How do you respond to the view that in the stories in The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter presents a sinister distortion of family relationships? The relationships that are presented within the collection of short stories, present the reader with a disturbed version of stereotypical fairytale relationship. Carter distorts these relationships in order, to engage overwhelming emotion within the reader. Angela Carter wishes to push the boundaries of the fairytale genre and provoke the reader to feel anger towards patriarchal societies. It is clear within the short stories that these relationships have been distorted, in order for Carter to present the reader with her opinion of issues within society.
I agree with Anne Mellor in the fact that she portrays Frankenstein as being sexist and against women. In the analytical essay, “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein”, written by Anne Mellor, she talks about how Shelley depicts women’s injustice in nineteenth century society through her use of characters, science, political constructs, and offers an alternative portrayal through the DeLaceys. She explains how Victor Frankenstein possesses the patriarchal mindset prevalent during this time through his inability to exhibit balanced emotions, his creation of a being which perpetuates the idea that females are no longer necessary, and his need to keep women in a submissive role. Mellor describes how the women within the novel are confined to the home, while the men are
Similarly, Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein, can be viewed as a moral fable that offers readers the conservative view on gender roles. Through varied characters such as Victor Frankenstein, the monster, Henry Clerval, Elizabeth and Justine, Shelley demonstrates her adherence to the gender
Discuss madness in relation to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. The ‘revolting’(pg 3) paper is the eponymous metaphor of the novella. The wallpaper has layers, hidden depths and intricacies which can only be seen by close examination and only understood by the narrator by her when her obsessive interrogation of it reaches its disturbing climax. This wallpaper is an allegory which represents the complications of a woman’s position in conventional marriage behind the façade, or outer ‘pattern’(pg 3) of the sanction. Throughout the text, Gilman attempts to uncover the often disturbing truths that lurk beneath the surface of something seemingly innocent with reference to her own socio-economic philosophy; that is the economics of marriage and the nature of the mentally destructive sub-ordination of women within it.
Women as castrators, society’s destruction of natural impulses, and false diagnoses of insanity are some of the themes which are reinforced by the Chief’s madness and hallucinations in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The main weaknesses of using Chief Bromden as the narrator of the novel are due to the fact that the Chief continuously describes his hallucinations as if they were present and constantly has flashbacks of his past which can be confusing. Additionally, his opinions on the events and characters that take place at the ward can be a biased opinion of the Chief. This particularly interferes with our knowledge and understanding about what is actually happening at the ward. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, one very confusing thing that interferes with our understanding of reality and fantasy is Chief
Miller creates a situation of irony in this chapter with the arrest of Rebecca Nurse and Elizabeth Proctor. These characters are the most innocent in the play, yet are accused of witchcraft by two of the most arrogant, untrustworthy people, Thomas Putnam and Abigail Williams. He also makes the audience feel a sense of helplessness as the play unfolds and how characters seem bound by the law but also the superstition and this is one of the main points that Miller is trying to get across. Laws should not control you if they are corrupt. In this scene we see how desperate Abigail has become and how far she will go to poses John Proctor.
Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself Fear can destroy people. Many are driven crazy by fear and are pushed to the brinks of insanity. Those who are put in situations of panic, where even a character’s surroundings are instigating fear, can find themselves in compromising positions. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories “The Black Cat” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” are two prime examples of stories where fear moves the plot along, as it transforms its characters. Poe explores the darkest depths of the human mind and exploits his characters’ fear of themselves, and while these accounts have ready supplies of fear, they convey these apprehensions in different ways.
It will also explore how she presents Boo Radley as both a hero and a villain in her novel, and study how she arouses sympathy from the reader. To kill A Mockingbird can be categorised into The Southern Gothic genre, which uses supernatural or unusual events to reveal the culture of the American Deep South. Among the Gothic elements are the unnatural snowfall, the fire that destroys Miss Maudie’s house, and the mad dog that Atticus shoots. In the beginning of the novel, it seems that Boo Radley is the gothic villain. On page 14, we learn about where he lives.
Othello, himself states “that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.” He then stabs Iago but only wounds him, showing that he thinks that Iago is the devil. In Elizabethan society he could be labeled a demon, or influenced by the devil if not the devil himself. Even if he is only a sociopath, there are many similarities between sociopaths and devilish doings. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772-1834)saw Iago’s worst side and writes “a being next to the devil, only not quite the devil” He calls Iago’s behavior “motiveless malignity”. A trait that stands out is Iago’s ability to think out and plot what seemingly will be a perfect plan.
‘Elm’ finished with the disturbing line “That kill, that kill, that kill”We can see through her callous honesty and the unsettling atmosphere that she is tormented when she says “Till your head is a stone, your pillow a little turf”. Here, she is using an image of a grave and this sense of mortality is extremely personal, many poets wouldn't write about such agitated thoughts. Her startling honesty is seen when she says “I am terrified by this dark thing”. Plath is afraid, she is desperate and she is reaching out to her readers, begging for help. Her use of words in ‘Elm’ is also interesting.