Jealous Deaths Essay

1236 words - 5 pages

In life there is jealousy and revenge with in all people. In the book Serena by Ron Rash many underlying conflicts are addressed but jealousy and what a person will do to overcome that jealousy prevails as in life. Throughout the book Ron Rash leads the reader down a windy path of what Serena will do in order to gain the power and to get back at the people who cost her the most. She uses death and many other vengeful techniques to scare away and hurt the people who have caused her the most problems. Pemberton also gets revenge on the people who cause him hurt and problems rather than letting the problems solve themselves. Galloway, who is bound to Serena, acts out so many of her and ...view middle of the document...

Even though Rachel and Jacob get away Serena will push on to get revenge. Ron Rash uses the train station event as the beginning of Serena’s jealous streak. Then later on adds to it with the birth of Jacob and the death of Serena’s baby.
In Rash’s interpretation of Serena’s jealousy he also shows her revenge full side. He shows Pemberton giving money to Rachel, and Serena feeling it necessary to get revenge on her husband for giving his old lover money. She lets her hate of Rachel and Jacob get the best of her and cause her to lose her husband although she never truly acts as if she cared a whole lot for her husband. After sending him into the woods with Galloway, Pemberton runs into many problems on his hunt. All these problems were somehow brought about by his wife. After Pemberton is injured lying on the ground he tries to get Galloway to help him. Galloway tells Pemberton “She already has told me what to do I mean. Which is why I’ll be leaving you here” (Rash 362). After Galloway tells him of all the things she did to prepare for the death of Pemberton, Galloway also told Pemberton “She said to tell you she thought you the one man ever strong and pure enough to be her equaling, but you wanting that child alive showed the otherwise of that” (Rash 363). She really gives Pemberton what she thinks he really deserves. Rash shows us with this the true side of Serena with these events and how she has an evil side to her.
But Rash isn’t done there, He shows how jealousy and revenge has many different forms. Pemberton gets revenge on Dr. Cheney after the death of his child. The doctor said they were over reacting that she only had an upset stomach which could be cured with a peppermint but by the next day Serena was bleeding and there was nothing they could do to save the baby. Pemberton was so mad because he lost a son and the hopes of having any more children. The workers of the logging camp were talking about the doctor some time later. Henryson asked “Or why a hobo would sit the good doctor in a bathroom stall with his tongue cut out and a peppermint in each hand” (Rash 217). Pemberton really went all out when he killed somebody or better yet, sent Galloway to kill someone.
Ron Rash presents jealousy in many varieties...

Find Another Essay On Jealous Deaths

Hamlet vs. Othello Essay

1151 words - 5 pages . Both plays have characters who are controlling the narrative and actions of those around them. The poison has spread from two people to multiple relationships and has widened the social chaos. In both literary works the end result of all jealous acts, deceit, and social disarray leads to nothing but death. In Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, there are deaths that are intended and others that simply occur accidently. The characters who die are

The Ropes that Used to Tie Her Down

994 words - 4 pages trying to make her something that she is not. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston shows that Janie is positively affected by her loved ones’ deaths because each death teaches Janie something new that helps her get back up on her feet, and throw something back at the world. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is positively affected by Nanny’s death, Janie's late grandmother; and Joe and Tea Cake, Janie's late husbands, because as

Othello

1664 words - 7 pages around him feel his misery. Just like the saying goes “Misery loves company”, meaning unhappy people want other people to be unhappy as well. “Iago is (this is true) the Demon who moves everything, but Othello is the one who acts: He loves, is jealous, kills and kills himself (Rosenthal).” Iago’s scornful attitude towards Othello is fueled by the fact that he was overlooked for a promotion to be Othello’s lieutenant. The promotion was given to a

Analysis of Othello’s Racial Context

1201 words - 5 pages the fact that Iago has something so essential that Othello does not have merely because he is black. Othello’s race not only makes him rely on Iago as the primary source in dealing Desdemona’s supposed “infadility,” but also indirectly causes Othello’s downfall. Many people argue that Othello’s hamartia is jealousy. However, it is not that simple. It is normal for a man to feel jealous if his wife cheats on him; there is nothing “tragically

Othello

1020 words - 4 pages friend and advisor that can be trusted. I ago is so cunning that he uses the trust Othello puts into him to turn Othello into a jealous fool.Iago?s sinister plan goes into effect when Othello sees Cassio talking with Desdemona, and Iago comments on how suspicious that looks, Iago begins to plant his evil lies and deceptions into Othello?s head. Iago causes Othello to turn against his wife, and to have jealous rages that caused her much grief and

Study Guide for "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville

1060 words - 4 pages Billy's death is symbolic because the deaths contrast each other.-Tragic Flaw-Billy's only flaw was that he couldn't handle emotional situations.-Theme-The theme is as simple as good vs. evil. Evil won in the short-term, and good won in the long-term. In the story good and evil is compared to war. It's an eternal conflict.2. Describe Billy Budd as a character and tell what he symbolizes.Billy Budd has the stereotype of a handsome sailor. He is

Tragic Deaths in Shakespeare´s Othello

2319 words - 9 pages In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, there are three tragic heroes’ deaths that were plagued by betrayal and jealously. The three major characters are killed by their own blindness of truth. The characters are killed by the ones they love and trust, the characters cannot fathom that the people they love will be the one that ends their lives. Othello is a noble Moor and a highly respected general of the state of Venice. His successful

The Oedipal Complex In Hamlet

1035 words - 4 pages ..." (Freud-SC). Hamlet could not kill Claudius because he was jealous of him; Claudius was living out what Hamlet secretly desired to do himself.At the end of Act One, Hamlet agrees with his (dead) father and decides to enact revenge on his Uncle Claudius ("Oh villain, villain... Now to my word"; I.5.112). He wants to kill him (murder being the nature of revenge, after all), but he delays, and does not, until Claudius' murder of his mother pushes

"Tituba's Troubles" Examines Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" and Tituba's role particularly

550 words - 2 pages Tituba's Troubles In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail William's is a young puritan woman who leads her friends in court as they wrongly accuse dozens of Salem citizens for being "bound with the devil". Abigail is responsible in some ways for many of the deaths sentenced in the play, particularly that of John Proctor, but Tituba really started Salem's troubles when she falsely confessed to Reverend John Hale that she was a witch

Vengeance is Walking in Salem

615 words - 2 pages The characters in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" did not expect it either. When it comes to protecting herself, Betty quickly called out the names of her "friends" whom she claims saw the devil. However, the character most responsible for the witchcraft hysteria, and this the deaths of innocent people, is Abigail Williams.Abigail becomes the leader of the girls by taking charge and threatening them. She told them that if anyone told on her for

Iago in William Shakespeare's Othello

1219 words - 5 pages he then that says I play the villain,/When this advice is free I give, and honest/." Iago just proves himself to be the master of deception. It also makes it clear that he was in command on all the characters around him. Iago, directly or indirectly, had something to do with the deaths of Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio and Roderigo. These are the main characters in the play that were all innocent victims of Iago’s evil ways. All of the

Similar Essays

The Evil Inside Humans Is Jealousy

923 words - 4 pages . Giles Corey has a realization that the Putnams have a lot to gain from others deaths; he then illustrates his realization to the judges, Danforth and Hathorne, by stating, “My proof is there! If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property-- that’s law! And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a pieve. This man is killing his neighbors for their land!” (3.406-410). This quote clearly shows that Giles feels jealous towards

Destructive Jealousy In Iago And Othello

1043 words - 4 pages another person can do. They are jealous because the other people are able to and have the things they want but can’t get. The play ‘Othello’ is in Shakespeare’s group of tragedies, because of the deaths and misfortunes. The main characters in “Othello” are Othello himself, iago, Cassio, Desdamona and maybe Emilia the play has jealousy and gullibility in it. “Othello’’ is a black man in a white society. Iago is jealous of cassio because he

The Theme Of The Epic Poem Beowulf

639 words - 3 pages jealousy of human society. Grendel is a hideous monster, similar to a troll or an ogre. He envies the fellowship and happiness he sees; he hates living the fens, excluded from the company of men; so, he stalks the moors, jealous of the pleasure of mankind.Hrothgar, the King of Danes, is old and physically unable to avenge the deaths of his thanes. When Beowulf hears about Hrothgar's situation, he decides to help him by fighting with Grendel. First

The Villains Of Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, And Hamlet

1492 words - 6 pages .” Sure, Claudius had everything he ever wanted, but it wasn’t worth it, since he is responsible for many deaths in the end, including his own. In conclusion, these villains all have their similarities and differences. Iago is jealous of his colleague and uses his wit to destroy his enemies, resulting in his own torturous death. Love ran rampant through the woods in Midsummer, being a treacherous medium through which mental war was waged, but it was