The tale of Sita is a tale of womanly faith which charmed and fascinated the Hindu people. Many poets have elevated the character of Sita to great heights and have given a glimpse of her character. She has been an embodiment of truth, love and devotion. Srinivas Shastry in his lectures on Ramayana gives more emphasis on the characters. While speaking about Sita, he is of the opinion that, to Sita, Rama was everything and she would not live without him even for a moment.
Elizabeth’s character transforms overtime from the beginning of the book all the way to the end. Austen, the author of the book, wrote Elizabeth the way she did for very important reasons, which also helped the story a tremendous amount. Starting from the beginning of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth starts off as a sweet innocent girl looking for the right guy to marry. A few important things to note at the beginning of the novel are that Elizabeth has a great sense of humor and she is also very clever. Her good sense of humor can be seen a lot throughout the book as the author even explained in chapter III, “She had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous.” (pg 7) Even though these are good characteristics, Elizabeth is known for being stubborn, judgemental, and outspoken.
The poem begins with, “I have heard about the civilized,/ the marriages run on talk, elegant and honest, rational” (lines 1-2). Although the speaker is describing seemingly positive relationships, her word choice reveals an underlying meaning. “Heard” implies that she’s never actually witnessed or
“Phenomenal Woman” Phenomenal Woman, by Maya Angelou is an inspiring poem that encourages women, including myself to be confident and to love themselves just the way they are. It encourages women to be independent and confident despite what others think about them, especially men. In “Phenomenal Woman”, there are various literary devices used, some of which include repetition, parallelism, metaphors and personification. The obvious repetition in the poem is at the end of every stanza, through the phrases” I am a woman, phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me”. This example of repetition is carried throughout the poem for emphasis, and the reader’s recognition of the truth behind the words.
If the poem was written during the same time, by her husband it would have a much different feel. Changing the point of view in a poem like Marks would change the whole perspective of the whole situation Pastan addresses. As the poem is written in Pastan’s point of view, the reader may assume that she is average or that she is just very hard on herself. “...If I put my mind to it, I can improve” suggests that she can improve in her job as a mother because that is how she feels her children think about her. She does this in a way that makes it undoubtedly understandable and relatable to the reader.
However even though she doesn’t seem very interested she still makes an effort, which emphasises how obedient she is. The quote also features alliteration, which shows she is skilled at putting words together. She is intelligent and creative, and the way she speaks is calm and rhythmic. In the same scene she also says, “madam I am here, what is your will?” she is very polite and speaks briefly showing she keeps to herself when she’s with her mother. Shakespeare probably deliberately presented her this way, where she fits into what is expected of young ladies so that her change in character throughout the play would be more dramatic and interesting.
This novel highlights her attitude towards her own education level. When telling Luo about her limited reading ability, she is described as being “unabashed”. Despite that she cannot read, she is unashamed and is still confident with her skills. This shows that she is satisfied with herself and her life in the mountains. She also seems to believe that her education level
(Reed 405) These lyrical praises to beauty display Lord Byron’s idealistic view of women as beautiful, gentle, and innocent creatures. “The interest, then, in Byron’s lyrics lies in their direct expression of feeling.” (Reed 406) This kind of a portrayal of women by Byron differs from the one that appears in Don Juan, where women are more so treated as objects, rather than ideals. Byron, in his short lyrical poetry, writes of women as pure idealistic abstractions, as if the women represent beauty to him more than posses it themselves. “The great object in life, said Byron, is sensation”, and that is exactly what translates into his work. (Reed 406) Even the opening lines of his poems portray the idealistic images.
“Warming Her Pearls” is a poem about the love and intimacy being shared between a mistress and her maiden. The pearls are a representation of the mistress and the maiden’s attempt to show her mistress love and compassion. There seems to be a little sexual tension between the maid and the mistress that the maid takes care of every day. This poem is written in a way that confuses the reader, this represents the uncertainty inherent in homosexual relationships that must be kept secret. Carol Ann Duffy utilizes alliteration, oxymoron and word choices to show the sexual tension that takes place between the two women.