Geraldine Brooks' 'YEAR OF WONDERS' vs. Arthur Miller's…
'YEAR OF WONDERS'
Servant-Master / Lovers
'Year of Wonders'
mother of tom and jamie
besties with ELinor
Falls in lovew with Mompellion
Mother, kids are Tom and Jamie
Relationship with George Viccars - boards wtith her, she lusts after him, but then he gets sick
Both are mothers, however...
Both are shaken by the deaths of their children
Relationships with reputable men
"...her fornication and her blasphemy branded her a sinner in the reckoning of our religion." Anna, 55
Blasphemy = Anys' rejection of God and religious conventions such as attending Church
Similar to John Proctor. He is a sinner for similar reason - sex with Abigail and non-attendance. Difference is he is a man with the social status that comes with that as well as being a landowner.
Highlights power of religion to cast judgement "reckoning"
Anna says "our" - showing that she sees herself as part of a religious community at this point; this changes by the end
Makes me think of Miller's rant about theocracy and how it and other social systems are designed to create unity against outside threats
Anna ends up becoming a sinner through similar acts - sex with Momps and blasphemy when she eventually gives up her faith
Fire imagery with "branded" - the tool used to brand animals - dehumanises Anys, also reflects religion as a humanising and civlising tool
Anys is scapegoated for similar crimes that people commit later in the text - Josiah stops coming to church; Jane Martin tumbles with young Master Albion in the ditch
Brooks seems to be showing us that, as the social order breaks down, what was previously unacceptable becomes increasingly accepted as society becomes apathetic.