Parenthood, a three syllable word that seems small at the surface but can play a major role in a child's life, influencing their health and physiological development. It shapes their personalities and greatly impacts the child's decision making. In the novel Oryx and Crake written by Margaret Atwood, the power of parenthood is shown through the role of Jimmy’s parents as they raise him to be a selfish and antisocial character who later redeems himself through parenting the Crakers. Parenthood is again prevalent through Crake’s lifestyle as his parents have influenced him to be an isolated person with an obsession for science and changing mankind, thus making it difficult for him to engage with those around him and ultimately causing him to …show more content…
His mother quits her job due to her intellectual breakdowns, which at the time are taken lightly. Later, when Jimmy is a teenager, she abandons him to live in the dirty pleeblands, taking along his only friend, the ratkunk. This causes Jimmy to live in isolation and devastation. Even Jimmy’s father, a well known researcher who assimilates perfectly into their society, leaves a negative mark on Jimmy’s upbringing. Jimmy’s father does not understand the fact that young children can not comprehend an ironic sense of humour. This causes the communication levels between Jimmy and his father to be very poor, as seen when Jimmy asks him if “[he] will be burned up” (Atwood, 19) just like the animals were previously due to their disease. Since Jimmy has a cough he worries that he too will get burned up and his father replies by saying “most likely” (19), leaving Jimmy frightened and upset as he envisions himself burning in the fire. Jimmy’s parents forget his birthdays all the time which takes a toll on Jimmy’s lifestyle and reminds him of his childhood nanny, Dolores, whom he would regularly yearn for. Dolores would “always remember his birthdays”(50) unlike his mother who needed reminding “on how old Jimmy was or what day he was born”(50). Birthday parties are prevalent throughout a child’s lifestyle and not having the love and affection from his family subconsciously affected Jimmy, causing
The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, takes place in the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. This time in Salem, witchcraft was suspected of almost everyone in the town. Preserving one’s reputation becomes recurring concept throughout the play. The witchcraft accusations are usually made by people that have a biased view against others, which is why everyone tries to make sure their reputation looks well with the rest of the town. This concept is proven through the characters of John Proctor, Reverend Parris and Reverend Hale. These three characters go to great lengths to protect what the town of Salem thinks of them.
The witch trials in this play were based on actual events that happened in Salem in 1692. Arthur Miller’s 1953 The Crucible is a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials. His reasoning for writing it was because everyone was hysteric about the Soviet Union and communism trying to make its way over to the United States. It was like a modern day witch hunt. In the play, Abigail Williams and a group of girls get caught in the woods. They were dancing and doing other things that puritan’s looked down upon. The girls were caught by Reverend Parris, and soon after his daughter became ‘ill’. The girls then started saying that witches came to them and told them to do bad things. They sent innocent people to hang. After studying Arthur Miller’s
Pride can become something that will lead a man to shame and destruction. In The Crucible this happened to one of the main characters, John Proctor, which also is the one of the Tragic Hero in the book. The Crucible is about when some town people in Salem was accused of being witches after four girls were found dancing in the woods. After 200 people were accused of being witches in 1963, 20 people were either hung or crushed by many stones. In the Crucible John Proctor, the tragic hero had a weakness as pride eventually forcing him to face a serious decision and suffering more than he should.
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, it takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during colonial America. Throughout the story a group of girls makes accusations a mass of people of practicing witchcraft, one of the worst crimes to commit during that period, and people are being sentenced to hang for denying witchery. In the Crucible there are many lessons that Arthur Miller wants to teach you. To me a lot of the lessons that were taught in this story are important but I feel like one of them is the most important. Arthur Miller demonstrates that one of the lessons implied in the story is people’s character and how it affects those people and others. Examples of character are Giles Corey, John Proctor, Abigail Williams.
Frequently in life individuals end up in intense circumstances. In the novel The First Stone, a youthful high schooler by the name Reef winds up in such a circumstance. Don Aker, the creator of The First Stone constructs this novel with respect to the conditions that numerous youngsters confront. He utilizes the character of Reef Kennedy to uncover and help us to remember ideals like indicating thoughtfulness, taking proprietorship and being sympathetic. Therefore, Reef takes us through his excursion towards adulthood and we take in the estimation of empathy. At last, Reef figures out how to be contrite, to take proprietorship for his activities and to be empathetic. Minor individuals in the novel that affects him towards his life are Lezza, Frank Colville and Scar. These minor characters in the novel individuals shows various influential impacts towards the main character in Reef’s life.
The Crucible is set in the seventeenth- century Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem witch trial. It starts of with Reverend Parris, a man very concerned about his reputation, accusing his orphaned niece Abigail Williams of taking part in witchcraft after his daughter is unconscious after dancing in the woods. A technique used by Parris is characterization, which utilizes the thoughts, actions and dialogues in the construction of characters. Arthur Miller uses characterization to build the character of Reverend Samuel Parris as arrogant , selfish, and deceptive.
Indeed, it can be argued that, since Ruby and Sapphire are in a romantic relationship, there is no need to include other and different types of LGBT couples. Pearl is in love with Rose but is ultimately rejected as her romantic interest is assimilated into the heteronormative, leaving her bitter and resentful. Therefore, if, on one hand, the otherness of Rose as an alien is assimilated and normalized as she enters the heteronormative by beginning a relationship with the human male character Greg, Pearl’s deviousness as not only alien but also homosexual character condemns her to remain unhappy and alone. Still bound to her idealized vision of Rose and unable to overcome her issues, Pearl develops a crush for a human that looks just like her lost lover: the mysterious girl of Last One out of Beach City. Their story, however, has not been resolved yet: the mysterious girl’s presence was just a one-time occurrence and has not yet been featured in successive episodes; moreover, she was not even given a name or any line
In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller involves a character named John Proctor, an even-tempered farmer, who cared about how others saw him as. Procter was a married man to Elizabeth Proctor and a father of three as well. Throughout the book, Procter is shown as a man obsessed with his status to protect his name. The following quote says “... there is evidence to suggest that he had a sharp and biting way with hypocrites. He was the kind of man--powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led….”, this shows he was the type of a person to unleash his temper with people often, although it was good because he was well known for revealing hypocrisy. This gave him honor in his town and respect by his
In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller was based on the Salem, witch trials when the people of the town where accusing each other of witchcraft and those held for questioning would stand trial had a choice to be valor. In Miller’s portrayal of the ghastly, sickening inquiry of witchcraft many people in the 1690’s were people of the township were maintaining guard for their beliefs; while others of the community of Salem were cowards who took the easy out of the accusations they were on trial. The townspeople of Salem are going through a day people are courageous even in a way others could not be or were never suppose to be. Those characters display their courage in the town at the time of need, John Proctor is a selfless man when only stating
“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.” ~ Barry Bonds. In this world bad situations occur frequently and it takes a good strong person to handle them in a mature way. Dealing with them this way not only shows that the person has self-control, but also makes them a good role model for people to look up to. In the book The Chosen, Chaim Potok uses Mr. Galanter to express his opinions of a good role model. Acting as a baseball coach and gym teacher, young boys look to him for guidance and motivation every day. Having this kind of position causes stress at times, and requires him to stay calm and level headed. Throughout this book, Mr. Galanter
American playwright and theatrical figure in the twentieth-century, Arthur Miller, once said, “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” Though he did not include this quote in the context of his famous work, The Crucible, his wise words can also be relevant in this play. The play takes place during the era of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. In his composition, he includes the story of Mr. and Mrs. Proctor, a married couple living outside of Salem in the time period of the trials. Abigail Williams, the family’s servant, has an affair with Mr. Proctor, which becomes a greatly kept secret before prior to the events of the play. Proctor then fully experiences the consequences of betraying his wife, which include shame of betrayal and fear of
This time he continued to be neglected by his mother, Cecilia, who later, has an affair with Richard and abandoned her own three children live in a better life. According to Jimmy, Cecilia dyes her hair to blonde and lie about her cultural heritage to get an approval from Richard’s family, “Little did I know that my mother had eloped to San Francisco with Richard, fleeing into a white world as “Sheila”, where she could deny her past, hide her identity, and lie about her cultural heritage”(17). In addition, she does want any connection between her and her children, “Richard turned to Mom and explained that, since his parents were old- fashioned, it would be best if she said she was Anglo and that she was just babysitting us for a girlfriend” (15). Jimmy already lost his father, but now he was about to lose his mother to another man. Unfortunately, the loss of these two relationships later leads Jimmy and brother being sent to an orphanage after the death of his grandpa. Eventually, he was sent to a detention center. During his time in a detention center, Jimmy is personality became shattered. At the detention center he exposed to individuals who were neglected by their parents and states, “Even as blood ran through the wounded kid’s fingers and down his arm, his eyes announced that it didn’t hurt, it was nothing, he had no feelings” (21). Those kids in the detention center in a
Atwood has a certain understanding of being human in the novel, in this context, meaning to be humanized. The attributes she assigns to this are what separates humans from other animals. Glover paraphrases a statement by Soper, who claims: