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Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Samantha Calvaresi

on 7 September 2012

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Girl With a Pearl Earring
By: Tracy Chevalier Quotes "'Lick your lips, Griet.'
I licked my lips.
'Leave your mouth open.'
I was so surprised by this request that my mouth remained open of is own will. I blinked back tears. Virtuous women did not open their mouths in paintings " (198). "I could not show him my hair. I was not the sort of girl who left her head bare" (182). "Now that he had seen my hair, now that he had seen me revealed, I no longer felt I had something precious to hide and keep to myself" (196). "Please do not ask me to, sir.' I let the cloth of the cap drop so that my ear and cheek were covered again" (181). Article Thesis Statement Janson, Jonathan. "Girl With A Pearl Earring". Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. Web. 6 Spetember 2012. This picture portrays Griet's moral descent. Griet holds very high standards for herself by keeping her hair tucked behind a cap and not wanting herself to be painted in such a suggestive manner. To have your hair out in public in the 17th century was a sign of being a loose woman. In his painting, Griet has her mouth slightly open. During this time period, it was considered suggestive to have your mouth slightly ajar in a painting. Although Griet did not want to do such things that conflicted with her morals, she had to or else she would lose her job. In the novel, "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier, Griet's job as a maid for the Vermeers has her redefining her morals. Samantha Calvaresi Period: 6 In this article, Aeeyne Schriber talks about how to maintain your integrity at your workplace. Griet was having a hard time maintaining her morals and integrity while working as a maid for the Vermeers. At first she stood up for her morals, but as time progressed, Griet found herself slowly letting go of her morals. To maintain your morals in the workplace you must first diagnose the situation, then speak up, next is to provide alternatives, thirdly is to not let the frustration build up, and lastly don't expect others to know what you are thinking. If Griet had known these steps, she may not have compromised her morals for her master. www.survivalinsight.com/maintaining-personal-integrity.html
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