Kate Chopin was a writer in the literary period known as Realism. Her worked delved into the inner workings of the household and featured displays of women serving their husbands and families and staying within the home. Some of Chopin’s common themes are motherhood and women’s roles in the household. This pictures gives a very accurate depiction of a Nineteenth century house wife (mother) tending to her primary responsibilities, such as caring for her child at all times. The woman in the picture is watching over her, possibly sick, child. Also, one can notice that she is sewing while patiently waiting at her child’s bedside. Much of Chopin’s work portrays the nineteenth century woman’s role as a dutiful mother and diligent housewife. Many of her stories show how the women do not complain and simply go about their lives day in and day out. Her work shows how different women’s roles were in the 1800’s compared to now. Women of the Nineteenth Century were still viewed as subservient to men and were generally expected to tend to house chores and children doing things such as laundry, cleaning, cooking, and caring for their families. A very common theme in Chopin’s work was pregnancy and child rearing. It seemed that Chopin had a very keen motherly sense and reflected this in her work. Often people take for granted their freedoms, and literary works from other periods provide very accurate historical lessons showing us how life used to be for those less free and less fortunate than ourselves.
I picked this film because I watched it back in High School to learn about the young soldiers that were drafted to fight in World War I. The film accurately displays the somber and dangerous mood of WWI and essecntially places the viewer in the shoes of a young draftee. A particular young New Yorker made this memorable for me with his practically innocent ignorance and his heroic courage. This young man portrays to me the stereotype of young American soldiers in WWI.
He begins mocking the “Polack” by telling him he is not an American just because he passed some test. He claims that only true Americans are those who are born and raised in the country. This mentality is very fitting with the stereotype American children seem to receive labeling them ignorant, stubborn, and disapproving of those who are different from them. The Polack quickly responds with, in my opinion, the correct response to such a selfish insensitive insult, saying he earned his right by taking that test and by coming to America to provide himself with a better life than the one he was subjected to in a German-ridden Poland.
Later in this scene, our young soldier hatches a plan with a fellow soldier to be bait so that they may take out an enemy sniper who is continuously shooting medics who are attempting to get water for the wounded Americans. This sequence of events stuck in my mind. It seemed to put the fear into the viewer that was fault by all the men at the camp; the feeling that they were trapped and practically stranded. There is a sniper on an opposite hill overlooking the creek the Americans need to reach in order to help their men survive. They cannot seem to get the sniper to poke his head out far enough to get a shot, so the young New Yorker volunteers to bait the sniper into leaning forward far enough for a shooter to take him out. This young man’s growth from mockery to heroic courage portrays that which many young American soldiers went through after experiencing the graphic scenes of WWI.
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