In the short story, “Geraldine Moore the Poet,” by Toni Cade Bambara, Geraldine Moore was the protagonist and lived in a poor neighborhood. Moore can be best described as perseverant and resilient. This was due to how she looked, acted, and felt about things. First of all, Moore was evicted from her home one day. The text states, “Geraldine was almost home when she stopped dead.
1. “Still Life with Iris” is a story about a young girl named Iris who lives in a place called Nocturno, where people have their memories stored in Past Coats and are under the rule of a couple called the Great Goods. The Great Goods want the best of everything so they take Iris away to their home on Great Island taking away her Past Coat leaving her with only one of the buttons off of it. Iris wants to leave Great Island and find the little girl who she believed the button belongs to, so with the help of her two friends Mozart and Annabelle Lee she attempts to escape. She is eventually reunited with her coat and remembers who she is, is reunited with her family, and returns to Nocturno.
Eugenia Collier the author of the short story ‘Marigolds’ uses tone and diction to set a feeling of transitioning from a little child from an impoverished little town to another person who showed compassion. One example of the author using tone and diction to create a voice is on page 18, paragraph 19, “...we made up tales that we half believed ourselves about her exploits.”. In this quotation she has the tone and diction of a little child. She is making fun of Miss Lottie, a old woman who grew marigolds in her front yard that she and her brother and friends made fun of and ruined. Another example of the author using tone and diction to create a voice is on page 19, paragraph 24, “I just stood there peering through the bushes, torn between
The epigraph of Chapter Three highlights the ways both Mother and Mattie feel and relates to the novel’s theme of loss. Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Fever 1793, quotes from a letter from Margaret Morris, which states “Oh, then the hands of the pitiful mother prepared her child’s body for the grave.”, the “pitiful mother” representing Mother, and the child spoken about is Matilda. Mother has just experienced yet another death, the last one being Mattie’s father. Polly was their helper girl, and now they don’t have anyone to help around the shop. This will cause Mother to get more stressed as she and Mattie have more work to do.
Some authors use transformations in stories to show readers how characters change for the better as they go through hard times or make bad choices. Eugenia Collier uses the transformation in her fictional short story, Marigolds, to show us the change of the main character, Lizabeth, as she changes from childhood to womanhood when she destroys Miss Lottie’s marigolds. The story flashbacked to when Lizabeth was about to turn fifteen in the Depression and took place in the poor neighborhood she lived in, where she and her friends picked on Miss Lottie for being the poorest. Collier uses characterization to show Lizabeth’s change from childhood to womanhood. In Marigolds, Collier uses the elements of characterization to show Lizabeth’s personality
In conclusion, when describing the process of passing, the author uses different techniques to provide insightful meaning to the passage. Doing so is emphasized by the diction used to create significant meaning, the supporting of themes presented throughout the novella, and the details regarding arising conflicts throughout the
The piece revolves around the subject of motherhood, portraying a women who feels smothered and consumed by her children. Poetic devices were used by Harwood to emphasise the affect that change had on the woman and her life progression, whilst illustrating the negative response which became evident as a result. In the poem, whilst taking her children to the park, the woman encounters an ex-lover, briefly discussing their life progression and stating to herself after his departure, that her children 'have eaten [her] alive’. Harwood’s use of this metaphor and hyperbole, shows the affect of the change her choices created, and its impact. The use of symbolism, to a large extent, also portrays the woman’s feelings derived from her sense of imprisonment.
Written by Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, follows a young woman named Janie Crawford and her coming of age story. The novel is introduced with Janie returning back to Eatonville after the passing of her husband Tea Cake. In the opening scene, Janie opens up to her friend Pheoby and tells her how things have been since she had left with Tea cake two years ago. However, Phoebe doesn't understand the story Janie is trying to tell her because she incorporates events from when her grandmother was around thus confusing her friend. Therefore, the opening scene is actually the closing scene, which leads to a flashback that eventually encompasses the whole novel.
Women stare out windows, wishing that they were allowed to leave the house. Esperanza accepts this a commonplace, however, she doesn’t want to be like these women. This further attributes as motivation for her desire to abandon her community. In turn, she learns to value her freedom as a woman and to respect herself enough to not let a man keep her locked up like a prisoner. The seclusion of the small communities she’s always lived in keeps Esperanza naive to the world around her.
In The Bell Jar social conventions like women settling down and giving birth to children are what really shows where a woman 's place is within the community. The fact that if a woman focuses more on her academics than family life is frowned upon and not something to brag over shows how very little freedom there was for women to explore themselves beyond sprouting the life of new generations. The vast majority of the story itself deals with the expectations held towards the protagonist, her future, and her behaviour by the community she is surrounded with as well as herself. The fig tree, recognised as a prominent symbol within the novel, is introduced to the reader through a tale about a Catholic nun and a Jewish man. In the story, the two meet whilst picking figs until one day they eventually touch hands, which results in the nun not returning.