From an early point in the film, I felt a sense of uncertainty about Myrtle Gordon’s ability to compose herself as she wrestled with her persistent feelings. As a woman deeply troubled by her own aging, her playing a role focusing on the same thing only further compromised her emotional stability. I believe John Cassavetes was commenting on the idea of aging and its pervasive hold on the mind through Myrtle and her alcoholism. One poignant scene that showcased how agonizing this concept and role was for her came during a showing of her play when she left the stage and immediately went for a bottle of liquor
Society commonly forgets that insanity is not only a mental illness, but also the act of being extremely foolish; therefore, making the term exponentially more applicable to people, beyond the deranged. In the villanelle, “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” by Sylvia Plath the speaker is introduced as an insane young girl who perpetually dwells on the idea that her love has been a figment of her imagination. She constantly questions the relationship’s authenticity, and failing to gain clear perspective each time, slowly bolsters her insanity the longer she spends contemplating the concept. The repetition utilized by the author exposes the obsessive thoughts of a heartbroken girl which cause her to lose her sanity, spiraling into the dark corners of her depressed mind, effectively establishing the somber tone and revealing the theme regarding the pain of unrequited love. The darkness and gloom, which encompasses the speaker’s struggle to find happiness in her heartbreak-induced depression, is heightened by the repetition of her morbid thoughts.
Lady Macbeth wants to be a controlling figure in his life and please him rather than herself. It is prone for women to burn-out and become depressed because they are more likely than men to be people pleasers who often ignore their own needs (Cape Times 2013). Although she demonstrates a strong character in the play, sometimes characters lead to their own downfall. With all these troubles that build up, Lady Macbeth deteriorates more and more each time to the point where she visits a doctor. The doctor concerns about her mental health and says, “Look after her./ Remove from her the
As the combination of a barren social environment with repressed emotions runs amok, the narrator further dwells into mania as she starts to focus on the Yellow Wallpaper. The narrator dwells on how she finds wallpaper to be repulsive and repugnant as she describes each encounter with a description of increasing dilapidation. She develops illusions of a woman that is trapped in the wallpaper that becomes more apparent as her social isolation becomes more apparent. Her frantic need to free the woman behind the wallpaper is eventually successful as she begins isolates herself further
Each author portrays this state of madness with profoundness and great intricacy. Both Gilman and Glaspell show a metamorphosis of their respective protagonists from sane and logical to a twisted and demented cognitive presence. In Gilman’s story, the madness of the narrator culminates as she “kept on creeping just the same” (Gilman 10) after her husband fainted. With Glaspell’s story Minnie Wright’s slow and painful descent into a raging madness is discovered throughout the story. Her agonizing fall climaxes as Mrs. Hale realizes that “She was going to bury it (the canary) in that pretty box” (Glaspell 16), uncovering a motive for the killing of her husband.
A person who is lonely is defined with various depressing feelings that are caused by being by oneself. “They did not speak. This was disappointing, for Miss Brill always looked forward to the conversation.”(Mansfield 183) In “Miss Brill”, time and time again Miss Brill earns for a companionship, which in the end leads to her heart getting broke. Katharine Mansfield’s character, Miss Brill, encounters a realization in life everyone fears: loneliness and aging, due to the hurtful words of people. Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” is based in a time and place where many people were going through a state of chaos: Europe in the 1920s.
With that, the warnings and morals imbedded in the text are some that should be examined and noted. A recurring theme within Bradbury’s writing is, people are dispensable. Mildred Montag, the protagonist’s wife, is a morbidly depressed woman who is one of the many victims at the heart of this truth. With not much of a connection to her husband, she turns to technology to help numb her. She is constantly listening to her “seashells,” our equivalent of earbuds, blocking out who and what is happening around her or engaging with the television instead of spending time with real people.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was not just an author but a great feminist. Gillam inspired countless women to seek indecency with her work like "The Yellow Wallpaper." The story is a fictionalized short story of a woman who is descending into madness while dealing with her mental illness and cannot heal due to her husband 's lack of belief. At the same time, the woman also known as the narrator feels imprisoned in her marriage. The story takes place during a time were women and had no independence and were not able to voice their own opinion.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of a young woman who is battling severe depression. The protagonist is essentially locked away for the summer as a cure for her psychological disorder(s) (Craig 36). Being locked in the house with the yellow wallpaper worsens her mental state and eventually drives her to insanity. Throughout the course of the story, the protagonist’s mental state noticeably declines; she claims there are people in the wallpaper and believes it is haunting her. Several Gothic themes are scattered throughout “The Yellow Wallpaper”; however, the protagonist’s isolation, the presence of insanity, and the occurring idea of supernatural elements are most prominent and can be used to justify “The Yellow