The few relationships she does maintain, such as her marriage to Curley, are unhealthy and damaging to the frail sense of identity she possesses. She left her mother to be with Curley in hopes of discovering a "wholeness" and sense of identity. She saw her identity or role in life as that of an actress, wearing fashionable clothes and staying in grand hotels. When that dream dissolved, she tried to replace her lost self-image through Curley. Curley's wife is a static character.
Esther struggles with herself between uncertainty and unreality with all that is going around her. Esther’s struggle is revealed in the following statement: “I felt very still and very empty, the way the... dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullaballoo.” Esther feels as if she has been separated from everything going on in New York City. Her sense of emptiness has caused her to lose her sense of who she is. In reality, Esther Greenwood is really Sylvia Plath, whom this book is autobiographical to, on which the events are very similar to Sylvia’s life. This same event has occurred in Sylvia’s life, in the exact same order.
This hurt that arises within people is characterized by the feeling of unhappiness. This idea is shown in Ann Beattie her short stories “Janus” and “The Burning House” where characters live in concealment in their everyday lives. Beattie believes that living a personal and public life of secrecy will generate unhappiness. This causes characters within Beattie’s stories to find themselves unsatisfied with their lives and their marriages. No character within Beattie’s novels have found marriage the answer to their happiness, and so “secret liaisons abound in Beattie’s fiction supporting characters with intimacy they cannot find in their more public marriages or cohabitations” (Cannon).People are so desperate to be happy in life , they seek other methods to find happiness; they have affairs and live in secret, but in the end they are only left with unhappiness.
Terron Graham Jimmy Cao A Streetcar Named Desire Group Test 1. Blanche’s character is built upon deception and illusion. Following her husband’s death, she plunges into a lifestyle built on validating herself through promiscuity, and proving to herself that she is still as attractive as she once was. The conflict, though, is that, as with all things, she is growing older, and she cannot stop. Thus, she beguiles others in order to cope with the passing of time, and to protect from the truth of reality.
Although Seacole tries to emphasize her femininity throughout the novel, her unfeminine actions are more prevalent. Her unfeminine conduct may not surprise the reader today, however, during the time it was published proved to be appalling to its audience. “My present life was not agreeable for a woman with the least delicacy or refinement,” says Seacole; nonetheless, Seacole holds true to her aspirations and faces all obstacles head on (54). When denied by Nightingale to be a nurse on her team, Seacole does not relinquish. In lieu, she goes out on her own and builds her own hotel.
Held back by the burdens of marriage, children, and the lack of freedom, Edna Pontellier is a selfish, independent, and rebellious woman. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel about a young woman who is trying to find her position in society by changing herself to who she believes that she should be rather than who society believes she should be. She begins to find that she does not really love her husband and she is not the ideal motherly figure towards their two children. Edna Pontellier is a selfish woman. Edna does not want to be like every other woman.
On a more philosophical level, she did not like the ways of the world, she felt powerless to do anything about it. Many of the people in Villete are there of their own volition. Yes, they are mad, but in Villete, their madness is acceptable, they can do as they please because they are mad. Reading works by Paulo Coelho, it is often difficult to know, is one reading a novel, a personal memoir, or a mix of both. In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho is referred to in the third person.
Irene is henceforth now avoided by the community, and known for being crazy, as she tells us about going to the doctor’s and getting pills he has prescribed for her. This tells us she is already consumed by a reputation that she is trapped with, and this is explained by the quote ‘She says they’re very effective in alleviating loneliness and a sense of being isolated in community’ Other people even think she
No acting was necessary” (13). Mary Maloney acts in the heat of the moment when she kills Patrick and becomes emotionally unstable as she sees his body on the ground when she returns home, which is contraire to what a coldblooded killer would do. Finally, Mary Maloney is not in control of her actions. Going down the stairs, “She couldn’t feel anything at all- except a slight nausea and a desire to vomit. Everything was automatic now” (13).
If Treplev loved her, her life would suddenly have a purpose and meaning. Without the love of someone she loves in return, Masha views life as pointless and death-like. Later in the play, Masha changes her mind and marries Medvedenko out of boredom, not love. Her life still depresses her, and she still yearns for Treplev. But being a wife and a mother give her new things to do and think about to kill time until she dies.