Madness in three short stories

Wrath becomes a major issue in these three stories. The main characters are all women of different ages. As we can see in ‘When I am Bad’, ‘I’ is a 10-years-old girl who suffered from some kind of mental disorder and used present tense in the way she told the story. In ‘Down the Clinical Disco’ by Fay Weldon the narrator is an adult and Linda is the naratee. ‘A Rose for Emily’ by William Faulkner is a story of Miss Emily Grierson which is told by third-person point of view.

Those women experienced different kind of anger. In the first story, the child sometimes became so bad and got bad attitudes. She is the one, who caused the resentment in the family, and as result her parents got angry too. So she is the cause and the receiver of the wrath. It was hard for her to control the anger within because of the sickness she had. We also hard to decide when she was angry and when she was fine because of all her deeds were happened unexpectedly. The father was an ill tempered, he often hit his wife and ‘I’ to wreak the anger. The family pretended to act normal so other people couldn’t notice the madness within.

Because of the affair between the mother and the husband in ‘Down the Clinical Disco’, the main character in this story became mad and did arson to show her bad feeling. The discourse in this story uses past tense. Supposedly, she already out of the Broadmoor with Eddie in some place and told the story to Linda. The madness of this woman caused by other people’s action and diverges from the former story. ‘I’ was fine until she had crummy times at work and home then she blew top. Impulse is a word that she gave to describe what she had done. We can see difference in the way the character had deal with their emotion. Instead of lying, ‘I’ in this story admitted that the arson was her mistake and not an accident. Therefore, she pleaded insane to avoid the Holloway as her barrister suggested.

It hardly to see what Emily did and felt in ‘A Rose for Emily’ because of her rarely action and words throughout the story. The depression began at the time her father died and she was left by Homer Barron. As the consequences, Emily refused to pay the tax; she put her father corpse in the house that made stink until committee persuaded her to bury him. In the end, we figure out that she also set Homer dead body within her house.

These stories show different kinds of human behaviour from negative sides. All the main characters have a deal with their unusual attitude, perhaps people call it madness. They equally effect bad things to other people surround them because of their ill mannered.


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