There are many people in this world that can prove that our past experiences contribute to the shaping of our present day selves and lives. Whether our past contains hidden skeletons in our closets or not, we cannot keep it a secret nor can we run from it. But if we decide to do so the past will only come to haunt us. In the novel In The Lake of the Woods, we see that there is a fine line between love and insanity. And John Wade the antihero of the story- is drifting on the border line. One day, John awakens to find Kathy Wade, the love of his life and wife, gone without a trace along with the boat. Although author Tim O'Brien presents us with many theories for her
In a social setting where the presence of God is absent, love simply cannot exist. It is a common-truth that human beings require love; in a society where love cannot and does not exist, the void where that “love” would have existed becomes filled with deluded misconceptions of what love truly is. In Marie-Claire Blais’ Mad Shadows, Blais clearly illustrates what happens genuine love cannot exist and is replaced by misinterpretations, with the use of well developed character relationships. In many of the relationships (romantic and otherwise) displayed
"But at this moment in his life Heinrich is facing a void. I remember a similar void, when a long and intimate relationship ended. What I felt then was fear. And at times panic" (Griffin 358). The void that Griffin is talking about is the same void Himmler had and that is feelings that are raging within finally brought out. The difference is that Griffin exposes her feelings, but Himmler cannot.
Psychoanalysis can be inscribed in many poems subliminally. Authors tend to use psychoanalysis to solve the concern of a psychological issue or dysfunction problem that they have encountered. It is the conscious awareness of not knowing what the problem is that gives it so much control of our destructive behavior. As human beings, we often repress our deepest fears, emotions and experiences that tend to unfurl in the future beyond our control. Until we can acknowledge and openly admit to ourselves the cause of this, we will continue to disguise the problems unconsciously. It benefits our mental state for a certain length of time, but we ultimately suffer from it in the end. In her poem, Surprise, Jane Kenyon utilizes fear of betrayal, the double and being forced into a regressive state that creates her fear to be intimate.
Regardless, her poor emotional state is proven through many lines in this lai, especially when she tells the knight “I grant you my love and my body” (115). She has finally come up with a method to “get away” from her husband in this decision. Throughout the rest of the story it is not once said that the wife came to love her new husband or her family, on the contrary, she does not seem happy in the following scenes. However, being afraid of her husband and his emotional violence, it is rational that she would try to find safety with someone else, even if that means giving away her “love,”—likely the appearance of such rather than actual love—and her
Once the image of burden has been established, the speaker talks of her permissive willingness to stay committed for survival. In stanzas seven and eight, the speaker advocates “ but without pay. If i had known how it would go I think i would have lived alone. In spite of the speakers anguish toward the commitment to a man, the only means of survival in that culture is through relationship ties. In spite of her discontentment in the injustice shown in the relationship, the speaker has an obligation to keep up the relationship. It is evident that culture and society is responsible for the speakers negative attitude toward objectification in a relationship. The speaker has no choice but to adhere to societal norms as a means of survival.
He also calls the addressed “fair creature of the hour,” and recognizes the constraint of time on love, for an hour is fleeting. He also recognizes the fickleness of it – who is to say someone else will be his addressed the next hour? He continues to suggest that the addressed has some sort of deceptive and illusory “faery power” that creates an “unreflecting love.” Deception and illusion typically are detrimental for those who experience it. Keats does not reflect on losing the chance for love as something terribly unhappy, for he has a pre-existing negative perception of love. Love is also “unreflecting,” so love won’t be reciprocated. Keats then ends the segment about love half a line earlier in this quatrain than all other quatrains.
"Dey gointuh make ‘miration ‘cause mah love didn’t work lak they love, if dey ever had any. Then you must tell ‘em dat love ain’t somethin’ lak uh grindstone dat’s de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore." Love is different for everyone; sometimes you have to work for the one you love, and sometimes it just comes naturally. Love is not a fixed thing. It is as the ocean waters tide changing, and the way the shores have shape. Society has a certain outlook on what love is, but in actuality there is no one set way to love. “It was not death she feared. It was misunderstanding. If they made a verdict that she didn’t want Tea Cake and wanted him dead, then that was a real sin and a shame. It was worse than murder.” Janie’s falsehood is her worse sin, not the actual murder. Murder, death, are things that relate to the morality theme that is throughout this essay, and the book.
Another very powerful version of the overall tone of hopelessness in Brooks plays is the feeling of hopelessness that stems from a mother’s worry
Love is unique in its striking ability to be a driving force in dictating interpersonal relationships. It patterns behavior and orients individuals towards their distinct, unique attractions. According to Velleman, love penetrates deeper than one’s qualities; it extends to one’s rational will, or the essence of a person. To him, though love appears to have particularity, it is also a moral emotion. Kolodny subscribes to the relationship theory, asserting that an ongoing, interpersonal, and historical relationship with a relative is a part of the reason for love. In Kolodny’s view, the existence of the true self is irrelevant, as is the morality of love. Both Velleman and Kolodny disprove the quality theory; however, their perceptions of love and its morality differ. I believe that Kolodny is correct in his view that morality is irrelevant to love and that there must be factual reasons for love. Although it is enticing to believe that one is attracted to the essence of another, the essence is not motivation enough for love. The relationship theory takes into account the motivation needed to love a particular person from a historical, interpersonal, and ongoing perspective.
When emotion overwhelms you, you have two choices; let it eat away at you slowly, each and every day, or attempt to purge it from your memory. Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer’s way of preventing himself from going insane and parting with his overwhelming emotions. Although I have not first-handedly experienced traumatizing events in the same way Krakauer has, I relate to the want, or need, to dispose of extreme thoughts through art. Contrastingly, I often part with my emotions through vague paintings only I can accurately decipher, while Krakauer parts with his emotions through a twenty one chapter novel in which he gives the readers nearly excessive details about not only his emotions, but also the emotions and hardships of others. While reading
This eventually led to her committing suicide in an attempt to give her daughter the strength that she lacked. Secondly, these women, especially the latter wives and the concubines, lose a lack of identity. For example, when these women marry, they are referred to as which wife they are. Even the wives refer to each other as first wife, second wife, etc.
The discussion of the Wife’s five husbands describes her evolving role as a woman and how she overcame the most ridiculous obstacles to maintain this idea or illusion of marriage. The Wife’s depiction of her marriages was that three were good and two were bad. The initial marriages were to older rich men where she kept up this idea of marriage in order to receive money, but was not faithful by
“Her feeling was rather that, given the nature of the human couple, the love of man and woman is a priori inferior to that which can exist (at least in the best instances) in the love between man and dog, that oddity of human history probably unplanned by the creator” (297). Tereza knew as the dog lay dying that the reason why she snuggled so close to Karenin was her commitment. That same commitment was the reason why she still slept next to Tomas every night. Love, whether we perceive it or not, has a hold that stitches souls together in the patchwork of life. It was not until after the dog’s death that Tomas grasped this idea as well. Karenin proved to be a symbol of Tomas and Tereza’s marriage and the prospect of death seemed to inevitably doom the marriage. Tereza understood that Karenin’s commitment to please was the reason why the dog held on. Kundera’s following passage reflects this, “It was sad, what she said, yet without realizing it they were happy. They were happy not in spite of their sadness but thanks to it. They were holding hands and both had the same image in their eyes: a limping dog who represented ten years of their lives” (293). In the existence of a dog there was a light. This light did not fade when the dog’s existence was ceased, yet grew brighter in the eyes of a man. Tomas learned that in his years of endless escapades and rendevous with strange woman, was his resistence to love and commitment to Tereza. He