Especially when she reminisces in the final stanza about the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence. Nevertheless, she is still presented as a foul character who threatens the reader, with the line ‘Be terrified’. The poem also ends with the line ‘Look at me now’ which has a double entendre (double meaning). It could be read as a cry of despair or, as a threat – if you did look at Medusa you would die! This leaves the reader feeling conflicting emotions for the character, probably similar to how Medusa herself feels in the poem.
I know this because Lysandra still hates Elaine and now directs her famous, hateful poetry at her years later. Elaine proves this by saying, “The words claw out from the page like so many birds of prey. And all of them seem to be moving in my direction.” (73). Lysandra’s conflict with herself (inability to forgive and move forward) is a negative way in dealing with conflicts or treating your friends. I know this because Lysandra is holding a grudge on something that happened a while back that could’ve been a great friend-ship, she’s also famous now so why does it matter?
Both Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy Molloy convey a theme of loneliness through their characters of their poems. Carol who wrote 'Medusa' conveyed a message of how life has mistreated her and she is lonely due to in medusa's case having snake hair and turning people to stone and therefore she has enclosed her self within a cave, she conveys this message through a dramatic monologue. Dorothy who wrote 'Les Grands Seigneurs' had a message of how he distance her self from men and due to that she is is lonely but in the end gets married but has lost all authority as she is a female and in the past men had greater authority no matter what the status was of the female, she conveyed this through four stanzas and the the fourth stanza is the turning point where she has become married also she has written the poem in the past tense showing how she misses her old self and is lonely now even though she is married. I would also compare these poems to the world war one poet Siegfried Sassoon 'the soldier' as it also conveys a theme of loneliness. I will show how these two poets convey the theme of loneliness through their poems.
Sexton saw writing as a way to escape. She was a confessional poet. “‘Confessional’ is sometimes used to describe the representation of extreme, personal, possibly painful experiences, for therapeutic or cathartic effect” (Matterson 49). Sexton was often shunned because of the graphic material in her poems like adultery, suicide, and masturbation. “Sexton once wrote that poetry ‘should be a shock to the senses.
The power of these emotions drive her to do what she does. The reader then learns that Medusa is now a Gorgon through the line ‘which turned the hairs on my head into filthy snakes.’ Duffy uses the word ‘filthy’ to describe the snakes to show that there is no beauty left. She also uses the work ‘hissed’ as it is a use of onomatopoeia which is used numerous times throughout the poem. The word ‘hissed’ is also a very sinister word and affects the tone that
Lear, assaulted womanhood and his attitude towards women was revealed in the depth of the curse and what omens he wished upon Goneril. This may be Shakespeare using Lear as a tool to express his own dislike towards women or conversely, show how devastating it is for a parent to have an ungrateful child that turns her sadness into joy. Furthermore, through statement from “Never afflict/That scope” spoken by Goneril may be an indirect reference to the elderly and how they may rave on about senile matters that are of no concern to the younger generation as this is what Goneril thinks of Lear when he is this angry ranting on about cursing Goneril. The bulk of this text is very emotional as it focuses on Lear degenerating Goneril as a female. The mood is very dark and gloomy.
When Lancelot is going to see the Lady of Shallot, she knows she is stepping into dangerous waters, but still goes along with it. Her image of herself turns so bad, that the basically kills herself and unhappy and lonely woman. After she is dead, Lancelot sees her and only says that “She has a lovely face,” demonstrating that he only cared about her looks and not really her inner beauty. The Lady of Shallot is a round character because she changes throughout the short story. At the beginning, she believes in herself and who she is as a person, but she is lonely.
Her "shaved head", "flaxen" hair and "tar-black face" were apparently, beautiful. Along with her "brain's exposed" and her "muscles webbing", they make the reader feel she is somehow delicate and fragile, the way she was first introduced in the poem. However the words "noose", "undernourished" and "bandage" bring a sense of gloom over the reader. The reader, like the poet, is beginning to feel bad for the girl. We realize she is being punished for adultery as well, and is called "my poor scapegoat" by the poet.
We see into the mind of the speaker, sensing her raging jealousy and determination for revenge. It could be possible this is not the first time the speaker has felt this betrayal. She talks of a Pauline and a Elsie, although it is not stated who they are, she fantasizes of their death “And her breast and her arms and her hands, should drop dead.” The poem sets off in an alchemist, where the poison is being produced. The speaker appears psychotic through her elation as she see’s the poison created before her very own eyes. “Grind away, moisten and mash up thy paste, Pound
“Applying aversive psychological tactics in a random and variable manner together with some periods of withdrawal of the aversive stimuli and substitution of pleasure or loving behavior is known to create psychological dependency, learned helplessness, or other deleterious conditions for victims” (Walker 145). Battered women cry and start to lose respect for the abuser. The woman will feel guilty all the time. It can provoke a woman to feel ashamed and she would have low self-esteem. Women who are battered can develop mental trauma.