Based on a horrible murder in 1843 in Canada, the novel " Alias Grace" tells the story of a young Irish-born servant girl who plans to kill her employer and his mistress. It is a very horrifying tragedy. An analysis of Grace Mark's behavior reveals many things. Her actions in the novel show that she is guilty of the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. She plans with a man named James McDermott, hired help, to kill the love of her life and the mistress he is seeing.
Alias Grace begins after a Grace has served eight years in prison. She is twenty-four years old. She is transferred from prison to an asylum over time to examine her activity to see if she is a sane human being. She doesn't cooperate with the doctors and …show more content…
Grace tells him that she will be with him if he helps her kill Nancy Montgomery. "McDermott he loved Grace, and 'twas these loves as I do tell that brought them to disgrace. O Grace, please be my own true love."(12) "O no it cannot be, unless you kill for my dear sake, Nancy Montgomery."(12)
A doctor named Simon Jordan has taken an interest in Grace also. A group has tried for a pardon for Grace. The doctor hopes that he will find Grace sane and innocent on all counts of the murders of Nancy Montgomery and Thomas Kinnear. After he studies Grace for a period of time be believes that he has fallen in love with her. He knows that he cannot have her so he takes out his frustrations and fancies on his landlady. Dr. Jordon becomes more involved with Grace Marks case and he tries to help her with her memory laps on the day that Nancy Montgomery and Thomas Kinnear were murdered. The doctors put Grace under hypnosis and found that she was guilty of the murders but she had a different personality that of Mary Whitney.
In addition to having motives, Grace Marks has done a really poor job of covering up the murder, and can be considered guilty because of logical reasoning. Her love for Mr. Kinnear was true, but she acted completely out of character after he was killed. It is thought that if her love was real, and she did not commit the murder, that Grace Marks would be horrified after such a tragedy such as that. Instead she acts calm and she even
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Once Grace goes missing her parents seem tired, and out of strength. Their mother “dropped her arm as if it were too heavy to lift”. She would later go and “start something and stop it and start something else”. Their father also believes it’s his fault for letting the girls go off to hide the last time. These characters are emotionally lost, but they are on a whole different level from
For Grace the reader doesn’t gain much insight on the characters emotions for she is only briefly given a few 3 sentence paragraphs in the book. Although the character did not have all that much views from them, the reader was able to interpret her relationships with other characters. Grace was also described as a person who cared about the people and animals around her. She had always
Jimmy Raven’s death was covered up by Clarry Hazzard because of Gerald Mortlock. Gerald Mortlock murdered Jimmy Raven because he was supposedly drunk and was trying to fight Gerald, but one of the two men had a gun. Therefore Mortlock ‘accidentally’ pulled the trigger, which resulted in Jimmy’s death. The text does not clearly state whether Sadie is to fix this mistake. Gerald and Clarry (and Jimmy) all went to war together who then became close friends. “I have to help Gerald; I promised to look out for him.” Clarry now has to lend money from Gerald to keep his shop going. The loyalty between Jimmy and Gerald started to fade away as well as Gerald and Clarry’s friendship. Due to the loyalty and friendship factor Clarry had to cover up Jimmy’s death, Sadie was not successful in correcting this mistake of the past.
As said, characters experienced a lot of guilt in the play, some characters like, Proctor, Elizabeth, and Reverend Hale. Proctor experienced guilt when in the beginning of the play, the reader finds out that Proctor had committed adultery on Elizabeth and all leading down to the end of the play, the reader could see that he had guilt the entire time. Then when Elizabeth got arrested because all Abigail wanted was Proctor so she did anything in her power to get Elizabeth out of the picture. Proctor thought it was all of his fault that Elizabeth was convicted of witchcraft and would be hanged. Adding on to that situation, Elizabeth also had guilt because she thought she wasn’t doing enough for Proctor. So she couldn’t blame him for committing adultery on her with Abigail. At the time he committed adultery, she was sick so she thought she was pushing him away and letting him basically cheat on her. With all these people being hanged, Reverend Hale thought it was all okay and he thought he was getting rid of the witchcraft. Really, innocent people were just dying and others were lying just to stay alive. He
One of the most common ways that O'Connor's characters came to a moment of grace was through tragedy. By putting her characters through an intense gauntlet of fear or sadness, O’Connor made the sudden moment of grace much more believable and hard hitting. In “ A Good Man Is Hard To Find” O'Connor devotes a moment of grace to both the Grandmother and the Misfit. During the story the Grandmother is constantly picking apart the world around her. She believes that she is holier than everyone else, however she finally see reality upon meeting the Misfit. After making an unsuccessful attempt at convincing the Misfit that he is a good person, the convict holds a gun towards the old lady. In that moment she realizes that she has been living a false life. She was a hollow woman who did not practice what she preached, a fact that even the misfit noticed. “She would have been a good woman,” the Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life” ( O'Connor 6). The old lady was bad person, and the only way she was going to change was through her moment of grace, which in this case resulted in
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Soon after the ceremony, Miss Finch’s brother sells Isabel and Ruth to Anne and Elihu Lockton. As Isabel goes about her duties for the Lockton’s, she meets Curzon, a slave who works for one of the law enforcement officials for the Patriots. Curzon says that if Isabel comes to him with any information about he Loyalists' plans, he will have his master set her free. Back at the Lockton house, Madam mistreats Isabel and makes Ruth into her personal servant. Isabel overhears Master Lockton and some of his friends talking about money they have hidden in a chest that they will use to bribe the rebel army with. Isabel takes that information to Curzon but never gets freed. A couple weeks later, Ruth has several seizures from an illness, which make Madam believe she's possessed by the demon. Madam gives Isabel a sleeping drug to keep her from fighting back, and takes Ruth to market. When Isabel learns the truth, she argues with Madam, who has her punished by being branded on her cheek. Isabel feels more hopeless than ever from that. Curzon comes to apologize to Isabel and inform her that his master, Mr. Bellingham, has asked
Caroline is upset because it's her bridge night. Bobby runs up the stairs to look in the study. Caroline comes after him saying she doesn't like him running around the place. As she talks, Bobby sees a chest. He opens it and grabs the rifle . He checks the serial number on the weapon and becomes relieved but happy because that’s Beckwith’s gun. After the day's trial, Myrlie makes the comment that she once hated that man so much that she actually made inquiries into having him killed. The next day at work Beckwith confronts Bobby in the men's room. Beckwith says even if he did kill Evers, there's nothing Bobby or anyone else can do about it. Beckwith says: "The point is: You ain't never gonna get 12 people to convict me of killing a nigger in the state of Mississippi." In the trial the defense calls on James Holley to take the stand. He repeats his false testimony that he gave in the first two trials. Beckwith will not take the stand, the defense rests. Bobby and Myrlie are shocked and disappointed at this. Myrlie says: "Coward to the end." The jury finds Beckwith guilty as charged. Bobby and Myrlie are really excited. Outside the courthouse many of the people in the crowd cheer the
On July 4, 1954, Sheppard’s family invited Ahern’s family for dinner. Don and Nancy Ahern and their two children joined Sheppard family for casual dinner. Ahern family is a neighbour of Sheppard’s family. After the dinner, Nancy’s two children fallen to sleep and Don dropped those kid in his house and he came back to Sheppard’s house. Meanwhile, Marilyn Sheppard drop off his child to upstair to the bed, Samuel Reese Sheppard. Sheppard’s family and Nancy’s family watched a film together. As Marilyn tried to sleep on Sam’s lap, he felt tired from working all day, so he got up and went to his couch to take a nap. Later on that night, Marilyn was beaten to death. There were 35 curved gashes on her body.
In Alias Grace, Grace Marks is a servant in the mid-1800s who performs chores and other household tasks for her employers. Throughout the book, Grace describes in detail the type of work she performs, and how she and her fellow coworkers are treated. A theme that more or less dominates the background of the novel is the apparent sexism of the mid-1800s. The women are considered too “weak” for the “tougher” jobs that were selected for men. However, it was not just a workplace issue; there is clear social sexism presented in the novel, as well.
American religion is freedom. Every religion has their equal right to worship and develop. The government cannot be biased in any religion in particular. The Mormon is about sharing and helping as a family. In the book “In Search Of Grace” by Kristin Hahn, she followed the sisters to each household to talk with them about joining Mormon Church. The Christian Science is about believing in self-healing, and all the illnesses are from our imagination, or they are illusions of life. Unitarians believes that God is one as in the book she mentioned “they together embrace individual liberty, free will, reason, inquiry, independent communication with God,…” (chapter 8, page 111). In chapter ten of the book, Hahn talks about how Jewish people blend the belief into daily activities such as
Jones did not let her. Her unhappy marriage led her to have a secret relationship with another man name Russell. One night she was in the car with Russell kissing and Mr. Jones saw them and shot Russell in the head. The court said that Mr. Jones was protecting their marriage and he was not guilty. The anger of Francine knowing that James was not punished led her to kill him. In this situation James knew that Francine was having an affair with Russell for more than two years and he wanted to change their marriage. His dominant role of man was rejected when he found out that his wife did not longer wanted to be with him. When he found out about the affair, he wanted to disappear from reality because he felt shame and humiliated as the dominant role in the relationship by his lover. All those emotions were building up for so many years that it exploded when he saw Francine and Russell in the act. First of all his wife crossed the line. Second, his wife tested him and third of all his wife did not care about Mr. Jones love towards her. Rejection, shame, and anger leads to violence which was Thomas and Gilligan theory and James emotions led to the murder of Russell. Mr. Jones was not the only one, Francine emotions also started building up when James crossed the line. Francine felt alone, unwanted and unloved. She was also humiliated and her love was taken from her. That pain built up that her only way of gaining her pride and power back was by killing Mr. Jones and
Much of Natural Born Quilter focuses on the analyzation of how the novel was triggered and how it evolved from Atwood’s rough sketch into Alias Grace. Atwood talks heavily about the woman who knew the real Grace Marks and who inspired her to write Alias Grace, Susanna Moodie. Moodie’s trips to Grace consisted of many eyewitness accounts of Grace “screaming out of her mind… but people faked…because it was nicer in the asylum (Wiley 5).” However, Moodie stated that Grace may possibly be “deranged…and that accounts for it all (Wiley 5).” When Atwood rummaged through the historical records of Grace Marks, she came to the conclusion that there were “three Graces: the murderer, the clueless ingénue, and the hidden Grace that nobody could discern (Wiley 8).” To be able to understand the real Grace Marks and how she is connected to the Grace Marks that Atwood created facilitates my comprehension of Grace’s mentality, therefore, facilitating my comprehension of the novel as a whole. Wiley also wrote that Atwood “was interested in the process of public opinion and