Paine, Thomas. “The Crisis.” Elements of Literature. Austin: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2002. 108-111. Print..
Isobel Callaghan faces struggles with personal identity whilst living in a patriarchal society of the 1950’s. Amy Witting endeavours into Isobel’s traumatic childhood that branches into her adulthood, exploring her mother’s sadistic mind games in which she implements on Isobel and the transitioning of Isobel’s childhood defence mechanism into her adult life. Through the revelation of Isobel’s true calling to be a writer, she reflects and accepts her harrowing past. Isobel’s mother discourages Isobel’s imaginative and creative flare throughout the novel I for Isobel, Isobel begins to believe all she does is erroneous causing her to restrict her own creativity. Isobel protects herself from her mother’s disapprovals by adopting a form of protection,
In order to illustrate the changes, the authors employed similar plots and writing skills. The two novels both started from foster families and ended with happy marriages. Perhaps the authors wanted to cast some light on the fact that a broken family had a far-reaching effect on a child’s life. Jane Eyre became rebellious and self-isolated in her struggles at Gateshead while Moll Flanders’ childhood foreshadowed her helplessness and powerlessness throughout her life. In fact the two foster homes differed greatly.
Romantic Love in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In her novel The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood addresses the concept of different expression of romantic love through the eyes of Offred, a woman who has lost almost all her freedom to a repressive, dystopic society. Throughout her struggle against oppression and guilt, Offred's view evolves, and it is through this process that Atwood demonstrates the nature of love as it develops under the most austere of circumstances. The first glimses of romantic love one notes in this novel are the slivers of Offred's memeories of Luke, her husband from whom she has been separated. For the most part they are sense memories--she recalls most of all images of comfort: of lying in her husband's arms, of his scent, and of little details of his appearance--but also a sense of connectedness that gives her identity. And it is this that she misses the most.
Throughout the novel, Hawthorne reveals his character's conflicting emotions and hearts. Hester Prynne masks her shame and attempts to resume her normal life. After being publicly humiliated for committing the transgression of adultery, Hester continues her life with a stronger personality. At first, Hester is ashamed of herself and of the direct proof of her sin, Pearl. However, after coping with her sin and allowing herself time to realize her mistake, she believes the “badge of shame” (Hawthorne 58) will teach her daughter and benefit her.