The influence Hamlet’s past has on his actions is apparent in everything he does. His father’s death has left him with ill feelings towards his mother and uncle. His mother’s remarriage to his uncle makes Hamlet skeptical about women and their roles in the life of men. Ophelia’s betrayal only furthers Hamlet’s conviction that women destroy the very essence of men. Hamlet’s feminine issues highly motivate the majority of his actions.
In Alldredge’s criticism of Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying one of the prominent things she discusses and give a valid, and strong point on is Addie Bundren’s favoritism to her illegitimate son Jewel and how it made Darl become bitter and eventually undoes him. When Alldredge states that Addie’s “relationships, or lack of them, with [her]… family is essential to any understanding of the inner conflicts in her children” (Alldredge) this is especially true with Darl. She hardly paid attention to her other children besides Jewel and it really struck home with Darl. Darl is so bitter by his mother and Jewel’s relationship that he keeps him from her death bed and his excuse is that “[He] wants [Jewel] to help [him] load” (Faulkner 7.6-10) knowing full well that his mother would want Jewel there more than anything. Does Darl care?
For example, Mayella tries to hide her father’s drinking problem, and only reveals it when Atticus coaxes it out of her. Another example is shown when the novel states, “”I positively did”, Mayella echoed her father.”” The way the novel describes her “echoing her father” implies that she is matching her story with Bob Ewell’s lies. Secondly, Bob Ewell’s influence on Mayella consists of more than just fear. He also influences her in her morality; Even with his irresponsibility for his children, he still affects them. Bob Ewell instills racism and immorality in Mayella Ewell, and this influence shows itself in the way she is willing to lie and kill a man for her own benefit.
Irony is defined as the use of words to convey a meaning this is the opposite of its literal meaning. For example, when Armnad comes to find a letter, written by his mother, shows him that she “belongs to the race that is cursed with the bran of slavery.” Irony is shown at best here by the way Armand was so quick to judge others, even his own wife, that he did not bother to see if he could be, in fact, the “problem” that causes their baby to look different. The major problem throughout the short story is Armand’s pride overcoming the love he has for his wife Desiree. His problem, having too much pride especially for his family name, ultimately ruins his relationship with his wife and child. He feels as if everything revolves around himself and his name.
Obviously, something wasn’t working if the Great Depression came to be. In this sense, men felt emasculated; their instinctual desire to be the breadwinner became an impossible dream. In The Grapes of Wrath, as in history, women rise up when their families’ well being is threatened. This is seen when Ma becomes the noticeable “head of the house”, and also when Rose of Sharon is the only person capable of helping the young boy’s father. My peers forget the importance of maternity, and instead view simple things such as breastfeeding as crude and inappropriate.
In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul’s mother desperately desires a richer life that cannot be supported on her husband’s income, and blames him for her despairing life. She even tells Paul that she was lucky before she got married, equating luck with wealth. There are surprising similarities in the themes of both stories. Both evolve around the lives of children. In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul relates his mother’s disappointment with her life with the mood of the house.
Like many feminist writer, Cockerline focuses her emphasis on how social norm discriminate women by inhibit their job opportunities. Throughout the history, social norm restricts women’s power by only allow them to contribute to certain job tasks such as maid, cook, and house keeper. In the beginning of the story, Elizabeth’s father “refuses[s] to pay her school fees” since “his wife had finally birthed a son” directly supports the idea that men are more superior to women. Since education is one of the key elements that lead to better chances of having a job, the narrator eliminates this opportunity to contribute to Elizabeth’s misfortune. Furthermore, the narrator indicates “[i]t can be a hard place for a
Is that all I am?”, when Doug harshly criticizes his father, or when Flan coldly dismisses a life changing decision his daughter is attempting to tell him about only serve to highlight the distending differences between the adult characters in this play and their children. Even during the phone call Paul has with Ouisa, she at one point says, “We’ll be there Paul. We love you.” Sounds to me like something a parent would say to his/her child but the Kittredges never even utter anything even remotely warm to theirs. Only after Paul’s arrest and possible suicide does Ouisa realize that what needs repair is her relationship with her
Feminism Introduction The theory of feminism sets out to examine gender inequality, and promote women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Feminism is subdivided into many categories. Each type of feminism has it’s own unique views on women’s roles, and status in society. Steven Seidman’s textbook, “Contested Knowledge,” focuses on three main types of feminism. Gynocentric, Difference, and Post-modern feminism are the three fields of feminism that are explored in chapter 14.
“Desiree’s Baby” is a story of a girl named Desiree and her husband Armand who have a baby boy together. When Armand realizes that the baby is mixed, he starts to distance himself from Desiree and the baby. Armand then calls Desiree and the baby out by saying, “That child is not white; it means that you are not white” (Chopin). Even though the baby is mixed, Armand should have not called his wife or the baby out by saying they are not white. He showed racism by disclaiming the child because it was mixed, and sending his wife and the baby away because he did not think she was white.