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Turns for the Better and for the Worse

A Presentation on Character Development in "A Rose for Emily" and "A Story of an Hour"
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Isadora Goudsblom

on 22 January 2013

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A Presentation on Character Development in "A Rose for Emily" and "A Story of an Hour" Turns for the Better and for the Worse Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" Bildungsroman Conclusion Circumstance
Her community regarded her as having a "hereditary obligation" to follow in her family's footsteps and abide by their traditions.

Demise of oppressor, then what?
"She carried her head high enough- even when we believed that she was fallen. It was as if she demanded more than ever the recognition of her dignity as the last Grierson. As if it had wanted that touch of earthiness to reaffirm her imperviousness"

"We did not say she was crazy then"

Kate Chopin's "A Story of an Hour" Circumstance
Traditional role of a wife according to patriarchal nineteenth century custom, a role in which a woman is constantly bending to the will of her spouse.

Demise of oppressor. Then what?
"There was something coming to her, and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out from the sky (...) When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: 'Free, free, free!' '' In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist, and in which character change is thus extremely important. These two examples of character development show how in situations of oppression, for instance, the consequences can be completely different, the characters may take a turn for the worse or the better and this just shows how “Bildung” is different even in similar circumstances, and that development really depends on the individual and how he or she is able to cope in difficult situations.
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