In Helen’s therapy session, she describe being discontent with her life. She specifically identifies her marriage as an area where she is not happy. Furthermore, Helen’s “top dog” is telling her that she must always play the role of a good worker and wife, otherwise calamity is bound. Her polarized belief is displayed when she says that “people will not make it if you are not where you said you would be” (MyLab, n.d). Additionally, the defense mechanism Helen is portraying is introjection, which is uncritically accepting beliefs of others, because she avoids taking responsibility for her own self. Lastly, Helen reports that change will be difficult, placing her in the impasses layer of neurosis, characterized by feeling trapped (MyLab,
Society has changed a lot in the last couple of decades, though, at the time set in the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the stereotype was very much alive. Even today echoes of this archaic family model still exist. Being normal, and adapting to society, can often lead a person to feel a sense of belonging in the short term. However, the penalty for conforming is that the individual can be lost. Giving up your personal goals, in the pursuit of those passed down from your family can lead to a lifetime of regrets. Basing decisions on societal norms can also have devastating consequences, leading the individual to become lost in a mundane life that is not of their choosing. Martha and George created a fictional son for their private needs to take away from the failure they felt as married individuals by not being able to conceive a child. Nick and Honey started their marriage to fill their roles as future parents in the expected family dynamic. Confronting each couple is a personal failure resulting in an unrealized future. Neither couple has a desire to admit their shortcomings for fear of judgment from the other couple. The play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? displays how the desire to be normal and successful, in the eyes of our peers, impacts our life
One cannot escape change it’s inevitable. Change happens all the time; it is a part life. Yet, even though we adjust all the time, we never realized how much our own family modified us. They alter us more than we do ourselves. They change everything in their path; even how we assess the society that surrounds us. Take Anne Frank’s family, Otto, Edith, and Margo Frank, for instance. They were of the Jewish religion, and When Adolf Hitler came into power they were treated harshly, and were abrasively discriminated along with other Jews and undesirables. Although all of the things that were happening around them the Frank family didn’t loath their society, actually all they felt was dismay because they sensed that all this was...
Helen comes from a very low class family and community. Helen’s family is known as what is called “the ghetto”, although they may not have riches they have a great heart that unites them happily. Helen depended so much on a believed love who failed her. Helen never really came far on her education due to having everything with Charles. Charles lost interest on Helen, but she was blindfolded to see that her happiness didn’t exist. Charles has had an affair during their matrimony with a light complected woman who is mother of his two children. The woman had more power over Helen’s feelings because Charles realized his children needed him. Charles left Helen without much to do, kicking her out o...
Seeing Helen from the beginning,and the way she dresses, and the house she lived in, you would think she came from a wealthy family and has been raised to dress very elegant like, when in reality it’s the total opposite. Before Charles, Helen was raised in what you call a “ghetto” neighborhood. Her mother is a christian lady but her grandmother would not be scared to run over a human being. They have a two story frame home and associate with many people regardless of who they are and where they come from. You can assume Helen has a high school education seeing that she can read, write and spell. Helen has no work experience because she has been dependant on Charles. Because Charles pampered her with what she wanted, abused her and treated her with disrespect, she has changed her ways. Helen learns to work for what she wants, stand up for herself, keep her guard up even when not needed and not put up with any disrespect.
Two stories are brought together “A&P” and “Gryphon” to represent the struggles that every character faces. Sammy the main character in “A&P”, and Tommy the main character in “Gryphon” face a struggle that will put them to the test. For Sammy the struggle is, should he stand up to his boss and defend the girls or should he let it go. Tommy faces the conflict of, does he believe the substitute teacher and defend her against everyone else or does he follow what everybody else is doing. In their stories, Tommy and Sammy are put up against a conflict that they have never seen before, and their “job” is to decide what they should do and how they should approach the problem.
Although characters, such as Laura and the narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper lived a comfortable life provided by their husbands, they do not live a fulfilling one. These characters live a life in which they serve their husband and are viewed to be less than the men that take care of them. The narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper is completely aware of the fact that her husband does not view them as equals and it does weigh heavy on her mental stability. However in The Garden Party, Laura does not seem to be that aware of how much her opinions do not matter to those around her, this could be due to her age or she accepts this attitude as the social norm. The Yellow Wallpaper and The Garden Party showed the views of women inequality from the standards of two separate women who had two different views; a view point in which the character was not able to handle it and from a viewpoint in which the character oblivious to that fact or just did not care. Great stories like this help us appreciate how far we have
She allows her mother to control her and make decisions for her. During their conversation, she asks her mom if she should marry Mr. Jones even if she does not love him. Her mother does not seem to care until Helen mentions that he is Vice-President of the company. Her mother says that she should marry him whether she loves him or not because he will be able to take care of her and Helen. They continue to discuss how Helen can marry this man that she doesn’t like so she will never have to work again and he can support her mother, or she can say no at the risk of losing her job and not being able to support her mother anymore. Helen ties in how life is making her “feel like I’m stifling!” (591). Again, I feel this is another representation of Helen not being able to handle the pressures of society. Helen can’t talk about important decisions she has to make without feeling claustrophobic and blowing up by saying things like “I’ll kill you!” (592). I think she blows up because her mother is always nagging her and she can’t handle it in that moment anymore, especially since it is a conversation about
...an only find true happiness in marriage with someone who shares similar manners and treasure people’s qualities over their look and status. This is when Anne’s sensibility allows her to disregard her family’s persuasion and become determined to fulfill her love with Wentworth.
For example, his mother. In the text, it says, “This time, struggling with the shaking of her voice, she said, ‘Darling, you do not know what it has been like, all these years.’ By which he understood, finally, that he was not important to her. Not that important” (66). Ian always assumed that his mother’s personality was nothing more, and when she announces that she will be leaving with another man, Ian feels betrayed by her. He does not accept her for putting her own happiness before family, an action he expects any good mother should. Ian also knows that his father wants Ian to stay with him in Struan, even if he says he wants Ian to do what he wants and does not want to tie him down. He thinks to himself, “He looked exhausted. Was he ever going to get over it? And if he didn’t, how could Ian leave him? The thought swamped him with guilt, and the guilt made him angry. You shouldn’t have to feel pop guilty about living your own life. You shouldn’t have to be responsible for your parents’ happiness. It wasn’t fair” (110). Although Ian knows his father is trying his best, he still feels burdened by the pressure his father needs to endure and blames his mother for leaving him. Ian tries his best to do his part and help out at the clinic, but he feels like his own happiness is obstructed by the need to help his
The mother of Frank McCourt, Angela, is an antagonist. She blamed Malachy Sr. for all of their problems calling him “useless,” “sitting on your arse by the fire is no place for a man”(218). Angela constantly ridiculing Malachy Sr. could be the cause of his alcohol addiction. Angela never made him feel like a man throughout the book she was always putting him down, the assumption of alcohol was the only thing he was really happy about. Angelas constant nagging drove him away leaving his family without much. Also, Angela constantly abandons her children. Her sexual desires caused her to continue having children despite the hunger and poverty they were already facing. Every time one of her children died she abandoned the rest of them, not taking care of them. The children had to survive on their own during her time of grieving. After Frank’s fight with Laman, Angela never once made sure Frank was okay. Instead she goes to Laman,
Frank’s Parents: Frank’s parents take countless hours each day helping Frank and making sure that he has anything he needs. They must learn to adapt to a selfless life of putting Frank’s needs before their own. Although this is often difficult and frustrating, they eventually come together as a family to make the best of their situation.
if Frank had a hand in her making, now she is her own possession and
Mother and Brother vs. Sister. In life, facing external conflicts is difficult, especially when one is unable to find a solution to such conflicts; for example, after reading the play, the readers are able to visualize in their minds Tom and his mother, Amanda arguing on a daily basis. Mothers have the tendency to ask their children a series of questions, especially as they get older—I can attest to this. A mother’s heart is like no other. Which is why often times, mothers tend to prevent their children from living their life freely: “AMANDA: I think you've been doing things that you're ashamed of. That's why you act like this. I don't believe that you go every night to the movies.” (The Glass Menagerie). Amanda needs to realize that Tom “goes to the movies every night,” mainly because gives him a little freedom. Such freedom gives Tom hope that one day he will be able to live his life freely; nonetheless, the readers can claim that Tom’s nightly trips will eventually force him to run away, freedom is calling him. As one reads The Glass Menagerie, one learns that a Brother vs. Sister external conflict exists; for example, Laura Wingfield is portrayed as a weak-minded young woman who does not the capacity to live life her own—she requires special assistance. Readers can claim that Tom Wingfield cares about his sister. Tom wants the best for his sister; therefore, the readers can conclude that this Brother vs. Sister external conflict is preventing Tom from living his life freely. Laura Wingfield lives in a fictional world. In Laura’s world, reality does not exist; therefore, the readers can claim that Laura has the physical features of a young woman. Her mind is not fully developed—it is a fictitious mind. External conflicts can affect one’s life greatly—I can attest to this. Over the last couple of weeks, I have decided to create a fictional world myself. A world