Well I say it’s a pity she did…And I say if she’d ha’ died, Ethan might ha’ lived…” (Wharton 156-157). The attempted sledding suicide by Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver functions as the novel’s casement, because it embodies a somber lesson. The whole purpose of Wharton’s work is a moral lesson on how human emotion—specifically love—is a masterful influence on even the strongest human psyche. The illuminating incident acts as a casement because it represents what happens when people lose control of their lives. Literally, Ethan has trouble guiding the sled into the tree, and he struggles to stay on course with the target. Figuratively, Ethan struggles to maintain some degree of control on his spiraling life. The sled represents love. Ethan loves Mattie and is at the point where he will do anything in his power to be with her. The tree represents control. Ethan believes he can guide his love to go where he wants it, but in reality, he lost control the moment he let love take over his head. People control their lives up until they let their emotions cloud their judgement. Then, there is only a false sense of control, a ghost of a memory of what had
‘Til Death In literature, readers often see topics that one can relate to; topics that mimic everyday life, personal anecdotes or situations one has experienced . “A Rose for Emily,” a fictional story written by William Faulkner, shares eerily similar details with an article written in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 30, 1987, “A Woman’s Wintry Death Leads to a Long-dead Friend,” by Dick Pothier and Thomas J. Gibbons JR. Faulkner’s narrator depicts the reclusive life of Miss Emily Grierson and the events leading to the discovery of a dead man’s body that had been locked away in her 2nd story bedroom for over forty years. In the article, Pothier and Gibbons report how a woman named Frances Dawson Hamilton was found to have “lived with the skeletonized remains” of her long-time companion for over two years after being discovered frozen to death in her home (153). Faulkner’s short story heavily relies on the narrator’s knowledge in addition to his point of view and experiences whereas Pothier and Gibbons report facts observed on scene or learned from interviews of neighbors, police, and investigators. Although fear of solitude initially motivated both women to behave so outlandishly, it is the authors’ distinct portrayal that illustrates each individual’s intentions.
These short descriptions or stories were to build his persuasion on the reader. The anecdotes he used led
As hardworking women living of the prairie, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters can relate to Mrs. Wright’s situation. They know personally that long days of doing laundry, cooking, and cleaning can become very tiresome (Hedges 91). They realize that living on the prairie can force a woman to be confined to her own house for weeks at a time, and because Mrs. Wright never had children, the grueling loneliness that she suffered must have been excruciating. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters both experience the constant patronization and sexual discrimination that most women in the early twentieth century lived with. They empathize with the difficulties of Mrs. Wright’s life and almost immediately a bond is formed with a woman they do not even know.
In an attempt to prepare the art educator to the paradigm shift in classroom and develop a cohesive curriculum this would comprise the needs of the students and teachers to think about cultures different from their own. While I admire McFee’s interest in cultural diversity and the plight of African Americans. However, her essay is written from a privileged White middle-class perceptive with about her understanding of African Americans. How does McFee identify six major areas of social change in America of the sixties? More importantly, how does the stereotypes of African Americans influence art, education, and society?
Societal Prejudices in Frankenstein Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, sheds light on the importance of appearance through the tale of an unwanted creation that is never given a chance by society. Ironically, the supposed beast was initially much more compassionate and thoughtful than his creator, until his romantic and
William Faulkner, a native of Mississippi, and Flannery O’ Connor, a native of Georgia, are widely recognized as two of the most important and challenging American writers of fiction in the 20th century. Both of them are also two of the most typical writers who use the Southern Gothic style in their stories, which employs the use of ghastly, ironic events to investigate the values of the American South, such as A Rose for Emily of Faulkner, and A Good Man Is Hard to Find of O’ Connor. In the story A Rose for Emily, one of the most famous stories of Faulkner, a well-to-do woman is discovered to have the rotting corpse of her lover in her bedroom. O’ Connor’s short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find depicts a southern family’s demise at the hands of ruthless murderer. While both O’ Connor and Faulkner use the southern gothic style, however, they use it to illuminate different aspects of southern culture.
This story, for me, appeared to be a destiny of deserved death as the family is driving to a location called “Toombsboro”, which certainly has that symbolic tone (Pigg, 2017). As if all the characters, with the exception of the baby, were not “good men” or “good women” and because of that, death or no pleasure in life is your only result. The big question of course is what constitutes a good man or woman? For this particular assignment I believe it’s important to know a little about the author. Flannery O’Connor did not get to live a full life as she suffered from lupus, which took her life at the young age of thirty-nine (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). I think the author may have been angry at life for the curve ball it threw at her and that may
Isolation in Winesburg Ohio and Death in The Woods In 1919, Sherwood Anderson composed his work Winesburg Ohio, which depicts the inner lives of small-town America. Anderson’s fascination to explore what’s beneath the surface of human lives results in another story in 1933 called “Death In The Woods”. These two works, incidentally, share a common theme of isolation. The characters in these works, are portrayed as “grotesques” or people who live their lives by one truth, thus living a life of falsehood and isolation from the rest of the world. This essay will examine the theme of isolation in the two works described, and will also relate it to Anderson’s idea of the “grotesque”.
Initially the reader is introduced Finally, the reader is introduced to the character around whom the story is centered, the accursed murderess, Mrs. Wright. She is depicted to be a person of great life and vitality in her younger years, yet her life as Mrs. Wright is portrayed as one of grim sameness, maintaining a humorless daily grind, devoid of life as one regards it in a normal social sense. Although it is clear to the reader that Mrs. Wright is indeed the culprit, she is portrayed sympathetically because of that very lack of normalcy in her daily routine. Where she was once a girl of fun and laughter, it is clear that over the years she has been forced into a reclusive shell by a marriage to a man who has been singularly oppressive. It is equally clear that she finally was brought to her personal breaking point, dealing with her situation in a manner that was at once final and yet inconclusive, depending on the outcome of the legal investigation. It is notable that regardless of the outcome, Mrs. Wright had finally realized a state of peace within herself, a state which had been denied her for the duration of her relationship with the deceased.
If society did not have artists that fought against the norm, then society would still be majorly oppressive and disallow free thought on one’s own originality. This oppressive stance can be shown in the Third Reich were degenerate artwork was not allowed due to how the artwork did not show the ideal man and woman (“Nazi Approved Art”). If this status quo was not kept, then the state’s ideal image could not be obtained. States such as the Third Reich viewed women more as objects of desire and how women need to keep family values of purity. Men were viewed as the sexual prowess of the state and were shown to be in strict guidelines of masculinity and power. These roles do not allow society to grow and forces a stalemate in creativity. Elaine de Kooning wanted to show how male privilege of gaze could be changed and proved this through her expressionist
Abstract Expressionists celebrated impulsiveness and the examination of self in large paintings, filled with free-form, expressive brushwork. This uninhibited attitude
In becoming a successful artist, one must acquire self-pride both in themselves and in the work they produce, as the connotation of art is for one to self-express the beliefs they have on particular issues. With the expression of their imagination and emotional power in the form of a unique creation, artists challenge our traditional views of art, influencing the opinion we have on many social issues. In the quote:
1. The narrator is not very reliable in my opinion. I only trust his narration when he is being in the situation that he’s talking about. For example, I trust him when he was talking about Jake Grimes making a scene at the bar when no one wanted to talk to
Foragers, the people who live in hunter-gatherer societies, have no artists. It is only when society becomes complex enough to support a division of labor do artists emerge-first as shamans, then as the painters, singers, writers, etc., that we usually think of today. Society, then, creates the artist, but it can also destroy him. In A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, James Joyce describes the particular development of Stephan Dedalus that led to his becoming an artist. Pink's development in Pink Floyd's The Wall, mirrors that of Stephen yet concludes in the destruction of the artist.