100%(2)2 out of 2 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 5 pages.
How does the strangled canary symbolize Minnie Wright’s failed attempt to reclaim a lost identity?you don’t enjoy things when you feel shabby. She uses to wear pretty cloths be lively, when was Minnie Foster (pre-marriage), one of the town girls singing in the choir. Pg 768Mrs. Hale comments on how the canary sings real pretty, just like Mrs. Wright use to. She also comments on how she never liked the house and how the place had a lonesome feel to it. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale discuss what kind of man Mr. Wright was. (He paid his debts, didn’t drink and kept his word as good as most, but he was a hard man. “Just to pass the time of day with him like a raw wind that gets to the bone. Pgs 770-771Mrs. Hale “Come to think of it, she was a like a bird herself real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and fluttery.” pg 771Mrs. Wright never had children, leaving the house awful quiet. Pg772Mrs. Hale talks about how Mr. Wright wouldn’t have liked the bird since it would sing. Also comment on how Mr. Wright killed her voice (Mr. wright obviously didn’t like singing and being lively so Mrs. Wright wouldn’t have been aloud to sing around the house). Pg 772Mrs. Hale “If there’d been years and years of nothing, then a bird to sing to you, it would be awful—still, after the bird was still.” Pg 773Online Notes“This crucial piece of evidence uncovered by Martha Hale and Mrs. Peters reveals Minnie Wright’s guilt, but also shows the cruelty of which John Wright was capable. Although John Wright’s act of strangling the songbird was a single cruel act, it symbolizes the way he has treated Minnie throughout their marriage. This symbol is developed over the course of the story as Martha Hale, who knew Minnie as the unmarried Minnie Foster, repeatedly equates Minnie with a bird, emphasizing her love of singing and her lively and bright personality. While the songbird was literally strangled by John Wright, Minnie Foster was figuratively strangled by life with a man who was cold, unkind, poor company, and kept her isolated. Trapped in her marriage, like a bird in a cage, Minnie desperately needed a companion, which she found in the bird. The act of killing the bird also “killed” Minnie’s remaining hope,causing her to retaliate in response to years, rather than one single act, of mistreatment.”Minnie Wright was a seemingly beautiful woman who sang with her pretty voice in the church choir every Sunday. Well, up until she tied the knot became a homestead farmers wife.She gave up a lot of her old life to fulfil this role, but to only come to find that her spouse wassimply an appalling companion. Mrs. Hale points out in the beginning of the story that Mrs. Wright was not up to snuff being a house keep, but to later recognize that its hard to do good work when you feel just shabby. The first theme i spotted was equality for the naturally handicapped. The thought behind equality for all is what us Americans dream of in a better world. The reality is that no one will ever be truly equal in anyone’s eyes. Therefore, the Handicapper General job is