The allegory of "A New England Nun" is rather obvious yet discreet. The reader would not notice it unless her or she were to critically analyze the existence of the animals. These animals have similar points and are in similar situations as the main character, Louisa Ellis. The dog, Caesar, and the little yellow canery are symbolic forms of Louisa Ellis.
In this story, Louisa Ellis waits for a man for 14 years to marry her. Like Caesar, who holds the guilt of biting a man, Louisa holds the guilt of having Joe Daggat as her first lover. In these 14 years, she is stuck in a spotlessly clean house with two animals: a dog and a bird; her house becomes an immediate prison as she waits for a man for 14 years. Like Louisa, the dog and bird are both chained up or locked up.
However, she is satisfied with her life of solitude. When her fiancee, Joe Daggat, finally comes back from earning his fortune overseas, she feels that her life has been disrupted. His appearance at her house shakes everything up; the bird would flutter about wildly in its cage and things would get knocked down. Joe Daggat himself would feel "as if surrounded by a hedge of lace" every time her went to visit Louisa. "He was afraid to stir lest he should put a clumsy foot or hand through the fairy web, and he had always the consciousness that Louisa was watching fearfully lest he should.
Louisa fears that by marrying Joe Daggat, she would be released from her "chain" and that her simple life of solitude would end. This is a lot like Caesar, who is permanantly chained up for biting a man. Louisa fears that by releasing Caesar, he would attack innocent children; thus, ending its life as a tamed dog. The wedding that she waited for came to be undesirable in the end. Louisa rather live a life at her secluded home with her dog and bird then to marry Joe Daggat, who would end up shattering her life of peaceful solitude.
At the introduction of Joe Dagget in the story, Louisa’s little yellow canary suddenly begins flapping its wings violently against the wire cage. Does the canary have a feeling that Joe is capable of bringing a change to our feathered friend’s pleasant life? Is the canary a symbol of the feelings that Louisa herself is harboring within about Joe’s return (205, 7)? Freeman mentions that when Joe enters he seems to fill up the entire room. It seems to Louisa that she fears a disruption in her delicate lifestyle. In many ways Louisa seems like she herself is a canary locked in a cage, but she has locked herself in waiting for Joe’s return. While waiting for Joe, however, she has grown comfortable in her lonely life.
Louisa and Joe begin talking about Lily Dyer’s taking such great care of his mother while he was away, then embarrassed he begins looking through the magazines on her table. However, when he put the album on top of the gift-book it bothered Louisa so much that she had to change their position. What difference did it make which book was on top? Were the books significant to Louisa’s life (206, M-B)? Apparently, Louisa had grown accustomed to her perfectly organized life. She was not used to the delicate balance of her things being disturbed. It also seems that she was not used to having guests. The organization of not only the books on the table, but of her entire house is a symbol of the life she has created for herself while Joe was away. She...
A NewEnglandNun is a wonderful story about 2 people who fell in love with each other and became engaged 14 years ago. With the hopes of making money separating them for most of their engagement, Louisa and Joe decide to stay together with the hopes of eventually becoming married. As time went on the couple noticed that there was a lot of built up sexual frustration from being apart from each other and both had decided to deal with it in their own ways. Louisa used the power of sewing and gardening to control her thoughts. Joe, on the other hand, grew close to a girl names Lily, who, in the end, would change both of their lives forever and would help both of them live happily ever after. The symbolism used in the story portrays many physical thoughts and the temptations that we as humans face on a daily basis. Would the sexual tensions between the characters really be enough to keep them together?
Day in and day out Louisa would tend to the things are her house. She enjoyed her life and the little things she had in it. When Joe decided to come around, it seemed as if he would only come visit in order to relieve his sexual tension and then go back to what he was doing.
He would be gone for long intervals of time, returning only when on leave. The long periods of absence and an assumed frustration at her apparently unrequited love may encourage biographically informed readers to read the story of Louisa and Joe. (Couch,...
...studies birds. He is willing to pay ten dollars to whomever can show him the White Heron he had once seen. It is now up to Sylvia, the young girl, to make a decision either in favor of the ornithologist or the white heron. Ultimately, she will be making a decision to acquiesce to male dominance or not.
The pine tree in which Sylvia climbs in order to see the white heron up close can be represented as a symbol of life. "Now she thought of the tree with a new excitement, for why, if one climbed it at break of day, could not one see all the world, and easily discover whence the white heron flew " (Jewett 466). The tree actually takes on the characteristics of an animal, when Sylvia is climbing the tree and the twigs scratch her with "angry like talons" (Jewett 466). Sylvia continues on this obstacle up and up the tree, and continuing on towards her revelation. The birds of the forest begin to sing louder and louder as Sylvia climbs, meaning she is coming ever so closely to the top of the tree or the climax of her new life. She finally sees the white heron and is eager with anticipation to tell the boy of the path to find it.
Sylvia ventures home and the young ornithologist and Sylvia's grandmother are both waiting for her. "He can make them rich with money; he has promised it, and they are poor now. He is so well worth making happy; and he waits to hear the story she can tell" (Jewett 468). Again the idea of male and female views...
Intro to Fiction
October 7, 2013
They say love triumphs all yet often times this statement is disproved. For some people there are certain aspects in life greater than love such as a sense of independence.
In the short story “A NewEnglandNun” by MaryWilkins Freeman the main character Louisa Ellis is a prime example of this statement. While her fiancée Joe is absent for fourteen years in Australia trying to make a fortune Louisa falls victim to her own routine. Louisa becomes independent and set in her own ways. Once Joe returns from Australia, Louisa has come to the realization that she has become so independent that she can’t change. Her lifestyle, her pets and her interactions with her fiancée Joe together make the theme of independence prevalent.
The reader is shown just how independent and set in her ways Louisa really is in the beginning of the story. Louisa is a perfectionist and does what she wants to do. Changing even the slightest object in her house makes her uneasy. For example, when Joe changed the arrangement of books on her table “Louisa kept eyeing them with mild uneasiness”(471). When Joe asked her what was the big deal she responded by saying “I always keep them that way”(471). These statements show the reader that Louisa does not like change and likes how things are already....
...and cope with the broken relationship.
She enjoys her life the way it is, and seems to wait for the day Joe comes home. Through all
the stress she knows she made a commitment to him, and for a long time was not able to see
him. I do believe when he finally arrived, it was a bit of a shock and became hard to handle.
For example when Joe moves everything out of place, she seems to take the book and put it
back where it belongs. This is apart of her nervous habits, and a need to keep the scheduled
ordered life. All of her feelings from the past seemed to rush through her mind, and she was
unsure of the changes that were about to happen. She stayed true to her awaited husband.
These things that she did would emulate that of the how a nun may live, free and pure. The
dog being chained up resembles the lifestyle she has. She is restricted to the routine she
created, like the dog is restricted to the chain. The chain is a symbol of the short leash she
keeps herself on, as a way to cope. I do think there is a resemblance between the name
choice for the dog. Ceasar was a strong ruler who played a big role in the shift from the
Roman republic to the Roman Empire. The dog has a strong name, yet is chained up, much
like how Louisa is a very strong and independent women who is restricted to her fiance Joe
Daggert, even without his presence.
Joe Daggert was inadvertently different from his wife. He traveled and tried to do things on ...
...Religion and Culture
27 February 2013
The Nun depicts the miserable story of Sister Suzanne, the girl who is forced to enter a convent and take the holy order. She experiences criminal and sexual assault in the cloisters and she cannot escape the huge cage of monastery. Dennis Diderot does a good job exploring the difficulties, cruel and mercilessness of the cloisters through the experience of Sister Suzanne, who has an adamant personality that never surrenders to the mothers of cloisters. She is forced to attend the ceremonies of the Catholic convent, torture when she has done something against the rules and harassed by the Mother Superior. The inhumane treating of the cloisters makes Sister Suzanne want to protest against the Mothers and leave the convent.
The difficulty Diderot explains in the passage is that the superstition of the cloister deprives the authorities of the nuns and it shows that the holy order is higher than anyone else. The Mothers of the cloisters used some cruel rituals and the oppressed the nuns. Like in the passage when Sister Suzanne is forced to enter the convent and immediately after her parents’ agreement, she gets a crucial ceremony. She can’t hear anything, see any thing and is forced to accept the nonsense things she heard from other nuns. She feels like she is impressed by all the strict rules. “If I sneezed twice, I was dispensed from the Divine Office”. This fragment...
...1. Who was Elizabeth’s father and why was Elizabeth’s succession to the throne so heatedly contested?
Elizabeth’s father was Henry Vll who was the King of England from 1509-1547 when he died. The reason why Elizabeth’s succession to the throne was so heatedly contested was because the Catholics did not support her and they didn’t want a Protestant ruler due to the fact that they were all Catholics. Another reason was because her mother was Anne Boleyn and she was executed because of incest and adultery.
2. Why was England in a state of turmoil at the start of the movie?
England in the beginning of the movie was in a state of turmoil because when they movie began it showed the assassination of all the Protestants.
3. If you were Queen Mary would you have had your Protestant half-sister Elizabeth executed in the Tower of London? Consider the implications to the throne of England in your answer.
If I was Queen Mary I would of have had my Protestant half-sister Elizabeth executed in the Tower of London. This is because I would be doing what is good for England. When I was in power the country was under my rule and therefore that meant that my citizens had to follow my religion which is Catholicism. I executed an estimation of 300 Protestant. If I had executed my sister England wouldn’t have become a Protestant state again and the citizens...
Jamestown Colony vs NewEngland Colony: Views from a Colonist
A colonist, Paul, remembers when he departed from the English empire to reside here in the
“New World”. He worked hard to cross the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Susan Constant but things did not get better. He struggled to survive in a harsh environment in our settlement, which was Jamestown Colony. But living conditions started to improve but then they went way down and he urged himself to leave and find a better place. He took a long journey with his wife and a couple friends and ended up in a colony which was named NewEngland. Live for him became much easier because of the improved supply of food, water, and shelter. But these things did not just magically appear in the area, they were earned. Because of the social ways of life in NewEngland, consisting of hard work during tough times while incorporating the goal of settling there permanently, keeping family an important virtue, and the showing of cooperation and teamwork within themselves and others, NewEngland would be a much desirable place to live in than to dwell in Jamestown Colony.
First of all, the Puritans (religion of the NewEngland Colony settlers) were hard working
people. It was difficult to get to where they were, but they successfully sailed to Plymouth Rock (Plymouth being...