How is Catherine unique? In the book, Rules by Cynthia Lord, Catherine was the main character who faced many challenges throughout the book. She has a mom who does not really understand her problems. Her dad does not really play a big role in the story. These challenges often include his little brother, David, messing up things.
One way that Catherine changed was after her encounter with the old Jewish Lady. The old lady told her, “ ‘Little Bird, in the world to come, you will not be asked “Why were you not George?’ or ‘Why were you not Perkin’ but ‘Why were you not Catherine?’ ” (Cushman 17). Catherine didn’t fully understand what it meant at first, but the old woman’s words helped her later when it really mattered. When Shaggy Beard’s messengers came, Catherine ran to her Aunt Ethelfritha’s house in fear and desperation. While she was there, the old Jewish woman’s words finally gained some meaning.
Proctor values his life but, he does not want to be remembered as a liar who is willing to do whatever it takes for his own life. Also, Proctor is thinks about his children. He does not want to be a bad role model for their children. During the scene where Proctor had the choice to confess, “Proctor tears the paper and crumples it and he is weeping in fury, but erect”(133). Proctor tears the confession paper because he realizes that honor is more important.
“Win or lose, good or bad, the experience will change you,” says Richelle E. Goodrich. This directly relates to the character Catherine, in the book Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. Catherine’s experiences led to her discovery of the need for change. Catherine gradually becomes more thoughtful, mature, and reflective as she has experiences like meeting Jews and the king’s cousin, or even just writing in her journal, that motivated her to change. Writing in her journal led Catherine to the discovery of the need for change.
Cathy was born a Catherine, the name meaning “pure” which she is shown not to be from the very beginning. She is described to go from “a pretty child” to a “pretty woman,” oozing innocence and delicacy. However, even as a child Cathy produced a “disturbance she distributed so subtly” (73). Her immorality becomes clear to the reader when it is said that “Cathy learned that by the manipulation and use of this one part of people she could gain and keep power over nearly anyone” (75). Here we see that Cathy, even at a young age, is able to see within people and use their weaknesses against them.
Due to that, she has developed a permanent self-importance and feeling of superiority towards others, and feels the constant need to give advice or to speak her mind (source?). Lady Catherine is the sister of Mr Darcy’s mother (and thus his aunt) with whom she decided very early that Darcy and her daughter Anne should get married eventually (cf. 82, 336), their intention presumably being to continue their superior bloodlines: “They are descended on the maternal side, from the same noble line; and, on the father’s, from respectable, honourable and ancient, though untitled families. Their fortune on both sides is splendid” (PP 337). Again, it is conspicuous that the reasons for their marriage only concern social positions and fortune.
However, by the end of the novel, she is considerate of others, still pushes for her beliefs in a more polite and educated manner, and embraces the fact experiences have value. Different experiences such as the hanging and Roger’s death teach the horrors of society, her mother and the Jewish lady teach Catherine how to be herself, and animals like the ant and the bear teach her how the little things could be huge to others. One experience that leads Catherine to discover the need for change is her lack of both sense and direction. She often speculates about all she will do when she grows up. “I am no minstrel or wart charmer, but me”(Cushman
However the two both neglected their parental duties each for different reasons but both left the same lasting effect. Let’s begin with Cathy‘s actions. Cathy is a very clever and devious character who only puts in effort to manipulate people if it is beneficial to herself. The beginning of Cathy’s spree of taking advantage of people and destroying them starts when Cathy is the age of ten. Her first, if you would call it “victim” or in this case victims, were two fourteen-year old boys who she framed for supposedly raping her.
Katherine is the “shrew” as described in the play’s title. She is a headstrong, intimidating, ill-willed, young woman. These qualities immediately make her unsuitable to most of the men who could take her hand in marriage. One of the suitors in this play, Hortensio, describes her as such when advertising her to another suitor, Petruchio: “She is intolerable curst, and shrewd and forward, so beyond all measure that, were my state far worser
Spanier writes about Catherine's need to fulfill her desires when she says that “we begin to understand what must have been taking place in her mind when she made Frederic pronounce the words she wished so desperately from her dead lover” (Spanier). Spanier’s criticism shows how Catherine all along had just been using Frederic as a character in her fantasy to play her dead husband. The juxtaposition of “dead lover” and “stranger” shows how Frederic means nothing to her, she only looks at him not for what he is but for what he is not. She sees her dead husband in him, not Frederic Henry. Catherine has produced this devious plan and created a fantasy that she can live in to fulfill her desires, while Frederic thinks it is real