Most of us, given the circumstance, exquisitely enjoy the feeling of immense emotional attachment to a loved/cherished one. On the other side most of us also feel horrible when we have been hurt by a loved/cherished one. However it is from these emotional attachments that help us to put ourselves forward and take a chance with our lives, most of us wouldn’t do so with out something to push us. In the story “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence we are presented with a character named Mabel who has lived with men her whole life with very little female influence (her mother died when she was fourteen). She has now come to a place in her life where she must choose what she would like to do with her future as it is quickly approaching and her family’s horse dealership has gone out of business. At this point Mable feels as if she has nothing to contribute to society so as dusk approaches one afternoon, she makes her way down to a pond and swiftly but calmly submerges herself into the dark, murky water. At this time we can see that Mabel’s subconscious is represented in the pond as she is quite uncertain (darkness of the water) and her judgment of...
In her poem “In the Counselor’s Waiting Room,” Bettie Sellers touches on many of these issues. The guilt associated with being discovered with the “quiet girl down the hall,” the rejection of that lifestyle by her family, and the narrator’s own sense of confusion over this “outing” are revealed in this brief thirteen line poem ( line 9). The “terra cotta girl” is wracked with guilt over the affair, yet she sits reading an existentialist book. This implies she is exploring her personal freedom to choose (line 1; line 5).
Lee Knowles, the protagonist in Rene Steinke’s Friendswood, starts her journey with the death of her daughter, Jess, who died from a blood disease. Taft Properties’ illegal dumping of chemicals in Rosemont is what Lee believes caused Jess’s death. Lee, unlike her husband, Jack, will not find closure until she gets answers for the atrocities done to her daughter. She will do everything in her power to get justice for those affected. This journey will lead her on a perilous path; but in Lees mind she cannot lose anything more then what she already lost. The death of Lee’s daughter, Jess, takes Lee down a self-destructing path of emotional and physical danger that causes her unresolved grief.
When one is going through a difficult moment of their life, they will often seek the support of their family. In some pitiful cases, however, their family is unwilling to help them. Edith Wharton’s novel Ethan Frome, describes such an unfortunate situation. Mattie Silver was brought into the Frome residence after the death of her parents to assist Zeena, who reluctantly accepted her. She did not appreciate Mattie’s efforts but her husband Ethan, unsatisfied with their marriage, viewed Mattie as a symbol of hope. Her cheerful presence delighted him. Whenever she faced a troubling situation, Mattie felt that she could trust Ethan to protect and care for her well-being.
Even though Mrs. Mallard’s first reaction to her husbands “death,” could be seen as heartless and selfish, the reader only sees those thoughts through the eyes of the narrator. The images make a connection of Mrs. Mallard winning back her free will paint a strong picture of how Mr. Mallard’s influence has sucked the life out of her. Her husband was the barrier just like the window that Mrs. Mallard looks through after learning of his erroneous death. The window allowed her to only seen a little of the world just like her husband. She had a chance to symbolically climb out the window just before it is slammed shuck when her husband arrived
After hearing the horrific news of Brently Mallard's railroad accident death, his friend Richards goes off to tell the news to Mrs.Mallard at her house. When he arrives, he and Mrs. Mallard's sister Josephine inform her of Mallard's tragic death. After hearing the news she cries to them before going off to her room for some alone time. She sits exhaustively and motionless in her armchair while looking out the window, occasionally sobbing. The young woman stares into the sky while she waits nervously for the revelation of her husband's death to set in. He then realizes that it isn't sadness that she is feeling but freedom. She decides it while she's running for her husband's death she's also going to get many years of freedom, which
...’s father, Jack can be looked at and compared through the psychoanalytic lens in the way they both behaved at the deaths of Hannah and Susie. The first kisses of Susie Salmon and Hannah Baker, Ray Singh and Justin Foley can also be compared in the way they both acted and reacted to the deaths of the girls that they shared an intimate moment with. Life in unfair, and the two poor girls who die at a young age in the two novels learned that the hardest way possible.
As the story progresses we see the speaker’s tone getting darker, and she states “I was ten when they buried you. At twenty I tried to die, and get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do.” (Lines 57-60). These lines show show desperate she was to get even with her father. She wanted to kill herself just so she can kill him “again”, to finally end her misery. Which shows the reader how terrible her life was with her father.
...rest of her days.” (pg 300). Her children were holding her back from the freedom that she most disired. They were her kin, her blood, with them in the picture she could never be free. The title of mother would be forever attached to her. She feels that by killing herself that she is helping her children because they will never have to know the pain that she went through. They would never even suspect that it was suicide so they wouldn’t have to deal with the social problems that came with a mother that killed herself. When she freed herself from her kids she also freed her kids from her.