Her sister Josephine was careful to tell her sister of the tragic loss of her brother-in-law, since her sister was "afflicted by heart trouble." Upon the first reading of this sentence, readers might infer that Mrs. Mallard suffered from a broken heart and may have even dabbled in extra martial activities, or she may have suffered from a previous heart attack. It is unclear to the reader whether this outburst that Mrs. Mallard experiences is due to grief or joy. Only after reading further into the short story would one understand the importance of Josephine kneeling at the bedroom door requesting admission (paragraph 16). Kate Chopin skillfully places these words at the opening of her story to allow readers to envision Mrs. Mallard as frail.
Most analyses of the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, explain the newly emerged awareness and struggle against the societal forces that repress her. However, they ignore the weaknesses in Edna that prevented her from achieving the personal autonomy that she glimpsed during her periods of "awakening". Kate Chopin chooses to have Edna take a "final swim" as evidence of her absolute defeat as an insightful study of the limitations that prevent any woman from achieving the ultimate goal of self-actualization. Simply put, Edna's awakening leads to her suicide. Newly aware of the meanings her life could take on, the awakened part of herself presents Edna with a command to take action.
Unless she leaves her dollhouse to establish herself as an entity, the miracle would have been wasted. Furthermore, she must shed her doll's dresses and educate herself before she could carry out any duties towards her precious children. A mother's presence and love is so priceless and unique in that not only does it provide us comfort, but it also guides us along the rough road of life. Because Nora's father and her husband had wronged her so greatly, she is completely secluded from the society and thus possesses no experiences at all. This is well exposed by Christine's remark of "...since [Nora knows] so little about the worries and hardships of life] and Nora's own incomprehensibility of her crime.
Holding her own femininity safe, she has rendered herself barren, unable to have a daughter of her own not because of infertility but because of fear. Sentence ten and eleven reveal the sad state of confusion the daughter finds herself in. She neither understands what has happened nor does she see a way out of her grandmother's house. Through the masterful use of words and allusions, Olga Broumas was able to twist the Little Red Riding Hood story into one of her own pain. Using the select words, she was able to create a piece of literature that so many people could relate to.
Once Marilyn eventually ends up similar to her mother she decides to focus on Lydia’s future from an early age. She focuses so intently, that she overlooked the fact that maybe Lydia didn’t want to become all these things that her mother had imagined. Ng shows her Lydia’s neglect to her parent’s desires when Marilyn found out that, “ It had not been science that Lydia had loved...As if the tears are telescopes, she begins to see more clearly.... Everything that she had wanted for Lydia, which Lydia had never wanted but embraced anyway (247).” Lydia’s parents are filled with guilt as soon as they find about their daughter’s disappearance; they realized that their expectations of Lydia to fulfill their lost dreams had ultimately taken the best of her. Marilyn had just found out that she did not have desires of becoming a doctor because Lydia did want to see the disappointment in their parents. After finding the stethoscope and other articles in Lydia’s room given by her parents, it became evident that Marilyn and James had gone too far.
(4) Trapped in a room with no aesthetic pleasure, she was left to her own thoughts. Societal norms said th... ... middle of paper ... ...e revenge of thinking that your cruelty rises from your greater misery." (528) In defiance of Heathcliff, Cathy symbolically defies society in one sentence. Society's way of thinking has made Heathcliff miserable but it will not make Cathy miserable. Her life will go unscathed by these restrictions placed on the first generation.
Feeling trapped and untrue to her own unwanted desires, she begins to see the entire world as a wretched place populated by miserable, entrapped individuals just like herself. Through death alone, she feels she can secure a place in Vronsky's heart. Death is also the only decision that she is free to carry out on her own. The place that Anna occupies is like that of a child, making up tasks for herself to fill the time, while others make the decisions that affect her life. Anna tries to interest herself with educating the English girl, writing a children's book, but these are all distractions from the fact that she has nowhere to go.
Breaking down exactly what a glass menagerie is begins to deve... ... middle of paper ... ...ood). It is no coincidence that Laura dropped out of high school, fails to attend her typing class, and has social anxiety. In conclusion, Ms. Wingfield runs her house as if it were an inescapable menagerie for training her children to be exhibited to society. When her daughter Laura is finally exhibited to society from this type of treatment, she is broken by the sudden exposure to the world. Also, Amanda’s authoritative behavior does not allow her children to experience God’s grace and psychologically detriments her children.
This means that they did not walk in and tell Mrs. Mallard her husband had died. They used great care to walk around the subject, to lead Mrs. Mallard to her own conclusion that her husband was now dead. (Chopin) Wiggs 2 The conflict continues in the next passage, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away... ... middle of paper ... ...egaining her husband and all of the loss of freedom her marriage entails.
The book is a work of fiction that mirrors Gibbons own life. The story is narrated by Ellen herself. It is unusual for the subject of a story to also narrate. Ellen uses different verb tenses, going back and forth from past to present. Gibbons stressed that Ellen was afraid of her mother dying when Ellen would lie next to her mom in bed and check to see if she was breathing.