In her book Arranged Marriage, Chitra Divakaruni repeatedly uses several themes to convey her abhorrence of the institution that is arranged marriages. The short stories she wrote were all full of misery and suffering. The four stories that show-case her distain toward this idea of mandatory monogamy are “The Bats”, “Clothes”, “The Maid Servant’s Story”, and “The Disappearance”. The three predominate themes in these four tales of tragedy are abuse, both physical and psychological, a lack of respect for women, and tragic endings. The four stories showcase these negative results of and show Chitra Divakaruni’s animosity toward arranged marriage.
When people see the growing relationship between him and Marnie, false accusations are immediately made about them, which add even more pain and suffering to their loneliness in this society. This story deals with the victimization of those who are different from others due to the superstitious beliefs of the villagers and their fear for the new and unknown. After her forced marriage with Isake Isherwood, Marnie and her husband arrive in Torcurra as foreigners, and she soon becomes a social outcast. Rumors and mutters fall upon this couple when the villagers learn that they occupy the old and isolated cottage used to be the home of the witch who was burned during a witch trial. When Marnie goes to the village market on her second day in Torccura, "[the market] was crowded and noisy, but the voices dropped as [Marnie] approached.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a young prince named Hamlet is shocked to learn of his father’s murder carried out by his uncle and his mother’s incestuous marriage with his uncle. Hamlet is undoubtedly angry and upset at his mother for remarrying so soon after the death of his father and begins to believe all women act in the same manner as his mother. Through Hamlet’s harsh treatment of the female characters, Shakespeare portrays an unjust distrust towards all women and their presumed potential for betrayal. The queen’s impetuous remarriage ruined Hamlet’s opinion on womanhood. After Hamlet’s speech about suicide and death, Hamlet describes the causes of his pain, specifically his disgust at his mother’s marriage to Claudius.
Already full of self-criticism and self-loathing (Grigg 140), Antoinette begins feeling an “unconscious sense of guilt,” the result of an identification with someone to whom the person has been erotically attached; and it is “often the sole remaining trace of the abandoned love –relation” (Grigg 141). While Rochester is determined not to love her, he cannot help but feel responsible for her, after all part of the exile, and therefore her undoing is attributed to him. Unable to walk away from the marriage, he sets out to make the best of it the only way he knows how, by locking her away, exiling her
She also acts crazier than Hamlet; this is especially evident in Act 4, scene 5 of the play. Her looks are empty and her speech, according to Gertrude, “is nothing” (4.5.8). She changes immediately in topic from love to death in the same song, exits the room, re-enters and continues with her singing. This is unlike Hamlet’s madness who is considered mad because people cannot understand him and because he has occasional violent outbursts, due to his anger about his unfortunate situation. Both madnesses are similar in that they stem from the loss of a father; the madnesses of the two
Both “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” have suggested that the patriarchy-centered society oppresses women and causes unfavorable effects on women, marriages and society. In “The Story of an Hour”, the ‘heart trouble’ that Louise is suffering from can be physical and emotional. Chopin vaguely indicates that the marriage between Louise and Brently is unhappy and it stifles Louise’s freedom. “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death” (par. 13).
Hamlet blames Gertrude's incestous act for the death of his father. "A bloody deed. Almost as bad, good mother,/ As kill a King and marry with his brother" (3.4: 28-29). After King Hamlet's ghost had appeared before Hamlet to inform him about the reality of his death, Hamlet was overcome by anger. Hamlet's anger leads to a change in his view regarding Gertrude since he loses his mother-son connection with her.
In the poem “Gretel in Darkness”, the author Louise Gluck writes based off of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale “Hansel and Gretel”. Gluck visualizes herself as Gretel, seeing and feeling from her point of view after being faced with her terrible encounter with the witch. Gretel is distraught and feels as though no one is there for her or cares about what she is feeling. She is overwhelmed with this certain sensation of darkness. Darkness is a word filled with a strong meaning.
"She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them." (407) Lawrence asserts that because Hester is dissatisfied with her life, and refuses to compromise on the lifestyle she expects, she becomes preoccupied with searching for material comfort. However, the "failure made deep lines come into her face" (407), and gradually turns the center of her heart into "a hard little place that could not feel love, not for anybody." (407) Hester describes her husband as an "unlucky husband" (408).
The Selfish Misery of Home Burial Robert Frost's poem "Home Burial" is an intriguing portrait of a marital relationship that has gone wrong. Though at first glance it may seem that the cause for the couple's trouble is the death of their child, closer reading allows the reader to see that there are other serious, deeper-rooted problems at work. The couples differences in their approach to grieving is only the beginning of their problems. Many of the real problems lie in the wife's self-absorbed attitude of consuming unhappiness and anger. Her outlook on her life and marriage is so narrow that she winds up making both her husband and herself victims of her issues.