• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Aspects Trapping Two Characters to their Society-Les Belles Soeurs

Extracts from this document...


Aspects Trapping Two Characters to their Society All characters in Les Belles Soeurs are trapped in their society against their will. Regardless each character's attempt to escape their impoverished society, various aspects pulls each one of them back. The aspects keeping the characters in their society are diverse with different reasoning. A comparison of Lise Paquette and Lisette de Courval- two characters on opposite ends of the wealth spectrum will be made regarding the aspects that keep them in their society, and an understanding of why they are trapped in their society will be established. Lise Paquette's lack of values, sense of reality and work ethic leave her trapped in the society of a French Canadian slum. Lise evidently seems to lack ethical principles, as she will go to any lengths to acquire fame and fortune, ultimately leaving her trapped in her impoverished society. This is clearly displayed in her dialogue on p.93 as she states "Pierrette, she's lucky. Working in the same club for ten years, making a bundle...." ...read more.


Through Lise's belief that she can only be happy and financially stable with a male partner, while not having to work herself, she is restraining herself from starting a life of independence away from the slums of Montreal. Through constantly leaning on others to support her, she is limiting herself to very few opportunities in life, subsequently leaving her in to live in the situation of poverty and despair for her entire life. Despite Lise wanting "a proper life... to make something of myself... to be somebody" (p.88), her utter lack of work ethic restraints her to very few options as she simply expects life to come together itself and fall on her lap. Lise's life is subsequently a result of her poor decisions and morals, and therefore her own fault in which she is left to live in the Montreal slum. This comparison can be made to another character as well, who although is at the different end of the wealth spectrum, ultimately is left to live in the slum as well as a result of her own poor decisions. ...read more.


Although Lisette has the financial capabilities of escaping the impecunious slum, it is her companionship with the women, which she has difficulty breaking off, that keeps her trapped and unable to break away from the Montreal ghetto. In looking at the aspects that keep both women in the Montreal ghetto, it can be seen that for Lise Paquette, it is her mental mindset and morals that keep her trapped in her society. Her lack of morals and thirst for wealth, which lead her to sufferable consequences ultimately, keep her ensnared into her poor society. Lisette de Courval also suffers from not being able to make the right decisions for herself as she does not make a strong enough effort to separate herself from the women who she believes are shameful to be around. In comparing the two characters, it can be deduced that ultimately, people are responsible for the choices they make regarding their own lives, and must look at his/herself to see what changes they can make to themselves, before blaming others for their lack of success of happiness in life. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Techniques and Artistry used in Les Belles Soeurs

    Des-Neiges Verrette, who is a quiet and proper woman in the view of her friends, shares her feelings during her soliloquy for a travelling salesman who visits her whenever he's in town and lets the audience know 'men have never paid attention to me...I've always been unattached.'

  2. Womens Position in Society in P&P

    as she "took her sister and friend over the house, extremely well pleased, probably, to have the opportunity of showing it without her husband's help". To sum up, what made Charlotte a feminist was her understanding of a woman's position in society during the times and her sensible and realistic

  1. Saudi Society and Technology advancement - how technology has altered society, not always for ...

    It is a gradual adaptation to changing circumstances that happens in very small imperceptible increments and it is mostly beneficial. Living organisms adjust to their natural environment through biological evolution that could take millions of years. Fast changing environment may not give the organism time to adapt to it and this could spell extinction for the species.

  2. Mr Ibrahim et les Fleurs de Coran - analysis in French and German

    ; * Il fait un appel � la g�n�rosit� : " Ce que tu donnes...c'est � toi, ce que tu gardes, c'est perdu � jamais " (42,2-4) ; * L'art de bien voyager ne consiste ni � prendre l'autoroute, ni l'avion, mais les " jolis petits chemins " (61,5-6), sinon

  1. Free essay

    Don Camillo and Peppone are essentially two aspects of the same man

    the exact same thoughts and the two men fail as a result of the matching.

  2. Christmas - origins, traditions and ideas for making gifts.

    special circuits just for the Christmas lights, and you certainly ought to have special circuits put in.) Putting Up Outdoor Lights When you put outdoor lights up, besides watching out for overloaded circuits and cords, you need to be sure that water won't damage the lights or cause a short circuit.

  1. Commentary on "Two Hands"

    The only thing they have done is that they have helped him write, but this according to him is not that big an achievement because it is no way has helped anyone else. When I first read the title of the poem, I thought the poem was about the 'two hands' of one person.

  2. Swedish. This paper examines the ideological differences between the two major political parties ...

    first, let’s use the best ideas from both sides.’’[10], dette får ham sprogligt til at fremstå som, en politikker med et bredt politisk arrangement, samtidig med at hans troværdighed styrkes.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work