Essay: When I have fears that I may cease to be by John Keats
Time is not seen as mere fulfillment but rather as the awakening of a new day-a dawn of liberation. The images that are used in this story promote a very different aspect of time “no one to live for in the coming years” “very elixir of life” which would result in her “body and soul being free”.
Hence, the melancholic tone which is evident in Keats’ tone has no place here as time is going to allow Louise the freedom she years for. She would now live ash she has wanted to live;”without a powerful will bending hers in the blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private life upon a fellow creature”. There is exhilaration as the character feels like a “goddess of victory” and for her the coming days is not bleak but holds promise of a life to be lived for herself only.
The feeling of excitement and delight on being free catches the attention of the reader as he is made to understand the extent to which this woman has been oppressed. She is a mere slave to her husband’s whims in a society which held women to be the more inferior gender-while men hold the dominant position.