explicitly states Margaret’s motivation for doing that: ‘The slave mother … killed her child rather than see it taken back to slavery’ (557). These slaves saw death a better alternative than slavery and for the love they had for their children, they preferred killing them than allowing them see the dehumanizing institution of slavery. The slave women have always suffered as an effect of slavery. They were robbed of every possession – even their motherhood. That is why Sethe’s act of destroying her own creation becomes the subject and order of controversies.
Housewife In her article "Motherhood/Paradise Lost (Domestic Division)", Terry Martin Hekker, a housewife who had been married to John Hekker, her husband, discusses the drawbacks of housewife as an occupation for women by sharing with the public her experience as a housewife in two different situations and centuries. The article aims to inform other women that depending on housewife as an occupation is really bad for their future. Hekker’s article is a good advice for today’s mothers as it is based on real experience. Hekker explains in her article that housewife is a good occupation, but there must be alternative jobs as it is not a permanent occupation. In her article "Motherhood", which was written in 1977, Hekker tries to illustrate that housewife is unique occupation although this job was considered shameful at time
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
When Lavinia saw the strong connection Elly and Fanny had formed, she may have felt like Elly no longer needed her mother because someone else could raise her. Another potential reason that Lavinia became addicted to laudanum is because she saw that way it numbed Mrs. Pyke to her surroundings. It is likely that Lavinia wanted to rid herself of the guilt she felt for abandoning her old friends. She was so close to all of the slaves working in the kitchen house, but when she remarried and became the woman of the house, all of her friends had to treat her differently. If Lavinia stayed in her bed all day, she would not have to deal with her memories of the good days when everyone treated each other equally.
Furthermore, Janie had also gained freedom from her late grandmother, Nanny, whom had raised Janie and forced her into a marriage with Logan. After Joe’s death Janie was able accept that “she hated her grandmother and had hidden it from herself all these years under a cloak of pity...She hated the old women who had twisted her so in the name of love” (Hurston 89). Nanny had expectations and plans for Janie’s life and with the death of Joe she was able to free herself from the idea of love that Nanny had implemented on her from such a young age. Nanny had manipulated Janie’s perception of love so that she would find it necessary to
Faulkner’s story demonstrates totally different plot: there is an own main character, her mental disorder and its consequences for the society. In the case of Emily Grierson the problem appeared to be in the inherited disorder, as “people in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last” (Faulkner 4); and the citizens’ attitude. Miss Emily felt a pressure from people because of own origins and behavior; and these conditions finally made her to kill Homer Barron, an only potential opportunity for marriage after her father’s death. After the crime Miss Emily was not able to get rid of the body and continued to live with it until her own death. It looked like Baron became the only victim of the character’s madness here.
This even caused her to separate herself from the only world she knew her family. Ultimately resulting in her death. In Margaret Atwood’s short story, she asserts that being discriminated and isolated causes the narrator to have deep mental issues that lead to signs of depression through the protagonist’s unorthodox way of accepting her fate without any hesitation to prevent her life being taken away. In this story, the narrator has been lead to believe that she has no part in her community. Throughout her life, she has been isolated by her entire town even by those who she called family.
Sethe and her daughter are isolated from the community due to Sethe’s killing of her youngest child, an action Sethe justifies as “put[ting] my babies where they’d be safe” but one which Paul D sees as a love “too thick” (Morrison 193). Her misjudgment fits Aristotle’s description of the fatal flaw. The trauma she experienced as a slave made her justifiably determined to not let her children return to slavery, but her panicked actions resulted in her isolation the community. As her isolation is caused by herself rather than an external force such as slavery, she is a fitting model for a Greek tragedy protagonist. Sethe’s “thick love” continues to linger after the killing, as she says she wanted to die alongside her youngest child after she killed her so she can continue to take care of her daughter, and states “[Beloved] is mine” after her realization that Beloved is her daughter (Morrison 241).
The fear of the unknown in contrast to the familiar surroundings at home, leave Eveline questioning what to do and reminisce in old memories. Her life now is structured by repeating tasks and includes people she has known all her life. Starting a life with Frank would mean to leave all she is familiar with behind and to begin a new life in an unknown country she only ever heard stories about. Eveline would not know what to expect in Buenos Aires, though she would happily choose a life with Frank because “he would save her” (Joyce, 31). Save her from her taunting father, his abuse and threats, her work at the stores and Miss Gavan and the dust in her house that does not leave her alone.
Beloved a powerful novel that represents the awful history behind slavery, and exposes the damaging effects it had on the individuals that witnessed it. The novel, set in the Post-Civil war in Ohio is that of a sad victory story. “124” the powerful place in which the ex-slaves express extreme emotions of what happened in the past. Kristin Boudreau states that “when Toni Morrison’s Beloved opens with a house “full of baby’s venom, it announces the prominent pain in the lives of these ex-slaves” (447). African Americans had to regroup and put their slavery demons at bay, experiencing their own personal traumas.
Initially, Ada finds herself “thinking...that she wished she could have gone before Monroe”, implying that she cannot survive with his absence (29). Living by herself, she avoids strangers, remains hungry, and leaves everyday tasks undone. Because her mother dies from childbirth, Ada has become inherently dependent on Monroe her whole life, leaving her helpless and apprehensive when he can no longer care for her. Furthermore, she cannot function in his absence, struggling to maintain a life of subsistence despite her history living on the farm. Frazier’s description of her life after Monroe’s death highlights her dependence on others near the beginning of the novel.
They show complete disregard in the feelings of the black folks who are forced into slavery, forced into selling their loved ones and their children. They are able, as Prince says, to “make their remarks upon us aloud, without regard to our grief” (11). These fears are exactly what Linda Brent feels when she becomes pregnant. She realizes that having a child with Mr. Sands would bring more abuse from Dr. Flint to both her and her child, and when her first born, Benny is born, she explains that “I had often prayed for death; but now I did not want to die, unless my child could die too” (Jacobs 199). She would rather that her child die than live in bondage, especially under the watchful and revengeful eye of Dr. Flint.
Being divorced at a young age, Clara is reminiscent about her former marriage and is unable to overcome her past. She has had the same job at the same insurance company for almost two decades and remains living alone in the same house as she did when she was a child, even after her parents’ passing. Because she cannot let go of her prior life, she does not have the means or the incentives to “[make] something of herself” (Endicott 5). Clara’s need for redemption stems from her “state of mild despair” (4) as she is a middle-aged woman who has “nothing to show for [her life]” (4). Even without any burdens or financial stress, Clara feels that she is being “buried alive” (4) and constantly thinks about how “useless [she feels] in the world.” To Clara, there seemed to be some sort of “barrier between” (6) her and the world that she could not be
In the end of the novel, Jillian, Beth, and Katherine realize that they do not need to follow Macie anymore because she is a horrible person. They tried to testify against Macie in a criminal trial. Other than all the horrible acts she came up with to mistreat Leslie, Macie perjured herself in her deposition. In a way, the death of Leslie Gatlin opened everyone’s eyes so they could see the reality of life. It changed three people and their outlook on what the right thing to do is.
Antoine states “I could see it in her eyes. That pain and desire to tell us the truth. However, as the minute’s crawled by, I began to understand that my grandmother will never speak, that she will take what she knows to her grave” (228). Even on her death bed the grandmother is unable to confess what she knows. She has kept this secret inside of her for so long she is no longer able to talk.