Self Perception and Otherness
Self Perception and Otherness
Those Winter Sundays
"made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him"
"What did I know, what did I know of love's austere and lonely offices?"
"Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueback cold"
"Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I'll dig with it"
"My grandfather cut more turf in a day Than any other man on Toner's bog"
His father and grandfather were involved in a different type of work to allow him to achieve greater things.
"and a voice said 'Die you little motherfucker' and there are tapes to prove it"
It is hard to speak out against violence from the police do to backlash
"Poor thing. She never hurt a soul. What beasts they are."
"Eleven years and I'm still mouthing the triple syllables of his name"
"Mrs. Rivers led him off to suggest alternative ways of procuring female attention and in those awful green uniform pants he looked back at me and winked"
The Day Lady Died
"a NEW YORK POST with her face on it and I am sweating a lot by now"
"because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner"
The True Self
There is one true you that can be found without restriction or representation.
Your image is controlled by a variety of factors many outside of your control like your skin color.
You are put in a box by your culture and your culture's past that can be almost impossible to escape.
Regardless of individual status you will always have some sort of societal perception about you that can be twisted negatively.
Zeus holds supreme power but does not understand how to appropriately show it. He is rash in his thinking which leads to unrest between the gods and humans.
Prometheus creates the humans and in the shape of the gods. The humans do not any power and are only subjects to the gods' rule.
Zeus is not able to listen to reason but neither is Prometheus, neither can see from the other point of view.
Frankenstein becomes like a god when he discovers the power of creation but at what price?
Due to his knowledge in science, Frankenstein is able to do things unimaginable and unholy as well.
Frankenstein's quest for power leads him down a dark path that eventually ruins his life
Civilwarland in Bad Decline
The narrator is in discontent with his job and life but is content enough to not leave his work.
Samuel is not as to be believed initially and shows his true self but the narrator does not see through this and leads to his downfall
Moments before death the narrator reflects in a certain way that he could not before that leads to regret and resentment.
The Handmaid's Tale
Most women are stripped of any authority or power they had by the new government but throughout the story Offred gains her own version of independence and power that eventually helps her escape.
The new society strips away most individual freedoms and restricts the citizens severely. Power is the sole focus of how they maintain power and control.
Offred recalls her love for Luke frequently but in reflection it is unclear if they even had love or Offred is really just wishing this to be the way they used to be. Perhaps although it is not a romantic version of love it was love nonetheless.
What makes someone human? Henry is treated like a sickly dog after the accident and the societal view changes.
Henry still thought of himself as normal after the accident initially occurred even meeting up with someone which shows how self perception overcomes societal perception at times.
Henry is well liked among the townsfolk but perception is not always reality as once he is disfigured they show true emotions towards him that they may have been hiding prior.
"Good Country People"
Manly is a master of deception fooling people that he is a bible salesman but really none of the characters are the same as their outside surface would say.
The title of "Good Country People" that is placed on individuals and families presumably takes over their identity and puts them in a box until Manly changes the course of action.
Hulga perceives perceives herself to be educationally superior to her family and everyone she knows due to her doctorate degree in philosophy but not everything in life can be taught in a classroom and this is exemplified by her ignorance to Manly Pointer.