W B Yeats – An Introduction

  • William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin in 1865 – spending his childhood in Sligo, Dublin and London.
  • He, in Dublin enrolled himself into the Metropolitan school of Art in 1884.
  • In 1885 he became a founder-member of the Dublin Hermetic Society
  • He had many interests which included magic, the Occult and the supernatural.
  • He had a significant involvement in Irish Politics and was in love with the revolutionary Maud Gonne.
  • The subject matter of his poetry was influenced upon by the peopl around him, and reflected many aspects of his life, including the people he knew and his past and present life.
  • His early work showed a reflection of escapism whereas his later work related to pushing experiences to a limit.
  • In 1922 he became a Senator of the newly founded Irish Free State.
  • He settled in Dublin with Georgie Hyde-Lees who he had married in 1917.
  • He died at Roquebrune, France in January 1939.

‘The Help’

‘The Help’ written by Kathryn Stockett is a depiction of the lives of black women who raised white children, specifically in Jackson, Mississippi, 1962.

Chapter one consists of an introduction to Aibileen and the lifestyle she currently leads, beginning with Mae Mobley Leefolt the seventeenth white child she has raised, she disscusses every role she has with the Leefolt family and how they in turn impact on her own life. We are given an insight to her personal life, an insight to the death of her son, and the hardships she faces in everyday situations.

     Miss Leefolt holds a dinner party, in which white women are invited and in this scene Aibleen is discriminate againsr openly but she accepts their brutality in words and actions, (they disscuss the sharing of bathrooms) 

    Mae Mobbley could be a symbol of representing black women – they are barely acknowledged by society as humans just as Mae is hardly noticed by her mother.

    Miss Skeeter is a glimmer of hope for the black community, she makes subtle conversation with Aibleen and hears her opinions.

An introduction to ‘The Color Purple’

During the sessions reading ‘The Color Purple’ we were devloping the understanding of the historical content and content of the novel. Firstly we established the novelist, Alice Walker and her adaptations to the novel containing both femenist ideas and racism. The characters, living in a time of discriminatory 1950’s experience changes and developments in their situation, specifically the lives of womon, in particular the main character Celie. My thoughts on the novel so far is that Alice Walker cleverly adapts her own situations as a black women into the lives and situations of the women at the time and offers an insight to everyday lifestyles, discrimination and relationships.