The yellowish color is affiliated with the weakness, and the powerlessness that she is feeling. The actual pattern of the wallpaper at first symbolizes the twists and winds of society and the difficulties of fitting in and following the rules. Eventually, once Jane studies the pattern and finds the order, she believes she understands it’s meaning. As the nights go on and she continues to study the paper, she finds that the pattern is like a prison, trapping everything inside it. She reflects her feelings of imprisonment by her husband, onto how she interprets the wallpaper.
Although she’s just trying to help, her letters really are hurtful and just causing more problems. In addition, she decides to write another letter to Mrs. Harper this time, she says, “Have you found out yet what they were all laughing about after you left the bridge club on Thursday? Or is the wife really the last one to know?” (Jackson 339). For Instance, she’s trying to help Mrs. Harper by telling her that everyone in town knows what her husband is doing that Mrs. Harper can’t see. As you can see, Miss Strangeworth clearly states it in a more hurtful manner which doesn’t help the situation and causes more problems.
When Sula returns to the Bottom after ten years she is “accompanied by a plague of robins”. The townspeople blame this, and several other incidents, on Sula and call her a witch. The other incidents she was blamed for was a child falling down the stairs and a man choking on a bone, both of which she is had nothing to do with. The town is in fear of Sula, but “in spite their fear, they reacted to… what they called evil days… Such evil must be avoided… and precautions must… be taken to protect themselves from it”. This shows that the town is quick to judge Sula out of ignorance and labels her as wicked and sinful.
Yet what makes Miss. Strangeworth evil besides the fact that she is just a bully. One fact that makes her evil is the impetus of her actions. Miss. Strangeworth writes letters to the people of the town pointing out their flaws.
She thinks that she sees a “faint” figure that appears to be a woman “stooping” and “creeping” about the wallpaper trying to escape. We initially get the feeling that she is afraid but eventually becomes fascinated by what she sees in the wallpaper. Furthermore, these strange images are never witnessed by any of the other individuals in the house. She is the only person who sees these images.
ii. She has so much holding her back that John might think it’s better for her but in reality it is making her condition worse. b. But what of the illness itself, the increasing confusion between inside and outside, between what is in the wallpaper design and what is read into it and between the creeping women in the wallpaper and the heroine as the creeping women (Stephen L. Post) Pg 4. iii. This quote shows the irony of how her illness remains untreated after she is noticeably ill. iv.
As an adolescent, Kaysen was rebellious and failed to follow regulations, which alarmed her parents. She worked shortly in a typing job and was shocked by the unconcealed sexism prevalent at the work place. Kaysen has a problem making visual sense of patterns. She also wonders if sanity is just a fantasy that people create in order to feel normal (Girl, Interrupted, 1999). This leads her to draw the conclusion that since many famous individuals had been residents of the institution, individuals with creative minds may be susceptible to mental diseases.
‘I stayed for it, bled for it and almost died for it!’ Blanche is expressing her hard life before she came to New Orleans. The breaking up of this sentence and the punctuation helps to express her emotions at this point in the play as she is upset and in distress, the breaks allow the audience to see her struggling to talk and attempting to form a sentence. This implies that it’s an emotional topic. Also her lack of confidence to form this sentence could show her lack of stability. Blanche’s intimacies created her downfall as they weren’t permanent.
The Puritans frown upon Hester and Pearl, the product of Hester’s sin. The public humiliation and obstacles Hester goes through invigorates her with strength to triumph. On the day Hester is led to the town scaffold, the townspeople, who had no sympathy for her, taunted her with cruel and harsh words. When Hester is questioned about who was Pearl’s
As we read through the work, we learn that as Pearl develops so too does the levels of intricacy and pain of Hester Prynne's sin. Hawthorne first reveals the significance of Pearl when he introduces Hester during her public shaming. The horrified women of the town scold and humiliate her for the entire world to see - the proof lying in that growing mass in her stomach. The issue is that in reality all Puritans were victim to sin occasionally; Hester was simply one of the few who carried the proof on her - to live her repentance. Alternatively, the rest of the Puritan society would hide their sins from the light of day: preferring the drag them to judgment day rather than unveil them before the scrutinizing community.