Frome marries Zenobia Pierce prematurely, only to obviate “the mortal silence of…long imprisonment.” (Wharton, page 61) He wanted “the sound of a …voice” to fill the void on his farm. (Wharton, page 61) Likewise, Holden seeks conviviality with Sally Hayes though he dislikes her phoniness. He ends the “depress[ing]” date by calling Sally a “royal pain in the ass.”(Salinger, page 133) Both characters were merely looking for companionship in their otherwise lonely lives but both encounters ended badly, for Frome on a large scale and for Holden on a smaller scale. Undoubtedly, these rash acts to receive camaraderie illustrate the foolhardiness of the protagonists. They both abhor solitude but are unsure how to find viable friendship.
Overwhelmed by vulnerability, “[Ethan] saw her [Zeena] preparing to go away”. In contemplation of this abandonment, he almost instinctively “was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone” (Wharton 70). This fear of lonesomeness filters into every aspect of Ethan's life, altering each area drastically. Furthermore, Ethan, despite his apparent hatred for his wife, relies on her companionship to function. On the oppose side of the marital spectrum, Zeena regularly professes her hypochondria to her husband.
'I followed my husband. I didn't get involved." She is aware that she is using it as an excuse for not supporting her sisters, something for which she still feels guilty. As her three sisters come down the path, Dede uses a simile that hearkens back to the conceit of life as a thread, an image that has been running through the novel: "It was as if the three fates were approaching, their scissors poised to snip the knot that was keeping Dede's life from falling apart." This sense of dread
Anna was drowning in the misery of her marriage and in guilt from seeing another man on one side but is happy to be with Gurov. Anna states that, “for years now they had not been comfortable together, in their intimacy and at a distance… It was something they might have known once” (Oates 449), which explains that her unhappy marriage forced her to search for a person to fulfill the lost emotions at home. Committing adultery is more of an emotional fulfillment that it is a physical need but it derives from the want to find someone who means something more. If couple who married shows that they do not love each other mutually, it should be acceptable for the two to be involved in an affair because neither of them truly gets hurt, providing act of cheating to be meaningless and
His loneliness is a more tangible expression of his alienation problem. Loneliness is what the novel revolves around, because the novel is mostly Holden going from one place to another, doing one thing to the next to find the desired friendship and love. He constantly recoils from introspection, which was the reason why he could not figure out why he was behaving the way he was. But introspection hit home with him after he met Phoebe again when she alleges that Holden “[doesn’t] don’t like anything that’s happening” (Salinger 169). This was when Holden realized his cynicism and negative outlook on life when he struggled to think of anything or anyone that he actually liked.
Brianna Wronski 3 Nov. 2013 Townzen IB Junior English Eyes Rewrite Int he passage taken from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the connection between happiness and a lasting relationship is explored. Janie and Joe have a fight that leads to Janie being struck by him. Soon after, Janie realizes Joe is not the man she has been looking for. Hurston uses this section of the book to expose unhappiness as the end of a relationship. Hurston uses the motif of time to identify Janie's awareness of her marriage, telling the reader she becomes weary of her relationship.
In consideration, self-loathing rules the man’s existence forcing him to be selfless. Their whole life is almost a lie, a misconception trying to convince themselves why they should try to survive. So it seems the man also mirrors this in his personality, pretending to be someone else, convincing himself and the boy of what he is not. An alternative interpretation to the man’s first expression of desperate anger, (or even of any extreme emotion, contrasting to his regular empty, shell-like state), is that he is tortured with the thought that his wife left them and the horrific memories the mention of her brings up. This interpretation would make sense as it leads to an analepsis of the man and his wife arguing.
In The Crucible, a drama by Arthur Miller set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, Elizabeth Proctor evolves from a judgmental wife to a woman who recognizes her own imperfections and learns forgiveness. Initially, Elizabeth is an austere wife that remains suspicious and distant from her husband unable to forget the horrors of his last affair with Abigail Williams. This eventually leads to John Proctor’s weariness of the constant tension between them and addresses her accusatory nature when he admits that “[he] cannot speak but [he] is doubted, every moment judged for lies” (2.163-64). Often in marriages strained by a past affair, the atmosphere of the relationship feels awkward and forced. In the Proctors’ situation, the affair ended 7 months prior but due to Elizabeth’s
Shiloh Bobbie Ann Mason's “Shiloh” a story that depicts a marriage falling apart. Leroy Moffitt and his wife, Norma Jean are having issues in their marriage due to changes taking place in both of their lives. Many critics view this story as a feminist reading because the story depicts an unfulfilled wife who decides to leave her husband. However “Shiloh” is a story that shows how change can cause affect a relationship involving two partners negatively and cause a marriage to end. Mason's uses methods of characterization like revealing the motivations, thoughts, and actions of the characters to reveal how situational change can create a tear in a relationship between husband and wife and unravel a marriage Leroy worked as a truck driver
After he realizes that his wife cannot have children, the craving for her is reduced a great example is quote next, “My mind was racing. I was bombarded with selfish and acquisitive thoughts, seething with scorn for Marie – she was the one, she was defective, not me—bursting to exercise my god given right to child and heir. It’s true, it really is you never want something so much as when somebody tells you can’t have it”(84). This realization fires the narrator’s drive to father a child. The urge of producing offspring elevates the moment he realizes the female he is with won’t satisfy him.