Louise Erdrich compiles various literary devices to convey her theme of sympathy, and her poem “Captivity” through specific and descriptive language brings a whole new meaning to Mary Rowlandson’s narrative. Erdrich’s use of strong imagery and sensory language leads to striking and vivid diction in her poem. Painting a picture of what this tragic scene looked like while she also gives light to the actual situation going on, asserts the story Erdrich is trying to get across. She begins with “The stream was
In many places, respect for the heritage of all people is extremely important. Some say that one's own heritage is essential to understand where one is from and who one is from. In many cases, material objects are a gateway to ignite this sense of enlightenment. In the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" by Teresa Acosta and the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, both authors use imagery and figurative language to establish a quilt as a symbol providing an example to ignite respect for one's own heritage and to encourage one to develop their own traditions. In her poem, Acosta demonstrates the quilt as a symbol for a doorway for the memories of the mother and her children.
The Journey and Quilts offer an interesting contrast on spirituality where the last bit of the Journey states “determined to do / the only thing you could do--- / determined to save / the only life you could save” where as in Quilts “When I am frayed and stained and drizzled at the end / Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt / That I might keep some child warm” On the one hand you have a powerful reminder that we all have free will and can only control ourselves yet to the other point maybe a part of us can also in some small way influence others. My feelings on spiritual identity closely tie into the work Quilts being the acceptance that I am and will be a failure but without regret hoping that in the end someone will be able
Therefore, Kaysen is critiquing mental institutions by highlighting the cruelty of mental illness, although she did display some symptoms of borderline personality disorder this was not recurrent. The question here is whether Kaysen deserved to be diagnosed in the first place remains unanswered. Hence, writing is a form of resistance for her as she documents her life in this universe and how It is a form of therapy to help her come to terms with her diagnosis which is something she keeps coming back to in the novel. Juliet Mitchell argues “feminism in initiating a system of thought…asserts…that there is a contradiction in the social relations between men and women”(Mitchell, 1984:79). As her book was published in 1966 it relates to some of the issues that Kaysen is highlighting in her novel.
As the title very much suggests, it’s quite blurry as to who you can trust. In the average novel, the narrator is to be 100% trusted. This story is an exception; trustworthiness adds quite an interesting twist to the plot. Taking into account all the crazy things that have happened to her physically and mentally, we can begin to get an idea of how much of what Cadence says is true. Her hallucinations of the Liars, the accident causing her to develop selective amnesia, and her unstable personality all allow us to conclude that Cadence Sinclair Eastman is an unreliable
In the article “The Online Disinhibition Effect” it also gives examples of how one can keep their identity hidden by going as “anonymous” In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” it says that “her letters dealt with the more negotiable stuff of suspicion,” this not only proves that she would send multiple letters. This quote also gives you an idea of how Miss Strangeworth enjoyed gossip or talking about someone behind their back. Miss Strangeworth was writing letters to “The town where she lived had to be kept clean and sweet” it's ironic how she could say this when in reality she was doing all the evil of the town. The way Miss
Simmie proves to reader that though someone may be a person of the law, they may still be capable of horrendous actions and they are not above the persecution of the justice system. Love is a very powerful emotion that Simmie expresses through her writing. Love can influence your behaviours; such as travelling great distances to be with someone such as Polly, or turn your thoughts irrational and drive you to commit murder, feeling as though it is your only option, in the manner of John
James’ use of suspense withholds the true intent of the ghosts, how Miles and Flora are seduced by them, and for people who believe that the governess is insane, the truth of the ghosts is never fully realized. The only truth the reader can rely on is the written word and the vision of governess, which becomes muffled when there is silence, a predictor of the governess’s supernatural visions. However, the integration of the common platitude “seeing is believing” is enough to ensure that the ghosts are, in fact,
She explains that she lives in a fantasy world by telling lies and when people believe them, her new 'reality' is created. However, she also recognizes that she is wrong for lying and confesses to her illness. Blanche knows she needs help and in confessing this to Mitch, she is pleading for
The essential action of trying to convince people in the scene that she is telling the truth is to show the people in the scene that Abigail is a liar and reduce her chances of getting in trouble The essential action of kneeling down and begging mister Hale not to hang her is that Tituba wants to save her life. By kneeling down, Tituba shows that she is remorseful and shows submissiveness toward mister Hale. Tituba wants to appear as though she is helpless and that her life is in mister Hales who has the power to Hang Tituba. The essential action for confessing to witchcraft and to having seen the devil is so as to escape punishment. Tituba knows that if she does not confess, she will be hanged and therefore, she chooses to lie because she knows that the people in the scene want to hear her say that she is bewitched and that the devil is present in
In the previous paragraph, we understand that the psychological problems trafficking causes can be just as devastating as the physical problems. When people discuss human trafficking, they often are confused as to why the victim didn’t just leave or tell someone. It is an accepted notion that majority of sexually exploited women have a degree of freedom; they are allowed to walk about the streets, allowed to contact “John’s”, and communicate with other women in the same business. However, what people often lack to understand the serious psychological grip that many traffickers have on their victims. In Theresa’s case, she had legitimate reason to believe that her family’s well-being would be in jeopardy if she refused to work or left the Chaldeans.
Humor often serves as a cocoon, shielding one from the harsh realities of violence, death, torture, and other atrocities against which the individual is powerless. Humor is used to cope with wartime and the horrors taking place as a result of political turmoil. In one instance, the character Siamak details the torture of political prisoners, telling Marji that dissenters were burned with household items, such as irons. Marji responds, ““I never imagined that you could use that appliance for torture.” (Satrapi, 51). The author’s use of a dumbfounded response shows the reader that Marji’s innocence still acts to shield herself from the ugly realities of her world, showing not only an acceptance, but moreover, an operative response so as to maintain
The world is made up of opposites and differences. In the novel paper towns by john green, the use of opposites helped me to understand the themes: appearance can be deceiving, the importance of identity and the bad affects of obsession this is shown through a variety of quotes in the text. A quote from the book that shows appearance can be deceiving is when Q is in Margo’s room looking for clues that link to where she is, he then finds her music collection and says “But I was distracted by Margo’s music collection. She liked everything I could have never imagined her listening to all these records.” This shows how much q doesn’t actually know Margo he has built this image of her in his mind of how he wants her to be and is surprised when
Retaliation can include sharing personal photos with others, spreading rumors that will affect her in the future, etc. (Burgess et al., pg.339). The guilt and blame is a factor that contributes to not reporting rape. Research conducted by (Frese, Moya, & Megias, 2004) suggests women feel guilty and blame themselves because they believe it was their actions or their attire that contributed to the rape (Burgess et al., pg.377). Their guilt and blame may also come from friends and family, their friends and family may ask questions that may have to deal with the people who were invited or if the victim was drinking with someone he or she knew or did not know.
Familial Delusions An analysis of canon crime fiction provides evidence of a correlation between familial issues and certain forms of mental illness. These factors are often shown to work in conjunction to manifest in criminal behavior. Crime literature repeatedly connects illegal acts with delusion, based upon strange relationships between perpetrators and their mothers. These plotlines regularly leave the culpability of the crimes in question and allow for a thoughtful analysis of how society views guilt. It is apparent in “Woodrow Wilson’s Necktie,” by Highsmith, that Clive’s mental troubles are exacerbated by the actions of his mother.