This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Falling Victim To The Past A Persuassive Essay Based On Martha Ostenso's "Wild Geese".

6326 words - 25 pages

In the novel, Wild Geese, by Martha Ostenso, the members of the Gare household struggle immensely under the oppressiveness of Caleb Gare, the father and Amelia Gare, the mother. The children of the Gare family face many obstacles, such as lack of voice, lack of control, and limited possibilities. Although Ostenso's Wild Geese is an award winning piece of literature, much of the novels significance and power has been lost over time. The control Caleb and Amelia have over their children is vividly realistic but is portrayed in completely different ways; Caleb through his greed and need for control and Amelia's desire to conceal her past.During the 1920's, the time which the novel was written, children had very few rights. A child was seen as property of the family. Children were to be seen but not heard and were to always be obedient. This is definitely the case in the Gare household. This lack of children's rights is further compounded by the isolation of the Gare's farming community in rural Manitoba. Policing would not have been prevalent in the immediate area, especially when it came to household affairs. Although this sort of treatment still exists in some homes, in general, our sense of what a family's responsibility is to a child and what the child's responsibility is to the family has evolved over time.Wild Geese is viewed as both scandalous and revolutionary. Written during a time when children's rights were not yet defined, the novel challenges these views. Ostenso brilliantly portrays this evolution of the times with the character Lind Archer and her relationships with the Gare's and Mark Jordan. Lind is a school teacher sent to teach in rural Manitoba. The Gare family, with whom Lind boards, is ruled and manipulated by the cruel Caleb and Amelia Gare. Caleb Gare delights in crushing the spirits of his four children and tormenting his wife.And then, strangely enough, she would wipe her eyes and suddenly realize that it was not herself that she had been thinking of at all, but the Gare's - Amelia, with her inviolable reserve and quiet graciousness, behind which she lived who knew about life; Ellen, prim to a point of agony; Martin, the stumbling dreamer, forever silent in his dream; the boy, Charlie; whom Caleb pampered and played against the others; Judith, vivid and terrible, who seemed the embryonic ecstasy of all life; and Caleb, who could not be characterized in the terms of human virtue or human vice - (35)After a very short time in the Gare household, Lind is able to see clearly how Caleb manipulates each individual. Unlike Caleb, Amelia's cruelty is less obvious and is not understood by Lind. Lind knows Amelia is troubled but can not figure out what is causing her pain. Lind attempts to get the children to open up to her but they are reluctant to discuss any of the household affairs with her. The children are not comfortable or used to thinking about, let alone speaking about, what went on in their home. Judith, at times, seems as...

Find Another Essay On Falling Victim to the Past - A persuassive essay based on Martha Ostenso's "Wild Geese".

The importance of the comparison between characters and animals in "Wild Geese"

696 words - 3 pages Throughout the novel "Wild Geese", written by Martha Ostenso, there are many instances were a comparison is made between the characters and animals such as wild geese. One of these comparisons can be found on page forty-nine . Wild geese are used to describe the emotions and actions of the characters. Mark Jordan is one of the characters who is described as being a wild goose. This passage is important because it gives the reader some meaning as

Personal Response to Literature- Passage from "Wild Geese", Responding to Jude's need to escape

645 words - 3 pages Minor Assignment: Personal Response to LiteraturePassage from, Wild GeeseIn the passage from Wild Geese, two ideas convey to me about Jude's need to escape. The first idea is that Jude feels smothered by her daily surroundings, and second is that Jude is living two separate lives.Jude's farm life and family ultimately suffocate her. Jude's father, Caleb is controlling and overbearing. Caleb is constantly seeking control over Judith by pushing

"How to Tame a Wild" Tongue Essay

585 words - 2 pages In paragraphs 27 through 34 of Gloria Anzaldua's essay "How to Tame a Wild Tongue"; she subtly conveys her own disgust at the invariable destruction of her Chicano culture by using the rhetorical strategies of organized syntax, narrative flashbacks, and the incorporation of her "native tongue".Between paragraphs 27 and 30, the syntax conveys Anzaldua's deep emotions about her lingual identity using mostly balanced and declarative sentences. The

A way to the past

969 words - 4 pages windy. Without thinking, she jumped into the mirror with nothing going through her mind. Anne was confused after 20 minutes of complete darkness, she tried to walk but she realized that she was falling down a black hole. She didn’t know when it would end. She had so many questions! Where was her father? Where was she? When would she hit the ground? She hit the ground softly about an hour later. It was dusty. There were dirt roads everywhere and she

A Letter to the Past

3612 words - 14 pages usually the worst you'd get, unless you were selling to someone who was underage...which carried a maximum sentence of a year.LSD, MDMA and other psychedelic drugs were approved for medical testing after the SSRI's were banned mid 2009. They became an effective tool to use in psychotherapy, but usually only reserved for extreme cases and in safe settings.By 2010 with the billions of dollars that would have been spent on one of America's past

Essay on Ophelia - The Innocent Victim in Shakespeare's Hamlet

854 words - 3 pages Ophelia - The Innocent Victim in Shakespeare's Hamlet        Poor Ophelia, she lost her lover, her father, her mind, and, posthumously, her brother. Ophelia is the only truly innocent victim in Hamlet. This essay will examine Ophelia's downward spiral from a chaste maiden to nervous wreck.      From the beginning of the play, in Act I Scene iii, Laertes and Polonius are trying to convince her that Hamlet does not love her and only is

A Breif History On Martha Graham

407 words - 2 pages - Joined Denishawn, worked closely with Ted Shawn. Danced for the 7 presidents starting with Roosevelt. She refused to dance at the Berlin Olympics because dancers using the same technique as her were being punished for dancing that way. She was very expressive and often used literature as a basis of her work. Her work based on the lower back and pelvis area Dancers were often making costumes throughout the

Dialects Opposed to Languages. Text-Wrestling Essay on Gloria Anzalduas story "How to Tame a Wild Tongue?"

845 words - 3 pages Dialects, Opposed to LanguagesIn the essay titled "How to Tame a Wild Tongue," Gloria Anzaldua is saying that her language has a lot to do with identity. She speaks many different forms of Spanish, as well as English, and thinks that she is judged by the way she speaks. I thought that many of the ways she spoke were more of different dialects than different languages. I know I speak a different dialect of English a lot, like "that ain't cool

Persuasive Essay Based on A Quote

733 words - 3 pages the several discoveries that have been made would still be unfound. There are several points from, Careers in Robotics: A Case Study and Team Builds ‘Sociable’ Robot that support Mr. Colliers statement about always try to continue on. To begin, a text that supports the quote above by Mr. Collier is from Careers in Robotics: A Case Study, which says to never give up. Gil Jones and Matt Zucker are men that both became interested in artificial

The Use of American Indians as Mascots (Persuassive Essay)

1011 words - 4 pages a big part of this country's history and it still is. The dances, music, symbols, and even people that make part of the mascots show disrespect for the Indians. It seems like the schools show disrespect for the Indians too, because the majority of the players don't even know the meaning of the symbols of the images that are on their team's uniforms. It's also hurtful for the Indians to see a chief as half time entertainment. If you go to a


1270 words - 5 pages meaning of 'a nigger-lover' and she stopped bothering about people calling Atticus 'a nigger-lover'. At one place where Atticus was trying to teach his children about peace, on the same place he also know how to control situations peacefully. After the case, 'Bob Ewell spat on Atticus face and in spite of doing something, Atticus just cleaned his face and came back home where he said, "'I hope he doesn't chew tobacco.'" Jem was so mad that to relax

Similar Essays

The Apprenticeship Of Wild Geese A Comparative Essay Between "The Appreticeship Of Duddy Kravitz" By Mordecai Richler And "Wild Geese" By Martha Ostenso

830 words - 3 pages Gare." Even though she was not afraid of him she still just stands there and takes his physical abuse. She doesn't even say anything. She still doesn't physically do anything about her problem, but rather just sort of accepts it. Also in Wild Geese Ellen is sort of a dismal creature who does everything Caleb wants her to. Even though she would rather be with Malcolm, the one she loves, she stays because of her devotion and far she feels towards her

The Theme Of Mans Closness To Land In "Wild Geese" By Martha Ostenso

777 words - 3 pages Throughout history men have always shown great love for their land and have always worked hard to ensure that their field produces enough food to support their family and generate a profit. In the novel "Wild Geese", by Martha Ostenso, the theme of man's closeness to land is one of the predominate ones and Caleb Gare is faced with the challenge of producing a crop that grows enough food to support his family and at the same time create a profit

Anti Feminism A Fowl Movement Is An Essay Concerning The Novel "Wild Geese" By Martha Ostenso Taking The Anti Feminist Theme Into Consideration

581 words - 2 pages Wild Geese, the classic Canadian novel by Martha Ostenso, is written from a very non-feminist point of view. To begin with, it can be seen throughout the novel that Caleb Gare doesn't give Lind Archer the time of day. Furthermore, it is the women on the farm who work the hardest and are treated the worst. Finally, it is Amelia who takes the blame for anything bad that occurs. The book Wild Geese shows us a narrow-minded view of the female

Analytical Essay Based On The Novel To Kill A Mockingbird Written By Harper Lee

673 words - 3 pages In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, is a narration by a young girl named Jean-Louise Finch, her nickname is Scout. Her older brother's name is Jem Finch and her father's name is Atticus Finch. Their family resides in the town of Maycomb County, Alabama. The story takes place in the 1930's during The Great Depression. Throughout the novel, Scout re-tells her experiences as a child growing up during an age of racism and