The "Tenth Day: Tenth Story" innovates upon the form of the allegorical tale by revealing complexity throught the characters Griselda and Gualtieri. Throughout the text, Griselda seems to be seen as a loyal and patient woman, yet on the otherside she has detached emotions with herself. For example: when Gualtieri makes her believethat her children are dead, she is emotionlessand is loyal to her husbands side. Additonally, the narrator employs complex characteristcs with Gualiteri as well. The ambiguity of Gualiteri 's persona with in constant change between his subjects and his loyal wife.
Throughout the novel Esther’s journey of self-discovery is one with powerful and evocative imagery showing a perception of life that is not yet tainted by societies prescriptions concerning women. However, to conclude her capricious journey, Plath’s bathos casts Esther’s recovery aside as a failed bildungsroman and Esther as a passive victim of oppression. Her implicit suffering leaves her believing that ‘There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice -- patched, re-treaded and approved for the road’. Plath’s use of listing implies Esther’s deterioration to be of a cyclical pattern whereby actual progression is made impossible by the threat of recession. This is reinforced through consonance of ‘r’ suggesting that this repetitive cycle never allowed Esther to truly recover.
When Mama won't let her have the quilts to display, she becomes furious. She claims that Mama and Maggie don't understand their heritage,but she is the one overlooking the important aspects of her family history. The conflict is in the different points of view regarding the value and importance of objects, preservation of history and everyday use. Mrs Johnson and Maggie have a different
When looking at The Author to Her Book we can appreciate Anne Bradstreet on a personal level. This understanding happens by the way she views her own work, which was presumably published without her consent. Bradstreet refers to the book as her “child” that was snatched. Therefore, was not fully grown when it was sent off into the world, and even calls it “ill-form’d” and “irksome” to her sight. Yet, Bradstreet is truly attached to her work since she wants to fix its flaws, and seriously wishes she could.
Throughout the novel, rules of society and conformity are constantly tossed around. It becomes difficult to understand how a person could find happiness in a place that scorns originality and foreign aspects. However, the names given to characters (and the alternations as the book carries on) tend to foreshadow the life each character will ultimately live. May Welland inhabits a simple live of innocence and ignorance; however, when she becomes May Archer, her life gains an underlying layer of wisdom and understanding once she hits her target and “wins” her competition.
Familial love is equally important to the story as it is what begins to blur the intentions of the characters. For example, the story consistently portrays Hester as the loving, protective mother who will go to any length to protect her daughter, Dimmesdale as a tragic, tortured protagonist while Chillingworth is a vengeful, serpentine antagonist. While such a statement most definitely applies to Hester, who keeps her daughter despite her being a reminder of her “sin,” Dimmesdale and Chillingworth are more complicated. Dimmesdale functions almost as an absentee father, serving as the man behind the curtain who pulls the strings to keep Pearl in Hester’s hands. Conversely, Chillingworth is a snakelike figure driven only by revenge.
At first read, the short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor is thought to be one solely regarding disobedience and death. Flannery focuses a great deal on the children, John Wesley and June Star, and their defiant attitudes towards their grandmother. The grandmother feels as if it is her duty to redirect the two recalcitrant children into a life of respect. This is known when the grandmother says, “‘In my time,’ said the grandmother, folding her thin veined fingers, ‘children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else’” (O’Connor 252). Furthermore, O’Connor depicts death as an importance in the story.
“When I first met with my granddaughter, I wanted to give her a gift. Not like usual stuff, but something she could use for the rest of her life, so I decided to give her a hope. When the others lose their usefulness, she still would have hope” tells us C. R. Synder, author of The Psychology of Hope. As we can basically understand from this quote, when everything breaks down and disappears, hope remains still.