This shows Abigails desire to belong not only to proctor but also within the community, by taking Elizabeth’s position. Thomas Putnam seeks revenge on Francis Nurse by accusing his wife, Rebecca, of murdering Ann Putnam’s babies through supernatural means. This shows us that Thomas Putnam is accusing Rebecca nurse of murdering Ann Putnam’s babies in order to feel a sense of belonging in the community and create anarchy in the community. In Act four, Reverend Hale reports that the town is in great confusion because of the hysteria, using visual images of homeless orphans wondering the streets, abandoned cattle and rotting crops, showing that no one belongs in
His willingness to slaughter the man for so weak a reason is frightening though. It helps to show how twisted Chillingworth truly is. During the end of the novel though, Dimmesdale thwarts Chillingworth’s revenge plot by telling the Puritan community how he had an affair with Hester. This act absolutely ruins Chillingworth because he no longer possesses the power over Dimmesdale. All the horrible acts he had done in the past were undone, because Dimmesdale "Hast escaped me!"(228).
If the creations are indeed “more human, than human” what defines our humanity? The replicants are portrayed as the violent antagonist only once compared to the humans (Tyrell) do they become admirable. While the death of Tyrell confronts the audience the close up on Roy's face shows the agony he is in. He doesn’t enjoy the killing but believes that his father must pay for his sins, pay for all the pain he has cause to him and his friends. Such violence is really only the cause of Roy’s pain, his emotions controlling his actions conflicts with our prejudice.
For example, if you look at serial killers and bullies, the reason why they are so angry towards society and innocent people is because that is probably how they were treated while they were growing up. The case is the same in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the theme isolation motivates destruction can be seen when Victor abandons his creature after creating it, when the creature is rejected by the De Lacey family, when William rejects the creature in the woods and
While the empowering and sometimes dictatorial influence of Michael Mompellion’s religious dogma and the uprise of women’s capability provide the novels title with multiple resonant meanings, it is ultimately the ability of nature to “reclaim its place” that supersedes the very structures on which the human population in this remote English village has founded their existence. When presented with devastation on an unprecedented scale, the largely powerless villagers initially look towards the power of unwavering religious faith in seeking guidance from their rector, Michael Mompellion. Mompellion believes the plague to be a test by which God intends to “chastise the souls He would save”, and accordingly insists that his congregation accept the onus of voluntary quarantine. While the ability of
Fear and anguish brought out some of the worst qualities in the villagers causing them to turn against one another creating anger, conflict and damage unto one another. In turn these actions fueled by superstition, hysteria and ignorance could become just as fatal as the plague itself. The bubonic plague attacks many individuals in the village as it delivers continuous grief and loss to the whole town. Brooks structures her novel as a non-linear timeline as it jumps backwards and forwards starting after the events of the plague giving hints of what has caused the change in the community. Undoubtedly, the plague causes the disintegration of families in the town.
Conversely, negative changes are portrayed by The Bradfords whom fight fear with abandonment. Compelled by the pressure from the plague the villagers of Eyam are also forced to challenge and revaluate their morals and beliefs. Forced to change under siege of the plague Anna Frith undergoes a dramatic
Sykes, on the other hand, is as evil as Delia is good. This is never more apparent when he answers Delia's question as to why he enjoys making her suffer: "'If you such a big fool dat you got to have a fit over a earth worm or a string, Ah don't keer how bad Ah skeer you'" (883). Unempathetic to the hardships and fears his wife endures, Sykes sees sport in all aspects of life, including frightening his wife. Abusive and unfaithful, Sykes doesn't care how his infidelity is seen not only by his wife but by the townspeople as well. His lack of morality and faith, his rejection in the belief of the same moral equanimity that Delia fosters in, frees him from the constraints of personal or communal responsibility.
Everyone knows Hester because of the sin she committed and everyone knows her punishment, the letter A on her chest. She of course, does not like all this negative attention because it is affecting her lifestyle and the lifestyle of her child, Pearl. Early in the third chapter a man asks a townsman who Hester is. The townsman replies, “‘You must needs be a stranger in this region, friend, else you would surely have heard of Mistress Hester Prynne, and her evil doings’” (Hawthorne pg. 57).In the market place, people criticize Hester as she emerges from the prison door and makes her way to the scaffold to be publicly condemned.
The personal beliefs and social order which were once static, collapse in the face of God’s ‘test.’ When faced with adversity and desperation, certain individuals embrace the challenge and their heroism shines through, whilst others instead choose to turn their backs on the town, acting in selfish and crude ways. Throughout the ‘Year of Wonders,’ Brooks explores the ways in which society responds to extreme hardship, and the ripple effect which peoples choices have on others within the community. The plague seeds which settle upon the soil of Eyam bring about profound change within the village,