Duffy, as Mrs Lazarus, later explains the grief has led her to throwing up; “retched,” this shows that Mrs Lazarus has led herself to tormenting herself, as she is self harming and throwing up. At the end of the stanza Duffy repeats the word dead; “dead, dead,” this showing how bad her loss is, but also conveying that Mrs Lazarus is still shocked by the loss and is still not understanding it. At the beginning of the second stanza Duffy used short lines which are broken up by punctuation which makes the verse very disjointed; “Slept in a single cot” this also shows Mrs Lazarus has no body anymore and is therefore lonely, but also suggests she is like a baby in a cot who is hopeless. Duffy then puts emphasis on Mrs Lazarus grief and despair when she uses the word “widow,” followed by the word “half” suggesting that Mrs Lazarus is incomplete. We
Hughes uses his poem, The Minotaur, to try to manipulate the audience to see a different view of their marriage, and to make people feel sympathetic towards him. Hughes portrays his wife Sylvia Plath as violent, irrational, and out of control. This is shown in the way he shows her, in lines such as “The mahogany table-top you smashed”. The onomatopoeia of “smashed” further emphasises her violent personality. Later in the poem, Hughes accuses his wife of abandoning her family.
However, the words that she uses to describe these feelings make her sound like she is obsessed with him: Everything about me hates you (2) The way I hold my pencil hates you (4) My aorta hates you. Also my ancestors (12) Layers of hate, a parfait (20). By the end of the poem, the narrator has made a detailed list of ways she claims to hate her beloved. This list shows that she is always thinking about him and sees him in every detail of her life, big or small. “I Hate Everything About You” by Adam Gontier is a song that deals with the same idea of loving and hating at the same time.
Reading and Discussion Questions on Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” 1. What is the nature of Mrs. Mallard’s “heart trouble,” and why would the author mention it in the first paragraph? Is there any way in which this might be considered symbolic or ironic? Explain. Mrs. Mallard’s heart troubles seem to cripple her as her loved ones and all the people around her see her as this fragile lady who cannot even handle the emotional strain of her husband’s death.
The poem shows the weakness of women and how much we depend on men. The writer in ‘Medusa’ is so paranoid and jealous because she has a suspicion that her husband is cheating on her. There is no evidence throughout the text that he actually is. She is driven crazy by paranoia and also questions her own beauty- ‘wasn’t I beautiful?’- showing that she lacks self-confidence and feels vulnerable. Women often feel belittled by men, lose their self-confidence and feel ashamed of themselves.
She continues to express how the soldiers have lost themselves in the final stanza writing about how they are so near in “body” but in “soul as far”. Dobell could be creating the idea that as they sleep they leave their bodies. It’s the only time that they can escape from the horrors, an un-conscious state is almost preferable. In contrast to Night Duty, the poem Since They Have Died by May Wedderburn Cannan presents an alternative and slightly naïve view on soldiers at war. Whereas Night Duty reveals the bleak reality of war and the impact that it had on the lives of soldiers Since They Have Died expresses a more optimistic and patriotic attitude to the subject.
She says, 'I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.' One scene involving a sympathetic portrayal of Curley’s wife is when she is looking for Curley in Crooks’ quarters after Lennie and Candy enter. She knows where Curley and the rest of the men have gone, and grows angry at the cold treatment she is given by the three men in the room. Curley’s wife confesses her loneliness of being stuck in the house all the time and to not liking Curley’s company.
Both Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy Molloy convey a theme of loneliness through their characters of their poems. Carol who wrote 'Medusa' conveyed a message of how life has mistreated her and she is lonely due to in medusa's case having snake hair and turning people to stone and therefore she has enclosed her self within a cave, she conveys this message through a dramatic monologue. Dorothy who wrote 'Les Grands Seigneurs' had a message of how he distance her self from men and due to that she is is lonely but in the end gets married but has lost all authority as she is a female and in the past men had greater authority no matter what the status was of the female, she conveyed this through four stanzas and the the fourth stanza is the turning point where she has become married also she has written the poem in the past tense showing how she misses her old self and is lonely now even though she is married. I would also compare these poems to the world war one poet Siegfried Sassoon 'the soldier' as it also conveys a theme of loneliness. I will show how these two poets convey the theme of loneliness through their poems.
Mariana is a poem about a woman awaiting the return of her renegade lover. Mariana laments repeatedly, “My life is dreary …he cometh not… I am aweary, aweary; I would that I were dead”. Tennyson’s Mariana is illustrated as being weak and powerless to the depression that is overtaking her, making her wish to no longer live all due to her male lover’s relinquishment. Tennyson compares Mariana’s tears with the “dews at even” and presents her as lying below “The shadow of the poplar” wallowing in misery. Ultimately, the character Mariana is an embodiment of
In the second stanza, Harwood creates an awkward and artificial atmosphere between the mother and her ex-lover by the use of dialogue (“how nice’, “etc”). These shortened statements also create a external and shallow conversation. By using descriptive language in the final stanza (the flickering light) during the superficial and bleak conversation, makes the situation seem hopeless. The poem ends in a hyperbole “they have eaten me alive”. This is the most significant quote from the persona in the entire poem as it illustrates the mother’s real emotions and opinion to her role as the unenthusiastic, bleak and monotonous mother and her desire for change.