Ismene is stuck in between choosing what is right and what is dishonoring/wrong; the right choice would be to follow the divine law, their gods law, or follow Creon’s law that goes against the gods’. Creon’s man law also proves that his tragic flaw was hubris; his excessive pride and belief that his power was unlimited caused a series of events that led to his tragic downfall. The theme of gender roles, especially the “place” of women, is very limited. “Burying and mourning their dead relatives gave women an opportunity to do something important for their families. It brought women to the fore and gave them a role to play” (67), this quote is proving that a Creon is limiting one of the few things women were allowed to at the time of their society, which was for Antigone to bury Polynices.
Women was treated poorly in Umuofia because men believe that they were weak and in inadequate. “ Even as a little boy Okonkwo had represented his father 's failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was Agbala. That was held first came to know that Agbala was only another name for a woman that also mean a man who had taken the title” Achebe 15. Okonkwo not only was verbally abusive to his wife, but was verbally abusive to his oldest child; Nwoye. Okonkwo mentally killed the woman, through his words and thoughts.
This death symbolizes the boys finally losing all order and conscience that civilization used to provide them with. At the end of the novel the boys end up trying to kill ralph due to his different ideas to get off the island. As Ralph fights back Golding writes, “in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped hair, Ralph wept for the end of innocence.” (202) Saying this the author shows ralphs softer side and
A prime example is the Tom Robinson case, which was a blatant display of racism. Jem and Scout saw their “father take the gun and walk out into the middle of the street,” he then killed Tim, and the threat of his rabies was gone (127). The rabies were like racism. Racism, at the time, was something that ruined Maycomb and changed it. The people were less open and more stuck on this one idea of race, while everyone outside of Maycomb were fine.
As the old man quietly wept, the boy was yelling: If you don’t stop crying instantly, I will no longer bring you bread. Understood? (pg 63)” This boy like Elie lost his childhood too early and became cruel and evil through the horrors of the camps. Anne Frank, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and Elie Wiesel, all face different struggles as they were coming of age in the war and though different drastically, we can see how they all dealt with it and what it did to their lives. For Anne it meant death, but for survivors such as Jeanne and Elie, it meant facing a terrifying experience which for Jeanne meant feeling out a place in her own home and for Elie meant the loss of his family.
He tricks the folks of the town so the hate gets passed by false reasons. Mr. Dolphus is also presented as an outcast through the way people treat him so he has to hide his real personality. Harper Lee shows that outcast in our society are often treated different because of their opinions or actions. Truly, Mr. Dolphus he tries to hide his real self to keep peace in the town he lives in. Whereas, Atticus is respected though pushed away because of his opinions and Boo Radley because of his actions.
On his journey to get away from whom he thought were his parents, Oedipus kills a group of men. Oedipus is blind to the fact that one of the men was King Laius, who he will later learn was his father. Although the very poor and cruel decisions that Oedipus and Jocasta make ultimately lead them to their fate, they were blind to the extent of most of their decisions. Once Oedipus and Jocasta learn that they are mother and son, they are both mortified. Jocasta commits suicide because she is so ashamed of her decisions.
You do bad things” and “All the time he coulda had such a good time if it wasn’t for you”. This portrays Aunt Clara having power over Lennie, as she makes him feel guilty and Lennie is able to differentiate between the right and wrong. Aunt Clara is a mother because she can be seen caring for Lennie and correcting his wrongdoings. This signifies Steinback showing that the primary role of respectable women was to be a mother otherwise they had no job. Society during this time did not expect more as
Mayella has worked to be a respectable woman, but many things hold her back: her dad, her looks, and her personality. Being a woman and living the way she does, Mayella’s life is ignoble, but the way she treats people makes her deserve the life she has been given. For example, Mayella forces a man to lie, which results in her flaws come around to hurt her, and her to not qualify for a chance to be respected. During Tom’s trial, Tom said, “...scared I’d hafta face up to what I didn’t do.” (page 265), and that’s because Mayella indirectly took an innocent man’s life, which makes her personality even more unattractive. Although women are treated very unequally, some women, like Mayella, don’t deserve to be treated
Throughout the story readers can see Mrs. Mallard being characterized through the ironic events. The story says, “And yet she had loved him - sometimes. Often she had not” (8). This shows how Mrs. Mallard cares for her husband but doesn’t enjoy the power he carries over her, which nobody in the story realizes. “She arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities.
Lee uses a somewhat background character to show this in her work. Mrs. Dubose, an elderly neighbor nearing the end of her life, “ was a morphine addict,” but always intended “ to break herself [free of it] before she died” (178). Often times Jem would receive her cold remarks while passing by her house, thinking her primitive and rude, never understanding her hidden constant battle. Upon her death however, he learned that behind all of her snarkiness she was a person with integrity who did not want to be tied down by a worldly substance, and began to see Mrs. Dubose as a person to be respected. Readers in today’s world know how widespread addiction is, and can now see the advantages to looking closer in order to find the true qualities that define the individual.
Violet shows off her intelligence numerous times throughout the book, to the point where Titus’s friends and even father think she is snotty and a show-off, even calling her a bitch. Titus thought Violet lacked the basic social intelligence that tells you to adapt to the world around you. But Violet refused to give into the feed and adapting, which led her to resist the feed. This decision she makes is making her unpopular, but it also makes her a rebel, in a way making her a role model for being above the influence. She 's grown up in a whole other world due to the way she was raised by her father.