Society's Attitude Towards the Elderly

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Elderly Article Reflection Part A: Society's Attitude Towards the Elderly "Crabbit Old Woman" Crabbit is a Scottish word which means bad tempered, grumpy, annoyed, and irritated. The word is derived from the word crab, which has become a term also applied to someone who is ill-tempered. The author of "Crabbit Old Woman" is an unknown female who supposedly spent her last days of life in a nursing home. This likelihood is seen in the poem, as the narrator shows emotions and feelings of being misunderstood and ignored; she is a shell of the woman that she once was. In the first part of the poem, the poet writes, "What do you see, what do you see? Are you thinking, a crabbit old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes, who dribbles her food and makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice, I do wish you'd try." In this quote, the feelings of the old woman are palpable. She feels fined by her current stage in life and is hurt by it. The nurse speaks loudly to her and chastises her, nor realizing that the old woman feels humiliated by her age and that the impatience the nurse expresses only makes the old woman feel worse about herself. The old woman goes on to reflect on her life, when she was a small child with a loving family. As time went on, she got married, had children, and then grandchildren. Then came what she calls "The Dark Days" when her husband died. Her outlook on life changed. She says, "I'm an old woman now and nature is cruel Tis to
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