In Year of Wonders Anna Frith is presented as “too good to be true”, she may be seen as a courageous and honorable character, but Anna, like everyone, has her flaws and is thus a believable and realistic character. Anna fears risks of situations, experiences jealousy and desire, turns to the wrong solution for her grief, and questions her faith throughout the novel. Anna acts bravely and risks her life in unfamiliar situations though she still fears the risks. This is demonstrated when Anna helps birth Mary Daniel’s baby as the Gowdies are gone and Randall Daniel had no one to turn to so he went to Mrs. Mompellion. Mrs Mompellion had never conceived a child herself so it was up to Anna as she had the most experience out of the two.
The needle and thread represent the sewing up of Eva’s emotional wounds. As young Helga tries to force an unwanted, unnatural independence upon her to ensure that she is emotionally strong when taken to England on the Kindertransport. “You know I’m no good at sewing.” Little Eva knows that sewing up your emotions isn’t good as you can try but you can never totally escape your past and family history; it will always be there regardless of whether you desire it or not. Evelyn, however, takes this ‘sewing’ too far and this results in the sewing up of all her emotions and eventually, her Jewish-German history. Later in the play, Lil helps Eva to sew her hem.
Its just I cant help thinking about this girl-destroying her life so horribly.’ This shows Sheila feels commiseration and sensitivity towards Eva and her death which comes across as genuine regret when she realises she could be linked to her suicide. Mr Birling interrupts her questioning by becoming even more aggressive when trying to defend her daughter. The phrase ‘why the devil do you want to go upsetting a child like that’ that he uses shows he is more concerned that his daughter has been affected by feelings of guilt and shame for what they might have done to Eva Smith. He doesn’t realise the depth of the familys involvement and still feels able to be bitter and outspoken towards the inspector. However, this does impact the inspector at all because he continues his questioning with Sheila further.
Women in this time were expected to do work such as gardening, which Elisa does. However, she longs to be an independent, “strong” woman. When the man tells Elisa that his work “ain’t the right kind of work for a woman” she tells him “she wishes a woman could do such things”. Unfortunately with minimal opportunity due to the depression and the narrow range of jobs for women she feels that her life is like a “closed pot”. Elisa believes that she’s “got a gift with things” but is not presented with a chance due to the historical setting so she must settle with her unsatisfactory life.
How does Susan Hill present the Woman In Black as a figure of mystery and fear? Susan Hill achieved making the character "the Woman in Black" appear mysterious, dangerous and fearsome figure by many different techniques such as using cliff hangers, making the narrator appear confused meaning that the reader(s) will not know either. Jennett Humphrey's, known as the Woman In Black, actions seemed, by some people, justified as she had suffered in her previous life as a kind loving mother until the tragedy of the loss of her son in a quicksand. Although she had lived pain and still is roaming around seeking revenge, would it really be just to avenge her son on innocent, lively children? Is she really a villain or a loving mother?
In any work of literature, the relationships between characters, those positive or negative, relate to a larger theme represented by the work. In John Gardner’s Grendel, the maternal interactions between Grendel and his mother serve to illuminate the main theme of the book; isolation causes one to feel a sense of emptiness and meaninglessness. While it is apparent that his mother demonstrates maternal interactions, Grendel’s relationship with his mother is hindered by her inability to verbally communicate, her beastly nature, as well as Grendel’s misinterpretation of her love for him. Perhaps the most obvious reason for Grendel strained relationship with his mother is her lack of communication skills. According to Grendel, “She’d forgotten
She says “Dickinson’s withdrawal into her home of refusal to publish were not aberrations rooted in psychological alienation from her society. Rather-however deeply rooted in pressing personal need” (232). Dobson is saying that what everyone is talking about Dickinson staying in her home the whole time was not a psychological thing but just her wanting to be alone and hiding her personal life. Emily did not care to publish her work even if it was good, what she
Anna quotes "I thought that she could teach me much about how to manage alone as a woman in the world." Anna here is talking about Anys and she hopes that she could learn her ways of her life for her own benefit. Before Tom dies Aphra tells Anna, ‘why do you let yourself love and infant so? I warned you, did I not, to school your heart against this?’ Aphra tells anna this to make a point that she told her so, that not to get too close to her children before they grow up because of the circumstances and how Aphra had lost all her children. This shows how the power of love can affect people, even tho Aphra wasn’t a big fan of Anna she still made a point out with some sense of caring.
While these kind actions with his nearby residents are honorable and righteous, these actions are not indicative of an exceptional individual, but merely a individual. Rip Van Winkle possessed characteristics of a normal person. He liked to drink, was lazy, and rather than focusing on his own home, and personal home life, he would avoid interaction. While reading the essay, there were some references to Rip Van Winkle's wife being portrayed as a constant nag because he did not contribute around the household. Some might argue that It is because of his wife's berating, that Rip was not proactive in contributing in house work.