The fact that she had a son later reveals the unfair gender roles of the child, compared to the idea of if she had a daughter. By choice, the Third Princess became a nun and it’s believed by the Japanese that “a girl might seem to invite bad luck [if] the mother is a nun. But with a boy it makes no difference.” (Tale of Genji, pg. 648) Through superstition, the gender of a child coming into an Aristocratic heritage makes all the difference for the future of the family. A daughter would have had different requirements growing up and it was believed that the family might have been cursed with bad luck because the mother became a Nun.
The cultural context set also allows the reader to see contrasting opinions/ beliefs which help in gaining a better understanding of the relationship between the authors beliefs and their beliefs of their society. In Lucy, the reoccurring theme of British colonialism has an immense role in the way that the protagonist approaches things and hence highlights and reflects the authors perception on the matter. Colonialism is repeatedly strung throughout the novel as the protagonist has flashbacks about her homeland, which was a British Colony. She came from a British educational system, which had influence on her perception of certain things. This is most commonly reflected in the differing views on the daffodils between Lucy and Mariah.
-In nadsat style, addressing the reader with ‘’O my brothers’’ creates a more personal bond with Alex, and their for it is easier for the reader to sympathize with Alex even though he is such a flawed character. -When the violence is shown in the book, more nadsat is used with for example: ‘’to tolchock a chelloveck in the kishkas’’ this being an alienating and distancing the reader and Alex from the violent acts he commits. If the nadsat is purely read for its language it sounds humorous, but often takes a sickening and repulsive turn, that is when you realize what is actually happening. For example: ‘’So he did the strong-man on the devotcha, who was still creech creech crecching away in very horrorshow four-in-a-bar, locking her rookers from the back, while I ripped away at this and that and the other, the others were going haw haw haw still, and real horrorshow groodies they were that then exhibited their pink glazzies, O my brothers, while I untrussed and got ready for the plunge.’’ This sounds quite comical and humorus until its found out that the devotcha (woman) is being raped. In short: -What is the Nadsat language, where is it
This causes the reader to contemplate whether Jeanette’s homosexuality is wrong which coherently leads to the reader questioning the traditional values we uphold within society. Jeanette’s mother has a binary philosophy to life accompanied with almost fundamentalist Christian views. By the church creating the noun phrase, ‘Unnatural Passion’, for homosexuality it projects the sheer vitriol of the church to anything different. The church played a key role in Jeanette’s development making it near impossible for her not to feel the impact of their outlook on homosexuality. By allowing the reader to observe the church’s hatred towards happenings that they deem peculiar, the reader builds connection to the protagonist as Winterson displays how comfortable Jeanette is with Melanie, ‘glad the Lord had brought us together’.
As for the religious divide, Elizabeth created a Church of England where Protestants and Catholics alike could go to pray and let people decide what religion they would like to follow. According to Catholics, Henry married Anne Boleyn is 1533 while still married to Catherine of Aragon. Catholics did not recognize this marriage and Elizabeth was illegitimate under Catholic Law. Elizabeth’s legitimacy was indeed open to question. Henry’s first Act of Succession in 1534 had declared Mary illegitimate, placing Elizabeth first in the line of succession.
In Medical Anthropology Quarterly, anthropologist Kathleen Stewart derived this prologue based on the lessons learned from the book: We need to approach the clash of epistemologies—ours and theirs—and to use that clash to repeatedly reopen a gap in the theory of culture itself so that we can imagine culture as a process constituted in use and therefore likely to be tense, contradictory, dialectical, dialogic, texted, textured, both practical and imaginary, and in-filled with desire…This book, then, is not a smooth story that follows the lines of its own progress from beginning to end as a master narrative itself…. It tells its story through interruptions, amassed densities of description, evocations of voices and the conditions of their Possibility, and lyrical, ruminative aporias that give pause. In the case of Hmong refugees, a stubborn and fierce people, the inability to consider cultural differences lead to the medical team having to face the conclusion that if doctors continued to press their patients to comply with a regimen that, from the Hmong vantage, is potentially harmful, they may find themselves, to their horror, running up against that stubborn strain in the Hmong character which
Also, Mary struggled to re-establish the Catholic faith as she was unable to restore monasteries and chantries and unable to restore land due to rested interests. When Mary came to power, she was determined to crush the Protestant faith. It was part of her policy to reverse the religious changes made by Henry VIII and Edward VI, she wanted to restore Papal Supremacy and she supported a reconciliation with Rome. It could be viewed that this was a public display of force to impress the Pope and exiles such as Reginald Pole. Mary’s chief advisor, Gardiner, supported this policy.
Although secondary characters are clearly less important in a novel than the protagonist, they nevertheless have a significant impact on every story. It may be their problem or problems which initially bring the protagonist closer to his/her love interest. It may be their influence, well-meaning or vindictive, that makes the situation better or worse. Interesting secondary characters are painted with broad strokes rather than fine details - though authors need to be careful, because the key word is “secondary.” Though these characters fill a valuable role, they can not hog the limelight. In The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, secondary characters such as Brett Ashley and Atticus Finch, are crucial, and play a key role in the progression of each story, and the themes in each.
This technique of character foiling and parallelism, manifested in the outright polarity of their character attributes, not only adds richness but brings about greater understanding in the reader who is now able to distinguish the characters better. Therefore, Spenser’s conflicting attitudes toward the institution of monarchy is showcased through this poem. It is hence evident that for the most part, he admires Elizabethan rule, but acknowledges his disdain for the few limitations that her rule posed to the country at that time as well. Lucifera is an allegory of pride and betrayal, and this is effectively communicated to the reader through Spenser’s description of the “stately Pallace” (1.4.1) in which she resides and reigns supreme. The sense of betrayal resonates even in the architecture of this palace, where there is a strong conflict between appearance and reality, as seen by the ‘golden foile’ (1.4.4) that represents the lofty and extravagant façade.
This contextual awareness is also necessary in order to understand Hardy's masculine construction of femininity in general, and female sexuality in particular. Establishing purity Hardy establishes Tess's purity in a number of ways: Omission Hardy does not actually provide the details of the worst things that happen to Tess: Her violation by Alec (Ch 11) The period of living with Alec immediately afterwards (Ch 12) Tess's confession to Angel by letter (Ch 33) Her confession to him face to face (Ch 34) Her arguments against Christianity that help cause Alec to lose his faith How she was persuaded to live with Alec again The act of murdering Alec. It might seem that Hardy was bound by convention not to be explicit, but it is much more probable he used these limitations to exploit ambiguity. This is a much more modern way of writing, forcing the reader to reconstruct events and then