These women are labeled as such because they sit on the porch and “[pass] nations through their mouths” (2). While the rest of the characters disregard them as gossipers, the porch-sitters still act as a community voice, commenting on the lives of the people of Eatonville. They are the first to comment on the appearance of Janie at the beginning of the novel, her short mourning period for her husband Jody Starks, and her running off with the younger Tea Cake Woods. The narrator remarks that they “sat in judgement” (2) when Janie comes walking up the road of Eatonville and that they only begin talking about her once she is inside her gate. Although they are the voice of the community, it is a hushed voice that only comes out when safe.
If not for the major characters, the minor characters have played an equally important role in Maycomb with their contrasting views. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is mainly about Jem and Scout growing up under the difficult situations created in Alabama during The Great Depression. Stereotypes and discrimination are major problems in Maycomb. Scout and Jem Finch are raised by Atticus, with the help of Calpurnia, their maid. In the first part of the book, Scout, Jem and Dill are fascinated by Boo Radley because of the rumors they hear about him, and they try everything to make him come out of his house.
Thirdly, in Everything I Never Told You, the Lee kids, and particularly Lydia, were not as popular as the other kids, they were not invited to go out on the weekends, they never to birthday parties, and they were not the recipients of after school phone calls to chat about the drama that happened at school that day. During lunch, “Lydia sits silent while others chatter,” because they are not really her friends (Ng, 15). Hurt by the fact that no one will be friends with her due to the fact that she is a different race, Lydia “sits for hours on the window seat on the landing” pretending she is on the phone with friends when, in reality, she is “rattling off assignments” to herself with no one on the other end of the call (Ng, 15-16). The malefactors of these discriminatory and xenophobic acts, whether they were
Maggie has a very bad relationship with her bigger sister Dee with jealousy and hatred. Mama always thinks that Maggie lives an unfair life but Maggie never said that. “Maggie asked me mama when Dee ever had friends” (Walker, 317, 14), this quote shows how Maggie is jalousie from Dee, actually dee has friends. When Maggie sees stuff she doesn’t like she hides it and doesn’t talk but when she knew that Dee wanted to take the quilt that mama promised to give her she dropped the plates and smashes the kitchen door very hard. We spoke about the three main characters in the story and we discovered that Dee changed allot in the way she looks and the way she talks and her personality.
Everything is chaotic in the town. Justice in the community was falling fast. Cheever said “ Abigail Williams sir... And stuck it in two inches in flesh of her belly...(to Proctor now)- testify it were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in (203). People in the town are not doing what is right. They are just making accusations to benefit themselves.
Why does she not replace the fur, or have more than one? She also acts as if the fur is her best friend as she pets and talks to it (84). This is concerning because the fur is not real. Miss Brill does not mention any intention of getting a pet to make her feel less lonely, perhaps because pets cost money to feed. Miss Brill also eats the honey cake and if it has even a sliver of almond she gets excited, but she never orders almonds in her bread to begin with (87).
The two live in Stamps,Arkansas with their Momma (who’s actually their grandmother) who represents the ‘mentor’ archetype with her wisdom and love for the children. Her personality is very similar to Bailey’s from Grey’s Anatomy as the two don’t show emotion often, but teach their children right from wrong and love them no matter what. In their black community in the 1960s, the family is seen as upper class although they are all very poor. Then suddenly, everything changes when their parents rise from the dead and take them away to California. You’d expect leaving Stamps, Arkansas would let the children escape poverty and struggle, but it’s where Marguerite loses her
Meeting Homer Barron was her biggest change from her old self, because her father refused to let her be in any relationships, but she went out in public with Homer “driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy and the matched team of bays from the livery stable” (454). Consequently, this was only because she was living in her own reality and believed that Homer would be the one to marry her. Homer was “not a marrying man” (454) and would not marry Emily, but she refused to accept the denial of marriage from him, so she killed him to keep him with her forever. She stayed within her house to keep herself in the old South. When she told the men to see colonel Sartoris, she was not aware that “Colonel Sartoris had been dead for almost ten years” (452) at that point.
She is also not allowed to talk to anyone but her husband who spends all of this time in the fields, so she feels like she is living alone all her life. Being alone causes her to want attention from anyone who’ll give it to her and so the men see her as a flirt and her husband keeps her under strict watch. Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness in his novel through the portrayal of many lonely characters namely, Lennie, George, and Curley’s
Many readers notice Hester’s surprising reaction to the life she has come to face and the punishments placed upon her. The audience is able to determine that Hester has come to terms with her punishments beginning to accept them. However the narrator clearly establishes that many of the people closest to Hester were the ones inflicting the most guilt onto Hester’s life. Pearl the product of her sin and Roger Chillingworth the man she cheated on both impact Hester’s life the most. Imposing an immense amount of pain and guilt in Hester’s life in similar ways due to the fact that they are a constant reminder of the mistakes Hester has made.
The relationship, while beginning sweet, leads to Jody abusing Janie and simply treating her as a servant and a trophy without any respect. Later, Jody slowly becomes significantly ill, leading to even worse treatment of Janie. This increasing abuse leads to her insulting Jody in public, which then leads to him beating her in public. Due to this assault, she does not show remorse on his deathbed, reminding Jody of all the horrible things he did to her until his final