After the youngest sister plunged to her death during the first party they were allowed to have, and Lux came home late after the homecoming dance, their parents literally turned their home into a prison. “For most children, mothers and fathers set boundaries; for the Lisbon’s, it’s iron bars” (Berardinelli). They were not allowed out, had the tree cut down that was near their window, and even had actual bars put on the window... ... middle of paper ... ... ‘You’re not even old enough to know how hard life gets,’ he tells her. ‘Obviously, doctor,’ she says, ‘you’ve never been a 13-year-old girl.’ No, but his profession and every adult life is to some degree a search for the happiness she does not even know she has.” (Ebert). Bibliography Berardinelli, James, Review: American Beauty, http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/a/american_beauty.html, 1999 Berardinelli, James, Review: The Virgin Suicides, http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/v/sirgin_sucides.html, 2000 Bowman, James, Suffering Poses, American Spectator, Jun 2000, Vol 33, Issue 5, p. 66 Ebert, Roger, American Beauty, Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/print.cgi Ebert, Roger, The Virgin Suicides, Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/print.cgi , May 5, 2000 McKittrick, Casey, Shaping Pedophilic Discourse around American Beauty Happiness.
The novel tells the story of the Dollanganger family after their father dies suddenly in a car accident. Corrine, the mother, and her 4 children are left to deal with the aftermath. The children are given a rude awakening, they come to realize that their lovely lifestyle and all their beautiful, expensive things don’t truly belong to them. After a short time, their items and there home are going to be taken by the bank, which is when their mother reveals that they will be going to live with their grandmother. With promises of riches and luxury the children agree to go, but soon after arriving at the home of their grandmother they realize that it was a mistake.
The protagonist Emily, who is symbolic of the past, is in conflict with the present. Miss Emily was an only child to her father, who died and left her a house with no money. Before the death of her father, the Colonel Sartoris remitted her taxes. The “next generation,” (Faulkner 730), of mayors and aldermen made a decision that Miss Emily should also pay property taxes as everyone else. Miss Emily felt otherwise; they tried reaching out to Miss Emily but she was so stubborn that she did not reply.
“Targeted violence, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman” (Lisa Anderson). Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns is both an epic and horrendous account of two young Afghan women, Mariam and Laila. Blinded by the atrocious tragedies practiced on women in Afghanistan, Nana instructs her daughter, Mariam, that there is “only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life… And it’s this: tahamul. Endure” (Hosseini 17). What’s more, the reader sympathizes with the characters and “marvel at how every Afghan story is marked by death and loss and unimaginable grief.
At her father’s house she is told to go home as her father is away on a business trip. Mariam refuses to leave and is forced to sleep outside, poorly treated. In the morning, she goes to the yard and sees Jalil’s face in the window, shocked to understand her mother was right all along. When Mariam returns home to apologize to Nana, she finds her dead body hanging. After her mother’s death, Jalil and his three wives force fifteen year old Mariam to marry forty-five year old shoemaker, Rasheed.
Suddenly, the visits stop for nine months while the mother is on a honeymoon after marrying a very wealthy man. During those months, the grandmother whips them and denies them of food for one week. She begins to realize that the mother has left them and completely ignored their safety and wellbeing. An event that even more fuels this change in her mindset is that her grandfather has ... ... middle of paper ... ... shows this by taking charge such as when his younger brother is near-death sick and he forces his mother to take him to a hospital. Mindsets are generally important because they allow people to be able and identify bad habits or behaviors in the way they think.
She is so desperate for contact and for love that when she finds them, she is terrified of their leaving. She is pushed then to kill Daugherty 4 Homer, so that love will never leave her again. Miss Emily is a desperate individual formed by the relationships that isolated her, which resulted in her extreme actions. Emily and Homer's short—yet long lived—relationship reveals a common effect of love denied and confinement from contact: destruction.
His great aunt saves him and raises him until her death, which occurred when Cholly was only thirteen or fourteen years old. Cholly himself deserts his family, not physically but he is always in a drunken state and doesn't provide the family with the barest necessities. Cholly dies alone in a warehouse. Claudia MacTeer is the main narrator in the story. She is about nine years old when they story takes place, she is remembering the story.
Louise Gluck’s, “Gretel in darkness” is a haunting poem about the horrors the speaker, Gretel, faces and tries so hard to forget. The poem takes place after the witch’s death and Gretel has saved her brother and herself from her torment. Everything should be fine, Gretel says, “This is the world we wanted. All who would have seen us dead are dead.” This is suggestive of a dream that is achieved and portraying a character that is full of urgency, bitterness and violence. This contradicts with the title, “in darkness”, giving it an ironic tone.
A rather dark and disturbing short story written in 1931 by William Falkner, “A Rose For Emily” tells the tale of Emily Grierson, a troubled, and mysterious woman who has always been an outsider in her town. The story begins with the funeral of Emily, who had died at 74. Nobody, except her servant Tobe, had been inside her house for ten years, and the story goes back to this last encounter. Emily had had a special relationship with the town which allowed her to opt out on taxpaying because she couldn’t pay, but the newer generation did not like the idea. This is when the authorities went to her house to ask for payment, and she refused straight out.