However, due to the satirical nature of this poem, one can see that Hardy does not fully agree with the restrictions that have been placed on women by society during the Victorian era. The belief of society was that women who had sex out of wedlock were ruined; although, the poem demonstrates how deviating from the values of a society can present options that would not have been available otherwise. This is evident within the tone and title of the poem. “The Ruined Maid” has a conversational tone which suggests
A disembodied whisper has warned her of a curse if she were to look outside, so the woman views the world only by the shadows of a mystic mirror. One can easily relate the disembodied whisper to the disapproval and restrictions society places on women, both in the Victorian era and present-day. This indirect access reiterates the alleged “danger” of the female gaze by describing the “supernatural” power of lustful eyes. Although the Lady’s laborious weaving empowers and yet simultaneously enslaves her, passivity manages to keep her safe. Until at last her desire overcomes, and the Lady of Shalott “oversteps her boundary.” The curse falls upon her faster than her genuine isolation can be broken.
Glorifying the 1920’s, F. Scott Fitzgerald captivates readers with his rich passages and vivid imagery depicting the iconic moments of romantic tragedy in The Great Gatsby. one of Fitzgerald 's more famous works of art, emphasising Gatsby 's life, that reflects parts of his own life. Daisy empitomizes the least moral in the novel, due to her lack of caring for her daughter, her affair with Gatsby, and her “fake” love for Tom. Her surroundings throughout the novel diversify the different mortality levels people exert. The “Golden Girl”, Daisy Buchanan, lacks in morality when it comes to caring for her daughter.
The maids plead and pray for their horrid lives to change because they are simply slaves, and others control their lives: “Oh gods and oh prophets, please alter my life,/And let a young hero take me for his wife!/But no hero comes to me, early or late-/Hard work is my destiny, death is my fate!”(52). The Odyssey shows the maids as people who deserve to be punished. However, Atwood in her novel shows how the maids are victims, and that it is the others who deserve to be punished. This urges the audience to have sympathy for them. The Penelopiad shows how the maids are living terrible lives, even though they don’t deserve to be.
“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.” ― Ezra Pound A maiden with a heart filled with hope for love, shaped and twisted into a egotistical persona of her own waking. She is doomed to tragic prospects, created by her own raging expectations of romance. The maiden is Emma Bovary, whose mind is as similar of a slave to fantasy as she is to her feminine milieu. Her ideals not only harming her own mind, but also negatively affect those around her. Emma Bovary is a victim of provincialism, an occurrence where ones exposure to fiction, or otherwise, corrupts their views on life, leaving them ignorant.
In the short stories “Red Dress-1946” by Alice Monro, and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the writers explore the notion that the societal boundaries of more conservative times inflicted on the protagonists can cause significant and irreversible negative impact on their lives. To begin with, the pressure on the protagonists to conform will cause disconnection
Although Lady Macbeth seemed evil and harsh at the beginning of the play, she gets taken over by her guilt in the end. In the beginning, she was praying to spirits to give her evilness and to take away what makes her a woman. “Come, you spirits that serve the thoughts of mortals: rid me of the natural tenderness of my sex and fill me from head to toe with direst cruelty!” (I,v, 39-42) Lady Macbeth was asking the spirits to fill her with evilness and get rid of her woman like qualities. If she had the qualities of an evil person, then she would not have to ask the spirits to help her gain evilness. Towards the end of the play, she began to sleep walk throughout the night, and had hallucinations of blood on her hands from the murder.
Many of the short stories in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner portray the worst possible outcome for many of the characters. They are attempting to help the readers reform themselves by showing us cases of where people went wrong. This idea is evident in this quote from a poem by Thomas Hardy: ' 'If a way to the batter there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.” This quote is saying that in order to make ourselves better we must examine the “worst” first. This is what these stories are trying to do by showing us people making an absolute mess of their situation. The “worst” can be many different things, and there are a few example from the stories.
There are many ways the novel represents Romanticism for example how Hester loved Dimmesdale so much that she would not give his name and turn him in. The novel also represents Puritanism, for instance when Hester was first punished for her sin all she had to do was stand on a scaffold. The Puritan women in the town didn’t believe that was a severe enough punishment. They wanted her to be killed for her sin. Puritan beliefs were very harsh and cruel and everything had to be done correctly.
In “Hamlet” a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, the death of a character is an occurring event. William Shakespeare uses imagery and allusion to demonstrate the result of manipulation from other characters upon Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, and leading up to her death. Her death was not the consequence of disgraceful actions of her own, but rather by the involvement of others and their influence on her life. Hamlet’s apparent rejection of her love and her father’s personal vindictive leads up to her simple-minded state, entering a world of madness. She has now gone mad, singings nonsense songs and giving people flowers that she has picked from the garden.
However the longest the character was isolated, the greater effect it had on them. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins uses insanity to portray the mistreatment of women and how the solutions people thought worked back then only made them worse. A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner brings up insanity as negative response to what society thinks or says about a certain person. The gossips and the rejection of Homer only made her commit murder. Readers can learn from this short stories to not be so judgmental against women, or believe in stereotypes that society portray.