“The Pumpkin Eater” By Alexi Kondylas The short story "The Pumpkin Eater" by Isabelle Carmody is a coming-of-age rite of passage and an allegory. Events in the narrative show quest conventions that are common throughout history. Like with; traditional gender roles are restrictive, beauty can cause unhappiness for women, and that love and marriage trap women. The quest short narrative have conventions that assist the exploration of ideas with the quest - the journey and prize. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist (princess) thought that having true happiness meant finding a man/prince to sweep her off of her feet/ to instantly fall in love , and take her away from her castle/home.
It can be interpreted as the maids being unmarried and married women who the goblin men are trying to lure to the goblin market. The repetition of the phrase “come buy, come buy” (line 4) can also be a cry of temptation made by the goblin men. The use of rhyming couplets can also be seen as cry of temptation by the goblin men, it’s almost like their saying listen to what I have to offer you know you want to come down. There is also the use of personification which can be seen as another cry of temptation or is there another hidden meaning behind it? For example the personification used is “sweet to the tongue and sound to the eye” (line 29) the use of the phrase “sound to the eye” could that actually mean it just looks healthy but actually rotten from the inside.
Moral Ambiguous Characters Throughout Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the moral ambiguity of the central character, Dorian Gray, becomes more and more distinct. The story starts with Dorian being venerated by the artist Basil Hallward, and throughout the story the reader learns of Gray’s several wrong doings. Meeting Lord Henry almost straight away negatively influenced Dorian. He had started out blameless and innocent, but by the conclusion had been the cause of numerous deaths, all because of his selfish wish to stay beautiful forever. “His actions show a character who insists the soul is real, but loves the gaping chasm between the beauty of his body and the corruption of his soul” [ (Wilde 105-123) ].
In this story Panttaja says it is both mothers that are wicked. Panttaja states the real mother “plots and schemes, and she wins” (Panttaja 660) when it comes to fulfilling the wishes of Ashputtle. But actually the two mothers have the same goal in mind; to have their daughters married off and have a joyful life. To be able to do this, the real mother puts a charm on the prince to make him fall in love with Ashputtle instead of anyone else. The prince did not dance with anyone else all night and would always say “she is my partner” (Grimm 630).
2) How does Romeo describe the woman he loves in Scene 1? Refer to things like word choice. Connotation, tone figures of speech, and so on. Romeo describes the woman he loves by saying: ‘’She hath Dian’s wit.”- Here Romeo is comparing her to the Roman goddess Diana because she is chaste and does not want to marry. “O she is rich in beauty, only poor that when she dies, with beauty dies her store.” – Romeo is saying that she is beautiful, but it is a shame that she will not pass her beauty down to anyone because she does not want to have children.
Daisy’s voice was one of the main traits that kept her so intriguing and mysterious for Gatsby, which Nick mentions when he says, “there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget” (9). The excitement of her charming voice came from her affection for money, a trait of hers that Gatsby clearly dismissed until his tragic death. Daisy was most certainly a woman without mercy, which could be observed when she ran off with her husband after she professed her love for Gatsby, and shattered Gatsby’s dream of a happy future with her. Both women, Daisy and the Faery, can be symbolized as heartless demons that are in the form of temptresses, beautiful yet deadly. The main similarity and flaw that Jay Gatsby and the knight both have is their creation of a fixated, unattainable dream: a hopeful future with their idealistic lovers.
As they planned the murders it is Lady Macbeth who leads her husband, Lady Macbeth who tells him to be a man, and that she would be able to kill her own child if she had sworn to do it. “I have given suck, and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums. And dash’d brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this” It is Lady Macbeth’s ability to persuade Macbeth and come up with their plans that gives the impression that she is the leading and more dominant partner in their relationship. It is clear that Lady Macbeth has the upper hand in the relationship. She is able to come up with the plans, easily persuades
An old lady has just told me that I speak exactly like Queen Victoria. (Shaw67)” This is a key moment in the play, because the reader can see Eliza’s true desire to ultimately fit in with the elegant women of the higher social class . Before this moment, Eliza wanted to be compared to the queen, but now she realizes she sticks out for, in her mind, the wrong reasons. Prior to her metamorphosis Eliza was alienated by society for her barbaric nature, but after she learns the importance of phonetics she is once again alienated for being exceedingly eloquent. This is ironic because the once poor uneducated flower girl has surpassed the social status of the women she once envied.
She supported her husband and Macbeth trusted her very much. Because of this trust, Lady Macbeth was able to persuade Macbeth to murder King Duncan, thereby Macbeth assuming the position of king with Lady Macbeth his queen. Macbeth carried out this plot as he felt he was obliged to give Lady Macbeth some form of ‘compensation’ as he had been unable to sire a child with Lady Macbeth. Therefore the reason for Macbeth becoming king was not only his hunger for power but to also please Lady Macbeth. Macbeth’s motive for murdering King Duncan was possibly based upon pleasing his wife as much as Macbeth’s desire to assume power.
Mrs. Slade knew Mrs. Ansley had liked her husband, Delphin Slade. She believed that pointing out the fact that she was the one he married and that she lost out on him would show her superiority over her. In an attempt to put Mrs. Ansley in her place, she tells her that the letter calling for a secret meeting at the Coliseum was in fact written by her. She says that it was a ploy to trick her into waiting for him, which caused her to get sick. After this first round of surprises Mrs. Slade assumes she is