The desire for love can break the bonds of confinement sometimes leading to positive occurrences and other times to negative ones. Freedom is always wanted, but when it is not available, constraints will be broken. One’s personality in the novel analyzed will decide whether they break the rules or follow them. In Water for Elephants, the main characters are either confined or free, and they deal with and create this underlying theme depending on their personality and character. Jacob, Marlena, and August conflict with each other in the fight for freedom and love. The theme of the novel is derived from these characters’ roles. The hierarchy on the circus is the confinement, but the main circus performers and workers take risks for love. In Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, Jacob, August, and Marlena, create the …show more content…
She is married to August although she admits, “‘I think I’ve loved you [Jacob] from the moment I laid eyes on you. But don’t you see? I’m married to August” (Gruen 274). For Marlena too August is a barrier. She does not love August the way she loves Jacob, but August is her husband. She is tied down August, another example of him symbolizing confinement. Her love is a motivating force that gives her freedom in the end. Marlena’s beauty adds to the theme as well because she tempts Jacob to break confinement. He is in a trance when they are in bed together describing it as; “[h]er fingers flutter their way around my ear and down the back of my neck. I shudder. Every hair on my body is standing on end” (Gruen 271). Marlena is restricted herself, but for Jacob she is on the side of freedom. Therefore, in Jacob’s perspective, Marlena symbolizes the freedom he wants for himself, the animals, and Marlena more than anything. August and Marlena, symbolizing the opposites of the theme, do not go well together. Because they are married, conflict arises, adding to the plot of the novel as well as the underlying
This is impactful to Jacob's life in the circus because he really starts to sympathize for Marlena and how she's been treated knowing he can do so much better. The reason that this is his biggest mistake is because if August found out that he started getting to know Marlena better than just co workers he could very easily get Jacob thrown out. Jacob struggles greatly fighting himself over what he should and shouldn't do and which option is the most morally correct, either letting Marlena stay with her abusive husband or going behind his back and getting Marlena to cheat on him. This debate starts to really tear him apart shown when he
In my life I have never encountered someone who has gone through abuse so when I began reading more of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, I got to get a sense of what an abusive relationship is like. I learned how hard it is to leave the relationship and how it affects the person. In my book one of the main characters, Marlena, married a very controlling and violent man named August. Marlena was naive and married him at the age of 17 and joined the circus just after she met him.
Janie even marries Logan Killicks, a man of stability, much to her grandmother’s own arrangement. With Janie newly married to Logan, the reader can even see that Janie values stability and a man that will take care of her. Much of this value Janie places in a steady marriage stems from her grandmother’s belief that it is better to marry a man who will treat a woman with some decency than purely off of what one believes is love. Janie’s marriage to Logan even brings Janie to a realization that she does not truly love Logan. Hurston writes, “She knew now that marriage did not make love.
They felt they would only hurt more people by saying they were married. Act 2 scene 2 line 70 “If they see you they’ll murder you”. This shows that they were so scared that they fought so much so they kept it a secret so the other would not be killed. This shows they unleashed their demise because their parents inspired this fear. This reminds me a lot of when I had done things for my father because I was scared of him making me scared to do anything.
When it comes to being a tyrant and having so much trauma, the story “Drown” speaks to many who are both suffering from a tyrant and trauma. The characters in the story suffer a lot because they have to endure. The setting of the book is taken place in the Dominican Republic where many live in poverty. Yunior, is a character that suffers from being in a trauma his whole life. The trauma begins when Yunior was 4 years old and his father leaves him and his family.
Life is full of inevitable change ad it is not always easy in order to understand our lives and ourselves, we much understand the sacrifices need to be made and this can mean having to face the unknown. Harwood’s collection of poetry explores the understanding that comes with change, despite the challenges it presents. Through her use of memories and the experience of losing what is valued in life, Harwood teaches readers that although the inevitable changes of life will not come easy, it is important to find ways to cope and move on with our lives. Being introduced to new aspects in life such as; marriage and children, a part of our lives can be taken away and sacrifices are to be made. “The Lions Bride” gives readers the understanding of a female point of aspect when life is changed
The brevity of the two characters dialogue shows that they are close as only a married couple can be and that they operate on a similar enough wavelength that only a minimal amount of words are required to convey their thoughts, feelings, and emotions to each other. A great example of this is when 7 days before the prophesized day three words between the two are able to set the final act of the story “‘Tem,’ I choked. ‘You okay?’ he said.
“There are no facts, only interpretations” – a quote from Frederick Nietzsche which suggests there may be problems arriving at accurate conclusions regardless of how perfect physical sight is. By analyzing the short stories of “The Elephant in the Village of the Blind,” as well as “20/20” by Linda Brewer, the reader may find these very problems presented throughout the entirety of both texts. Both stories present a character whose perception of physical sight is slightly skewed, contrasted with a character who seems to have an accurate interpretation of their situation. Throughout these texts, each character exhibits presuppositions about the other – presuppositions that are both right and wrong. In these stories, the characters wrongly assume
It revolves around the flight of the princess to escape the awful marriage to his father (Perrault, 1977). Charles Perrault uses the princess’ character to reveal the major themes of overcoming evil, child abuse and incest in the story. Perrault also brings out the moral that it is better to encounter awful challenges in life than to fail in one’s duty. He shows that although the virtue may seem unrealistic, it can always triumph. The author uses various literary devices to reveal the various morals of the story.
The Elephant and the Dragon by Robyn Meredith highlights China’s and India’s industrial growth and worldwide. Meredith describes China’s and India’s history and how both countries went from being poor to worldwide powers. Meredith shows how each of the country’s leaders influenced the fall of the economy and how future leaders led to the rise of economic growth. In each economy Meredith states that the leaders of both countries found themselves with no choice but to change and she describes the inspiration that both countries deprived their ideas from with lead to great change for the government and the people.
The author, Gillian Flynn, creates the most complex and unorthodox characters which is an effective one because the story would not have been worth it if the story only runs within one of the two protagonists. Both characters interprets that their perspective about their marriage are diverse and different- Amy’s diary describes Nick as moody, aggressive and menacing husband while Nicks portrays Amy as introvert, stubborn and illogically
She feared for her life as well as the lavish lifestyle she had become accustomed to. This time she was not trying to save the queen’s image but instead present herself to us in a similar way. She presents herself both as a sympathetic figure and someone to look up to. Lebrun highlights her own delicate and graceful features, as well as her daughter’s beauty. “A youthful and lovely Vigée Le Brun, wearing a loose-fitting white garment that enticingly reveals her right shoulder and arm, and adorned with a reddish shawl, enfolds in her arms little Julie.
In his story “Hills Like White Elephants”, Ernest Hemingway points out the couple's inability to make the decision: whether to abort the unborn child or not. The reader finds that the story deals with couple's miscommunication through the conversation and the emotions that they express. One can observe that no descriptions are given to the characters, thus, Hemingway creates universal dilemma to focus on the crucial issue. In this way, Hemingway leads the reader to identify with his female character that undergoes a struggle.
The story also argues that freedom is a very powerful force that affects the mental or emotional state of a person. Chopin argues that only through death can one be finally freed. The author makes strong, yet subtle statements towards humanity and women’s rights. Through subtle symbolism, Kate Chopin demonstrates how marriage is more like a confining role of servitude rather than a