In this passage from Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne begins her life out of prison after being labelled as an adulterer. Accordingly, the author uses the narrator to illustrate Hester’s tormented psyche through the use of contrasts, ambiguity, and erratic syntax. Inviting the reader into Hester’s thought process does not necessarily provide the certainty that she or the reader may long for. The passage begins with Hester coming forth into the sunshine and out from the prison she had spent so much time in. But rather than Hester feeling happy to be free, she is distraught, something that is apparent through the descriptors Hawthorne uses.
Using her own experiences with mental breakdowns and attempted suicide, Sylvia Plath portrayed her struggles in her semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, which was criticized for its graphic and depressing nature yet helped helped others with similar struggles. Sylvia had a hard life with suffering depression with not many happy events in her life. Sylvia Plath parents were Otto
The novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” written by Shirley Jackson, closely follows the traditional tropes of an American Gothic. The main character of the novel, Eleanor, begins her journey to self growth after accepting an offer to live in a suspected haunted house for the summer. Moreover, Eleanor meets three other people that have an important effect on her development as a person. These characters slowly begin to question their own sanity due to the house’s destructive nature. Jackson appeals to fans of the American gothic through her particular description of the house and how the characters interact with it in order to show the environments foil of an absolute reality.
Her psychiatrist diagnoses her with Gender Identity Disorder, which Daphne believe is her main reason behind being in a mental hospital, as well as many other disorders. However, Scholinski greatly highlights the fact that not acting like what is seen an appropriate female is what has affected her the most, and her misbehavior and substance abuse is a result of others suggesting that acting outside of what is normal for a girl is an issue. Additionally, Scholinski demonstrates the gender bias that plays a part in diagnosing mental illness. Because Daphne is a female, she expresses how her gender has an impact on evaluating one 's mental health. Her gender was the main focus when diagnosing her, and overpowered all of the other issues that may have been possibly affecting her mental health such as parental issues, lack of
Storytelling is used as an aid to individuals that are faced with troubles due to guilt, addiction or grief. This is most evident in the eyes of Niska. When she is the narrator of the novel, she most often is telling stories to Xavier. On the surface, she uses stories from her past in order to fill the void that the war had created between herself and her nephew, but with deeper analysis, it is obvious that Niska is trying to use her stories to heal Xavier, “I will
The ^ symbol appears in Fun Home as a manifestation of Alison’s obsessive compulsive disorder, representing the phrase “I think.” Alison’s diary appears at numerous points in the novel, acting as a source and showing Bechdel’s thoughts at times in her life. After describing her OCD symptoms and use of ^, Bechdel notes, “my feeble language skills could not bear the weight of such a laden experience” (143). This line can be seen as reasoning for the author to create a graphic novel rather than a work solely with text. The ^ symbol represents Bechdel’s realization that words could not convey the entire meaning of her experiences. While the ^ is used while journaling in her youth, Bechdel continues to rely on other means than words to share her
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Literary Analysis The “Yellow Wallpaper” is a iconic short story written by Charlotte Perkins, a famous feminist author. The novel takes place the 19th century and deals with the issue of how women dealt with mental health issues, specifically postpartum depression. Back in the 19th century the way physicians dealt with women 's mental health was much different then it is today, back then they believed that the cure for depression was solvable by isolation and rest. As a result many women suffering from postpartum depression were forced into isolation which only made their situation worse. Jane; the narrator of the short story, is one of these woman forced into the rest treatment by her physician husband.
Throughout the novel, Martha Wolg is often found talking or thinking about sexuality; one way to interpret this is to assume that Martha lacks in confidence in her sexuality. Throughout this paper, I will prove this by considering that Martha idolizes her daughter’s physical appearance, Martha frequent comments on her own physical appearance, and her relationship with men throughout the novel. One instance in which Martha demonstrates that she lacks confidence in her own sexuality is evident in part two when Martha goes into great detail about Ursula’s, her five-year-old daughter, primary and secondary sex characteristics. On page 41, after Martha returned home after visiting her daughter at the hospital, she reminisces about the last time she gave her daughter a bath. In this memory, she describes Ursula’s breasts as “little breasts that still seemed like weak unclear stars” and her vulva as “a glowing, budding flower, an unopened flower .
Symbolism and authors style and its effect on the plot In literature, authors will often utilize symbolism in order to develop characters and plot. In The Bluest Eye, the author, Toni Morrison portrays an African American girl named Pecola, who is stricken with longing for a better life. As she muddles through her difficult childhood, her once innocent interpretation of race and beauty are deformed by the beauty standards that dominated the mid-20th century society. She believes that beauty is dependent upon love, and her self-image, in particular, her eyes, plays a big role in the novel. She consistently attributes her struggles and failures to her lack of blue eyes, and believes that by having blue eyes, her struggle will go away.
Dickens traces the private lives of a group of individuals caught in the cataclysm of the French Revolution. But what we bear in mind about this group is the centrality of women in the narrative. The characters around whom the action revolves are both Paris and London women who provide the moral climate of the group or family throughout the narrative. The women in the novel, provide men with an emotional foundation that causes the men to act for or react against what the women represent. Lucie Manette and Madame Defrage are the central female characters who ultimately put the revolutionary France and Victorian England against each other.