According to LiteraryDevices.net, a foil is a character who embodies the qualities that are in contrast to the qualities of another character with the objective being to highlight the traits of the other character. Jane Austen’s use of foils helps to bring out Emma’s flaws. Jane Fairfax, a woman of charm, grace, beauty and intelligence, is a perfect foil for Emma for several reasons. First, Jane and Emma were raised in different social backgrounds. Unfortunately, Jane’s parents passed away when she was a little girl.
Jane Eyre’s life is not one that most anyone would want. She is poorly treated and repeatedly plagued and oppressed. Since in the story she is described as plain and poor, if she were exquisitely gorgeous or had thousands of dollars, the meaning of the story would change. She would not feel stressed or worried, she would not have to deal with tormenters and her life would generally be much better. She would also be happier and would encounter occurrences much differently.
The audience already has a clear understanding of the tone set forth when referring to Covey, but now Frederick almost expresses sympathy for him. "Poor man! Such was his disposition, and success at deceiving, I do... believe that he sometimes deceived himself... that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God." This sympathy coaxed on by Frederick almost has a tone of mockery imbedded in it. All through the book he discusses Covey with the utmost distaste, and yet, for a moment, he sympathizes with the man as if to find reason for his actions.
In Fahrenheit 451, Faber helps out Guy when he is struggling with reading and his stress. A way these books were opposing each other in the theme of knowledge was the main character’s spouses. Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, was very intelligent and overcame struggles with suitors fighting for her hand in marriage, while Montag’s wife, Mildred was very ignorant and never did anything going against society. These two books had knowledge in common but also opposed each other in some
Although all her examples, evidence, and points make her writing more effective it also becomes problematic for other, unintended audience members, and to the way society might begin to portray Millennials. Tyler ends her article by stating that millennials are “intelligent, well-educated and quick to draw remarkably accurate conclusions,” (482) but when she uses words like “deal,” (482) and “prepare” (481) that have negative connotations, it alludes that we are a burden and that people need to be concerned. Not only does she mention Helicopter parents, but she also doesn’t hold the older generation accountable for raising millennials the way they did or still do. The article, although it is well written and makes many frank points that many of us do, becomes problematic when we consider that not all people are the same. Every person is an individual and unique, not only are people individuals, but also in this day and age many people, older and newer generations, do the things that we stereotypically do.
As characters begin to feel guilty, they lie. Miller suggests that guilt can make people go to extreme lengths only to save themselves. Between the two characters Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor, Miller is showing that guilt brings out selfish habits of a character. Elizabeth Proctor is an honest and smart woman married to John Proctor. Throughout this play we have seen Elizabeth as being forgiving and loving.
Ann Landers once said, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” This quotation means that friendship is can be good, and bad. Understanding one another through good, and bad, but allowing the other to get hurt causes greater problems.
Like the title suggests, there is a lesson learned at the end of Bambara’s story but Sylvia has a hard time admitting she learned anything. When asked about what they’ve learned, Sylvia “[walks] away and Sugar has to run to catch up”(Bambara 6). Since Sylvia is the narrator, readers are aware of her thoughts and know Sylvia has indeed learned a lesson. This is clear when Sylvia talks about the importance of $35 to her family compared to the people who shop at FAO. Instead, Sylvia stays silent when asked, not wanting Miss Moore to know she has learned something.
In “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Giovanni sees and becomes interested in Beatrice who has a poisonous touch that prevents them from truly being together. Hawthorne creates similar characters in these two short stories to state that women are pure, flaws are human, and the flaws have motives of their own. A main theme in Hawthorne’s works is women are pure. This is the case for these two short stories as Georgiana and Beatrice both listen intently to their male counterparts and lack the flaws that the men in their stories contain. Georgiana is supportive of her husband’s decision to attempt to rid her of her birthmark and even as she questions it, she ponders the happiness it would bring
The characterization of women can be influenced in various ways and how the reader will perceive the characters. When short stories such as “The Birthmark” and “Ligeia” are analyzed the female characters are typically silenced and only presented from an outside perspective. This effects the way Georgiana is interpreted in the beginning of “The Birthmark” but as the story goes on and you learn more about her it reveals why she agreed with her husband. On the other hand, Lady Ligeia is only ever presented from an outside perspective and how she is depicted makes the reader wonder if she actually exists and if she does is she human. This story never reveals why he does certain things and leaves it open for the readers own opinion.