The only person who might understand is Robert, who she loves. But even he turns pale when Edna speaks derisively of his want for her husband to give her to him, saying that she can give herself to whomever she chooses. There is no one in the novel who has the same mindset as Edna. The isolation and pressure from society and her husband adds to her madness, cumulating in an eventual breakdown where she smashes a vase and throws off her wedding ring. The casting away of her ring symbolizes Edna throwing off the shackles of society and a loveless marriage to be her own person.
Although the Nurse still meets a tragic end in Brooke's poem, she teaches the audience a slightly different lesson. In Brooke's version, the Nurse acts on the behalf of Juliet greedily and without compassion, which results in her exile at the end of the poem for being a cause of the tragedy (2986). Though her exile, Brooke illustrates the evil of greed as the Nurse, being only a servant, had no reason to get involved in Juliet's love affair, but does so anyway because of the money involved. The Nurse finds herself in a bad situation because of her greed, and therefore is exiled. Interestingly enough, both Brooke and Shakespeare, though creating different versions of Juliet's Nurse, manage to teach a lesson to the audience through her faults, revealing the truth that it is ultimately one's faults that reveal their fate.
“The dinginess, the crudity of this average section of womanhood made him feel how highly specialized she was” (Wharton 6). In the House of Mirth, the main character Lily Bart spends her entire life trying to escape this idea of dinginess. On her quest to maintain society’s approval, she denies her true identify along with any hope of ever finding true love and is eventually “blotted out” by this society (Ammons 348). In the beginning of the novel, Wharton reveals the thoughts of Seldon toward Lily Bart. “He was aware that the qualities distinguishing her from the herd of her sex were chiefly external: as though a fine glaze of beauty and fastidiousness had been applied to vulgar clay” (Wharton 7).Wharton builds this physical attraction between Seldon and Lily Bart by letting readers into the mind of Seldon and the delicate actions of Lily Bart.
“[T]he evil which she [inherits] from her [mother] must be great indeed, if a noble woman [does] not grow out of this elfish child.” (62) Pearl is born out-of-wedlock and adultery. She has to live with that sin all of her life. Hester fears that it will be her fault if Pearl does not grow up into someone with a good heart. All of Hester’s grief from her sinful act with Dimmesdale transfers into Pearl to give her a “demon ori... ... middle of paper ... ...earl knows that this is mean and she doesn’t like it when people stare at her and Hester and say mean things to them. Pearl is in love with the scarlet letter, and she does not have any friends because she is consumed in the depravity of the scarlet letter and her mother.
could be divided into four cardinal virtues-piety, purity, submissiveness and domesticity." Furthermore, she adds that "if anyone, male or female, dared to tamper with the complex virtues which made up True Womanhood, he was damned immediately as an enemy of God, of civilization and of the Republic" (Welter 152). In Hannah W. Foster's The Coquette, the characters Major Sanford and Eliza Wharton violate True Womanhood condemning them both to wretched fates. Major Sanford continually violates the True Womanhood with his systematic seduction of women. Due to his assaults against female purity, Major Sanford is rejected by society for being devoid of virtue.
The truth, however, is that Quint only exists in the mind of the sexually deprived Governess who creates Quint to help herself cope with her longings for relations with the master, who might be represented by Miles. Moreover, since the social position of the Governess forces her to live away from all men, her motherly feelings towards Miles blur together with her longings for the master. Upon critical examination it can be concluded that upon his death Miles is not saved from Quint, but from the erotic longings of the Governess. The Governess characterizes Quint, who is only her hallucin... ... middle of paper ... ...e. As a result of the Governess's social position she is isolated from any males with the exception of Miles. Therefore, when Miles dies she is losing the object she uses for her sexual fantasies.
The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil” (II.ii.53-55). In this scene, she is taking charge of the situation by ignoring her husband’s inability to fully comprehend what he has just don... ... middle of paper ... ...rs life without power worse than death and would even prefer the latter. It was an atypical character trait at the time for a woman to desire power as greedily as Lady Macbeth does. The story of Lady Macbeth throughout Macbeth is one unlike those of its time in its unusually forward-thinking portrayal of a woman with thoughts and actions which would have been considered indecent.
The tigers Aunt Jennifer is creating are described as “proud and unafraid” (12), which is the exact opposite of Aunt Jennifer. This woman is clearly unhappy and living vicariously through her creations. She perhaps does not feel she has the sanction to change anything in her life so as to make it more enjoyab... ... middle of paper ... ...nhappy woman whose life is not fulfilled; this alone gives each of the poems a dark tone. In “Barbie Doll” the reader can see that societies unrealistic expectations for girls and women contribute to their subordination, as many of them cannot live up to these standards. Just as in “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” her husband caused the subordination of Aunt Jennifer because he was holding her back.
In the novel, Daisy is immoral in the sense that she unable to love Gatsby due to her inability to compromise her financial security or when she allows Gatsby to take the fall for killing Myrtle. By being a leading factor in Gatsby’s death, she completely destroys the innocence that is represented by her name. Daisies are beautiful flowers, yet they are ephemeral, making them whither, which is a parallel to Daisy’s true corrupt identity (Arrington). Due to the reality of Daisy destructiveness, the flower delineates the skewed view Gatsby had about Daisy was from his false view of the American dream. In addition, Fitzgerald mentions roses because on the surface they represent beauty and love, but beyond the surface there have gruesome thorns.
The wonders of Belinda’s face are brought out and are enhanced through the use of cosmetics. The nature... ... middle of paper ... ...of Beauty is full of condemnation for cosmetics and threats to women about the ‘dangers’ of cosmetics. In The Rape of the Lock and The Progress of Beauty, both Pope and Swift give representations of the nature and function of cosmetics in eighteenth century society. Their representations are completely contrasting, as the representation of the nature of cosmetics given by Pope is positive, yet Swift represents a negative nature of cosmetics. Pope represents cosmetics to perform the function of enhancing natural beauty.