Willa Cather 's My Ántonia is a memoir about the story of two kids named Ántonia and Jim who both end up in a little town called Black Hawk. The story shows the experiences they share and how each of them ends up molding each other in the end. In the story, Willa Cather gives plenty of examples among her characters who are essentially the epitome of the human spirit triumphing over adversity. Specifically, when it comes to the hired girls. Throughout the story Ántonia Shimerda definitely experienced her fair share of challenges; particularly when her father passed away.
The novels begin with the death of Casey’s aunt who dies suddenly leaving her a yarn retreat business at the slightly creepy conference center and hotel premises. Not knowing the difference of a crochet hook from a knitting needle she now has to run the business while also confronting and trying to solve a series of bizarre mysteries. The first
Imagine living during the time of the Civil War. Now imagine being a teenager through the Civil War, and your father was fighting that war. “Little Women” is a book that expresses the emotion of four young sisters while their father is away at war. Each young lady has their own job ad way to keep everything orderly at home. This story by Louis May Alcott is said to have been her life with her sisters and that she was the character Jo.
The Bean Trees tackles such huge issues as divorce, child abuse, and illegal immigration through Taylor Greer, a girl from rural Kentucky who, while trying to start a new life for herself outside of her home town of Pittman County, ends up with an abandoned child who was molested in her previous home, and thus is reluctant to speak. Taylor names the baby girl Turtle, and when her car breaks down in Tucson, and she can’t afford to fix it, she decides to live there, renting from a recently divorced mom named Lou Ann. The Bean Trees is beautiful book about Taylor trying her best to raise Turtle despite the challenges presented. The book goes on to criticizes the United States’ immigration policies through the story of Esperanza and Estevan. Esperanza
Due to supporting implications within the opening chapter of The Poisonwood Bible, with continuing evidence throughout the novel, it can be concluded that guiltiness is a motif. Nathan Price is an individual who plays an important role shaping the actions, choices, and feelings of the five women. Orleanna states in the starting chapter, “[she] married a man who could never love [her]”(8) and “[she] remained his wife because it was one thing [she] was able to do each day”(8). Orleanna is very passionate about her children, which is why she holds Nathan at
“A wonderful novel about mothers and daughters and the transcendent power of love” (Connie May Fowler). This quote reflects the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd because the protagonist in the story, Lily Owens, her mother have died when she was four years old and she didn’t feel loved by her abusive father, T. Ray Owens, until she met the Boatwrights family with the housekeeper, Rosaleen, and stayed with them. The Boatwrights family are the three black sisters who are August, May, and June. This novel took place in Sylvan and Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily grew up and where she found the answer to her questions. When Lily Owens was four years old, her mother died and she have always blamed herself for it throughout the
Everyday use is a short story by Alice Walker published in her 1973 collection in Love and Trouble. This story revolves around the relationship between a mother and her daughters. The story concerns a young woman who has visited her mother in the village after a very long time. She thinks herself very educated and smart and attempts unsuccessfully to get the quilt which her mother had promised to gift to her younger daughter on her wedding. Another story, The Lottery is one of the most famous American short story written by Shirley Jackson.
Emily Dickinson is considered one of the most influential American poets of all time. However, she was not always perceived in this light. Dickinson dropped out of school as a teenager and lived a reclusive life on her family farm until her death in 1886. She chose this lifestyle due to her fragile emotional state that was caused from her unfortunate romantic relationships (“Emily Dickinson”). During this time, it seemed she learned perseverance and how to cope with troublesome, despairing times through her poetry.
As of 2014, Marge Piercy is an author of seventeen volumes of poems, fifteen novels, a collection of essays, one non-fiction book, a play o-authored by her third and current husband Ira Wood and one memoir. In the poem, Breaking Out, Marge Piercy depicts the humiliation and oppression faced by a young girl. The young girl being the poet herself, narrates the factors that led her to take her first ever act that signifies breaking free from the accepted norms of a patriarchal society. In the beginning of the poem, the poet talks about two doors that usually stand open but are leaning together like they are whispering things into each other’s ears. Having said that, the poet is actually talking about two different perceptions- first being to adhere to the societal rules and silently endure everything that she is or
Charlotte Bronte, who wrote Jane Eyre, was a great British female novelist in the Victorian age. She was born in a desolate village where people were rough, cold and cruel. Her mother passed away when she was a little girl and her father was a stern man who had very little communication with her like a stranger (“Charlotte Bronte” 158). When Bronte was eight years old, she had her first experience away from home at the Clergy Daughters' School for poor clergymen's daughters with her two sisters. After that she had been a governess in a wealthy family.