One specific author, John Steinbeck, found a unique way of doing this by incorporating the Bible in to his novel, The Grapes of Wrath. This novel tells the story of the Joad family, and their long and grueling trip west in search of new beginnings. Steinbeck understands the importance of allowing the reader to travel alongside the Joad family, and finds the Bible a useful tool in making that happen. In The Grapes Wrath, Steinbeck utilizes various Biblical allusions and imagery to show the struggle of the Joad family, and to strengthen the overall theme that society views religion as an affliction. In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck alludes to the struggles of the Hebrew people in order to reveal the long and painful journey of the Joad family.
She starts understanding she did not own her house or anything in it, God did. Her belongings are easily attained and lost, so they hold no real value. She states, “To my God my heart did cry to strengthen me in my distresse and not to leave me succourlesse” (Bradstreet). Bradstreet learns
She despoils him not only of two children, but also of a wife, a father-in-law, and a kingdom. For all her stoicalness, though, she has one weakness, and it happens to be the focus of all her malice: Jason. Other persons matter not to her; any emotions she may feel for them are fleeting. Despite this, Jason, of all the individuals in the world, has managed to cultivate in Medea an enmity so overwhelming that she spends every waking moment devising new means with which to enact her sick justice. Nora Helmer is the very epitome of a reprobate in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.
These women are both heading for disaster; they let these men treat them as they see fit and do not take Linda and Ophelia’s feelings into consideration. Linda is weak and dependent in the sense that she always wants or needs Willy around. She wants him to quit the travelling portion of his job and work in the city, “but your sixty years old, they can’t expect you to keep travelling every week”, (Act One, pg. 14), although she puts it across as she does not want him going because of his age deep down she really just cannot be on her own. Linda may come across as a strong woman who has her head on her shoulders but she is weak and needs to have someone, even if they treat her as poorly as Willy did.
Dunstan Ramsay, the novel’s protagonist exhibits the issue of how a rough childhood can impede on relationships later on in life. Dunstan’s relationship with his mother leads him to develop three problems that arise in his dating life. The first problem is Dunstan’s trust issues; he can never fully trust a woman due to his betrayal of trust with his mother. The second problem is Dunstan’s negative depiction of sexual relations. Due to his mother’s stern moral beliefs, he does not have much interest in sexual relations and has negative views on it.
Tom and Daisy, like the house, aren't really happy, or in love, but they have all the right properties and conveniences to cover the real situation up. Daisy didn't really want to marry Tom, and she new that at her wedding. Now, her marriage is falling apart, especially because Tom is having an affair and Daisy knows it. Neither of them really care about their child, and Daisy is completely s uperficial. She always acts bored with life and like everything is a pain, she seems to do everything for show.
Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him. When Mr. Pontellier became rude, Edna grew insolent“ (Chopin, 2005, chap.19 para.2) When Mr. Pontellier seemed to speak his mind to her that’s when his wife would get rude and ignore him and tune off of what he was talking about when it came down to him talking about her needing to be a good mom and wife. She would say something like this “"I feel like painting," answered Edna. "Perhaps I shan't always feel like it (Chopin, 2005, chap.19 para.3) Then Mr. Pontellier would act out of his normal character and get very submissive and bold with his wife with a comment such as, “Then in God's name paint! but don't let the family go to the devil.
He's intimidated by his peers which leads him to talk down to them. In this time period, women didn't have voices, they had to struggle to gain their freedom on their own. Henry views women to be inferior and below him so he degrades women. Eliza rebels against him to prove that she can do without him and to show Higgins a woman's worth. She refuses to be his experiament and wants to work at the flower shop.
Despite the fact that he and his wife have been “mean and fought dirty” he knows they must break down these walls of anger and resentment, “no matter how much work it requires” (442). Dr.Ted Huston stated in the article, Will Your Marriage Last by Aviva Patz: that “Our culture is to blame for perpetuating the myth of storybook romance, which is more likely to doom a marriage than strengthen it” (449). Life alone is hard. Add a spouse, children, pets, work and daily responsibilities to the list, and we each will begin to see and feel the effects of a roller coaster of emotions. There are no exact guides on how to deal with the stress and fears that life brings our way.
Any knowing person would not have let a couple with an overflowing cart cut in front of them in a checkout line. This was the only way that she could get anyone to agree to her outrageous request. Ericsson quotes R.L. Stevens saying, “The cruelest lies are often told in silence” (411). I found this to be true and did not say anything to gain my spot back with the hopes of keeping a scene from breaking out.