he says: “not once did you pull any wool over this boy’s eyes!” Not only Stanley had broken her world of illusion, but also Mitch who is influenced by Stanley and destroys the protection of darkness by exposing her to the bright light. Stanley bringing up the past contributes to how Blanches ends up, alone and insane expressing the theme that what happened in the past determines the present, and illusion and fantasy directly correlate. Though reality triumphs over fantasy in A Streetcar Named Desire, when the truth comes colliding down on Blanche, she has no choice but to go insane ultimately avoiding the acceptance of
Connie spends most of her time “dreaming about the boys she met. But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face, but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music” (Oates 305). Needless to say, Connie privately harbors innocent dreams of love, illuminating her humility. Like many adolescent girls, she “sleepwalks through life listening to music only she seems to
He wants to be remembered for doing unthinkable things, killing the impossible. The gods are seen as such a high power by the Greeks and to give guidance by one is a huge accomplishment. Yet Odysseus still thinks only of fame. Even the goddess realizes this, Odysseus can not even listen to the gods when they tell him to be careful, he is too overcome with greed and fame to care about his own life. Odysseus shows yet another time throughout his journey that he is willing to risk his life and the life of others to be remembered.
The ego is a fragile model of the personality that can be easily thrown out of equilibrium: “This place you are now… is nothing but a cardboard box I can knock down anytime. You know that and always did know it” (9). In conclusion, Joyce Carol Oates depicts the superego, ego, and id in her short story: “Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?”
The short story, The Chaser, deals with situational irony as it shown throughout the story that the main character, Alan, is oblivious to the reality of what a love potion will really do. This short story is about a man named Alan who believes that love is all he needs to be happy in life; so he goes to a man known of selling love potions which make one fall in love with someone forever no matter what happens. This love potion is supposed to make his girlfriend, Diana, fall in love with him and be with him forever. It sounds great right now but will leave Alan with some unexpected side effects. The old man warns him that something unexpected will occur from taking the potion but Alan only cares about how this will benefit him instead of taking everything else into consideration.
The Gangster who falls under the spell of Beli’s physique does not truly love her as she did him. To him she was an escape “Life it seemed had struck the Gangster a dolorous blow and he was uncertain as to how to respond… which might explain why, when he met Beli, he jumped on her stat. I mean what straight middle aged brother has not attempted to regenerate himself through the alchemy of young p---y. And if what she has often said to her daughter was true , Beli had some of the
While this interaction could be interpreted as a romantic spark, I feel the relationship is closer in truth to that of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. For example, in almost every interaction between these two characters, but specifically the scene in which Bruno breaks the news of Miriam’s murder to Guy, Bruno acts more the enticing, evil conscience than any sort of real person. Bruno speaks quietly, flirtatiously beckoning Guy like a Siren with his evil call - disguising his horrible act with pleasant vocabulary, making a “gift” to him of Miriam’s glasses and remarking on her “painless” death. Bruno is not trying to seduce Guy sexually, rather he is hoping to charm, entice, and attract him to the idea of murder. Guy then is torn between his exterior, good Dr. Jekyll side and his hidden, evil Mr. Hyde
The stasimon gives an example of the dangers of disobeying the laws of the gods. The household of Labdakos is cursed because he disobeyed the laws of the gods. The stasimon closes with a tribute to the god Zeus praising his incredible power. In the third stasimon, the power of Zeus is also described as full of mystery and unavoidable. Dionysus is also described punishing the child of Dryas for disobeying him.
“During the night she had imagined that she seduced him” (180) Hulga concludes that Manley will be easily persuaded by herself and that she is truly superior than he is intellectually. “True genius can get an idea across even to an inferior mind.” (180) Hulga’s relationship with Manley continues to grow as they learn more about each other. While walking towards their picnic Hulga expresses to Manley that she does not believe in God which shocked Manley. After
He liked to tease that girl, which was so different from any of his former mistresses. Everyone faded away from his memory. "What a presumptuous dumbhead!" Veronica replied harshly, realizing that he hints at
Arnold Friend’s Biblical Allusions In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, Joyce Carol Oates tells a story of a young, innocent teenage girl, Connie who enjoys listening to music and begins exploring her sexuality and being with boys “the way it was in the movies and promised in songs” (Oates 198). In fact she catches the attention of Arnold Friend one night while at the mall meeting up with a boy. Not knowing he would appear in her life, Arnold strangely shows up at her house assuming they made plans to get together. His character is seen as the devil.
Fantasy V.S. Reality In some cases an individual can perceive something as the complete opposite of what it truly is. People create the illusion or the fantasy on what they believe something to be.
“She thought, I’m not going to see my mother again. She thought, I’m not going to sleep in my bed again”. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been is a short store by Carol Oates. In the story, Connie was a 15 year old girl, and lived she out in a rural area. She lived with her parents, and her sister June.