Just as Esperanza expresses her distaste for her shabby new house in the vignette “House on Mango Street”, she also exhibits a strong desire for her own home, stating “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to” (Cisneros 5). Esperanza’s dream of owning her own house, derived from her dissatisfaction with the impoverished nature of the house on Mango Street, illustrates that Esperanza’s dreams originate from her poverty. Similarly, Esperanza continues with this idea of owning her own house in the vignette “Bums in the Attic”, where after expressing resentment towards her family’s pitiful visits to a house they could never afford, Esperanza declares, “One day I’ll own my own house but I won’t forget who I am or where I came from” (Cisneros 87).
Runaway Theme, Plot and Conflict Theme: Through ‘Runaway’, Alice Munro intends to show that women themselves are the source of the problem as they resist change, especially women like Carla who are so used to their lives in the countryside that they are mostly dependent on the source of income, in this case, Clark. She may have also written this to depict events of her own life, when she divorced her first husband, James Munro to get a sense of real freedom and joy but soon after married a second husband because she did not like her life so much. In ‘Runaway’, Carla is shown to be a very complex and intricate character as she realizes her limitations when making her own decisions. Initially, Carla seems confident to leave Clark and Sylvia helps her to escape, but as soon as she gets of the bus station outside of town, she realizes she can’t really survive without his security
She knows she is lucky to have a less problematic family to support and her during good choices or bad decisions. Esperanza talks about the relationships of each family on Mango Street until she leaves and finds a better place. The other families on Mango Street also have it hard, but they don’t have the bond of the Esperanza’s
Esther, the protagonist and narrator of ‘’The Bell Jar ‘’, feels isolated from the world around her, because of the expectations placed upon her as a young woman living in 1950s, America. Esther has a dilemma, between her desire to write and the pressure she feels to settle down and start a family life. Esther through her talent won several awards and scholarships, and of course respect. But still there were people assumed that she most wanted to start a family. Then, Esther started feeling anxiety about the future because she can see only mutually exclusive choices: submissive married woman or successful but lonely career woman.
In The House On Mango Street Esperance was so desperate she actually paid someone to be her friend. A true friend can be bought. Esperanza had a major problem finding a good friend and seemed to be desperate for one. Esperanza expected a perfect friend because she thought most people were perfect. Some of the friends that Esperanza chose were not trustworthy, and kind.
At first Esperanza believes her name expresses herself as a person, but she accepts it. Even though, Esperanza was ashamed of living on Mango Street that is the place she lived, and had many experiences. The vignettes that were described about Esperanza’s situation of identity and growing up is all a worry. In the end Esperanza’s writing will express her feeling from Mango Street, and she will come back to write about the house that she belongs but does not belong
The last of the three most influential characters is Marin. She is a Puerto Rican girl that wants “someone to change her life” and spends her days babysitting at her house (27). Esperanza gets the idea of marrying a rich man to get out of Mango Street. Marin also tells her about boys “is for the boys to see us and for us to see them” (27). These two ideas Marin shared with Esperanza shows how she can leave Mango Street and live a better life.
Dee wants a luxurious lifestyle that is different from how she grew up. In Alice Walker’s story “Everyday Use,” the audience will notice Dee’s attitude towards the other characters due to her hatred towards everything, high expectations, and ungratefulness throughout the story. Firstly, based on what is told in the story, Dee hates a couple of things. Her attitude is reflected based on how she comments about it. She does not like the house she grew up in because it is very old.
Ayan Salad Ms.Farrow ENG 4U1 November, 11, 2014 “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Beautiful Mind” “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This story is a collection of journal entries written by Jane. However, she feels uncomfortable living in this house. She is banned to enjoy her hobbies, which is writing, because her husband and her family are against it. Even though her husband and her family wish her to be enjoying her hobbies, she still spends her time writing.
In Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid, the author uses thematic symbols such as “the black thing” and Annie and her mother seeing “eye to eye” to guide the reader to a position where it is clear to see that Annie and her mother do not have the same, sweet relationship they used to have. Overtime, Kincaid develops the story in such a way where it is easy to see that the relationship between Annie John and her mother begins to go downhill and is not the same as it was in the beginning of the novel. Annie clearly begins to despise her mother as she realizes that her mother is not treating her like the little girl she used to be. In this passage of Annie John, the use of “the two black things” provides a clear example of how the Annie John and her mother are very similar, yet they are never able to retain a good relationship because there is space between them. Throughout the novel, there are many circumstances where Annie wants to be loved and treated like a child by her mother, however, her mother treats her in a different manner than what she expects.