The knight’s tale, an alliterative romance and one of the better-known Arthurian stories, and the wife’s tale, the best-known of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, give insight into the specific roles of women in the late Middle Ages. The two tales want the reader to determine and recognize that the women are mostly portrayed as manipulative seductresses. Many times a woman is blamed for a man’s fall from goodness to evil. Other times, the plots include women who meet the expectations of what some during the times believed women should be—more reflective to the bible, loyal to their husbands, pure, sweet, and helpless. In the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lady Bertilak, the main female character and the most important characters in this medieval poem, is prompted by her husband to discover if Sir Gawain is pure or not.
Similes are the most common figures of speech used in the novel; ‘…a hat which curved around her face like a materialising halo’. This light imagery is often associated with an almost religious experience as people are seen with halos like Arthur’s mother in chapters 12 and 13 and specifically in this quote, Lucy’s imagining of her mother in chapter 7. Although the language of the novel can come across as quite compelling to the audience, the overwrought lyrical prose can be quite tiring. The plot of the novel is obviously fictional with Lucy seeing her life as a series of photographs tortured into forced images by Jones, which can be hard for the HSC students to relate
Alexander Pitzele ENL 240.01 British Lit I November 13, 2014 “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is a tale of romance, mystery, and magic. While it is obvious that “Sir Gawain” is not a true story, it has meaning beyond entertainment. All fiction is a reflection of human society at the time it was written, and the Medieval period was an age of progress and change. Humanity moved from smaller townships and farms to great cities protected by castles and strong walls. Additionally, by that time Christianity and its practitioners had begun to push pagan beliefs into the past.
Hawthorne describes Pearl as “demon” child. This is ironic because Dimmesdale is considered the devil. In the novel, Hawthorne depicts Hester as a mother who only feels safe and comfortable when her own daughter is asleep. The moment when Chillingworth discovers the mark on Dimmesdale’s chest is considered irony of situation. This moment is ironic because some of the townspeople seem to compare the mark with Hester’s scarlet
They both explore the theme of love or rather painful love. the poet revels the link between the two poems’s through a verity of techniques which is done very effectively but also shows the difference between the obsessive love in “Havisham” and the possessive love of “Valentine”. The pain of love is evident from the beginning in both poems. “Carol Ann Duffy” uses the tone in the first couple of stanzas to show the unorthodox nature of the love. “Not a day since then I haven’t whished him dead”-Havisham This is very effective as the aggressive tone shows “Havisham” has been rejected and her love is causing her pain.
Write about the ways Rossetti tells the story in lines 81 – 183 of ‘Goblin Market’. Christina Rossetti was an extremely proto-feminist poet who lived in the 19th century, her most famous piece Goblin Market was a tale of two sisters, one who got caught up by goblins with their lavish and spell bound fruits, the poem tells a story of sacrifice for ones sister and about resisting temptation with biblical connotations. Lines 81 – 183 contain many elements of a fairytale also it is laced with repetition and alliteration to suggest an idea of persuasion. The warning signs are evident as there are references to ‘lilies’, which represent honesty and innocence; this allows Rossetti to highlight flaws in her character. Rossetti uses the literary technique of implementing symbols to introduce a fairytale element into Goblin Market.
As a baby, Pearl seems instinctively drawn the A. Symbolically, this suggests a connection between the baby and the A as they are born from the same sin, but some may speculate that the decorative nature of the letter during a time period of particularly bland dress would draw one’s attention. As she grows older, Pearl tortures her mother by giving attention the A. One might argue that the dark nature of her birth (sinful in fact) gives her the impish behavior that inspires her to press Hester’s buttons. 3. What did the townspeople say about Pearl?
Anya Ragnhildstveit The Secret Life of Bees As humans the repercussions of our past can taunt our present existence. Whether it is our faults, failures, or the damage caused by others, everyone is vulnerable to the same occurrences, and it’s up to ourselves to learn from it. This is the case in The Secret Life of Bees when Lily’s recollection of her mother’s death is one she cannot escape. Sue Monk Kidd illustrates Lily Owen’s desperate search for answers about her mother leading to the discovery of how powerful love can transcend through a prevailing female community. Lily’s experiences and trials throughout the novel allows readers to share the importance of truth and accepting the realities of life.
When they laugh at her warnings and she gets upset, Minerva says, "Come on, Dede. Think how sorry you'd be if something should happen to us and you didn't say goodbye." But before they leave, she cries out her real fear: "I don't want to have to live without you." The reader knows that is her fate exactly: to live after her sisters die as martyrs, and thus to tell their story. Another instance of foreshadowing occurs after Tio Pepe reports what Trujillo said at the gathering at the mayor's house.
Southern gothic characters usually posses some type of characteristic that makes them dark and sick- minded. Emily is full of her “sickness” enough to the point the she thinks that it is okay for her to take someone’s life because they do not want to be with her. Taking a person’s life is to be considered very violent, and death is gruesome and grotesque. Miss Emily poisons Homer with the rat poisoning and it is implied that she has relationship with Homer that is of necrophilia. Miss Emily’s hair was found on a pillow lying next to Homer Barron’s corpse.