Mayella had no say in the trial, which caused her to have no power. The Ewell’s had little to no money at all, and struggled with class. The family lived behind a dump. In the trial with Tom Robinson, Mayella was scared to tell the truth because of the looks her dad was giving her when it was her turn to speak. Mayella was almost forced to say Tom Robinson raped her or her dad would have beaten her.
"Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate." Nanny is beyond exhausted. She grew up during slavery, was raped and had to raise her child, Leafy, without a father. Nanny never got married because she was worried that Leafy would be trampled upon like she was.
In particular, when Laila decides to go walk to visit her sister, she does it without the supervision of a male and puts herself in danger of the Taliban. By doing this she is fighting against the stereotype that women in Afghanistan are oppressed and showing her voice that women are independent, even with the simplest of things like walking alone. Laila fights with him and the social construction because she does not believe in the social standards for women; thereby breaking down the single story many Americans have placed on Afghan women. Unlike Mariam, who for the whole book never speaks out against Rasheed, even after he treats her like she is worthless. For instance, one night Mariam had undercooked the rice that she was serving to Rasheed; Rasheed was so furious with her that he forced her to chew pebbles.
The opening paragraph of Sing, Unburied, Sing, reveals the backbone of the novel and it gives readers an insightful manner in how the rest of the novel will progress with the turn of every page. Jojo’s bold claim about death in the first lines, makes death a prominent theme that the characters cannot escape from and it becomes an important sustenance to each of them as they face their personal demons that plague them constantly throughout the novel. The reoccurring theme of death presents a larger and deeper subject matter that goes beyond the traumatization of losing a loved one to death. The first paragraph in addition gives readers a clear picture of Jojo as a character. Similar to The Bluest Eye, Jesmyn Ward presents readers with the set-up of the novel with only a few words from one of the main characters.
In the book Cinder, the author expresses the theme that bravery is how you decide to face the worst, through her word choice, and dark and desperate tone. Her powerful words contribute not only to how you view the protagonist and Peony’s lives, but also to how they decide to face the cruel world around them. Although the word choice shows that they both have a hard life, they’re constantly fighting the pain, to get over it, which relates back to the theme. Both word choice and tone had a great influence in how readers decide to view the characters, and the lives that they are leading. While reading this book, it seemed that word choice played a really big part, as to how you view Cinder as a person.
Ruined, a play by Lynn Nottage is set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo is the rape capital of the world because it is used like a weapon of war. Once a woman is taken by the enemy side, that woman is kept and passed between soldiers. If she is lucky enough to escape, she is generally going home, to not be welcomed back by her family. To their family, she is not honorable and it is shameful to take her back.
Born a harami or an illegitimate child, Maraim was deprived of a “legitimate claim to the things other people had, things such as love, family, home, and acceptance” (Hosseini 4). Since her childhood, Mariam understood that she was unwanted- a weed that should be tossed away, and when she was fifteen, Mariam faced her father’s rejection and her mother’s suicide. In adulthood, the frequent abuse of her tyrannical husband and her repeated miscarriages only furthered Mariam’s belief that she didn’t deserve love or family. When her husband married the young and beautiful Laila, Mariam’s desperate barrage to maintain her place in the house, despite, revealed her past: You may be the palace malika and me a
She is known to sleep with many men and a guard who spoke to Hassan said that she “…”. It is clear that her character is seen as someone who cannot control herself. Moreover, when there are no females to please the men, males are forced to dress as woman and perform sexual acts on whoever is forcing them to do so. An example of this is when Taliban soldiers make Sohrab wear a dress, makeup and fancy jewelry. Through Amir’s description of the situation, Sohrab looked “…” which assumes that Sohrab is raped regularly.
When it comes to revenge, she has no boundaries. Accordingly, Hilly sent a woman desperately working to send her children to college to jail for years over a worthless ruby ring. While she was aware of how essential Aibileen was to Elizabeth and her children, she put her best friend out of a maid after forcing her to fire Aibileen anyway. Whether it be a stranger or a family member, she is willing to betray anyone. Fully aware of her actions, Hilly disregards the consequences of her actions, harmful or not, due to her lack of
Women have been treated as an evil creature in the countries of Islam; men cannot control their sexual desires at any sight of the seductresses. That is why they were required to cover every piece of skin if they were to venture out of their prison (home). They would also suffer from physical violence if they were in the streets and this happened. The women of old China were oppressed as well, however not as severely as the Islamic women were oppressed. If they were to have a child out of wedlock, they were demoted to the “outcast table”; if they had homes, they were ransacked.
It is this endurance that eventually creates a strong bond of friendship between Mariam and Laila. In order to endure, one must be prepared for adversity, patient through stressful times, and submissive. Afghanistan creates adverse conditions for women throughout Hosseini’s novel. Multiple instances can be seen from the girls’ perspective, including when Mariam “caught a glimpse of what was beneath the tree”, (p. 36) and discovers her recently deceased mother. Here showcases a striking moment in Mariam’s life, her mind diverging from hope and prosperity to guilt and bitterness.
Michelle Knight was not looked for when she disappeared. This angered Castro and he played mind games with Michelle telling her that no one even wanted her. She had several pregnancies while in captive, and all ended in brutal beatings so that she miscarried(Brown and McLaughlin). She was a small girl who looked younger than her actual age. This is what made Castro kidnap her; however, he was upset to find out her real age later (Berry and DeJesus168).
*** “Sá,” her mother aspirated. “I told you that it’s not safe to go out there with everyone else.” “Why not! You went out there, Kana, Lay, and Angus are out there! What makes us so different? You always wanted me to fit in, to be ‘normal’, but you won’t even let me join the (resistance),” shrieked Sá.