This results in the evident theme of belonging and abandonment. Throughout this novel, the characters of Rayona, Christine, and Ida bring to life this recurring theme. Left behind by her Mom, dad, Father Tom, Aunt Ida and her peers, Rayona, the youngest of the three main women in the novel, experiences abandonment. During Rayona’s whole life, her father Elgin is barely there, pooping in and out whenever convenient for him. Feeling like she is not good enough, Rayona goes out of her way to get his attention and make him want to be with her.
The land proved hard on their bodies, hearts, and minds. Blunts isolation followed her thru the lingering horror of the blizzard, to a empty one room school house, to her invisible high school years, and finally to a lonely never wanted marriage. As a young child Blunt saw the clear yet defined gender roles that were set in stone in her Montana community. It was apparent in her parent’s relationship. She saw how hard her mother worked inside doing her wifely chores, and on the ranch being able to work just as hard as any man, but still having to stay in a ranch wife’s place.
In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying the reader is taken threw many different narrations that each hold different points of views, opinions, life experiences, and relationships then each of the other characters. Betty Alldredge’s criticisms focus mainly on Addie Bundren, the mother of the family that the book is about, and how she’s affected her family members and their character and continues to do so even after she’s passed on. While some may think Darl’s craziness is an act, his bitterness isn’t a contributing characteristic, and Addie raises her kids the way she does because she’s simply a mean person I would have to disagree. I agree with Betty Aldredge with two key points that she discusses about Addie’s favoritism to Jewel and how it’s made Darl become bitter and eventually succumb to madness and how her want to live life to the fullest has affected her marriage and the way she raised her children. 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.
Miss Emily suffers with self vs self-conflict throughout the entire story. She is a very dependent woman because she is so use to having her father around to do for her. After her father’s death, she refuses to change the old way things were. Mr. Grierson was the only person close to Emily and with him gone she feels her life is incomplete or over. For example, Faulkner states that, “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white … in the heavenly lightsome style of the seventies, set on which had once been our most select street” (34).
This financial difficulty and abject poverty provides a beautiful illustration of motherhood, which is sacrifice for the wellbeing of her children. Meeker sets the tone by exploring the family life in the start of the poem. She uses hyperboles to describe the conditions of the family. Meeker gives a look into the relationship between the mother and her daughter, the narrator’s sister. She writes, “they clawed their womanhoods out of each other” (3) which undoubtedly indicates that the two do not get along.
The omniscient narrator of The Secret Garden begins by enumerating the many defects of Mary Lennox, the ten-year-old girl who is the novel's protagonist. Mary is ugly, with skin made yellow by constant illness. At the outset of the novel, she is living in India with her parents, who have neither time nor affection for her. Her mother, who had never wanted a child at all, has entrusted Mary to the care of a number of Indian servants, whose only instructions are to keep the unloved child out of her mother's sight. Mrs. Lennox is described as a famously beautiful, elegant woman, who does nothing but attend fashionable parties.
For example when Kareem, her husband, and the family's servant Attiyat, immediately left the house to perform the tasks for the day ahead, the main character finds her in tears. This could be a symbol of the feeling of her internal loneliness. All her children have grown to reach the age where independence, self-centered personalities, upbringing of a young family, and preoccupation in one's studies, were the root to each of their lives. In addition to her realizations, "the relationship between their father and I no longer contained that essential ingredient of marriage." (p.18).
They had to stay at home doing nothing but bringing up children, cooking, doing the housework, serving their husbands and being perfect wives. Men placed these roles upon women, and I think nowadays most men still think that women’s roles are the ones I have just mentioned. In my essay, I am going to try to illustrate these gender roles with some examples. Jane, the protagonist of the novel, the title character, has to face many difficulties throughout her life. First of all, she is an orphan because her parents died of typhus.
Mrs. Reed is another example of a character whose true colors are shown in the novel. When Jane is a child, she is shown hatred by Mrs. Reed. When Jane goes off to Lowood School from her home, Gateshead, she tells Mrs. Reed that she hates her and will never love her. After 8 years, and Mrs. Reed is close to death, she sends for Jane and tells her about an uncle that came looking for her. Mrs. Reed told him
Of Mice and Men-Loneliness and Isolation Steinbeck uses Loneliness and Isolation as two main themes in 'Of Mice and Men' due to the effects of the Great Depression on ordinary people in the agricultural areas of America. The Great Depression was a time when many workers lost their jobs; people became unemployed and the country was at the point of being bankrupt. These issues caused loneliness and isolation to the people within the agricultural areas of the USA. The Depression was also a time where the rate of unemployment was high and even jobs that were available were of very low pay, this was because of seasonal farming. This affected agricultural areas the most.