“Jane Eyre: The Temptations of a Motherless Woman.” Jane Eyre (An Authoritative Text, Contexts, and Criticisms). Ed. Richard J. Dunn. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2001. 469-83.
I put myself under so much unnecessary pressure that distracted me from having a normal peaceful mind. During that time, I had to pause and think deeply about the reasons why I was dramatically broken into pieces. After many days of struggle and therapy, I was able to realize that my approach and concept about taking care of my mother was absolutely unnecessary and incorrect. I realized that by giving more attention to my mother, I was not helping her to deal with our separation. However, I was unable to understand why I couldn 't think like any of my friends who had left their single parents.
The behavior of the women in the Red Center had their daily lives scheduled out, from taking a walk to going to the bathroom. As well as, their beliefs were ideologically restricted, and altered. Anything they previously believed was now seen as evil and unhealthy. In the Red Center the women were stripped of their old identities and given new ones that virtually looked like brainwashed obedient sex slaves. Offred reflects on the fact that the training seems to be working and changing the women when she said, “already we were losing the taste for freedom; already we were finding these walls secure” (Attwood 133).
Isobel’s mother is the most predominant reason for Isobel’s past being traumatic. Isobel adopts a protective guard recognised as walls, along her journey the walls are shaken causing curiosity and encouraging her to explore her distressing past. The book The Words Of The Saints triggers a curiosity in Isobel prompting a visit to her old, where she finds the connection between her emotions and the book. Running into Mrs Adams in her visit she is confronted with the revelation of her true identity as a
It may be tricky and tough but to move forward it is necessary. Katie must defeat her fears but can’t stop replaying her past in her head. The main focus of fear is from her husband, Kevin, but when she becomes strong enough she fights back and defeats him. Trusting others is difficult for Katie, especially in a new town where she doesn’t know many people. Katie ends up meeting little girl, Kristen, Her neighbor, Jo, and a store owner, Alex.
From the outset of 'The Handmaids Tale' the reader is placed in an unknown world, where the rights and freedom of women have been taken away. We follow the narrative journey of a handmaid, named Offred. Throughout the first 15 Chapters we are provided with information, as narrated by Offred, with glimpses of her past life and her journey to the life she is now facing. These glimpses are not logical in their sequencing or chronological in the narration, therefore creating a feeling of disorientation among readers, a feeling matching that experienced by those living in this society. This also provokes many questions in the reader’s mind along with creating tension and expectation as to the nature of the procreation which we have come to understand is the function of the handmaids.
Throughout The Handmaid’s Tale, the author Margaret Atwood gives the reader an understanding of what life would be like in a theocratic society that controls women’s lives. The narrator, Offred gives the reader her perspective on the many injustices she faces as a handmaid. Offred is a woman who lived before this society was established and when she undergoes the transition to her new status she has a hard time coping with the new laws she must follow. There are many laws in this government that degrade women and give men the authority of each household. All women are placed in each household for a reason and if they do not follow their duties they are sent away or killed.
Today, women struggle to rediscover and reconcile their new societal roles with their feminine identity. In the book, Kolbenschlag uses Dorothy of the "Wizard of Oz" as the feminine model that must confront the psychological challenges along her path in order to reintegrate her true feminine self. (p.20) Women are orphaned in so many ways by our society, but through realizing certain truths can we befriend the orphan within us. Previously, Kolbenschlag felt that there were only two levels of feminine consciousness: those asleep and those who were awaking. (p.78) However, in today's society distinguishing these levels have become more complex.
She constantly makes comparisons and contrasts with the life she is living in Gilead to the life she lived before the regime. As readers we notice the lack of identity of this character since the beginning. The narrator often tries to resolve her issues of identity by rebelling and finding a sense of purpose for her life. She does this by maintaining illegal relationships and reminding herself who she was. Towards the
She felt that her husband's death had liberated her fro a kind of prison and she was free to assert herself and do things she wanted to do. Silko did not seem to be very disturbed at being away from home. She did not even consider her presence important for the baby. Silko conveyed this impression when she said, "My mother and grandmother will raise the baby. Al will find someone else and they will go on like before" (191).