Katherine Paterson's Happy or Unhappy Ending Happiness seems different for all the characters, for Gilly happiness isn't something she has been able to experience yet. This is due to the fact she does not live with her mother and does not know her mother very well. At the beginning Gilly is very unhappy. Moving from one foster home to another is affecting her badly. She believes that happiness is being with her mother, but her theory soon changes.
But, this too leads to the Governesses erratic behavior in the very end of the book. She believes the ghost of Peter Quint wants to hurt Miles, but she in the process hurts him by violently shaking and harassing him to say the ghosts name. The Governess says that the children say such profanities that they must be possessed, but doesn’t look at the evidence of her own behavior causing the profanities. She is so infatuated by the idea of the children needing to be saved in her head, she doesn’t look at the actuality that is going on in the real world. Being that she is at war with her inner self and is taking it out on reality.
This leaves me to say, that the ghosts are a part of the governesses imagination. I think this because I do not find the governess a reliable narrator. If anything the children need protecting from it is from the governess and her unstability. I think this is what brought about her unbalanced behaviour.
He goes on to point out each of the ghost sightings and their effects on the plot. One thing he addresses is how the story is biased in the eyes of the governess and what she sees. Because of this, he looks at the story with uncertainty as it all comes together. He sees the fear and emotional shift in the governess and uses this to blame for the change of course in the story. He specifically says “The governess's ‘seeing’—moral and mental-physical—is what we are made... to ponder, to question… it is an imagination incapable of perceiving ambiguity, only capable of admitting one view and excluding the other.” As a whole, he points out how obsession drives the story from the selfless woman we know from the beginning of the book to the dangerous one we see at the end of the story.
She reveals that she hasn't accepted herself as who she is, always wishing to be like someone else, she hasn't learned to respect herself as a growing teenager which makes it hard for her to understand the relationship between her mother and herself. Since she lacks the proper understanding and respect for her mother and herself, the narrator has trouble seeing her mother as an authoritative figure, which makes her less tolerant to the other authoritative figures in her surroundings.
She feels the pressure of not having the financial stability to support her home, children, and lifestyle; therefore she resents her children and her husband. “Children who are rejected by their parents experience more personality disorders and behavior problems in adolescence and adulthood than those whose parents accept them” (Erkan, 2010). Sadly, this was the case with Paul because of his mother’s lack of acceptance for him. Due to the fact that the mother could ... ... middle of paper ... ...be the death of a person. Works Cited Bayley, N. (1940).
It possibly is her way of "getting out." Without fully realizing this, the governess has chosen to be an unreliable narrator. Seeing the ghostly spirits which make appearances in this invisible relationship, allows her to feel as though she, herself was a part of an invisible relationship. But in all actuality, there is no relationship because the employer seems to keep ignoring her. When the governess becomes tired of these ghosts, she turns to other characters to fulfill her "goals."
The narrator knows that she is not too well and that John - her husband does not realize the intensity of her sickness, he ignores her continuous efforts to make him aware of the real situation and her suffering. To make the situation worse he imposes his opinions on her even when it comes to her health. This story shows us the life and the thoughts of the narrator which lead her to be free, but go out of her mind in the sense of the real world. This story is written as if the narrator is writing it. The narrator is sick and her husband has made her a study project, She is continuously watched and thus she has no privacy.
This enables Arnold to manipulate her because she doesn’t know what healthy attention is. Along the same lines as her father, Connie’s mother is dissatisfied and hates that Connie is so obsessed with her looks, often “[scolding] Connie about it” (Oates 2203). This causes Connie to be distant from her mother. Thus, Connie feels little, compared to her sister, who gets all the attention from their mother. The absence of both parents allows Connie to be manipulated because she feels alone, often rebels against the rules, and wants to be away from her family.
Esther Greenwood struggles with perfectionism and society lead to a downward spiral and suicide attempt. Her inability to choose a path for her life and her social interactions with those around her makes her feel trapped inside herself. Esther feels that she has been rejected from both social and intellectual worlds, causing her world to totally change. Her lack of identity produces the irony found in The Bell Jar and it is only when she learns to stand outside of the world of the bell jar, does she truly begin to see her innerself. Jay Cee’s comments about her inatequacy and her rejection from writing school have a detramental impact on Esther’s self-esteem that she feels she cannot overcome.