Through the examination of Joe Wright’s 2012 film adaptation, Anna Karenina and Sylvia Plath’s poetry, the idea of an individual’s struggle within the eye of society’s judgement is explored. Wright’s film delves into the life of imperial Russian aristocrat, Anna Karenina and her struggling love affair with Count Alexei Vronsky, which Wright cleverly unravels within the set of a traditional theatre stage. Wright develops the idea of societal darkness that is inflicted upon individuals through the judgements of what society considers a sin. Similarly, Plath’s confessional poetry contrastingly explores similar themes, as in her poem ‘Child’ she explores others protecting another’s innocence from the corruption induced into society. Additionally, Plath’s poem ‘Fever 103°’ questions the judgments given by society, as the idea of sin and purity are evaluated. Furthermore, ‘Lady Lazarath’ explores the consequences judgments from society can impact onto an individual as she confesses her struggles with suicide and depression through her confessional poetry.
Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde’s, The Importance of Being Earnest, set in eras when respectable values were honoured, examines the struggle with conflicting issues created by love. Common conflictions arise from love, as both authors challenges society’s conventions of the non-existing relationship between love and marriage. The idea of the pursuit to acquire a love, is delved into as deceiving charismatics are developed by Austen’s serious tone opposed to Wilde’s satirical language. Both texts evidently confront the traditional expectations of women provoking the audience to evaluate gender equality and discrimination towards women. Through the idea of love creating conflicting issues both authors endeavour to challenge their audience to question the worth of love compared to the ideals within current society.
Sand moves swiftly between the tiny gap of the hour glass.
Monologue in the persona of a women who has been domestically abused.