In 'Sister Maude' a much more destructive relationship between siblings is presented. Like 'Brothers', this poem hints at the way in which the move towards adulthood brings a distance between siblings. Christina Rossetti begins her poem “Sister Maude” with two similar rhetorical questions, asking who told her parents about her 'shame'. We do not know at this point what the narrator's shame is, but it gradually becomes clear that she was having an affair with a handsome man. In Victorian times when Rossetti was writing, this would certainly have been considered shameful.
In the poem “Medusa” gender conflict through control is also illustrated when she says: “a suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy”. This depicts that she feels ownership over her husband and wants him to “be terrified” if he does not obey her commands. However, in “Les Grands Seigneurs” the narrator conveys that after she was “wedded, bedded … a toy, a plaything … wife” she is nostalgic for the first three stanzas to how men were towards her before she was married as she is now powerless. We can depict that there was less gender conflict before she was married. Moreover, in “Medusa” powerlessness is also portrayed when she rhetorically questions herself “Wasn’t I beautiful?
Analyze Collin’s use of language, including diction, hyperbole, and syntax, and explain how his language largely produces dramatic irony. Jane Austen was an English novelist in the late seventeenth century best remembered for her romantic fictions expressing realism. In the event of her life, she wrote one of her greatest books known today as “Pride and Prejudice” which exhibits the themes of love, reputation, and class values. In the passage, Mr. Collins, a clergyman proposed to his noble second cousin named Elizabeth Bennet in hopes to marry and inherit her fortune. He is ultimately laughed at by Elizabeth who could not take his words seriously, for they contradicted his actions.
Mistaken identity, dramatic irony and disguise serve a large role in making this play, Twelfth Night comedic. Malvolio is convinced Olivia is in love with him because of Maria’s letter. Sir Andrew is completely oblivious to the fact that Sir Toby Belch is befriending him to use him for his wealth. As Viola decides to disguise herself as a young man to keep safe, the potential for mistaken identity arises between her and her twin brother Sebastian. Meaning to embarrass and fool Malvolio, Maria, with the help of Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew, writes a mysterious love letter to Malvolio.
Despite being written during patriarchal Jacobean society, the protagonist is a female, which is was highly unusual in those days. Of course this protagonist is Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play, through Lady Macbeth's actions we are forced to believe that she is evil. In contrast, the novel John Steinbeck tells a story of dreams, hopes and loneliness. We are introduced to a majorly significant and complex character, named Curley’s wife.
Karcher states, “[Women] writers have persistently shied away from the realistic depiction of society, choosing instead to work in the mode of what Hawthorne called the romance—a mode best suited to probing the individual psyche” (Karcher 1994 (pg#)). Romance novels rely heavily on the notion that life is a fairytale and people subconsciously imagine themselves in the position of the protagonist. However, Chopin gives a realistic version of what love and romance is. It requires people to think and question marriage. This becomes controversial because when an individual read her novels it removed the optimism of that happiness and comfort in love that people look forward to.
In the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by William Shakespeare, it is true that “the course of true love never did run smoothly”. The two couples Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius both experience many difficulties in trying to attain love. The law of Athen’s, gender and Robin Goodfellow’s acts all play a role in the couples’ pursuit for love. The law of Athen’s in the play didn’t permit a female to marry the man of her choice unless he was the same choice of her father. “As she is mine I may dispose of her”, Egeus, Hermia’s father, says this because in the past a daughter was regarded as a father’s property and was forced to obey her father.
In the second verse the poem shows how the lord has managed to take the cottage maiden back to his house. After this she goes on to say how the lord used her for sex and as a trophy. This is shown when she says, "His plaything and his love, He wore me like a silken knot." This quote shows how she thinks that she was used as a trophy and as a 'plaything'. In the last two lines she goes on to say how she has become un-pure this is shown when she says, "How I moan an unclean thing, who might have been a dove."
However for both Bronte and Austen, relationships were unconventional for their time, as neither of the women married. Austen’s novel was much more widely accepted, as the heroine does not condone the inappropriate relationship that begins to form between Isabella and Captain Tilney. “His behaviour was so incompatible with a knowledge of Isabella’s engagement” Austen is satirical and ironic Cathy and Heathcliff’s relationship becomes strained and unobtainable because of the pressures society imposes on Cathy to marry for status and weath. Their family and society forbid Cathy and Heathcliff’s love throughout the novel. Critic Suzanne Birkett suggest ‘She later marries Edgar and comes to feel that she is imprisoned by society’s rules.’ As although Cathy has made a wise choice in marrying Edgar because ‘He will be rich’, her forbidden love for Heathcliff still hinders her when Heathcliff once again returns in chapter ten.
Bierce live in a 19th century, a time when marriage was viewed as an act of political agreement and social responsibility. Marriage wasn't based on love but on logic and woman didn't get much to say to it. We can see that by saying love can be cured by marriage, he meant that even though a young girl falls in love with a men and would do 'insane' things for him, it can still be cured by giving her away to marry someone else, someone with a appropriate social status. After all, in time the girl would fall out of love with the first man and obey her husband. Does all of that sound ridiculous?