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Exposing the Role of Women in The Madwoman in the Attic - Exposing the Role of Women in The Madwoman in the Attic       In their book The Madwoman in the Attic, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar address the issue of literary potential for women in a world shaped by and for men. Specifically, Gilbert and Gubar are concerned with the nineteenth century woman and how her role was based on her association with the symbols of angels, monsters, or sometimes both. Because the role of angel was ideally passive and the role of monster was naturally evil, both limited a woman’s behavior into quiet content, with few words to object....   [tags: Madwoman Attic Essays]
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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic - Women, as stated by Gilbert and Gubar in The Madwoman in the Attic, are often portrayed in literature as one of two binary opposites, ‘monstrous’ or ‘angelic’. Arguing throughout their theory that women are either represented as the ‘sweet dumb Snow White’ character or the ‘fierce mad Queen’2, Gilbert and Gubar expose how the female protagonist can never be understood as anything in between these two states. This dichotomy is clearly demonstrated in Felecia Hemans’s ‘The Indian City’, throughout which, the female protagonist is seen abandoning a life of angelic domesticity for one of monstrous masculinity....   [tags: romanticism, critical theory analysis] 671 words
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Chinua Achebe as the Madwoman in the Attic - ... Okonkwo tells his first wife to look after him. She asks if the boy will be staying with them for a long time. Okonkwo irately replies, "Do what you are told, woman" and she "asked no more questions". This sort of contempt shades the depiction of life as woman in Igbo society. Further supporting the idea of the inferior female, the tribe permits abuse of women. Okonkwo beats his youngest wife, Ekwefi, because she goes out to get her hair plaited and does not return in time to cook the afternoon meal....   [tags: Things Fall Apart, writing expertise] 909 words
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The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination - The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination "And the lady of the house was seen only as she appears in each room, according to the nature of the lord of the room. None saw the whole of her, none but herself. For the light which she was was both her mirror and her body. None could tell the whole of her, none but herself" (Laura Riding qtd. by Gilbert & Gubar, 3). Beginning Gibert and Gubar’s piece about the position of female writers during the nineteenth century, this passage conjures up images of women as transient forms, bodiless and indefinite....   [tags: The Queen's Looking Glass]
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Stereotypical Images of Women in Macbeth by Shakespeare - After reading a brief summary and seeing clips on YouTube, I got afraid when I saw the witches at a thunderous night. They told Macbeth and his friend Banquo the three prophesies which lead Macbeth and his wife become more greedy and ambitious which lead them to commit bad deeds. I got angry when Lady Macbeth set a plan to kill King Duncan. She lead Macbeth went to King Duncan’s room and killed him without any humanity and mercy. Her goal from this murder was to be a queen and her husband a king of Scotland and become wealthier than before....   [tags: madwomen in the attic, middle ages, england]
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Use of Attics in Literature - The Phenomenology of Space--Attic Memories and Secrets Since Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic, critics have assumed that attics house madwomen. But they use that concept as a metaphor for their thesis, that women writers were isolated and treated with approbation. In most literature, attics are dark, dusty, seldom-visited storage areas, like that of the Tulliver house in The Mill on the Floss--a "great attic under the old high-pitched roof," with "worm-eaten floors," "worm-eaten shelves," and "dark rafters festooned with cobwebs"--a place thought to be "weird and ghostly." Attics do not house humans (not even mad ones) they warehouse artifacts that carry personal and famili...   [tags: Attic Upper Room]
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Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews Have you ever imagined living locked up in an attic for 3 years and 5 months. Have you ever imagined not growing up with your mother's care and love at the time you were 5....   [tags: Book Report Flowers Attic Andrews] 1400 words
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Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, History, and Reconciliation - Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic, History, and Reconciliation Long after the Civil War we are still fascinated by it. In some circles, the "War of Northern Agression" or the "Lost Cause" is thought of, discussed, brought to life daily. While every war has its fanbase, the Civil War has a special distinction for America. It was the war for the preservation of the Union in some classes, a violent and tyrranical putting-down of a justified rebellion in others. I have never been particularly interested in the war, or any war for that matter....   [tags: Confederates Attic]
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Analysis of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews - Analysis of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews Flowers in the attic that’s what four children thought of themselves. They were born so brightly colored, but fading duller as their long dreary nightmarish days, held prisoners of hope, and kept captive by greed. The Dollengangers were a loving and happy family. Chris had meet Corrine when she was fourteen. After she turned eighteen they eloped. They had four beautiful children. They all had blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. Christopher was the oldest....   [tags: Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews Essays] 1080 words
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Flowers in the Attic By V.C Andrews - The book I read for independent reading was flowers in the attic By V.C Andrews. It is about A family who is very grief stricken by their father’s death and go to their grandparents house. They do this because their mother must win her inheritance back after doing a disgraceful thing. While there the most live in one room and the attic as to not be seen by their grandfather. Here they suffer from lack of sunlight, education, and malnutrition and soon are forgotten by their mother. There are two older twins who watch two younger twins....   [tags: grief, death, cathy and chris] 542 words
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Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - Shel Silverstein is the author of a book of poems called Light in the Attic. And out of the tens of poems that Silverstein features in this book, “Monster’s I’ve Met” is one of them. The poem, like all the poems in the book, is for an audience of younger children. Several of the poems that he has written in the book are considered as silly to kids, as they are supposed to be. But, a majority of the poems contain themes that promote behavior that is not encouraged in children. Specifically to “Monster’s I’ve met”, the theme that Silverstein displays in the poem influences parents and teachers to challenge that children cannot be able to read the poem....   [tags: monster's I've met, poems]
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The Elevated Figure in the Attic - The door to the attic creaked open in front of me. In the secluded obscurity of the attic I felt something rustle. As I walked deeper into the on-going darkness a malodorous smell invaded my nostrils. After minutes of utter silence-something began to awake. Suddenly everything had become more sinister and colder. As I glanced down I saw the moth-eaten rugs along with spiders crawling all over the floor. This place had perceptibly not been maintained as it had: dust powdering every single surface, cobwebs along with towering piles of newspapers....   [tags: mystery,] 698 words
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Confederates In The Attic - Confederates in the Attic As Tony Horwitz illustrates in Confederates in the Attic, the Civil War is far from over. Horwitz, determined to find the answers to this conflict, treks through the South, seeking to explain man's longtime obsession with a war that divided the nation. Talking to historians and Civil War reenactors of all kinds, he finds that people are still divided today when it comes to the war and present issues in society. He collects a vast amount of data, which proves to make things very difficult in drawing a general conclusion....   [tags: Tony Horwitz] 1255 words
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Sociology in Under The Attic - Sociology relates to this novel in so many different ways. The family in the story, Flowers in the Attic, written by V.C. Andrews, starts off as a family of procreation, a family established through marriage, which includes the mother (Mrs. Dollanger), the father (Mr. Dollanger), and the four children: Cathy (the oldest daughter), Chris (the second oldest son), Carrie and Corey (the young twins). A conflict begins when the father dies in a car wreck, so the mother and her four children must move in her rich parents estate because they have no money and nowhere to stay....   [tags: V.C. Andrews] 1436 words
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Is that A Woman in Your Attic? in Jane Eyre by CharlotteBronte - One of the most startling scenes in Jane Eyre is when finally it is revealed that Mr. Rochester has been keeping his wife in his attic, in an attempt to keep her away from the eyes of society, and of course, his and Jane's. It is at once a tragic and horrifying scene as the woman comes into the view of the innocent love-struck heroine, who had no notion of Mr. Rochester's insane wife in the attic before the moment she is revealed. While Jane Eyre was a work of fiction, it is not such a far leap for a modern viewer to think that this would have been how Victorian families hid or dealt with their insane relatives, but was this sort of treatment of the mentally ill at home and under lock and k...   [tags: victorian, asylum, insane]
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Analysis of Tony Horwitz's Book, Confederates in the Attic - The American Civil war is considered to be one of the most defining moments in American history. It is the war that shaped the social, political and economic structure with a broader prospect of unifying the states and hence leading to this ideal nation of unified states as it is today. In the book “Confederates in the Attic”, the author Tony Horwitz gives an account of his year long exploration through the places where the U.S. Civil War was fought. He took his childhood interest in the Civil War to a new level by traveling around the South in search of Civil War relics, battle fields, and most importantly stories....   [tags: civil war, american history] 1878 words
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Attic Vs. Asiatic Literary Style - Attic vs. Asiatic Attic style in Greek literature and art was replaced, for a time, by the more decorative and florid Asiatic style. Attic would resurface again, as the ideal, suggesting a more ascetic, brief, and witty concise style. Both styles influenced writers and speakers in Rome, and much later in Britain. Writers like Matthew Arnold made use of an Attic prose style, while the more florid Asiatic style had its proponents as well. In the Roman era, Cicero analyzed these styles and suggested there were several Attic styles and the simple style was not the only one....   [tags: Greek Literature] 1278 words
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Lessons of Major Barbara, Good Woman of Setzuan, and Madwoman of Chaillot - Lessons of Major Barbara, Good Woman of Setzuan, and Madwoman of Chaillot  Philosophers all over the world have pondered over the idea of evil.  This brings up another extremely essential question, “how should we live?”  Because we know that evil is existent in our world, does that mean we must live with the knowledge, accept it and conform to society’s ideal that only the cunning survive?  Or do we keep our original identity of purity and goodness at heart in our everyday lives.  The three pieces of literature that we read all deal with this dilemma in different ways.  And like in all good stories, good prevails over evil....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 2219 words
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The Sargasso Sea as an Underlying Metaphor in Wide Sargasso Sea - The Sargasso Sea as an Underlying Metaphor in Wide Sargasso Sea Why did Jean Rhys name her novel about the Creole madwoman in the attic from Jane Eyre after a mysterious body of water in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As there is no mention made of the Sargasso Sea in the novel itself, one might wonder why she chose to title her novel after it. In a 1958 letter to a friend and colleague, she describes her changing titles for the novel: “I have no title yet. ‘The First Mrs. Rochester’ is not right....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys]
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The two main themes explored in In the Attic and Stop the clocks are - The two main themes explored in In the Attic and Stop the clocks are love and loss The two main themes explored in 'In the Attic' and 'Stop the clocks' are love and loss. Both poets express their insight into the knowledge that the world will not stop regardless of the loss of mankind. This, however, is where the similarity ends. Both writers are expressing their own personal way of dealing with losing someone close to them. On Auden's side, there is bitterness in his loss, and an almost gothic romanticism of Bronte's writing despite its modern edge....   [tags: English Literature] 1389 words
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Eight Jews Hide from the Nazis in the Play, Secret Annex in the Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett - ... Frank was having a party to welcome Mr. Dussel (Goodrich and Hackett, Pg. 504). Mr. Frank knew that they don’t have a lot of food, but he still used the drink he saved to celebrate end of the war to celebrate Dussel’s coming. Mr. Frank also knew that one more person means one more mouth and less room, but he gladly accept Dussel. Obviously, Mr. Frank has shown this kind and welcome personality throughout the play. Along with showing welcome, helpful is also an excellent trait that Mr. Frank process, since he always helps other people....   [tags: attic, hitler, extermination]
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Bertha Mason´s Appearance in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Charlotte Brontes use if writing is very unique. The way she describes the characters makes you think. She has depicted Bertha mason the first wife if Mr. Rochester. Bertha Mason was a woman who was struck with a mental illness who is then hidden and locked away in the attic of Thornfield. Bertha mason is the wife of Mr. Rochester. She stands in between of Jane and Mr. Rochester's marriage. We first hear of Bertha Mason in chapter 11 when Jane hears a strange laugh. Jane had confused Bertha Mason and Grace Poole....   [tags: Mental health, Marriage, Attic]
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The Woman as Muse and Begetter: Susan Barton’s “anxiety of authorship” in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe - In their 1979 work titled The Madwoman in the Attic, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar discuss the difficulties faced by Victorian women attempting to write in a patriarchal society. Gilbert and Gubar describe the “anxiety of authorship” experienced by female writers who thus believe they are not capable of creating a successful work. J.M. Coetzee’s 1986 novel Foe, follows its protagonist Susan Barton as she experiences such anxiety in early eighteenth century England. Barton’s anxieties as well as the society in which she lives lead her to employ the writer Daniel Foe to write the story of her experience as a castaway....   [tags: Literature Patriarchy]
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Kate CHopin's Story of an Hour - In Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour" the author portrays patriarchal oppression in the institution of marriage by telling the story of one fateful hour in the life of a married woman. Analyzing the work through feminist criticism, one can see the implications of masculine discourse. Mrs. Mallard's medical diagnosis is an example of the male-dominated society in which she lives. They are able to tell her that she indeed has a heart condition, but are unable to treat her effectively, portraying how ineffectual male patriarchy is in the life of this woman in particular....   [tags: Patriarchal Oppression, Marriage] 1273 words
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‘Surface Appearance is not Everything’ Discuss the Representation of the Undersides of Life Exploring Madness and the Supernatural in Charlotte Bronte - “Nineteenth-century Britain has been described as the ‘first industrial nation’ (Mathias 1983)” (Guy & Small. 2011: 13). Britain’s industrialisation during the eighteenth and nineteenth-century brought about significant changes transforming society as the technological advancements affected all aspects of life, that of cultural, social, political and economic circumstances. In particular the modern advancements of steam power technology expanded the industrial processes of printing which stimulated the economic growth within the writing industry, opening up forms of literature to a wider readership....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Jane and Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Nobody lives a perfect life. People will experience certain things that may have a great impact on them. For some, being let down or disappointed might be more normal than being happy. In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, the life lived by the protagonist, Jane, is full of disappointments. She was seldom happy, and when she did find her happiness in the man she loved, even he seemed to cross her. If her life wasn’t such as sad one, the events that occurred wouldn’t have impacted her the way they did....   [tags: Relationships, Marriage, Dissapointment]
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Being the Meat in the Sandwich: Implications of the double colonisation of empire and patriarchy by the female characters in Wide Sargasso Sea - One of the many ways that postcolonial literature accomplishes the task of challenging the hegemony of western imperialism is through the use of a ‘canonical counter-discourse,’ a strategy whereby ‘a post-colonial writer takes up a character or characters, or the basic assumptions of a canonical text [where a colonialist discourse is developed directly or indirectly], and unveils [its colonialist] assumptions, subverting the text for post-colonial purposes’. (Tiffin, 1987) Such a revolutionary literary project is evidently realised in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, a prequel that ‘writes back the centre’ of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847)....   [tags: Book Analysis, Colonialism, Oppression of Women]
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The Impossibility of the Angel and the Monster - Angela Carter’s short story “The Lady of the House of Love” opens in an abandoned Romanian village where the queen of the vampires, known as the Countess, lives. Despite living in a castle, the Countess keeps to herself in a dark suite. Her only company is her pet lark and her keeper, an old, mute crone. The Countess despises her un-dead existence in the shadows. She longs to be human, but does not know if this is possible. During the day she lies in her coffin and at night, the Countess’ keeper lets her out to feed....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Limits and Challenges of the Feminist Critical Approach - Feminist literary criticism is an approach to literary criticism that is most concerned with the role of women within the context of literature. This includes how female characters are created and understood within any given text, in addition to the role of female authors and female readers. This paper shall focus on some of the theoretical concepts which have been contributed to the feminist literary discourse. It shall compare and contrast aspects of theory put forth by three prominent feminist critics, while also considering the arguments raised by three écriture feminine scholars....   [tags: Literary Criticism, Gender Roles]
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The Tragedy on the Street of Flowers - José Maria Eça de Queirós, though not worldly renowned, is arguably the greatest Portuguese novelist of his time. In 1877, he wrote a novel titled “The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers” (“The Tragedy”); however, it was not published until many years following his death. The novel is a tragic love story about a cocotte (prostitute) named Genoveva de Molineux and a lawyer named Vítor da Silva. The story follows the love between these two individuals which ultimately leads to the death of Genoveva....   [tags: José Maria Eça de Queirós]
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Comparing Jane Eyre and Yellow Wallpaper - Similarities Between Jane Eyre and Yellow Wallpaper    There are notable similarities between Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. These similarities include the treatment of space, the use of a gothic tone with elements of realism, a sense of male superiority, and the mental instability of women. There is a similar treatment of space in the two works, with the larger, upstairs rooms at the summer lodging and at Thornfield Hall being associated with insanity and the smaller rooms below being safer and saner....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Creole as a Third Space in Jean Rhys’ Novel - Jean Rhys writes Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) as a prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre (1847) in order to give life to Bertha Mason, a Jamaican creole who is locked in the attic as a madwoman by her English husband, Rochester. Rhys thinks that Bertha is completely undermined and negated in Bronte’s novel. Bronte’s silences over Bertha’s identity and history enforce Rhys to break the unspoken and deliberately neglected white creole’s identity; and give her a voice that humanizes this supposedly inferior creole, and validates her quest for identity and belonging while also challenging Western hegemonic expectations and conditions....   [tags: jean rhys, jean eyre, wide sargasso sea]
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Reconstruction of Agency and Humanity in Female Protagonists - Lutchmee and Dilloo: A Story of West Indian Life by Edward Jenkins was the first attempt to influence public opinion against the indenture servitude system by making the victims into characters that the reader could empathize with. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys explores the one-dimensional character, Bertha Mason of Bronte’s Jane Eyre. In her version Rhys attempts to develop Antoinette into an individual and portray her not as the Madwoman from the attic, but as a victim of the external forces of a patriarchal society....   [tags: Literature]
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The Feminist Approach - Feminist literary criticism is approach that is most concerned with the role of women within the context of literature. This includes how female characters are created and understood within any given text, in addition to the role of female authors and female readers. This paper shall focus on some of the theoretical concepts which have been contributed to the feminist literary discourse. It shall compare and contrast aspects of theory put forth by three prominent feminist critics, while also considering the arguments raised by three écriture feminine scholars....   [tags: Literature]
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Analysis of Bertha Mason´s Character in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Bertha Rochester’s introduction into Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte had an immense impact on her present life and aligned with the disappointments in her past. Bertha Rochester is the madwoman who lives in Mr. Rochester’s attic. She lives there because she is Mr. Rochester’s wife who was kept a secret from Jane. Mr. Rochester married her, not knowing what he was getting himself into it. Bertha Rochester is also the sister to Mr. Mason who was bitten and stabbed by her. Her existence and secret marriage to Mr....   [tags: Past, Wife, Meltall Illness]
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Charlotte Bronte's Jane eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - Charlotte Bronte's Jane eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea The Sargasso Sea is a relatively still sea, lying within the south-west zone of the North Atlantic Ocean, at the centre of a swirl of warm ocean currents. Metaphorically, for Jean Rhys, it represented an area of calm, within the wide division between England and the West Indies. Within such an area, a sense of stability, permanence and identity may be attained, despite the powerful, whirling currents which surround it. But outside of this ?sea?, one may be destabilised, drawn away by these outside forces, into the vast expanse of ?ocean....   [tags: Compare Contrast Bronte Rhys Essays]
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Essay on Women in the Plays of William Shakespeare - Women in the Plays of Shakespeare        By paying close attention to the woman's part in Shakespeare's plays, we can see his works with a new perspective. But we must remember that we are examining a male dramatist of extraordinary range writing in a remote period when women's position was in obvious ways more restricted and less disputed than in our own period. Sandra Gilbert writes in The Madwoman in the Attic that literature is defined as a mirror held up to society and nature, "the mimetic aesthetic that begins with Aristotle and descends through Shakespeare implies that the poet, like a lesser God, has made or engendered an alternative, mirror-universe in which he actually seems to...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Charlotte Bronte - “Nineteenth-century Britain has been described as the ‘first industrial nation’ (Mathias 1983)” (Guy. 2011: 13). Britain’s industrialisation during the eighteenth and nineteenth-century brought about significant changes transforming society as the technological advancements affected all aspects of life, that of social, political and economic circumstances. In particular the modern advancements of steam power technology expanded the industrial processes of printing which stimulated the economic growth within the writing industry, this marked the era of the novel....   [tags: Life Exploring Madness, Supernatural]
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King Lear - Reaction to Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm I found the ending to Aunt Ada Doom's story a very Austen-like way of dispelling the myth of the Madwoman in the Attic. And, of course, Flora gets this idea from Mansfield Park. The madwoman, who isn't truly mad to begin with, can be cured with something as simple as a copy of Vogue and a trip to Paris. There is no ongoing psychological torment or dramatic death. Madness can be cured by good, old-fashioned materialism. Perhaps Bertha Rochester could have undergone the same "therapy." Elfine's wedding reception also seems to be a way of putting down Victorian psychological drama and upholding Austen's purism: There they all we...   [tags: essays research papers] 434 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily - Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily      William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" hold numerous similarities. Both stories show the influences of society and the slow decay on a particular woman. The title of each piece becomes important to the plot and ultimate outcome. In several ways, each title takes shape to portray symbolism in one sense or another. The references to color identify contradictory messages to those who have not heard of these stories, while the title itself takes physical form and is "living" at some point in the piece....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays]
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Gothic and Feminist Elements of The Yellow Wallpaper - Gothic and Feminist Elements of The Yellow Wallpaper       Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" has been interpreted in many ways over the years. Modernist critics have applied depth psychology to the story and written about the symbolism of sexual repression in the nursery bars, the chained-down bed, and the wallpaper. Genre critics have discussed the story as an example of supernatural gothic fiction, in which a ghost actually haunts the narrator. But most importantly, feminist critics (re)discovered the story in the 1970s and interpreted it as a critique of a society that subjugated women into the role of wife and mother and repressed them so much that all they could ever...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Morrison's Bluest Eye Essay: Self-Definition - In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, the struggle begins in childhood. Two young black girls -- Claudia and Pecola -- illuminate the combined power of externally imposed gender and racial definitions where the black female must not only deal with the black male's female but must contend with the white male's and the white female's black female, a double gender and racial bind. All the male definitions that applied to the white male's female apply, in intensified form, to the black male's, white male's and white female's black female....   [tags: Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye]
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In the Dust - It is a recurrent theme in both politics and literature that many people defined as “weak,” whether due to physical or mental impairment, are left behind in the wake of society, forgotten and trampled like blossoms in the dust. It is a commonly accepted idea, but one not often thoroughly explored. However, because of the mastery of Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, and Charlotte Brontë, this faint wisp of a theme transforms into a palpable flesh-and-blood vessel for a powerful statement on the human condition....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Summary of Wild Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Antionette is a young girl who is a daughter of an ex-slave owner. She lives at Coulibri Estates in Jamaica with her mother Annette, Pierre her handicap brother, and Christophine their servant. They aren’t accepted in their neighborhood because they are white and used to own slaves. She only has one friend, Tia. Tia is the daughter of one of the servants. Tia turns against Antionette one day for no reason. She calls Antionette poor and trashy. Annette gets married to Mr. Mason in Spanish Town....   [tags: essays research papers] 420 words
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Antoinette’s Search for Home in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) presents some of the complicated issues of postcolonial Caribbean society. Rhys’ protagonist, Antoinette Cosway, a white Creole in Jamaica, suffers racial antagonism, sexual exploitation and male suppression. She is a victim of a system, which not only dispossessed her from her class but also deprived her as an individual of any means of meaningful, independent survival and significance. Postcolonial Caribbean society is not able to address and enhance the expectations of the colonized people after its emancipation but lingers on and sustains in the older residues of colonial project....   [tags: caribbean, jamaican society,sexual exploitation]
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