Tess was criticized for being a single mother, she wasn’t even allowed to baptize her child because of its illegitimacy, nor was she allowed to give it a proper religious burial. Furthermore, Tess also had to live with the guilt of being impure because society said that she was wrong, and had done a terrible thing, even though Tess herself was not to blame. Tess also lost the love of her life because the man she loved was more in love with his cultural beliefs than Tess. When a woman becomes impure she is exiled from the community and lost of any chance to lead a normal life. For men, the consequences of becoming debased are not nearly as severe: “He then told her of that time of his life to which allusion has been made when, tossed about by doubts and difficulties like a cork on the waves, he went to London and plunged into eight-and-forty hours’ dissipation with a stranger” (220).
She did not get her promised price. In the final analysis, the same society that insisted she adopt the said characteristics, judged her for not having a husband. She was helpless in her snobbish disposition, being too firmly set in her ways and unable to adopt other mannerisms that would assist in her exposure to society. She became, tragically, a victim of her own self. Works Cited Mc Cutcheon, Marc.
For a child, having only one parent is tough but can be understood if that parent is missing due to divorce or death, as bad as those reasons are; yet the psychological effect for the child who is purposely betrayed then abandoned by a parent is devastating and can last a lifetime, affecting every future relationship. In this story, the father is that parent. Lau doesn’t give us the girl’s name. Perhaps it is symbolic of the girl’s feeling that she hates her body, and that she really is no good, as her mother said (160) and therefore she doesn’t deserve a name. She becomes a non-entity, a thing despised by her mother and herself.
The thought of being a bad mother and ruining the children is stuck in Nora’s head. She does not have any idea of how to be a good mother because she had no role model when she was raised, the nanny was the only source of a mother she had. Nora has no idea what a good mother looks like because of her childhood, so she thinks she cannot be a good mother to her children. Nora’s thoughts about corrupting her children because of her decision to lie to Krogstad and ruin her family ultimately drives her to think that she is unfit to be a
A prevailing ethical issue that was explored briefly in this short story was one of change. Ms. Emily’s failure to accept change and her refusal to leave the past in the past, contributed to her lonely and isolated life. There were three defining issues in Ms. Emily’s life that led to her fear of change and the isolation she experienced during her lifetime. The death of Mr. Grierson, the townspeople’s attitude toward her and the time frame in which the story was set, all contributed to Ms. Emily’s unwillingness to change. Mr. Grierson was very overprotective of his daughter and ran away all the suitors who came to court Ms. Emily.
Mrs. Reed excludes Jane from “privileges” intended only for her own children (Brontë 13). John Reed has an “antipathy” to Jane. He constantly “bullied and punished” her (16). Georgiana and Eliza view her with “indifference” and Mrs. Reed treats her with “aversion” (22). Jane is treated as “less than a servant”, because she does “nothing for [her] keep” (19).
She has taught Waverly the art of invisible strength, but she does not allow her to use it. Lindo has fought an entire misogynic culture to gain strength and to free herself, but ends up with this unhealthy bond to her daughter. Waverly is equally bound to her mother and perceives the world in black or white, lost in a world of endless choices, forever wavering (!) between extremes, unable to love people for who they are. Rich is caught in the fire between the two, without even knowing it.
In every situation she is reminded of her feeling of not belonging and her discontent. Her mother was white and her father black. Her father left her mother, and Helga lived her childhood in a place where nobody cared to include her. Her stepfather and siblings despised her. All this proved too much for her to handle.
The thoughts of Edna are confounding to herself since she doesn’t know what she wants in life. ... ... middle of paper ... ...iterary texts. A time period where the generations of matrons were oppressed by patriarchs. Bestowing to Hall, “Through such body scrutinizing theories, the literary and cultural critic would examine textual references to and values on the bodies of characters…” (Hall 210). Without out a doubt, none of the marriages or lives of the women provided in the texts were stabilized.
Throughout the story, it is clear that Emily’s mother does not have the qualities of being a mother. Because the mother uses difference to create distance with Emily, and there are places in the text where the mother misrepresents the reality of the situation. Emily never really did have a mother that supported her