Body and Nature as Signifying System in A Thousand Acres The female body, in literature as in other texts, functions as a kind of signifying system; a site of continuous signification. Traditionally, this has been understood in terms of transposing patriarchal or even misogynist cultural values onto the construction of the female body. In A Thousand Acres, however, Smiley turns this around.
The major conflict in this book was when Rose and Ginny remember about their father molesting them. Their father thought that he took the secret that he molested them to the grave, but he didn’t. It took a while for Ginny to remember that she was molested. After Rose kept on telling her that they were molested Ginny had some flashbacks and she remembered what happened. Rose and Ginny never told anyone about their father. He was a respected man in the community and Rose and Ginny were mad that their father got away with it.
When she and Rose compare recurring nightmares, Rose's are about grabbing things that hurt her, symbolizing the rage and greed that will destroy her. Ginny's are about being naked, under the cold light of the eye. Thus, it foreshadows the most important instance of Larry's power games, when she has forgotten to bring him eggs for breakfast and must run home to get them: "The whole way I was conscious of my body -graceless and hurrying, unfit, panting, ridiculous in its very femininity. It seemed like my father could just look out of his big front window and see me naked, chest heaving, breasts, thighs, and buttocks jiggling, dignity irretrievable." (114-115). She has internalized the connection between her body, by definition graceless and powerless; without dignity, and her father's exertion of power and Apollonian conceptualization/control by sight.
One of the main people to change in the novel is Ginny. However she still has one major factor that remains throughout the novel - she worries about people. In Chapter 28 when she first sees her father after him staying at Harold's she says that the sight of him "startled" her. Also she immediately says to Rose "look at him." This shows that she is still caring for people and shows her pity. This is constant throughout the novel as she always made the breakfast for Larry and worried when he had a crash in his car. The first part of the chapter is on Ginny's description of Larry's dishevelled look and she describes not only his clothing and hair but also his "demeanour." This shows that she is watching him quite closely and suggest that she still worries about after all that has been said.
In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, the use of nature is portrayed as another way readers can predict what might happen next. In most cases, the setting is often introduced at the beginning of the chapter in Of Mice and Me and that is one of the only places it is introduced. If we did not have nature in the story, it would be incomplete and hard for readers to understand. Steinbeck portrays foreshadowing of nature through mood of how it is presented, imagery of how it is described, and finally symbolism in nature.
The theme of nature and its meaning is brought to the attention of the reader in many instances over many occasions.
Nature in itself has become inseparable amongst humanity. One cannot deny the power of nature and humans have always evolved around it. Since, nature has been the epicentre of development for human beings, various proms show different aspect about environment. In “Sonnet”, John Claire illustrate how one appreciates the landscape, countryside and the season summer. In “Storm on the Island”, Seamus Heaney develop the idea of one solemn house on a barren island, on a cliff fighting against the gale. However, in the poem “Spring”, Edna St. Vincent Millay discover the essence of trickery, hiding death through one particular season.
The setting of the two stories are. The earth is sad and wail about all the littering and the thing people don't do to keep it clean. people take advantage of the world we live in and don't think when they do something.
In this poem, nature is not just the wilderness, but something much deeper. Nature in this poem can be a symbol to humans hearts. Before technology consumed the world people were much more likely to wonder and enjoy the presence of nature. The human heart was satisfied as it was filled with the awe of nature. However, when technology and money became a central focus on humans lives, the heart of man turned away from nature. Nature can be symbolized as the heart of man, but now the human heart is focused on success and money.