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Tragic Heroines: Medea and Clytemnestra - Aristotle (384-322 B.C. believed that tragedy, as an imitation or mimesis of life as it could be, held more importance than history, which simply records the past. He considered that performance of a tragedy provided the perfect cathartic experience for an audience, leaving them spiritually purified and inspired. He felt spectators seeing and experiencing great hardship befall the play’s hero or heroine would achieve this emotional state and benefit from it. The tragic hero, according to Aristotle, must be essentially good and be of high or noble birth....   [tags: Aristotle, Greek tragedies, literature]
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Important Heros and Heroines in Greek Culture - Group 10 Important Heros and Heroines in Greek Culture Heroes reflect the greatest strengths of the human condition, as well as highlighting the flaws of human nature itself. It is no surprise then that throughout the Greek world are found depictions of heros on various pieces of pottery. These pieces better help to understand what the people of the ancient Greek world were like and which heroic values they felt were worthy of art. When analyzing the art and the stories of such heroes, common themes tend to emerge of what the ancient Greeks thought were heroic values....   [tags: krater, pottery, Pelops, Oenomaus, Achilles]
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Wisdon from Book Heroes and Heroines - WISDOM FROM BOOK HEROES AND HEROINES Apparently, fictional characters are more influential than the general public give them credit for. As a matter of fact, people tend to seek company from them when they feel like disconnecting from reality or it can just be one of the undying habits that let someone temporarily get a taste of an entirely different life. The world of fiction is something we certainly know as a product of a wild imagination, an output of creativity that's meant to entertain an audience but it is also a tool used to impart knowledge and serves as a source of inspiration at the same time....   [tags: living vicariously through fictional characters] 893 words
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Heroes and Heroines - Heroes and Heroines "Who the heck are you?" Victor Frankenstein cried. "What the heck are you?" "I am the wretch created by your beloved Elizabeth," cried the vaguely female wretch. "Elizabeth has passed the limits of the human realm and in her feverish pursuit of the essential knowledge of the world she has spawned the being that you now see before you!" "And what do you want from me, you frightening monstrosity whom my innocent and sheltered eyes should never have been made to look upon?" The wretch snickered....   [tags: Fiction Comics Papers] 2038 words
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The Ethics of Jane Austen's Heroines - The Ethics of Jane Austen's Heroines Jane Austen's novels at first glance tell a story of romance set primarily within the landowning society amidst country estates, and their cultivation of tea parties, social outings, and extravagant balls; ladies sashaying in flowing gowns through precisely decorated rooms, and men deliberating over their game of whist. The storybook romance usually unfolds in these familiar settings, and inevitably involves the conflict of two lovers separated by differences in social class, and the resulting influence of the diverse societies they revolve in....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 2689 words
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The Heroines of the Western Schoolhouse - The Heroines of the Western Schoolhouse "School-Teacher Wanted: One room schoolhouse seeks a young, single white woman who is willing to leave her sheltered life and come teach twenty to thirty classes a day, for a variety of students ranging in ages from five to twenty-two. Teacher must be able to perform with inadequate teaching materials and minimal funding for her salary and for the maintenance of the school." If you fit these qualifications, you would've been a wonderful addition to the old Western schoolhouse....   [tags: Teachers Education Papers]
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Heroines and Subservience in Ancient Athens - Heroines and Subservience in Ancient Athens Women throughout history have played a subordinate role to men; this holds true in even ancient Athens. Though obvious through the writing of ancient poets, playwrights, and historians this subordinate role dominates religion and its practices. Through an examination of modern and ancient sources it will become apparent that women, even goddesses, played certain roles and they did not have the freedom to step outside these roles. Despite this subordinate stature, women could still receive recognition as heroic figures by achieve the status of heroine....   [tags: Free Essays Online]
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Lizzy or Emma - A Critique of Jane Austen's Heroines - Living for only 42 years Jane Austen’s (1775- 1817) view of the world was genial and kindly. She had a clear sighted vision of the world where she amused herself with other’s foibles and self - deception, gave love to those who deserve to be loved and most certainly gave a light hearted satirical view of the society. Marilyn Butler in her book "Jane Austen" writes that, “Jane had the happiness of temper that never required to be commanded. Cassandra, who knew her best, received letters in which Jane sounded dissatisfied with her lot, impatient, angry or unhappy”....   [tags: character analysis, pride and prejudice] 2249 words
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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Witches as Heroines - The Witches as the Heroines of Macbeth Traditionally, the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth have been treated as symbolic manifestations of the potential for evil. Many students and critics of Macbeth enjoy blaming the witches, along with Lady Macbeth, for Macbeth's downfall. Regardless, it may be argued that the witches are the heroines of the play. One eminent modern literary critic, Terry Eagleton, has addressed the issue of the witches as heroines directly: To any unprejudiced reader--which would seem to exclude Shakespeare himself, his contemporary audiences and almost all literary critics--it is surely clear that positive value in Macbeth lies with the three witches....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 863 words
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The Characterisation of the Heroines in The Bell Jar and Quicksand - How does the author's treatment of relationships effect the characterisation of the heroines in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Quicksand by Nella Larsen. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know ============================== How does the author's treatment of relationships effect the characterisation of the heroines in "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath and "Quicksand" by Nella Larsen. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This essay will compare the ways in which the novels "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath and "Quicksand" by Nella Larsen deal with relationships, paying particular attention to how this aids the characterisation of Esther Greenwood and Helga Crane, the...   [tags: English Literature] 2358 words
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Nineteenth Century Literature Heroines and Conformity - Nineteenth Century Literature Heroines and Conformity By definition, a heroine is a woman who would typically encompass the qualities of nobility, courage, independence and strength. Nineteenth century English women would have struggled to accomplish any of these particular acts of heroism within their social environment as ultimately, their roles within civilisation saw them becoming a good wives and mothers and before that, obliging and caring daughters. Within this ubiquitous discourse of separate spheres, Kathryn Gleadle suggests that women were ‘encouraged to see themselves as ‘relative creatures', whose path in life was to nurture the family and to provide unstinting support for the h...   [tags: Literature 19th Century] 1654 words
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The Unique Portrayal of Heroines in The Awful Truth and My Favorite Wife - ... As a result, Lucy claimed as Jerry’s sister and tricked him and his new girlfriend on Barbara’s appointment to debunk Jerry’s falsehood and to lower the impression formed by Barbara’s family. For sure, both Ellen and Lucy get their husbands or even the whole family back. Although heroines were shocked by the facts initially, a new wife appearing and the love between the couple remaining, they still took the most positive actions they could. From my perspective, that also becomes one of the reasons why the screwball comedy prevailed in 30s, doing something and even getting the best results that heroines had ever expected....   [tags: screwball comedy, marriage, zany] 782 words
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How do Jane Austen and E.M Forster portray their heroines as remarkably independent? - The independence of the heroines in “Pride and Prejudice” and “A Room With a View” can be defined by their unconventional views and the fearlessness that they display. In “Pride and Prejudice”, Austen presents her heroine Elizabeth as having unconventional views on marriage and society. It is clear that in Austen’s choice of Elizabeth she is presenting an alternative role model for the women of Regency society. Similarly, in “A Room With a View”, E.M Forster’s heroine Lucy demonstrates an independence and fearlessness in her choices which challenges society’s expectations....   [tags: Literature] 1768 words
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Role Models in Young Adult Literature - A young girl is standing with a gun ready to fire. Her best friend Will walks toward her, another gun outstretched. She pleads for him to snap out of it. But, Will can't hear her, he's being controlled. She shoots, letting the bullet fly through his head. She flees the area crying to herself. Thankfully, this isn't real. This is a scene from the book Divergent, by Veronica Roth. This is one of the new popular book series from the Young Adult Literature genre. Young women are looking up to such heroines like Tris, described above....   [tags: heroines, women leadership]
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Sisters Take a Risk In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez - ... Maté noted, "This new friend of Minerva's, Hilda, is really rude." (31). Hilda was hiding at the school because she had been to secret meetings against Trujillo's regime. Minerva had joined Hilda at these meetings and helped hide her from the authorities in her time of need. Even the men in Minerva's life had a hand in adding to her heroic qualities. Minerva wistfully said, "My life would have been nobler if I had followed Lío." (59). Lío was a man that Minerva was close to. He was openly against Trujillo and eventually had to flee the country....   [tags: heroines, mirabals, rebellious ]
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Imagination is Powerful in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth - Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth is not based on any literacy books. Clyde Geronimi’s, Wilfred Jackson’s, and Hamilton Luske’s Alice in Wonderland is based on Lewis Carroll’s original story of Alice in Wonderland. Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves is an adaptation of Angela Carter’s short story of the same name. All three female protagonists are evolving, physically and mentally, from girls to women. Imagination provides all three protagonists with freedom from oppression and abuse. In Pan’s Labyrinth, the main character, Ofelia is abused by her Fascist stepfather and utilizes her mind to escape his tortured....   [tags: heroines, rosaleene, alice] 899 words
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Kate Chopin, inspired through her strong-willed widowed mother and grandmother, wrote inspiring stories of female heroines that were rejected by a society unwilling to accept Chopin’s risqué subjects. She was born into an affluent family on February 8th, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended convent schools where she was strongly encouraged to pursue her writing career. She spent much of her free time by herself, in her attic, reading vigorously. Her mother and grandmother strongly encouraged her to think for herself and pursue her interests....   [tags: Edna Pontellier, female heroines]
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Atticus Finch: Stronger Than Hercules - “All heroes and heroines share several characteristics in common: They embody characteristics their society values” (Reilly). Odds are, the word, “hero” conjures up images of strong, powerful, hardy men battling monsters and evil forces. Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior whose story is chronicled in Homer’s The Illiad, and Superman, the invincible savior from the Planet Krypton, are two such examples. However, there is a new breed of hero, the modern hero. The modern hero is not necessarily a stereotypical strongman....   [tags: heroes, heroines, modern heroe]
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Comparing Heroines in Anna Karenina and War and Peace - Women of the nineteenth century represented the image of the real woman. Their beauty, charm, and rich spiritual world were the inspiration of the poetical muse in all times. Many great writers and poets reflected the images of women in their works. The image of Anna Karenina, the main character of the novel, according to Tolstoy represents both a woman, who lost herself. She stepped away from her sacred duties of being a mother and a wife, but she does not have another choice. Tolstoy tries to justify the behavior of his heroine, but at the same time her tragical destiny appears to be unavoidable....   [tags: Literary Heroes, Analytical Essay] 2447 words
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Gothic Literature: Isabella and Catherine From Victims To Heroines - When the words gothic literature come to mind, most people would automatically assume that Poe or King are being spoken of, but two authors who have seemed to have slipped through the cracks in the world’s idea of gothic literature have not only succeeded in many things, but have written two lovely gothic novels in their own ways. Horace Walpole wrote The Castle of Ortanto and Jane Austen wrote Northanger Abbey; and while these two pieces are vastly different, they both employ the same devices to keep the reader in the world of the gothic....   [tags: walpoe, austen, compare, contrast] 1233 words
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Aristotle’s Poetics - Courageous and admirable with noble qualities defines a heroine. In Aristotle’s Poetics he describes a tragic hero as a character who is larger than life and through fate and a flaw they destroy themselves. Additionally, Aristotle states excessive pride is the hubris of a tragic hero. The hero is very self-involved; they are blind to their surroundings and commit a tragic action. A tragedy describes a story that evokes sadness and awe, something larger than life. Furthermore, a tragedy of a play results in the destruction of a hero, evoking catharsis and feelings of pity and fear among the audience....   [tags: tragic hero, heroines, the medea]
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Biography of Margaret Sanger - Biography of Margaret Sanger Margaret Sanger founded a movement in this country that would institute such a change in the course of our biological history that it is still debated today. Described by some as a "radiant rebel", Sanger pioneered the birth control movement in the United States at a time when Victorian hypocrisy and oppression through moral standards were at their highest. Working her way up from a nurse in New York's poor Lower East Side to the head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Margaret Sanger was unwavering in her dedication to the movement that would eventually result in lower infant mortality rates and better living conditions for the impoverished....   [tags: Heroines Birth Control Planned Parenthood Essays] 5086 words
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Mary Crawford: The Satisfying Heroine - In Mansfield Park, Jane Austen presents her readers with a dilemma: Fanny Price is the heroine of the story, but lacks the qualities Jane Austen usually presents in her protagonists, while Mary Crawford, the antihero, has these qualities. Mary is active, effective, and witty, much like Austen’s heroines Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet. Contrasting this is Fanny, who is timid, complacent, and dull. Austen gives Mary passages of quick, sharp, even occasionally shocking, dialogue, while Fanny often does not speak for pages at a time....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Jane Austen] 1633 words
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The Romantic Heroine: A Borrowed Penelope - In The Rise of Silas Lapham, the elder daughter Penelope represents the intelligent, yet understated romantic woman. Like many heroines, Penelope finds herself in the awkward situation of being the middle of a love triangle. Though their respective families believe that Tom would be a better match for her sister Irene, who is described as being “innocent” and incredibly attractive, it is Penelope whom Tom chooses for a wife. Like many literary heroines, Penelope tries to end her love-affair, as an expression of self-sacrifice, but she eventually submits to marrying Tom....   [tags: The Rise of Silas Lapham, Character Analysis] 1011 words
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The Modern Heroine: I Am Malala - Joseph Campbell describes the hero’s journey as a quest where the “hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man” (Campbell 7). The heroine’s quest, according to Valerie Estelle Frankel includes “battling through pain and intolerance, through the thorns of adversity, through death and beyond to rescue loved ones” (Frankel 11)....   [tags: joseph campbell, supernatural wonder]
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Introducing Miss Bennet, Unique Heroine - In the book Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen decided to make Elizabeth Bennet the central character. Elizabeth is the second eldest of the Bennet sisters and from the very beginning of the book; we can sense that the whole plot in the story is based around her. Therefore, we can suggest that there are many reasons to think that Elizabeth is the heroine in Pride and Prejudice. However, I believe that before arguing on this idea, we must define the concept of heroine. When we talk about the heroine of a story, we usually expect a woman who is brave, courageous, trustworthy and has many other positive qualities, depending on what she does....   [tags: Jane Austen, Character Analysis] 1312 words
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Tragedy in Tess of the D’Urberville by Thomas Hardy - ... John is a prime example of how the D’Urberville name has immediately affected Tess’ family. Tess’ fate with the D’Urberville name begins when Joan learns of the D’Urbervilles. “My project is to send Tess to claim kin”, she wants Tess to marry Alec for wealth not for love. Hardy’s heroine can instantly sense what she believes to be good and bad. Although her family does not see it she soon realises why she was reluctant to listen to her mother in claiming her kin. From the very beginning of the novel Hardy seems to be aware of Tess’ fate....   [tags: suffering, fate, heroine]
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Hope is the Thing with Letters: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Heroines are portrayed as able bodied women, when in the face of danger or adversity, display courage and self-sacrifice. Hester Prynne, the female protagonist of The Scarlet Letter, is forced to wear a scarlet A on her chest because of her affair with Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. The first impression of Hester is that she is a strong woman, grounded in her decisions to keep the father of her child secret, suffering the consequences. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne develops Hester, broken and drowning in her sin, surviving only by having hope and stifling her emotions....   [tags: tragic heroine, hester prynne]
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Analysis of the First Female Superhero: Wonder Woman - ... However, these characters were often stereotypical, such as the man-hating Thundra or angry-feminist parody, Man-killer. In Wonder Woman No. 203, 1972, Wonder Woman tells the women’s lib movement to go stifle itself. Actual dialogue: “I’m for equal wages, too. But I’m not a joiner. I wouldn’t fit with your group. In most cases I don’t even like women.” No. 203 is one of many comic series publicized by DC during the Feminist Movements. The feminists had adopted Wonder woman as a symbolic idol during their movements in the 1970’s....   [tags: heroine, sexualized, males, media] 2585 words
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Which heroine do you prefer and how do events throughout the books - Which heroine do you prefer and how do events throughout the books affect your opinion of them - Bridget Jones and Emma. Which heroine do you prefer and how do events throughout the books affect your opinion of them. The two heroines, Bridget Jones and Emma are obviously quite different in their attitudes to love and society as a whole. However, I think that in ways they are both likeable characters. The events that occur through the novels have an effect on the reader's opinions of the heroines and can weaken or strengthen these opinions....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 703 words
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Antigone: A Tragic Heroine's Characteristics - In Antigone, The likelihood off it being two Tragic hero characters is unlikely in Greek tragedy, and there is only one in the play Antigone. The king Creon has several of the qualities that constitute a tragic character, but does not have all of the necessary necessities. Antigone, although she is a woman, contains all of the aspects that are required for her to be the main character and a feminine heroine which is seldom seen however there are certain traits, in which are required of a tragic character found in her role....   [tags: Antigone, characters, ] 700 words
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Hester Prynne: Victim or Heroine? - Literature is very interesting when there is a change in the protagonist. They can start out bad but turn out good in the end. Being the protagonist of a novel and changing your ways can affect the story and give it a great plot twist. There is a story in literature that contains a person that made a bad decision. A victim of sin, Hester Prynne, emerges as a determined, loving, and strong heroine, living her own life in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Prynne came from Amsterdam to Boston two years ago....   [tags: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, adultery] 938 words
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The Heroine and Archetypal Characteristics of The Little Mermaid - ... Early in the story, the first example of heroine actions is presented by the Little Mermaid rescuing the Prince. “When the Little Mermaid found the Prince, she carried him to the surface and laid him on the sand, kissing his forehead before swimming away from the beach” (Andersens 184). The Prince faced a near death experience, and if not for the Little Mermaid, his life would have been cut short. This is only one example, but throughout the story the Little Mermaid signifies the heroine with the validation of her achievement to venture out and make the Prince hers....   [tags: Hans Christian Andersen stories] 732 words
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Psyche: The Greatest Heroine in the City of Glome - In the city of Glome, they are suffering from droughts, plagues, and the fever. The priest of Ungit decides that they “must find the accursed”. Also, he mentions, “the brute has been seen again”; therefore, they must offer the “accursed” to the brute. When the King hears this he is scared for his own life, but he has no problem offering one of his three daughters. The priest then tells him that he is not the “accursed”, but Psyche, his youngest daughter, will be offered, for she is the “accursed”....   [tags: Character Analysis] 500 words
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A Villain and a Heroine. A story told in rhyme. - The blush of love's awakening as hearts are intertwined. What shall this Ever After bring. A bridal veil, a golden ring. But Fate is such a fickle thing when love is on the line. Our tale unfolds beneath the boughs of ancient woodland glade, where night-wind stirs the restless leaves and moonlight-dappled shade as shards of crystal, deadly, gleaming, weave the threads of magic's seeming. Caught within this web of Dreaming sleeps the spellbound maid. A chamber of immensity immersed in candlelight, bedecked in glowing tapestry and hung with streamer bright....   [tags: Poetry] 724 words
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Joan of Arc: A Heroine Among Men - Joan of Arc, a well-known Catholic saint and French national heroine, is a figure worthy of historical attention. Born in Domremy, France, sometime around 1412, Joan lived as a peasant with her family on fifty acres of land. At the end of her short life of nineteen years, Joan revealed in a trial that her rise to power in the Anglo-French conflict was due to a series of visions she had as a young girl. These visions, which were religious in nature, helped Joan to turn the Hundred Years War into a religious conflict....   [tags: Religion]
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A Modern Heroine - A Modern Heroine In today’s society, women have overcome many hardships to become able to vote, able to run for public office, and even able to hold high business positions. Some people believe that such accomplishments are because of literary examples that have, over the years, lead women to believe in themselves, motivate them-selves, and stand up for themselves. In Aeschylus’ infamous Greek tragedy, The Oresteia, Clytaemestra, the leading woman, overcomes the Greek society’s slighting attitude towards women, grasping the most powerful position attain-able in Argos....   [tags: essays papers]
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Medea as a Heroine in Euripides - Medea as a Heroine in Euripides In Euripides' Medea, the main character of the same name is a controversial heroine. Medea takes whatever steps necessary to achieve what she believes is right and fair. She lived in a time when women were expected to sit in the shadows and take the hand that life dealt them without a blink of their eye. Medea took very radical steps to liberate herself and destroys the life of the man who ruined hers. She refused to accept the boundaries that a patriarchal society set upon her....   [tags: Papers] 344 words
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What Makes a Heroine in Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies - ... Minerva said, one time, I stopped at the side of the road and stared at their Maribel eyes. "Who is your father?" I asked point blank,( Alvarez 58). Although her mother had told her about the affair, Minerva still investigated for her own knowledge. Even though every heroine has vast amount of courage, fearlessness is what shapes them into a heroine Fearlessness is not about having any fears. It is about knowing your fear but growing through it that makes you fearless. Minerva stated, he yanks me by the wrist, thrusting his pelvis at me in a vulgar way, and I can see my hand in an endless slow motion rise- a mind all its own-and come down on the astonished, made-up face (Alvarez 66-67)....   [tags: minerva, sisters, courage]
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The Heroine in A White Heron - A White Heron was a beautiful story of the battles within a little girl in her formative years in life. The story has a deeper meaning though, expressed in the involvement of much symbolic representation. The author, Sarah Orne Jewett, paints a vivid and descriptive image of the young heroine and her surroundings in the story. I will try to primarily focus on the symbolism and representation in the story. I will also mention the subtle references the artist made to the biggest struggle in a young persons life- self-identification....   [tags: A White Heron Essays] 516 words
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Emilia, A Heroine of Shakespeare's Othello - Emilia, A Heroine of Shakespeare's Othello    Shakespeare, in his tragedy Othello, presents a minor character who does great things in the final act. Her character is deserving of analysis. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello,  explains the motivation of Emilia through most of the play: Emilia’s character, too, is determined by the plot. In the source, the villain’s wife is privy to the nefarious designs. Shakespeare wisely makes her, like the other characters, ignorant of Iago’s character....   [tags: Othello essays]
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The Real Heroine in the book, In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez - ... I'll let you toss for the privilege. You win, you get your wish. I win, I get mine" (115) Minerva not only stands up to Trujillo by telling him she wants to be a lawyer, but she takes a huge risk just to get what she wants and deserves. Minerva meets a young man named Lio who her parents disapprove of and he is also running from the government, why would Minerva take the risk of being with Lio when she has to go against the government and the people she loves. Minerva has started to act very sneaky around the house and she is starting to fall in love with Lio....   [tags: revolution, love Minerva] 637 words
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Vivian Bearing: Shakespearean Heroine - Shakespeare´s definition of a tragic hero stands between the epic hero and the scondrel: he is an exceptional being though not completely noble; he has a flaw of character which contributes to his degeneration and eventually leads to his downfall, that is to say death: be it physical or moral, preceded by transfiguration. This redemption serves the purpose of restoring heroic qualities and takes place just before the hero´s demise, in recognition of his flaw. In the particular case of Margaret Edson´s so acclaimed play Wit, the protagonist, Vivian Bearing fits perfectly into the definition of the tragic hero....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 487 words
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Eustacia Vie as the Heroine of Return of the Native - There is no doubt that Eustacia Vie is the Heroine of the tragedy "Return of the Native". Without the majestic air that Miss Vie adds to the novel we are left with a typical period soap drama. Eustacia Vie is on more then one occasion compared to classical characters of Greek mythology, and even in her death the nobility of her figure evokes images of classical sculpture."Pallor did not include all the quality of her complexion, which seemed More the whiteness; it was almost light. The expression of her finely Curved mouth was pleasant, as if a sense of dignity had just compelled Her to leave off speaking." The almost Godly representation of the character juxtaposes the 'rebellious adole...   [tags: Return of the Native] 1196 words
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Fanny Price: the Heroine of Mansfield Park - Fanny Price: The Heroine of Mansfield Park Jane Austin's Mansfield Park is not widely accepted by critics. The novel's criticism is due to the heroine, Fanny Price. Since Fanny does not encompass the conventional characteristics of a heroine (charm, wit, and beauty), critics hold the opinion that she is passive, week, and boring. Ironically, Austin's goal was to demonstrate that superficial charm and wit are nice, but there are more important characteristics such as discipline, morality, and depth of character (Moore 139)....   [tags: European Literature] 1094 words
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The Unique Heroine in Jane Austen's Emma - In Jane Austen's Emma the eponymous heroine is "handsome, clever, and rich" but she also suffers from arrogance and self-deception. With the good judgement of Mr Knightley, and her own self scrutiny, Emma experiences a movement of psyche, from arrogance and vanity through the humiliation of self knowledge to clarity of judgement and fulfilment in marriage. The tone of the novel and the episodes where Emma is self deceived progresses from the light comedy of Mr Elton's gallantry and the eventual mortification to the sombre depression of Emma's belief that she has ruined her own chances of happiness by bringing Mr Knightley and Harriet together....   [tags: Austen Emma Essays]
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