Comparative Essay A Bird In

874 words - 3 pages

Comparative Essay - A Bird in the House and A Jest of God One of the harsh realities of life is death. In A Bird in the House and A Jest of God, Margaret Laurence realizes the death of a loved one, the 'death of a dream', and the death of a relationship through the eyes of women. Laurence uses similar themes and ironic situations in both novels to paint a grim picture of life and death. In both novels, the author writes of the struggles of women coping with the death of a loved one. Vanessa, a young girl in A Bird in the House, undergoes considerable pain throughout the entire book. She endures the death of an infant sister, all her grandparents, her father, and lastly, her dog. For Vanessa, leaving town eased the pain. Her way of dealing wth all the death and sadness was to move away and leave it all behind. Twenty years later, Vanessa returns to her home town to bury her mother. "I had not been back in a long time, and I sensed that this would be my last sight of [Manawaka]." However, of her mother's death, Vanessa states, "Of all the deaths in the family, hers remained unhealed the longest." In A Jest of God, Rachel Cameron is a young schoolteacher who also experienced the death of a loved one, namely, her father. However, this is not Rachel's only exposure to death. Every day she sees the 'Grim Reaper' hovering over her ailing mother. Almost every waking moment she fears her mother's weak heart will fail and she will die. Rachel also suffers the death of a dream. She believes she is pregnant and when she finds out she is not, Rachel grieves the loss of what might have been - motherhood. However, Rachel finds solace in her fate - she becomes a mother to her mother. Like Vanessa, she too moves away from her home-town and starts a new life. One tool that Laurence uses is irony. In A Bird in the House, the ignorant housekeeper, Noreen, remarked, "A bird in the house means a death in the house," when a sparrow flew in Vanessa's bedroom window. Although Vanessa had never believed in Noreen's doctrines, this one sent a shiver through her. Ironically enough, a death did occur in the family, not involving the oldest member, but her middle-aged father, who was by profession, a doctor. In A Jest of God, Rachel Cameron,...

Find Another Essay On Comparative essay - A bird in

The Churches of Christ: A Comparative Essay

824 words - 3 pages The Churches of Christ: A Comparative EssayOver the past ten years there has been much controversy in the Christian and secular media about the International Churches of Christ (ICC), and the United (or mainline) Church of Christ (CoC). This controversy has stemmed from the ICC's misuse of funds, doctrinal problems, member abuse, and mind-control. The differences between the CoC and the ICC are important for Christians know and understand.The

Isolation: A Comparative Essay. Hamlet And Gertrude

1720 words - 7 pages Isolation: a Comparative Essay.In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the concept of identity is explored through Hamlet's isolation which is created by the conflict between his duty to his father, and his duties to the monarchy and his peers. Gertrude suffers the same identity questions through her isolation and also that of her sons. The isolation they experience not only is caused by some sort of tragic event, but also provokes many dilemmas

Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House

2322 words - 9 pages Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House differentiates itself from the four other novels that make up the 'Manawaka series' that has helped establish her as an icon of Canadian literature. It does not present a single story; instead, it is a compilation of eight well-crafted short stories (written between the years 1962 and 1970) that intertwine and combine into a single narrative, working as a

Prejudice in To Kill A Mocking Bird

774 words - 3 pages the Scout and her brother. In my opinion, this is more injustice, because another attacker is not in trouble. Prejudice is a major theme in To Kill a Mocking Bird. The story is based on the prejudice town of Maycomb. The whole reason why the trial was going on was because of people views towards blacks in the south. Since

Bravery in To Kill a Mocking Bird

849 words - 4 pages , from many different people, despite age, gender, etc. And different kinds of bravery are what change the world in different kinds of ways. The first person in, To Kill a Mocking Bird that exhibits bravery in different kinds of ways is Atticus’s loyal son and Scouts respectable older brother; Jem. In the novel Jem shows many kinds of bravery, but his most notable one is Physical Bravery. ‘“Go home, I (Atticus) said.’ Jem shook his head. As

Foils in To Kill a Mocking Bird

2157 words - 9 pages shows the difference in how much they care about the children and how Miss Stephanie Crawford makes up rumours and lies. Miss Maudie only tells what she knows is true.) (All in all, sometimes contrasting characters may be hard to understand, but when you get down to it they are a vital part of the story and in the case of To Kill a Mocking bird it is evidently no different. In this book, Miss Maudie and Miss Stephanie are a crucial point in Jem

To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay “… every lawyer gets

662 words - 3 pages To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay "… every lawyer gets at least one case in their lifetime that affects him personally. This one's mine, I guess."(76) People are confronted with new challenges every day, some harder than others. The way each individual approaches these challenges, differs from one person to the next. The piece of literature To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee shows us that there are many thing to consider when making a proper

"To kill a mocking bird" by Harper Lee- coursework essay

1304 words - 5 pages their father Atticus Finch bring her up and to show her to respect Atticus and the other elders around her. Scouts best friend Dill spends time with them in the summer as he stays with Miss Rachel. He comes from a broken home but tells storys to Scout and Jem about his father but he cant stand his home.Growing up is show in different ways in to kill a mocking bird. The first is the camellia incident where jem cuts the top off of Mrs Dubose's

What are the main themes explored in the book "To Kill A Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee This essay explores the themes of Racism and Injustice in "To Kill a Mocking Bird"

781 words - 3 pages "To Kill a Mocking-Bird" has many examples of racism and injustice. During this time in history, racism was acceptable, and injustice was a problem in which everyone faced. Racism and injustice are key themes in Harper Lee's book. Not only were those who were black, but also those who were affiliated with blacks, were considered inferior. An example of injustice is Aunt Alexandra's racist attitudes to blacks as she says, "Jem's growing up now

A Comparative Essay - Duddy Kravitz And Irwon Shubert

663 words - 3 pages into account what people think of them. They like to appear superior to everyone else, have a heroic type image, and looked up to by all their friends. Also, Irwin and Duddy like to be the centre of attention. They yearn for the spotlight to be on them at all times.Although enemies at heart, Duddy Kravitz and Irwin Shubert are more alike in ways than none. In this essay, comparitive essays will be used to forgive the rest of the characters. Can

A Comparative Essay on the Original Creation of the Earth

1035 words - 5 pages Creation is slowly becoming a taboo topic in our current society and the “Big Bang Theory” seems to be the trending theory of the century. What is the difference though? The Catholic Church, in 1950, proclaimed that the “Big Bang Theory” did not contradict the doctrine of creation; therefore, the Catholic Church now teaches something called Theistic Evolutionism. (Brom, 2004) Are many churches teaching a false doctrine regarding the “Big Bang

Similar Essays

To Kill A Mocking Bird Written By Harper Lee. Essay Entitled: Racism Concerns In To Kill A Mocking Bird

783 words - 4 pages Racism is defined as "the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others" by www.dictionary.com. In the novel To Kill A Mocking Bird, written by Harper Lee the conflict of racism is evident amongst the citizens of Maycomb, Alabama. The problem is especially significant amongst Atticus Finch, Bob Ewell, and Mr. Dolphu Raymond who all handle the entanglement in a unique

A Bird In The House Essay

829 words - 3 pages THE RELENTLESS STRUGGLE- In A Bird in the House, Margaret Laurence develops many patterns common throughout her collection of short stories. Among these themes is the passing of character traits from one generation to another. Many of the characters develop characteristics demonstrated by their predecessors. For example, Piquette inherits traits from her family, Ewan from his father and Vanessa from her grandfather. Whether Piquette

English Essay ( To Kill A Mocking Bird)

938 words - 4 pages , falsely accused and killed by his racist society for a crime he did not commit. Boo Radley, on the other hand is a shy and innocent man who was unfairly judged by his neighbors by calling him children killer and booger , also Atticus Finch, a white man, Scout's father and also a respected lawyer who decides to defend Tom Robinson, from mayella Ewell,the white women lies .In this essay i'll be writing about an analysis of how the director has used

Comparative Essay: Mothers With A Divided Heart

894 words - 4 pages Comparative Essay: Mothers With A Divided Heart Kathy O'Reilly April 3, 1997 Comparative Essay The importance of raising children to be productive members of a rapidly evolving, achievement oriented society, is paramount to the success of the family and the global economy. At the same time, the stresses of every day individual economic and personal fulfillment needs are a significant counter force. This force works against the available time