Women have been displayed in fiction novels to have influential characters that change the course of the narrative. Even when they are not the protagonist, the role they play gives them the ability to give the story a new meaning and even change the original perception that people had in predicting how the story will end. In this discussion, we shall be looking at the role of female characters as we focus on three books, chronicle of a death foretold by Gabriel Garcia, Bluest eye by Toni Morrison and Metamorphosis by Franz kafka.
In the chronicle of death foretold, the mood of the story changes from a celebration to a mourning after Angela indirectly influenced its outcome. From being a lucky bride to being rejected on her wedding night, Angela leads to the death of one of the characters and prevents the celebration of a wedding feast. It seems as if the happiness of the other characters depended on her and hence influencing the entire plot (Garcia, 1996).
The bluest eyes rotate around a dark skinned girl named Pecola; her low self esteem changed the course of the narrative. Her desire to have blue eyes not only makes her feel jealousy but also makes other people to take advantage of her and ridicule her. She influences the action of other characters and the ultimate end of the story by her constant desire to be like the other white girls (Morrison, 2007).
The metamorphosis is another narrative where the female character, Grete influences the outcome of events in the novel. She decided to support her brother secretly who had changed from an insect. This is contrary to the wishes of her family who now consider him as a burden and a nuisance to the family. After supporting his brother to the very end of his death, her family discovers how beautiful she has become (Kafka, 2012).
All these female characters mentioned determined the outcome of the stories. They made the story sound emotional, sweet or sad. All the characters based their actions on such female characters and hence making them to stand out in the narrative.
Garcia, G. (1996). Chronicle of a death foretold. New York: Penguin Books India.
Kafka, F. (2012). Metamorphosis. California: Cricket House Books LLC.
Morrison, T. (2007). Bluest eye. London: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.