While she is lying in bed, feeling as if “a million kilos were pinning her to the bed” (Quiroga 2), she is having hallucinations and nightmares, which put a significant strain on her mental state. As she becomes less in control of her physical body, she also loses control over her physiological being, emphasizing that the physical and mental health of a person is deeply intertwined. A further example of this is in “Prey”, when Amelia is trying to buy herself time while fighting “He who Kills” (Matheson 1), she “thumbed in the button on the doorknob” (Matheson 4), physically trapping herself as her own thoughts and sense of dread ensnare her mind. In this instance of self induced entrapment, the parallel of physical and mental freedom still applies. These authors have used this gothic theme to effectively portray
The husband’s suggestions override that of the narrator in almost every way throughout the story. Through the narrative, we see the transition of what is a seemingly innocent housewife into a person suffering from mania as she exhibits a change of behavior most notably her distinct lack of sleep and her elevated arousal energy level. The husband suggests isolation as a cure for her perceived depression. Can her repression and lack of social support have lead to a change of behavior if not a complete change in personality? 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.
To me, both stories are very similar; tales where the “blind” husband is made a cuckold of by one of his close friends. The reason why the Wife of Bath’s prologue is last is because she seems so unhappy. The fact that her tale was about her wishes, proves that she is not content with her life. She has yet to be loved as more than just a pretty face or a wealthy noble. This tale is known for the “Dorigen’s Complaint,” where she talks about all of the women through history who have killed themselves when in a position where they might lose honor.
Literary Analysis “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin introduces us to Mrs. Mallard as she reacts to the sudden death of her husband. Chopin describes Mrs. Mallard’s emotions as sad, yet happy that her husband has been killed. Kate Chopin’s “ The Story of an Hour” argues that when a person is controlled and made to live under another person their mental state of mind is affected. The story also argues that when that person is freed from the controlling person their true self can finally be achieved. Kate Chopin portrays these themes by the use of character development; plot control, and irony throughout the story.
By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth realized the consequences her and her husband are going through. She tried to save her out of control relationship by drawing him from plotting. However, she was too weakened by her own psychological guilt that left her drained and was unable to stop Macbeth. In fact, due to her guilt of taking part of the murdering, she started sleepwalking and having delirious visions. These visions make her believe she has blood on her hands that can’t was off, symbolizing what’s done cannot be undone.
The classic ghost story of Henry James’ ‘Turn of the Screw’ comes with all of the necessary embellishments that one would affiliate with a ghost story: haunted mansion, innocent children and a woman who is not all that she seems. That woman falls into figure as the governess, a woman who is mentally unstable and as noted on previously, sexually frustrated, and is a part of an unrequited love relationship with her master. She efficaciously being to sexually abuse the children, which is interpreted from an ambiguous perspective, due to her lack of physical satisfaction from the man she loves. When the governess begins to lead her sexual advantages towards Flora, the subtlety only adds to the malevolent of it all. Insisting that the young girl sleeps within her own room, she crudely comments that she “have her … at night, her small white bed being already arranged, to that end, in my room”.
Lady Macbeth’s character undergoes a complete personality transformation by Act V. The anxiety she had always feared is enhanced as she sleepwalks and guiltily relives her actions. “Out, damned spot, out, I say!...Yet who would have the old man to have so much blood in him” (Act V, i, 25-30). Through her death, Shakespeare enhances his philosophy that she utilized her free will to make negative decision which led to a guilt-filled fate. Macbeth’s character had built up an arrogant personality because of Hecate’s and the other witches’ prophecies. “Bring me no more reports.
Hamlet has come to see his mother, Queen Gertrude, and ends up stabbing Lord Polonius, which ultimately leads to his death. Lord Polonius’ final words include “O, I am slain!” Even though this provides a slight amount of comic relief to the reader, it has a reverse effect on Ophelia’s mental state. Her father’s death seems to be the potent punch in this fight because she officially goes mad after this final event. This is apparent in Scene IV Act I, when Laertes has come back to visit his sister and check on her well being. He is disappointed to see that Ophelia is displaying irrational behavior when she begins to sing “They bore him barefac’d on the bier; Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny; And on his grave rains many a tear.” She is so mentally ill that she must be locked in a padded room during the day.
1, when Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, is found sleep walking in the night while speaking out of her unconscious mind. After Lady Macbeth slips away from the main plotline, having just murdered King Duncan, she plummets into deep feelings of guilt. This scene allowed Shakespeare to show how guilt truly affected Lady Macbeth, which sent a strong message to the audience that guilt will ultimately lead to destruction. Freud also states “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore” (Article Freud).
Blanche always lies about what is really going on in her life to escape from painful circumstances. When Blanche arrived at Stella’s house, she explained she left her job because, “…[she] was exhausted by all [she] had been through [her]—nerves broke”(pg. 11). Blanche had made up this story to cover up the embarrassing circumstance of kissing a student and to shelter her from the humiliation. Also, Blanche plays emotional games with men to get the attention she needs to feel good.