Fitzgerald uses many symbols to indicate the characters’ personalities in the story, among which the cemetery is a representative one. In chapter Ⅱ, when Sally Carrol and her boyfriend, a northern man named Harry Bellamy, are walking in the afternoon, “and she found their steps tending half-unconsciously toward one of her favorite haunts, the cemetery” (Fitzgerald). In most people’s eyes, the cemetery is the symbol of death and despair. They do not want to come close to it, let alone saunter there, because the cemetery may depress them. However, Sally Carrol loves going to the cemetery where she feels comfortable.
Janie laughs when Pheoby repeats the other women’s speculations to her. Janie explains that she has returned alone because Tea Cake is gone but not for the reasons that the crowd on the porch assumes. She has returned from living with Tea Cake in the Everglades, she explains, because she can no longer be happy there. Pheoby doesn’t understand what she means, so Janie begins to tell her story. Summary: Chapter 2 [T]he thousand
Imagining romantic camping trips into the White Mountains … tasting the envelope flaps, knowing her tongue had been there.” (Pg. 87) For Cross, Martha is not just a girl who sends him letters signed “Love,” she represents a life after the war, a life outside of the war, a life that includes romantic trips with a lover. The war is such a large strain on the soldiers, that they need something to look forward to and hope for, to get them through the war, and that is exactly what Martha is for Cross. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross tasting the envelope flaps shows just how infatuated he truly is with the idea of Martha. He will do anything that will give him even the slightest remembrance of how she smells or tastes.
“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches” (Hurston, 8). Through her relationships with Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Vergible Woods (Tea Cake), Jeanie learns major lessons about life and living it for herself. In her first marriage to Logan, Jeannie learns that material positions cannot make a loving relationship. Even though he owned land and had and a big house, material things could not begin to fill the emptiness that Janie felt in her marriage.
The growth of the pepper tree is a metaphor of her emotional, spiritual and mental change, where she has matured, developing a sense of ambition and enthusiasm for life. The persona is able to reconnect again with society, where she speaks to “wonderful old people” and helps elderly women with their gardening, becoming apart of a community. The persona is able to walk through the streets “with awakened senses”, which displays how nature has illuminated her; she has discovered her passion and purpose. With the help of nature and gardening, she is able to become preoccupied, gaining the strength to push Tim out of her life, although their history together still impacts her quite heavily. The narrator experiences a dramatic change within herself; she now has the power to make educated choices, and changes from a pessimist, at the start of the story, to an optimist at the
In the poem In The Park, the woman pretends to someone that her little bundles-of-joy are just that, angelic children. As he walks away however, she confesses to nobody that ‘they have eaten me alive.’ This expression demonstrates the feeling of being alone and ignored. The mother in Suburban Sonnet expresses her anxiety in trying to achieve with small children. The mother is overwhelmed by how much she has to do – cook dinner, clean up after her children, keep them entertained and comfort them, presenting the views of many mothers. The language Gwen Harwood uses in these poems emphasises the feeling of drained energy and failure in other aspects of their lives (for example fugue playing).
Tessie has a calming demeanor about her walking up to the drawing. Tessie would not leave her normal traditional day. Mr. Summers has a bubbly personality walking up and talking like the keeper of the village.. For example, the villagers wait for Mr. Summers to begin the drawing: “Tessie reached her husband, and Mr. Summers, who had been waiting,” says cheerfully, “Thought we were going to have to get on without you, Tessie.” Tessie said grinning, “Wouldn’t have me leave m’dishes in the sink, now would you, Joe? And soft laughing ran through the crowd as the people stirred back into position after Mrs. Hutchinson’s arrival” (261). It is ironic that the narrator would choose Mrs. Hutchinson to be late when she is the chosen one.
Though warned by friends about getting involved with Tea Cake, Janie feels she's finally fallen in love. After a brief uncertainty about the relationship, Janie falls head over heels. “He drifted off into sleep and Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love.” (128) The two get married and run off to the Everglades. The strength of their relationship shows when Tea Cake goes to work and ends up missing her so badly, he has to come to see her. Their relationship went about until Janie agreed to come work with him in the fields to prevent lack of money.
Clarissa presents a first impression of empathy and exuberance within the first two paragraphs. Preparing to play hostess for her upcoming party, Mrs. Dalloway kindly offers her maid Lucy a hand by buying “the flowers herself” (Woolf 1). Happily walking through the fresh air on this particular errand, Clarissa muses on both the beauty of the day in the present and the past, intimating her appreciation natural beauty. Although much of what the reader can infer about Peter Walsh is based on Clarissa’s point of view, the protagonist’s former love interest’s lens is also briefly inspected. When Mrs. Dalloway runs into her old friend Hugh Whitbread, the author reveals that even after many years, “[Peter] had never to this day forgiven her for liking him” (3).
When reading the first sentence of the story there is a sense of the ability to predict the end--the girls will be best of friends for ever, get married to a handsome man and live happily ever after, however in this fairy-tale, the ending is not as happy as this and nor is the body of the story. The story begins with a train station filled with evacuees--children that parents have sent to the country so they would be away from the war. Penny and Primrose, the two little girls, befriended each other immediately “The two little girls had not met before... They were pleased to be able to define each other as ‘nice’. They would stick together, they agreed.” The children on the train do not know where they are going or how long the journey would take.