There are plenty of sparks that contribute to the proverbial fire that is the contoversies within the novel. In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is confronted with a myriad of feelings which overcome her and lead to her eventual death. Throughout the story she finds her true thoughts on being a mother, sex and independence. Edna also learns of her own identity and self expression, which is on of the key underlying purposes of the novel. From the beginning of the story we learn about Edna through her actions.
Her actions ultimately lead to the murder of her first husband Camillo, her sexual presence and beauty creating jealousy and envy in the men that meet her. Vittoria is not an innocent character, but she is a product of women’s social limitations in the patriarchal society Webster has chosen to set the play in. Vittoria is undoubtedly the central character of the novel, the events throughout are as a result of her liaison with Brachiano, sparking a journey of murder and treachery. The title of the book ‘The White Devil’ describes Vittoria well, and helps display that she is not an innocent character. Being compared to the devil in a novel set in a heavily catholic country shows that she is evil, and the subtitle ‘The Tragedy of Paulo Giordano Ursini, Duke of Brachiano, With the Life and Death of Vittoria Corombona the famous Venetian Curtizan’ supports this.
Many books draws on a historical context in which Daji, the concubine of the last king of Shang, lured the king into being obsessed with her and therefore, dilapidated country’s affairs. This was one of the important factors which had led Shang into ruins. As a result, due to their physical weakness and sexuality, women’s status led a steady decline since 1000
Many people often go to an extreme rationale or act violently under certain circumstances. The saying, “do not act rashly,” is a universal theme, however emotional instability usually seems to defy this concept. For example, Euripides’ Medea portrays heartbroken princess Medea seeking revenge on her former husband, Jason, by killing the four people that are dearest to him. Therefore, Medea should be looked upon as a guilty, murderous woman. The following evidence includes an opening statement, witness testimonies, and a closing statement.
Competitiveness within the women seems to push the women to judge what is right and wrong, based on jealousy and envy as much as religious and social morals. We also see this competitive spirit forming moral judgment and actions in Edith Wharton's story, "Roman Fever", where again, the focus is the moral decisions made by women and the male is blameless. As the story unfolds we learn that both ladies, in their youth, loved Delphin Slade, and Mrs. Slade realized this and thought of Mrs. Ansley as a threat. For this, she had always considered Mrs. Ansley an adversary, "Would she never cure herself of envying her?" (Wharton, 1072) The story evolves to paint the picture of a female competition in which Delphin is but a pawn, blameless and controllable by women.
Medea’s extreme emotional attachments can only be expressed through extreme measures. Circumstance causes her to fall in love with Jason, and when she does, he becomes the centre of her emotional universe — even when he spurns her and that love turns to hate, the man continues on as the zenith in her heart, the motivation behind her actions. When Jason takes another wife, Medea can no longer justify the wrongs she committed in the name of their love. The sheer force of her grief and remorse inspires her to ‘surrender to anguish’, and she gives voice to wretched lamentations that outline her vicious intent towards the royal house. Fearing that Medea will do ‘some irreparable harm to (his) daughter’, Creon banishes her from his land, setting in motion a chain of events that lead to the final tragedy of the play.
The first reason is that because Abigail Williams is extremely manipulative and vindictive. Abigail tries to get Procter to pity her saying, “You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity me, pity me!” (Miller 22). Abigail wants Procter to pity and give her what she wants, regardless that his wife caught them once and can catch them again. Another reason their relationship is dangerous is that if John Procter were to prosecute against Abigail Williams saying that she is in fact a witch, Abigail Williams could very easily tell the entire town that she and Procter have been having an affair to get revenge on him.
In Eudora Welty’s “Why I live at P.O.”, Sister, the narrator, tries to alter the viewpoints of the reader to shape their interpretations to match the bias and the animosity towards the family. People often allow their perceptions to be influenced by a self-serving bias that can jade the depth of reality. In her reality, Sister is the victim that gets ridiculed by her family especially her sister Stella-Rondo whom she harbors a jealousy. Sister claims her life was “fine” before Stella-Rondo shows up and interrupts everything. She describes Stella-Rondo be inconsistent and unstable based on her being spoiled when they were children.
Ehrenreich wrote this piece with a firm and heavy tone that caught whoever decided to pick up and read it, to inform and to prove that not everyone is just turning the other cheek. Domestic abuse tears homes constantly, occurs to the point in which a spouse could horrifically have the worst outcome in which could be murder. Barbara Ehrenreich uses a prime example in which the wife of OJ Simpson doomed by her own husband was looked at more as a scandal due to his celebrity status instead of raising concern for multiple women who could be dealing with the same ordeal. “Family may not be the ideal and perfect living arrangement after all-that it could be a nest of pathology and a cradle of gruesome violence”. This quote by the writer sums up what the idea of family is often perceived as one thing but could become very horrific.
I noticed the greed of Mr. Putnam, the jealousy of Mrs. Putnam and the power hungry desire of the girls who are so used to being controlled in their lives. These unsavoury characteristics may have stayed hidden had the accusations never begun as a way for the girls to protect their reputations. As the conflicts festered, along with hidden resentment in conjunction with the hysteria of witchcraft, people began to attribute their losses and misfortune to the use of black magic by their neighbours. Once this started, the ripple effect, or guilt by association was dramatic. In the case of Salem, conflict did bring out the worst in people.