Character Identification: “Hiding from a poisoned memory” (Circle)
Characters from different sources of literature can often be linked together and seem to have the same feelings, background, moral standing, or struggles. They may experience the same hardships, driving them to suffering, which other characters in literature encounter. In the book Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee, the main character was told from the age of seven the hardships she would encounter in her lifetime (Mukherjee 3).
Pecola, from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, experiences rape by her father and the miscarriage of their child. The main character in “Barn Burning,” by William Faulkner, deals with a father that ...view middle of the document...
As they struggle to gain their prize, hardships string into place to hinder their path. Jasmine must overcome the death of her husband to get to America. She must also find her way illegally into the country and settle somewhere suitable. When a man helps her into the country, she is very grateful, but the man rapes her. She kills the man, “the human form beneath it grew smaller and smaller” (Mukherjee 119), and escapes to finish the job she had set out for. Sarty also wants to escape the life he has at the beginning of the story. He wishes to get away from his family and go somewhere safe and sturdy, instead of the insecure life his father leads the family into. His family tries to stop him though the story; “Better tie him up to the bed post” (Faulkner 2060) his brother says when Sarty is about to stop his father from burning down another building. Pecola only wants to have blue eyes throughout the book, hence the name. She wants the blue eyes so that people will not look down at her. She believes that the blue eyes will somehow make her a better person than she was before.
In all three stories, the characters must experience suffering to get what they want.
Rejection follows their suffering to make things worse. Jasmine must undergo the death of her husband before she goes to America alone. She is raped by Half-Face when she reaches America, but manages to escape. She is rejected by most of the people she meets because she is from India and not American like them. When she does find people from India, she does not seem to fit in very well. America had changed her and she could not fully go back to the person she was before she left. Sarty experiences this same exile.
From beginning to end, he and his family are rejected and exiled from the towns they come to. Sarty must abandon his family to ever escape to the freedom he wants. He overcomes his father and may have even gotten his=m killed by the farmer they worked for. He realizes that he is alone when he leaves in the end, but he is happy that he had the...