These characters grow as they suffer through marriage problems. When the woman leaves the man, which lets him learn his mistakes and to be grateful for the things they had. He writes, “Things to tell her. That I’m sorry. That I miss her. That all I want-all I ever wanted-is for her to be happy” (Dooley and Holzman 3). The man has learned and developed into a greater human being.
Soon after they move to a new town, Eatonville, Joe concentrates his time and thoughts on being the mayor and becoming powerful, not towards Janie. One evening, as the town gathers for the grand opening of its general store, Joe denies Janie the chance to make a speech, even though the crowd wants one: “‘Thank yuh for yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-makin’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home’” (43). Janie, very hurt and embarrassed, does not tell Joe of her feelings, but instead keeps them to herself. This non-confrontational attitude toward her marriage shows how easily Janie lets Joe control her with his authority: “‘Ah hates disagreement and confusion, so Ah better not talk. It makes it hard to get along’” (57). Instead of working out her anger with her husband, an important quality in any working relationship, Janie keeps quiet and lets the frustration and emotion build within her.
This begins first that she assumes the role of a male figure in the absence of her husband in the life of her son “I’m going to make myself a cup of tea. Mind, now, not a word about tonight to your father.” (Callaghan 5). This conflict that was internal was due to the absence of her husband. Moreover, Mrs. Higgins was conflicted from all the decisions her children has been making from Alfred stealing to when Alfred’s “young sister had kept repeating doggedly that she was getting married” (Callaghan 6). Mrs. Higgins has a breakdown as Alfred describes her “Her face as she sat there was a frightened broken face utterly unlike the face of the woman who had been so assured a little while ago” (Callaghan 5). The realization the protagonist had was that she was conflicted with all the wrong choices she made and the people around her had made, her broken spirit symbolizes that she may have made the wrong decision earlier. The theme of realization and resolution is again developed from the conflict that the protagonist had faced in her life, the realization she has after dealing with all her conflicts as she reflects on the table. The realization Alfred has when he sees the conflict that his mother has gone through, he finally matures and understands the sacrifice of his
In the short story of Sunday in the Park, the focus of the story is centered on a small family of three and the events that occurred while enjoying a day in the park. The husband Morton, his wife, and their small boy Larry, are spending the afternoon day in the park. Larry, playing in the sandbox with another young boy named Joe, is threatened when Joe throws sand at him. The events that follow show that a happy and joyful experience can quickly escalate into one of frustration, disappointment and anger, not only internally but against others as well.
She consistently lashes out at him. After working many hours, and then helping to attend to the kids, he is constantly being chastised by his wife about the things he did wrong and the “could haves” per say. Bartels provides a certain sort of “probable cause” as to the possible up bringing of his wife’s anger. He feels he has not done anything wrong and that his wife’s pent up aggression is out of lines. He continually pictures her as a monster and only shows the bad sides in the
Bartels explains that wives often let out their stress induced, pent up anger on their husbands. He uses his own life and instances he has experienced with his wife to support himself. He describes his wife as tired, angry, and wanting to take that out on him (Bartels 58). Bartels has experienced this spousal anger firsthand, giving him credibility to write about it. He understands how the cycle of spousal anger works. However, his lack of other means of support makes his article fall short in some areas. Whereas telling a personal story may appeal to one reader, it may not appeal to the next. Bartels lacks a balance of logical and emotional appeal. The emotional appeal that Bartels uses is successful, though. He says that at times his wife is so negative that is “threatens to grind [his] spirit to dust” (Bartels 59). This use of emotional language is well executed because any reader will either be able to relate to him or feel sorry for the situation he is in. However, some women may sympathize with him less as they take the side of the wife in his story. His stance is flawed because he comes at this argument at an obviously subjective position. Bartels overlooks the idea that many women will not feel sorry for him if they disagree with what he has to say.
I find the theme in this book to be something that an anyday person or child would experience in a day or much longer piece of time. Any person can experience times of confusion and emotional instability, but if that person sticks it out; they will find an answer to their problems or they will answer answer it for themselves. This pertains to a lifelong conflict, but it does not just pertain to that. It relates to a situation in a day, week, or even, an
The Husband loves his wife and the narrator writes through the tenderness of the Husband's eye. When Ann slices her finger re-washing the silverware, all animosity is lost as he scrambles up stairs to get her a Band-Aid as a peace offering to cease the argument. He finishes the cleaning in the kitchen and goes as far as to mop the floor while he waits for the frustration and anger to subside in his Wife.
In the story by Charles W. Chesnutt, "The Wife of His Youth, there are many different types of conflict. There is internal conflict amongst the characters, internal conflict, and conflict with society. The conflicts that Chesnutt raises in this story are not easy to relate to for
She wanted to be a role model for her children and at the same time, she wanted to become friend with them. Helen valued education, and she wanted Julie to go to college and have a successful life. However, after she found out that Julie had secretly being together with Tod, the poor, unambitious man. She was disappointed, betrayed, sad. Julie moved out of Helen’s home. Later, when Helen found out that Julie and her husband Tod had nowhere to live, she let them move in with her. She is a permissive parent, yet, she cares about her children, provides them as much support as she can. Helen stayed calm when Gary told her he wanted to live with his dad for a while. I can see her heart was bleeding when she heard her son’s words. She gave Gary his father’s phone number anyway, and Gary talked to his dad over the phone and figured out the cruel fact that his dad didn’t care for them anymore. Helen wanted to comfort Gary but he refused to talk. I felt Helen’s guilt and desperation at that moment. After she broke into Gary’s room and found out that Gary was carrying the bag that contains pornography, she immediately asked Tod’s help to talk to Gary. She had a chance to talk to Tod and had learned that Tod came from a broken family. She had a better idea of who Tod was and his help to Gary gained Helen’s respect. Helen supported Tod and helped her daughter Julie overcame the tough situation in marriage. Helen
The short story “Sunday in the Park” by Bel Kaufman contains many different themes. A theme presented in this story is how society expects certain behaviors on the roles men have. People use those stereotypes to define strangers when they walk by, but are they always true?
The motif of the story was violence. If you ever do anything violent it will catch up to you in many ways you cannot imagine. You will start feeling sad about what you did then you just can’t bear it anymore and you will feel bad and end up telling somone and you and the people you did it with will get in trouble. Don’t be violent because nobody will like you and you will have no friends because who wants to be friends with someone violent because who knows they may turn towards you and start being violent. Then what you have to fight back because you don’t wanna get hurt. Maybe you’re gonna be the one to turn and you will hurt your friends or family. Then
The narrator’s varying stately yet fervent tone illustrates her obligatory feelings as well as her true emotions regarding her husband and lifestyle through her descriptions of the “nursery” where she is confined (Gilman, 648). John, since he is both her husband and doctor, “hardly lets [her] stir without special direction,” characteristic of patriarchs of the family; he also “laughs at [her], of course, but one one expects that in marriage.” (Gilman, 648 and 647). Since the narrator feels
In this story, I have found that the themes that have stood out to me is gender and love. These themes have captured a major thematic idea by gender being discriminated against the women and the men. Gender is described as women being weaker than the men and men being the powerful ones. Love is described in this story as independent until it is found. Finding love is a part of life and everybody tries to find it but when it is found, it seems like you have lived you life to the fullest. These examples of the themes can be brought into the real world and can affect how people live their lives.
In the story we learn the toughts and voice of a husband who finds out that his wife previous love of her life still remains a huge part of her life,even tough this man no longer physically esxist he is still in his wifes toughts,how she has not been able to overcome that lost,and how this affects this character,his ego and how he learns to deal with the issue.