In the novel, Romeo & Juliet, Juliet acts as a damsel in distress. The novel observes the relationship between two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Because their families are enemies to each other, their relationship is secret. Although she married to Romeo in secret, Juliet is told that she must marry a man chosen by her family. In an attempt to run away with Romeo forever, Juliet fakes her death. Once Romeo sees Juliet, assuming she is dead, he kills himself. When Juliet wakes up and sees that Romeo is dead, Juliet kills herself because she is unable to live with the heartache and sorrow. I chose this novel to be a part of this curation because it is one of William Shakespeare's most famous works and one of the main characters can be seen as a damsel in distress
In the novel, Hamlet, Ophelia acts as a damsel in distress. The novel recounts the tragic downfall of Prince Hamlet after his father is murdered by his uncle. During his time of depression, Hamlet has a relationship with Ophelia. Her father and her brother warn her that Hamlet's love for her is untrue and will cease once he is relieved. Hamlet accuses Ophelia of being unfaithful and later accidentally kills Ophelia's father. Obviously driven mad because of these circumstances, Ophelia is found dead in a river. I chose this novel to be a part of this curation because it is a widely read novel in the high school curriculum and one of the main characters can be seen as a damsel in distress.
In the novel, The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove acts as a damsel in distress. The novel tells the story of the early years of Pecola's life. Pecola is a poor, 11 year old, black girl who is described as ugly by society and even her mother. She is misled into thinking that beauty is outlined by the white Shirley Temple actress. This leads her to have a strong desire to have bright blue eyes. On top of this, she is harassed by the boys at school, her parents argue and fight, her father rapes and impregnates her and tries to burn down their house. These factors leave Pecola unhinged and in torment. I chose this novel to be a part of this curation because the novel is one of Toni Morrison's most widely read novels in the high school curriculum and because the main character can be seen as a damsel in distress.
In the novel, The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen acts a damsel in distress. The novel relates Katniss's journey through the annual hunger games. Initially, however, Katniss's younger sister, Primrose, was selected to participate in the hunger games but Katniss volunteered as tribute in an attempt to protect her. During her journey through the games Katniss must fend for her life. Towards the end of the novel, Katniss develops feelings for another participant of the hunger games, Peeta, and realizes her feelings for a friend back home, Gale. I chose this novel to be a part of this curation because it is a popular teen fiction novel and because the main character can be seen as a damsel in distress.
In the novel, Twilight, Bella Swan acts as a damsel in distress. The novel tells the story surrounding Bella's love life. In the beginning, Bella is stuck choosing to have a relationship with either a vampire, Edward, or a werewolf, Jacob. Initially, Bella is confused by Edwards actions towards her and she has a distant relationship with her father. Soon after Bella and Edward's relationship beings to progress, Bella finds herself in danger due to the fact that Edward is a vampire. I chose this novel to be a part of this curation because it a popular teen fiction novel and one of the main characters can be seen as a damsel in distress.