The main conflicting scene which acted as a narrative tool to help the story move on was the rape scene in chapter 7. Amir is finally in realisation of the extent of how cowardly he is “I just watched. Paralyzed.” This being significant as it even the rape consisted of only men which emphasises the inequity of gender in Afghanistan and in this novel. However some would disagree - For Amir's mother Sofia - Even though she was a well-known literature professor, her death almost completely eliminates her influence from Amir's life. Baba never discusses her with Amir, and he doesn’t appreciate the qualities she passed down to her son “That was how I escaped my father's aloofness, in my dead mother's books” this being a disgrace to baba as he wished for a masculine son "Real men didn't read poetry-and God forbid they should ever write it!” this effectively showing baba’s disinterest in Amir as Baba believes a real man is interested in sports.
Chris keeps Nola a secret from his wife Chloe and his brother-in-law Tom who ends up marrying someone else anyway. Chris falls head over heals for Nola but doesn’t want to give up his comfortable life with Chloe. He is very conflicted. As his internal confliction reaches its peak something else gets thrown into the mix of things. Nola becomes pregnant.
Alluding back to this quote, Wharton exposes these feelings for what they really are when Ethan's wife, Zeena, leaves him home alone with her caretaker, and cousin, Mattie for a couple days. In spite of this, Gabriel rebelled in a slightly different way. To expand, Gabriel didn't really appreciate his wife, Gretta, and often thought of leaving her. Yet, he stayed; for if he left, Gabriel would face the ultimate punishment, social isolation. Therefore, he caused turbulence with himself, because he was going against his true feelings to satisfy his lust and desire for a companion.
Additionally, he’s so overcome with obsession and affection for Erica that the significance of her dead lover, Chris, towards her goes unnoticed. Changez appears to ignore Erica’s lack of desire when attempting to have sex with her, such is his desire. Despite everything, they do form a tight bond, although a very one-sided affair with Changez desperately wishing for Erica to sort herself out... even wanting to shout at her, ‘he’s dead!’ Yet ultimately, Erica’s significance on Changez is for all the wrong reasons right up till her supposed suicide, when Changez is preoccupied in Valparaiso. The country that Changez becomes enamoured become disillusioned with, caused by the relationship with Erica. The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be used to help develop this thesis.
Dunstan Ramsay, the novel’s protagonist exhibits the issue of how a rough childhood can impede on relationships later on in life. Dunstan’s relationship with his mother leads him to develop three problems that arise in his dating life. The first problem is Dunstan’s trust issues; he can never fully trust a woman due to his betrayal of trust with his mother. The second problem is Dunstan’s negative depiction of sexual relations. Due to his mother’s stern moral beliefs, he does not have much interest in sexual relations and has negative views on it.
John is a physician and believes that his wife is only suffering from a “temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency” (70) and due to this condition she should obtain plenty of rest, air and exercise but absolutely no work. The narrator is a writer that is forbidden to write because her husband believes that any form of society or stimulus could cause her condition to deteriorate further. As the story continue you beginning to understand the relationship between the narrator and her husband John. John seems to be very controlling and throughout the story berates his wife, while treating her like a small child that needs caring for. Every attempt that is made by the narrator to express her concerns is met with opposition or disregard.
He is completely matter-of-fact about the situation surrounding his mother’s death, and he gives her an excuse. Instead of explaining that she was depressed about her life and her son’s estrangement, he states: “Apparently, my mother had always refused to eat fugu, but on this particular occasion she had made an exception, having been invited by an old schoolfriend whom she was anxious not to offend.” He gives his mother a reason for death, as opposed to the real reason. The young girl in “The Moths” refuses to accept the death of her grandmother as well, but for different reasons. Her family is cruel to her, and she is an outcast. She fights with her sisters who call her “bull hands” and are very mean.
Isolation” and “Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt.” Due to his mother’s domineering lifestyle, Gein missed a lot of developmental milestones in life and because of her outlook on sexual activity Gein died a virgin. Other than the feelings he had for his mother, Gein never knew the effects of intimacy and throughout her presence in Gein’s life he was very isolated. Caused by the missing of the milestone in development of intimacy vs. isolation, gave way to the milestone of autonomy vs. shame and doubt was missed as well. Any self-esteem that was achieved by Gein was both bolstered and hindered by his mother. Gein experienced the extreme negative side of both these theories of development.
Jalil, Mariam’s father was the only one that Mariam thought could love and accept her; however he doesn't take her to the cinema, and is cast away in shame, to marry, when Mariam’s mother is found dead. Ultimately, Miriam's hopes to be accepted by her father are sunk, forcing her to realize the truth of her situation. Not only did her father not accept her, but Miriam’s hopes for a happy life and marriage were later crushed. She strongly felt that her husband, Rasheed, had not truly accepted her as his wife. After the 'honeymoon stage' of Miriam and Rasheed's marriage, Miriam becomes pregnant and is hopeful that she may be able to have something of her own, to belong, but after many miscarriages, her hope is spent once again, along with Rasheed’s hope for a boy.
It seems as though Chandler did not like being the only male in the house. It also seems as if his relationship with his grandmother and aunt was strained. If you take a look at Marlowe’s character, he is never permitted to maintain a trusting and lasting relationship with anyone. Also Marlowe never enjoys a woman’s company for long; and when he parts from a few male friends he is permitted to tenderness of feeling at the separation that cannot be found from his parting with women. Philip Marlowe admires pretty girls and women.