Nadia WuModern World Literature
The Fisherman’s Return
I paced about anxiously as I waited for his return. How am I going to tell him the news? How would he react? What would he have to say? These thoughts ran through my mind as I tried to figure out a way to break the news gently to him. My husband was not known for being the most complacent person in our village. His terrible fits of anger had the tendency to bring a few of our neighbors to our doorstep a few times too many. Yet, when he was not so temperamental, he was a loving husband and he did take good care of me. He is an extremely hard-working man and he does try his level best to maintain our household, but regardless of that, his constant absence will continue to be a strain on our marriage. He spent most of his time at sea, engaged in an occupation that was extremely dangerous, so that he could have the money to run our household. There are times when I do not see him for days and weeks at a stretch but I am expected to come to terms with this and be the “dutiful wife” that I am expected to be. There are times when I wonder why my parents forced me into such a marriage, a marriage in which they knew I would be lonely in. Perhaps if I had not listened to the elders I might have not been in such a situation, standing here, waiting for my husband to return after being away for four days.
All at once I heard a knock on the door. “Is anybody home?” I heard my husband call out. The familiarity of his voice sent a resonating feeling of fear throughout my entire body. I was clearly not prepared to face him but I had no choice but to do so. “I’m in here! I was preparing some food for dinner” I said, walking towards him to greet him. The last of four days had clearly not been kind to him. He looked even more worn out and tired than before, which I had not thought possible. Yet, as soon as he saw me, his whole face lit up and he at once embraced me. This man, beneath his...
...original students’ .In Toronto, Ontario; Trass founded the first Montessori school in North America in the basement of a church in Richmond Hill. In 1971, Trass also started the Toronto Montessori Institute a flagship school for the instruction of Montessori educators. There are now more than 350 in the GTA only that are Ontario Montessori schools listed are accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) and are thus true Montessori schools.
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Wife of His Youth (by Charles Chesnutt)
The story under analysis belongs to the pen of the famous American author, essayist, political activist and lawyer Charles Waddel Chesnutt.
First of all I would like to tell about the author.
Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 20, 1858, the son of two free African-Americans who had moved north from Fayetteville, North Carolina, two years earlier. Both of his grandmothers were of mixed-race, while it is probable that both of his grandfathers were white, a complex genealogy later reflected in his fiction. In 1866 his family moved to Fayetteville, where his father opened a grocery store. After attending a Freedmen's Bureau school in Fayetteville, Chesnutt taught at a school for black children in Charlotte (1873 –76) before becoming assistant principal and principal (1877 –83) of the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville. In 1878, he married Susan Perry, a Fayetteville schoolteacher; they would have four children together. During this period Chesnutt continued his self-education, studying French, German, and rhetoric, and learning stenography.
He also began publishing stories, sketches, and essays in newspapers and magazines, becoming the first African-American fiction writer to appear in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1899 Chesnutt published two story collections, The Conjure...
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The Wife of His Youth
Question: Discuss the theme of race in Chesnutt ‘The Wife of His Youth’?
After the civil war, racial issues affect society and Charles Chesnutt a regional realist writer tackles the subject. The difference between black and white, which should logically disappear, increases, and the African American community is experiencing exclusion in some societies. Chesnutt through his text "The Wife of his youth" refers to the problem by showing the contrast between black and white. He does not hesitate to create a character belonging to the two worlds so that embodies the image of a possible unification.
The essay begins by the exclusion accentuated by the Blue Veins, followed by the real role of Mr Ryder and what it represents. Will also be discussed, the arrival of Liza character and the consequences it represents and to finish the regional realist style of Charles Chesnutt will be evoked.
Blue veins society appears as the symbol of the exclusion of black people, but also as the social ascension of light skin people. In fact it highlights the difference between black and white and the difficulties faced by African Americans to get a place in society. Perceive the blue vein on the arms of the group members is not a criterion in itself, but it excludes people who have dark skin....
Love Has No Color
After reading 19th century author Charles Chesnutt’s The Wife of His Youth, one may feel mislead. The story gives a sense of the struggle that many people, mainly colored, had to face. It represents the south in a way such as to exhibit the racial slander of African-Americans. The focal point is mainly on a tenuous gathering held to honor, recognize, and appreciate the character known as Molly Dixon. It may seem as though the main character, Mr. Ryder has intentions to commit, but he is truly embraced and interrupted by past relations.
Mr. Ryder was possibly considered as “the dean of the Blue Veins”. This means he symbolized a leader or should one say an idol of some sort. This group in which he was admired served a purpose as to “establish and maintain correct social standards among a people whose social condition presented almost unlimited room for improvement.” Chesnutt uses Mr. Ryder as an example of African-Americans from back then, who may have had the opportunity to work their way up in society and become more educated, conservative, and socialized. Mr. Ryder was a mulatto, meaning he was a mixture of black and white, though just a tad more black than white. Most of the members of the Blue Veins are of the same descent, or light colored, and in the story Chesnutt said this was because “such persons, as a rule, had had better opportunities to qualify themselves for membership.” This creates a...
...Conflict in "The Wife of His Youth
According to Ann Charters in The Short Story and its Writer, "conflict is the opposition presented to the main Character of a narrative by another character, by events or situations, by fate, or by some aspect of the protagonist's own personality or nature. The conflict is introduced by means of a complication that sets in motion the rising action, usually toward a climax and eventual resolution" (Charters 1782).
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 everyone, but can easily bring to mind similar problems people face. The struggles that the main character faces are something people face on a daily basis.
The Wife of His Youth'' is a story about a mulatto man named Mr. Ryder. He is very successful and a member of a high society called the Blue Veins. The society is made up of blacks that were very light skinned and of high social status.
Ryder was a well respected member of the group who had a love for great literature. "His features were of a refined type, his hair was almost straight; he was always neatly dressed; his manners were irreproachable, and...
...In the poem ‘The Fisherman’ W.B Yeats presents his frustrations on how the Irish people have become, materialistic, greedy and one-dimensional, and how Ireland was full of creativity and culture, but is now being polluted by the lack of attention towards the art and creativity, leading towards this damaged Irish society.
Yeats begins by using a symbolic image of a fisherman, and writes the poem for his own personal ideal audience. He opens the poem using a first person narrative, mixed with a simple monosyllabic dialogue “Although I can see him still”, in order to emphasise the simplistic nature of the fisherman, and Yeats adds to this effect by using a very regular rhyming pattern (ABAB), and enjambment of the line in order to add a harmony and fluidity to the poem.
As you carry on Yeats describes a lot of rural and naturalistic imagery “the freckled man”…grey Connemara clothes” emphasising the typical old simple, and hard working Irish man, and this could in fact be compared to the ‘Irish Airman’. Because both poems are connected to a specific place in Ireland, in ‘The Fisherman’, it is Connemara, when in the ‘Irish Airman’ it is “Kiltarton Cross”, also in ‘The Fisherman’, notice how the man seems to form as part of the landscape “grey place on a hill in grey”, which shows how, not only is he wearing Connemara clothes, a local material, but seems to merge with the natural...
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS SOUL
This classic mermaid story was written as a reaction to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid". In Andersen's mermaid story the mermaid longs for a soul, here a fisherman longs to rid himself of his soul for the love of a mermaid. Andersen's mermaid story is strongly Christian in it's outlook and philosophy, Wilde's is delightfully pagan.
Here is a brief synopsis:
A young fisherman fell in love with a mermaid and wanted to join her in her land beneath the sea. The mermaid told him he could not be with her because he had a soul and she did not. The fisherman swore to get rid of his soul for the mermaid's love.
He visited a young witch who lived in the mountains. She gave him a magic knife and told him to stand with the moon behind him and use it to cut the soul from his feet. She said, "The shadow of the body is the body of the soul."
As the fisherman cut the soul from his feet the soul begged him not to separate them. When the fisherman refused the soul asked that he also cut out his heart and give it to the soul. "With what should I love my love if I gave thee my heart? " the fisherman asked. When he was free from his soul the fisherman left to join his mermaid under the sea. The soul,...
Explore the ways the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth develop throughout the play. Making reference to Shakespeare's use of language and stagecraft, examine the ways the events of the play impact on them and their relationship.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564. One of the most influential writers of all time, still remembered today for his enigmatic plays. The zeitgeist of England in the 17th century did nothing but intensify his success. In an age of acute paranoia and a morbid fascination surrounding the supernatural, plays like Macbeth' were the forbidden fruit craved for by the public of that era. Also as feminism was yet to be invented Macbeth' was also controversial in relation to the character of Lady Macbeth, and her almost masculine temperament. In a time where men were the dominant gender, Lady M's domineering character was intriguing. Shakespeare's plays are grouped into three categories; histories, tragedies and comedies. Macbeth is ultimately a tragedy. He was thought to have written The Scottish Play' for King James I, who had a personal interest in witchcraft and the supernatural. In this essay I intend to explore Macbeth and Lady Macbeths fall from grace and the deterioration of their relationship throughout the play.
Right at the beginning of Act I we are confronted with three haggard women, Every detail of this scene urges our imagination to sense a confusion of the...