis`s visage, his past wives and their wedding night. In order to establish the heroine and the Marquis`s abnormal relationship, Carter uses key literary devise such as theme to establish the idea of the Marquis`s dominance over the heroine, imagery to show an owner versus object exchange and foreshadowing to allude to the tale`s bloody end.
Screenplay by Andrew Davies and directed by Jon Jones, the 2007 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is a fairly accurate representation of the novel. The film stars Felicity Jones and JJ Feild as Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney, it also features Catherine Walker as Eleanor Tilney, Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe, and William Beck as John Thorpe. As with many Austen adaptations, the film focuses mostly on the theme of romance and scandal, as seen with the relationship between Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney, and in Isabella Thorpe’s immoral flirtation with Captain Frederick Tilney (Mark Dymond). The film, however, also highlights Austen’s satirization of the gothic