Whereas in Locksley Hall Amy is presented as a woman who is being constantly controlled by men at first her father and then her husband who she doesn’t love. Firstly in Mariana Tennyson uses a repetitive rhyme scheme to reflect Mariana’s feeling of loneliness. For example in the first stanza the rhyme scheme is “plots” “all” “knots” and “wall.” These are all very simple rhymes which emphasise Mariana’s monotonous and structured life. It is also extremely ironic that Tennyson uses this structured rhyme scheme to present a woman who has a very low state of consciousness and who is extremely mentally unstable. Additionally the rhyme scheme is also at times rather rigid which still emphasises the monotony of her life.
As previously mentioned she uses the words ill formed and feeble to describe her unfinished writing’s fragility. In line 10, she continues by saying, “thy visage was so irksome in my sight,” to explain the shame and discomfort that she carries with her due to the fact that her “baby” was exposed to the public still so unpolished. She applies the words blemishes, flaw, and hobbling into her diction in order to express her piece as something that is not well put together, and no matter how much she attempts to polish it, she feels as if she has failed at improving it. Lastly, Bradstreet’s characterization of her work comes to life through the evident controlling metaphor of the poem, which is claiming that her writing is her “offspring”. Throughout the entire poem, the controlling metaphor becomes this idea that her writing is her child,
How does Arthur Miller use Contrast in the Presentation of the Characters Abigail, Mrs Putnam and Rebecca Nurse? Arthur Miller’s presentation of the characters Abigail, Mrs Putnam and Rebecca Nurse contrast to each other in such a way that it adds to the characterisation of the characters. However, it is not just the use of contrast that adds to this effect, but also the use of similarity. In general, Abigail is vengeful, selfish, manipulative, and a magnificent liar, Mrs. Putnam is bitter about the loss of all her babies and feels resentment to those who have been more fortunate than herself but does not intend serious harm or hatred towards others and finally Rebecca Nurse is a pillar of the community, a devoutly religious and kind hearted woman. Now from those brief descriptions we can already see the difference in the characterization of all three characters.
Henceforth Steinbeck may have not given her a name as women were not considered important enough and she may not have deserved a name in this era. This could make the reader feel sympathy for her as she not only is considered useless but a possession to a person she doesn’t love. Then the reader may notice how she is dressed “full, rouged lips and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up”. Nobody dressed up to come to the ranch, it was a dirty place in which people wore discarded old clothes. However Curley’s wife did the opposite and came in “ heavily made up.Furthermore,”Rouge”
And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”(Scene Nine).She seems enraged that her reality is unraveled, that everyone now sees her fantasy for what it is, fantasy. Her lies about her purity, her age, her background, everything is now out in the open to be judged and scrutinized by the public. Blanche DuBois is a tragic figure. She is out of place both geographically and temporally (Scene One). She appears to be trying to remain a ‘young women’ when in fact she is getting old, this results in an unappealing persona.
Steinbeck presents Curley’s Wife in different perspectives. The sympathy which she attracts is immense. She explains that she ‘gets lonely’ and ‘I get awful lonely’. The use of repetition emphasises her isolation and frustration at her not being able to talk to ‘nobody but Curley’ and this frustration continually surfaces as she speaks to Lennie. “And her words tumbled out in a passion of communication as though she hurried before the listener could be taken away”.
Even in her mental state Jane was always on Mrs Reeds mind emphasising the guilt Mrs Reed had felt. Mrs Reed reveals her feelings unknowingly to Jane, labeling her ‘annoying’ with her ‘incomprehensible disposition’ Jane’s adult-like manners, her strong and defiant spirit was a major threat to Mrs Reed and Jane’s intelligence fuelled Mrs Reeds hatred towards her. It’s evident that Mrs Reed’s views about Jane haven’t changed, even in her instable condition; the reader feels no sympathy for her. A majority of readers would feel shocked with the attitude Mrs Reed portrays on her death bed. When Jane learns of Rochester’s mentally ill wife, Bertha, you would expect the reader to sympathize with Bertha or Jane; however, they sympathize with Rochester, as they feel justified with his situation, however with Mrs Reed they’re
Ophelia as a character is extremely intriguing in her ambiguity. For an audience she presents a conundrum of whether or not we should empathise with, or despise her. As Helena Faucit Martin says that Ophelia is “greatly misunderstood”, this could be seen as true, due to her feelings and emotions have been cut-off from the world and that she cannot show any emotions, as she is stuck in a patriarchal world, which would makes some of the audience empathise with her. As Anna Brownell Murphy Jameson describes her as a “a strain of sad, sweet music, which comes floating by us on the wings of silence and night”, she can be seen as this because she sways the audience with her emotions and suicide, but at times this could be seen as quite wrong, as we the audience dislike her passivity, because she portrays women as too weak and passive. Her character presents an interesting challenge for an actor to play this character.
In a similar way, readers can distinguish how untrustworthy these characters are from what they chose to share. And lastly, Fitzgerald portrays women as individuals who think highly of themselves because of all the material things that are in their reach. The women in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby convey unflattering qualities which cause readers to feel unsympathetic towards their actions throughout the novel. It is the little details in the novel that Fitzgerald includes throughout which portray women as weak both physically and intellectually. Having said that, the women in the novel make poor choices which reveal their characters as impractical.
For example, she says, “The color is repellent, almost revolting; a smouldering unclean yellow, strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight,” (Gilman, pg. 2). She hates the color especially, possibly because yellow is the color of death, and the design because she can’t seem to make sense of the pattern itself. She studies the wallpaper on a daily basis and soon comes to the conclusion that what she sees behind the wallpaper is a woman aching to escape. This woman in the wall represents the narrator herself, for she is restricted from what she loves so much in life, writing.