Abuse Themes From Ellen Foster:
p. 54 "I told the teacher I could make him stop. Just give me a pistol and then go out there and scoop him up."
p. 38 "You want to see a light so bad that it comes to guide you through the room and out the door where a man stops you and the light explodes into a sound that is your daddy's voice."
p. 69 "She said your bastard of a daddy is dead and then she hit me in the face. That does not make sense, but that is what she did....She was looking in my eyes for a reason to slap me again but I was determined not to give her one. Go ahead and cry for your damn daddy she got in my face and said to me. Go ahead and cry. Just make sure you cry more than you did for your mamma."
This is an image of verbal abuse in which the female is being abused by the male. The theme of abuse is common in Ellen Foster and in Jasmine. Both Ellen and Jasmine are constantly experiencing the pain and humiliation of physical abuse and verbal abuse.
p. 106 "I pulled the bedspread off the bed and threw it over him and then began stabbing wildly through the cloth, as the human form beneath it grew smaller and stiller."
The theme of abuse appears in Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy." These are the closing stanzas of her poem in which she faces her abuser much like Jasmine was forced to confront her rapist in the previous quotation.
...If I've killed one man, I've killed two --
The vampire who said he was you
And drank my blood for a year,
Seven years, if you want to know.
Daddy, you can lie back now.
There's a stake in your fat black heart
And the villagers never liked you.
They are dancing and stamping on you.
They always knew it was you.
Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through."
In closing, it is important to remember that love is still alive in this world. The image here shows a caring relationship, not an abusive one.
Images on this page were taken from Shape magazine.
To hear a powerful excerpt from a Tori Amos song, click here. silentall.wav The song is "Silent All These Years," and it is about not having voice amidst abuse.