The grandmother also known as Tha’mma has a terrible past and wants to reunite her family. As one English and One Bengali family join they face war and violence together. The narrator has passionate feelings toward Ila and becomes sexual attracted to her. He never states his feelings because he is afraid of losing her. However, one night he watches her as she changes clothes and tries to rape her.
As a result, she becomes even more emotionally troubled, leading to her killing Homer. After her father dies, Emily denies that he is dead. Had the authorities not intervened, she would have kept the corpse - proving she is not rational. Subsequently, Emily falls sick but when she recovers, and is seen in public by the townspeople“her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl” (3). Emily’s juvenile appearance is symbolic of her sexual immaturity because her father deprived her of her many chances to marry.
The short story “Mother” concerns Elizabeth Willard, the mother of George Willard, Winesburg’s newsboy. She had wasted her life by not fulfilling any of her dreams and hopes George can grow up to do what she could not. One day, while walking through the hallways of the Old Willard House, the family hotel, Elizabeth eavesdrops on her husband, Tom, as he talks to George about his purpose in life. In a subtle case of irony, Tom advises George to make financial success his number one priority despite himself being rather lazy and unsuccessful. Horrified by what she has witnessed, Elizabeth attempts to murder Tom fearing their son could potentially value materialistic possessions over anything else.
She decides to take a swim keep in mind it is the end of summer and it is now getting a bit cold, therefore nearly all readers have an idea about what is about to happen. She changes into her bathing suit leaving her clothes behind another entity that is used to foreshadow her death. She eventually gets to edge of the beach where the beach and water meet and removes her bathing suit. She was now nude on the beach and was headed to her death. Now she had broken two enormous cultural boundaries back then, one was cheating on her husband a man who she was supposed to obey her entire life and now was cƒompletely nude out in public.
She was abused and raped by her stepfather and then by her own husband. This abusiveness took away all of Celie’s ambitions and drove her into a state of fear. That is why she refers to these men only known as Mister, for she had lost her feelings. She feared them so much that she would always do whatever she was told without hesitation, because she was fearful of being beaten. The first evidence comes from the opening line of the novel, You better not never tell nobody but God… (P.11).
She was also often teased about being ugly. A memory that had imprinted on her life the most was when she was brutally raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. At first, she felt like Mr. Freeman truly loved her and that she wasn’t alone anymore. “I didn’t want to admit that I had in fact like his holding me, or that I had liked his smell or the hard heart-beating, so I said nothing”. As a seven year old, Angelou didn’t realize the immorality of Mr. Freeman’s sexually abuse.
After a negative response to Baba’s proposal, he punches Ammu and subsequently she leaves him. However, Ammu’s objectification does not overshadow the decision she makes, demonstrating independency and willpower, uncommon among other Indian women at the time. Divorcing Baba makes Baby Kochama dislike her, and her tilt towards going against social norms brings her a future of hate. After the death of Velutha, Ammu cries, being “the first time they’d (the twins) seen their mother cry”. Although she has suffered a lot, she shows a tough and mature personality concerning her
Again, Blanche’s husband killed himself while they were both very young, traumatizing Blanche in the long run. Still feeling the guilt of her husband’s death, Blanche plays a role as a constant victim or as though she was never guilty of indecency. The fact that her husband had committed suicide while they were so young pushes Blanche to live in her own mental state where she is young still. This causes her to be so wrapped up in her appearance that she will not even go out in daylight or allow house lights to be bright in the room. Blanche requires constant reassurance that she looks young and beautiful from everyone she encounters, especially men.
Of course, the latter’s self-centeredness and depravity are already well-established when it becomes known that he rapes young girls, but other villagers are also guilty when they allow him to continue. In many cases, it is greed that prevents them from standing up since some know “that when he [is] finished with them, the girls would fetch a decent bride price” because of how scared and docile they become because of these incidents (296). Even if this brings money to a poor family, Freed uses the nameless girl’s story of her rape to demonstrate that no amount of trauma given to any victim is worth any material comforts. In a similarly selfish case, Grace, de Jong’s maid, is delighted to hand captured girls over to her master because “then she’d have her two weeks off” (300). Although she begins to feel a special bond with this girl in particular, the fear of de Jong and the desire to be free for two weeks outweigh that attachment, and she acquiesces to his demands.
The loss of motherly love and affection has a tremendous impact on her future since now her sole guardian, James, expresses no responsibility towards her. Instead, he molests Frances on the night of Kathleen’s funeral to lessen the grief of his lost daughter. As a result “These disturbing experiences plague Frances with overwhelming feelings of low self worth and guilt that haunt h... ... middle of paper ... ...ld 138). After getting raped by her own father, Kathleen had no desire of living anymore. She left her soul in New York where she was living her dream life in freedom.