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As she grew up, she became indifferent to members of her family. As the film’s act begins, Emily introduces herself to her audiences by acknowledging that her middle name was Elizabeth. However, she reiterated that she no longer uses her middle name because first, the name belonged to her father’s sister, and secondly because she was a poet. In this context, the emotional trauma experienced by Emily during her childhood heightened her disinterest towards her immediate family.
Primarily, The Belle of Amherst revolves around the element of anecdotally narrated trauma, coupled with observable arrested emotional development. In an effort to explain her peculiarity and the necessity for her social seclusion, the audiences could inevitably perceive the element of crippled emotional growth, especially in the childlike manner in which Emily narrates her heartbreaks and setbacks. In fact, the entire play, illuminates the life of Emily Dickinson as one characterized by a disproportional blend of childish humor and grief. Apparently, Emily’s queer behavior and her love for seclusion can be attributed to her moody childhood. Technically, the lack of emotional support from her parents caused a severe impact on the poet. The dramatic portrayal of a depressed Emily indicates that emotional trauma in childhood can significantly cripple the social and psychological well-being of victims in their adulthood (Dickinson and Smith 23). At this juncture, the sense of depression, childish humor and emotional turmoil narrated by Emily in The Belle of Amherst will be related to central themes of other poems written by Emily.
One iconic poem by Emily is Hope is the Thing with Feathers. In her poem, Emily narrates about her struggles with her times in solitude. The main theme in the poem ‘Hope is the Thing with Feathers’ is confusion with self identity. Emily questions God on numerous
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Whether it is a poem, a short story, a novel, a newspaper article, or an advertisement, people attempt to read between the lines and to understand what exactly lies beneath in terms of creativity which is indicated inherently, by socio-cultural elements, and cognitive elements.
And there are some who found her poems totally autobiographical. Her poems are interpreted psychoanalytically. Feminists call her a pray of patriarchy and gender criticism sees homosexuality in her poems. Charles Anderson who published a book length study of her poems puts forward a thematic sequence of her poems, like her theory of art, her perception of the external world or nature, her inner world of ecstasy and despair, her concern about man’s awareness of unavoidable death and his wish for immortality.
This was an enforcement of what is called divine justice similar to the retaliation laws in the bible. The law states, “Every sinner should be punished in the same manner in which he or she had sinned.”
, I heard a Fly Buzz – when I died, is one of Emily’s works centered on the mental and spiritual posture of a person’s moments just before death. Apparently, the poem’s persona is speaking from the afterlife, narrating the identifiable happenings that transpired while