Carole Stone characterizes the sea as “both a generative and destructive force”. Edna first establishes independence when she learns to swim and goes out to sea alone. The ability to swim symbolizes a rebirth in which Edna realizes her capability to grow in spite of the Victorian society whom stumps it. After extreme efforts, Edna comes to the conclusion that society is not ready to accept her newfound self and immersing herself in the sea is her only way to become whole as discussed thoroughly in Stone’s essay. Edna shows self criticism because she recognizes her actions will affect her children in this “society where reputation is everything” (Hytönen 86).
In the first chapters of The House of Mirth Wharton establishes various conditions that Lily desires. She is in search of wealth, social prosperity, and marriage. But Lily’s craving for independence is an added aspect that cannot go overlooked. The craving is established early on, in chapter three of the text. Lily is seen longing to, “drop out of the race and make an independent life for herself” but yet knows it would not be a fit lifestyle for her because “she hated dinginess as much as her mother had hated it, and to her last breath she meant to fight
She eventually returned to Grande Isle hoping Robert would take her back. But he didn’t, so she then realized she doesn’t need to be in this world anymore. One day she wanted to go swimming on a cold day, but the sun was out according to Edna. Edna knew her limit and how far out she was able to swim. But she didn’t take that into consideration and she just kept swimming out farther and farther.
In a sense, Edna’s death is due to her failure to balance a sense of self and freedom with the demands of life. The only way to elude herself of the responsibilities of her life was to embrace death and drown herself in the ocean. In her death, Edna rejects the social belief that a woman’s duty are found in motherhood. At the last moment, she thinks of Leonce and the children, she admits they were a part of her life, “but they need not have thought they could possess her, body and soul” (190). This also reflects societal notion telling her to be submissive, to tend to the house, and adore her
In the beginning, Moana’s family, especially her father, are very strict about her going out into the ocean alone. But, her grandmother realizes that she is the one that can help the island from dying. One day, Moana’s grandmother falls ill, she tells her that once the Heart of Te Fiti is removed the world will become a deadly place and that the person who had the heart was Maui. She also gives Moana a necklace which allows her to communicate with the water; however, she has no idea about the power or how to
They both wanted to survive, but they did not know how. They were scared that something might happen if they tried to escape, they constantly thought of the worst scenario possible. The man that had a daughter was scared that something might happen to him, because he did not want his daughter to live without a father, and he was scared that something was going to happen to him because he did not want her to die so young. In the poem the man kept telling his daughter that “it 's okay” when awful thoughts were running through his mind, he was still trying to maintain a positive attitude so his daughter would be okay. On the other hand Billy never kept the same positive attitude that the other man did, instead he always wanted death, he would leave his group, he would ask them to leave him alone so he could die.
Throughout the story, Andy wants to be treated like a grown up as well as respected by the males in the story. When Andy is day dreaming about the ocean, her mom is swimming and playing around, but her dad will not go far in the water. Her mom asks her to come in, but Andy does not want to. At this point in the story, Andy does not believe she is ready for it. Andy feels that she can still do the things that the guys are doing.
She tells Madame Ratignolle, “I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me” (52). This lets the readers know that Edna is starting to acknowledge that she cannot dedicate all of her time to her children and that she's not willing to sacrifice herself for them. This action displays how Edna's attitude towards others around her is changing and how she does not want to have the responsibility of taking care of her family because it would mean that she has to dedicate her time and space to them which would mean that she would be giving herself up for the sake of the
She left a note saying “I left you because I needed too.” Yankel lost the love of his wife, but Brod filled that void. She became everything Yankel ever needed. He protected her and wanted her to have the happiest life possible. He decided to keep the secret that Brod was not his real daughter from her. He knew that knowing that she could lose her sense of identity.
Although he doesn’t want his daughter Cui Qiao to have her own life, he is, in another sense, doing what he feels is best for her. Because of Dashu’s stubbornness to change, Cui Qiao runs away from the village and drowns in the river. Cui Qiao decides she would rather choose her own fate than listen to her father. She represents a modern woman who trusts her own feelings and does what she
After she barely survived a shark attack she was back in the water about a month later. Bethany didn’t even care about the shark attack all she cared about was to get back in the water on her surf board. ‘’I was not afraid.’’ Said Bethany Every once in a while she would get scared when she saw a figure under her board in the water but she wouldn’t let it bring her down and quit on her dream. Bethany was also self-confident. Even when people wouldn’t believe in her and they thought she couldn’t do it she still tried and she proved them wrong.
In the novel the Glass Castle Jeanette Walls learns from the mistakes of her parents that being successful in life depends of your characters and the choices you make in your life . Jeanette learns from her parents that if she doesn 't start thinking about her future at a young age , she’ll eventually be following the footsteps of her parents, and having an unpurposeful and an unrewarding lifestyle in her future. The Glass Castle suggests that in order to be successful in life you have to leave some things behinds and move on and that exactly what Jeannette Walls has done. Jeanette 's parents mistake was that they never thought about the future and always tried to enjoy the present. She chose to move away from her parents and live with her older sister and that decision she made was the main reason why she succeeded in life.
But that in itself shows that their deaths control her actions and her feelings. The loss of those she wished to protect are what caused Najmah to avoid her triggers. Her rejection of those who could possibly help her heal from her PTSD shows the effects of pain she experienced. Losing her mother and baby brother not only left her alone, but it also is what kept her alone for much of her emotional journey. (CS) The extent to which Najmah loved her family is revealed in her reactions to anything that concerns them; by avoiding her triggers to protect herself, it demonstrates how immense the effect of losing them
Left with no one but their broken aunt, May and her brother, Billy, are apprehensive to attach to something, or someone, for fear that they will leave her like her mother did. This is shown in the quote, ‘When Billy and me lost our mother, we lost ourselves. We stopped swimming in the ocean…lost trust because we didn’t want to touch something that was going to fall away.’ This represents May and her brothers Mays’ exploration results in new challenges that enable her to progress and develop, allowing the audience to observe her personal growth as she matures. ‘Sometimes people stand in the way of other people’s eyes. I wasn’t waiting for a change.’ This quote demonstrates Mays’ desire to take responsibility in her life.
Azucena helps him to shut the large gap between his past experiences and emotions so he can confront them. He sees that, “Azucena had surrendered her fear to him and so, without wishing it, had obliged Rolf to confront his own” (page number). Rolf remembers the time of his abusive father and how his disabled sister “who spent her whole life hiding,” would wish that her father would fail to recall the disgrace of her being born (3). Azucena is setting an example for Rolf bye letting him help her in a dangerous situation allowing Rolf to realize he can open up his fears from the past to her. Azucena appears to be the Damsel in Distress trying to seek help from Rolf Carle but the author unexpectedly twists the archetypes around by making Azucena the one who saves Rolf.