Eddie Carbone and his wife Beatrice have brought up Eddie’ s niece Catherine like their own daughter. Eddie is a kind but strict guardian. He loves his niece but wants to be in control. In the first scene, he tells her that her new clothes are too sexy, then that she can’t take the job she wants. He tells her that she is acting in a way he doesn't approve of, he says that she is ‘walkin’ wavy’ and that this is making men notice her and ‘their heads are turning like windmills’.
The fantasized escape that runs counter to the actual execution in the story mirrors the gap between who Farquhar actually is and who he would like to be. In his world of illusion, he is able to outwit his captors and make it back to the family fold—whereas the reality of his situation is much more grim. Farquhar’s overindulgence of fantasy in both his image of himself and his reimagining of his fate ultimately undoes him. He cannot realize his desires in the real world, and at the end of his life, he is prey to the same delusions and misinterpretations that led him to the gallows to begin with. Farquhar’s Wife Farquhar’s wife emerges as an embodiment of innocence and domestic safety, although throughout the story, she is an almost entirely imagined presence.
In Melville’s Billy Budd, Claggart, the Master-at-Arms aboard the Bellipotent, is a symbol for evil or Satan. John Claggart’s name characterizes his role in Melville’s novel. His common English given name paired with the harsh, cacophonous name of “Claggart” typifies his role as a conniving figure of evil. The fact that Claggart is evil is inevitable because the physical descriptions of Claggart are less appealing than those of Billy Budd, the ideal of an uncorrupted man newly aboard the Bellipotent, and help indicate his evil nature (Smith). The narrator describes Claggart by stating, “his complexion…though it was not exactly displeasing, nevertheless seemed to hint something defective or abnormal in the constitution and blood” (qtd.
In life you will come across people and objects that are harsher than you imagine. She also stumbled upon a scarecrow that scared her. This shows that life and the path are both filled with surprises and entertainment. The white man told her that town was far away and that she should head home. But she knew that she must continue for her grandson and it shows that you should not always trust that the advice given is the best.
Holden’s fear of change contributes to his resistance of the process of maturity. This is because Holden considers becoming mature a substantial change in his life and he, therefore, resists it. When Holden hired a prostitute, he realised that having sex with a prostitute would contribute to his progress to adulthood. Therefore, he attempted to get out of it by diverting the topics of the conversations he had with the prostitute, even though he knew it was a ‘childish thing’. It is notable that Holden never directly mentioned that he disliked sex; He merely says that he was ‘feeling so damn peculiar.’ His thoughts about the museum of Natural History demonstrate his fear of change.
Ultimately, both characters change their personalities in their relationship and ends with the woman yearning acceptance of her new self with “I am me.” Unfortunately, their new actions are too extreme for each other. The man and woman should be able to explore these new personalities, but through culturally acceptable ways. Society sets high standards for the ideal male and female and affects those who lack self-awareness as seen in the short story. It is unfair for the characters to worry about conforming to the norms of society through a “game” to feel
He appears to be suspicious that she may be going to meet another man and this rapid change of mood indicates an element of unease and tension in their relationship. We are quickly made aware of Eddie’s apparently contradictory feelings for his niece; he is proud of the way she looks, "like one of them girls that went to college", but becomes upset that her skirt is too short and accuses her of "walkin’ wavy". As her guardian, he clearly takes pride in seeing her develop into a young lady, but at the same time is alarmed by the fact that other men are starting to notice her. There is a fine line developing between his feelings of protectiveness towards her and possessiveness. Eddie apparently finds it difficult to accept the fact that Catherine is growing up - referring to
Even though her husband is a physician, she disagrees with his ideas when he says that she needs to be in the room. She believes that change and excitement will be good for her. Even though she disagrees with John she knows that he has her best interest in mind. “It is so hard to talk with John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so" (603). John believes that she is suffering from “a slight hysterical tendency.” At the time this story was written the word hysteria was used to describe a variety of symptoms men seemed to find in women.
This echoes one of the themes of this novel—adolescent confusion on the way to the adult world and the pain of growing up. As what Holden did before, he alienated himself from the outside phony world so as to protect the inner fragile, confused self. He labelled people around him as phonies and morons but it never downed on him that he was also one of the phonies who would flatter someone on mouth but curse him in heart. He didn’t know what he wanted to get from the adult
Basically he just wants her to be 'shown off' as little as possible. We could say that this is parental worrying but having the audacity to go to the extreme of thinking of not even giving her a chance to stand on her own feet, clearly eliminates the idea of parental concern. The fact that he states that “The heads are turning like windmills” knowing that those ‘heads’ turn to every woman passing, reflect his jealousy rather than his care. This establishes the idea in the reader's mind that he is 'over-protective' about Catherine in the context of a lover. Having this level of Dominance towards not a daughter, but a niece, is very uncommon in the real world.