Then they, too, are in awe at his handsomeness, his masculinity, and his size. While they admire the drowned man, they think that he must have been ashamed of his size in life, and must have felt awkward on account of it. Together, the villagers prepare a splendid funeral for the drowned man. When they finally let his body go over the cliff and back to the waves below,
The poem later confirms the fatal tragedies of these men with “anyone who has heard it is dead, and the others can't remember.”(8-9). Thus, it shows the men have the tendency to be arrogant in front of women, and over estimated their ability to survival. In addition, men have the strong and undefeatable self-concept which leads them to become less defensive with woman simply because women are view as weak and harmless to men. On the other hand, the poem also creates a very dominant and intelligent image for the woman which represents by the song bird, Siren. She understands that men are physically attracted to beautiful woman s the poem describes her as “picturesque and mythical” (15).
This nonsensical simile is used to create in the readers minds the idea that this fish really is a man, and his actions show it too. The poet uses this pun to make us laugh about the similarities between this fish and a man, but at the same time we feel pity for him as we know that if “his heart skins like a” stone he is feeling depressed and heart-broken and if “he drinks like a” fish he must be (like the poem later says) drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Similarly, other puns like these are found in the poem (“she makes kissy lips at him”), that describe the characters flirty human behaviour, showing that the poet also compares the female fish to a human too. The implication that the fish can feel, drink or make kissy lips is also personification that further strengthens the comparison, literally
When the war is going on Lieutenant Cross starts to think of Martha and because of that Ted Lavender dies. After Ted Lavender gets shot he still thinks about Martha. “He felt shame. He hated himself. He loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war,” (16).
In the chapter, “The Things They Carried”, Cross shows his feelings of guilt related to the death of Ted Lavender. O’Brien writes that Cross “felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (16). This quote shows that Cross feels guilty for his love for Martha because his daydreaming had occurred right before Lavender was shot by a sniper.
O’Brien shows how Lieutenant Cross has an emotional breakdown. “He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (121). Lieutenant Cross had been day dreaming of Martha when Lavender went to go use the bathroom, instead of keeping a lookout for enemies.
I believe the narrator has murdered the hitcher as a way to relieve his stress due to his hectic screaming lifestyle, compared to the hitcher who has a very dreamy, free and carefree life. All the hitcher carries round with his is a toothbrush; this shows how easy and carefree his life is. He possibly envied him for this and therefore felt more inclined to attack him as a result of his easy life compared to his own. In “Havisham” death is presented as not an occurrence but something that the narrator longs to be upon her fiancé who left her at the altar. Havisham is about a woman who was deeply in love with her to be husband but when he abandoned her at the altar, she never forgave him, and now she sits in her wedding dress holding a grudge against her fiancé for what he did, and how he stopped her life at that moment.
Marjorie’s comment indicates that Bernice maintained the outdated feminine qualities older generations expected the younger female generation to portray. These older views were distinctly different than Marjorie’s views. In her hometown, Bernice was popular due to her family’s wealth, but while visiting Marjorie, Bernice was a normal girl that boys found boring because of her outdated feminine mannerism. The author portrayal of the men at the dance indicates the men wanted nothing to do with boring women, regardless of their looks. The men during that time expected women to be fun, charming, and entertaining, and women like Marjorie seemed think this conformity was the key to popularity and
The envious villagers attempted to sabotage the girl because of jealousy but in turn lost all their valuables because they had neglected to appreciate them. The villagers lived in a state of misery while the girl lived a life of peace with no need for their approval. Willis-Jones uses symbols in “The Wicker Husband” to communicate that all people have problems, therefore appreciate what you have or you might find yourself without your most valued possessions. It’s the classic case of The Ugly Duckling except the beauty comes from a wicker husband that a girl purchases from a basket maker. The plot sets down a simple story about the girl who is not like the villagers.
Howard is a very realistic man. He is fastidious, and his wife Ellen even called him downright prudish in sexual matters (says on page 123, line 2) he is therefore easily offended. After his meeting with the prostitute in the white mackintosh, he is in a state of shock which makes him reflect over how any woman could bring herself to say such things as the girl had suggested to him. “He had read in the local paper about prostitution and mugging, and about drivers who crawled along beside the kerb trying to pick up women, but had never truly believed in such things.” - Page 123, line 22-25. Howard is a man who likes to think that none of those wrong and dark thoughts and actions even exists.