In “Marks”, Linda Pastan discusses the life of a woman who is constantly being judged on her actions as a wife and mother. It further attempts to detail her frustrations on the grades which her own family members give to her based on her performance. It is clear that they concern themselves more on how well she performed her roles rather than just being grateful that she did it for them, thus making the speaker feel rather unappreciated. Pastan used the metaphor of grades, along with tone, to effectively convey this sentiment. Through the idea of “dropping out” (line 12), the poem suggests that women should try to break free of the system and defy the traditional gender roles that it has placed upon them.
In this assignment I’m going to write about the different personalities of Mama, Maggie and Dee. Dee is Mama’s older daughter who had renamed herself as (Wangero Leewanika Kimanjo)¬.we learn that Dee is jealous, and concern among her family Mama and Maggie, she misjudge them, too. She is also not interested in winning them. During the story Dee is arrogant with her
One of the universal themes of literature is the idea that children suffer because of the mistakes of an earlier generation. The novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" follows the story of Janie Mae Crawford through her childhood, her turbulent and passionate relationships, and her rejection of the status quo and through correlation of Nanny 's life and Janie 's problems, Hurston develops the theme of children 's tribulations stemming from the teachings and thoughts of an earlier generation. Nanny made a fatal mistake in forcibly pushing her own conclusions about life, based primarily on her own experiences, onto her granddaughter Janie and the cost of the mistake was negatively affecting her relationship with Janie. Nanny lived a hard life and she made a rough conclusion about how to survive in the world for her granddaughter, provoked by fear. "Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me.
From a young age, many people are told that they have free will to do what they want and that their actions are what define them as a person; however, what people are told isn’t always the complete truth. In the realms of reality, individuals are always influenced by the people they spend the most time around to such an extent that it can change who they are as a person. Zora Neale Hurston 's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, epitomizes such truth through the development of Janie, a women who grows from not knowing her own race or what love even means to someone that has gained and lost countless relationships with people. Initially, she marries a wealthy man named Logan Killicks for financial security, but then runs away with a man named Joe who becomes the mayor of a small town the couple settles in, and finally gets into a relationship with Tea Cake, a man who gives her more freedom after Joe’s death. From being mentally and physically controlled by Joe and being forced to make tough decisions in her relationship with Tea Cake, Janie is molded into a resilient, bold women who can speak upon her free will and make challenging life decisions.
As referenced by Mark Doherty, absurdity is "the subjective truths that can be revealed only when we suspend our disbelief and imagine ourselves as someone completely different" (Doherty 57). By alluding to the audience through the absurd scenarios, the characters distress appears inflated and becomes visible to match the situations. In both the “Grand Stand-in” and “Worst-Case Scenario”, the narrator 's obscure careers take a toll on their mental health. The job position that is held by the narrator in the “Grand Stand-in” is for the Grand Stand-In Company, and her job consists of her producing a false love connection with a grandchild while being paid to pose as a model grandmother by the parents. There are many rules to which she must adhere to, and with this, Wilson shows that “a strict adherence to the rules is what defines absurdity” (Koepping 191).
This allows Sofia to stand as an example of female power for Celie. The earliest conflict to take place with Sofia is after she marries Albert’s son Harpo; he immediately becomes frustrated that Sofia is not a blindly obedient housewife like Celie, and he asks Albert and Celie how to “make her mind”(pp). Albert tells him that the only way to make Sofia obey is to physically abuse her, and Celie, who has grown resentful of how Sofia pities her, agrees and says, “Beat her”(pp). This further demonstrates how Celie has grown complicit in the poor treatment of women, including herself and her family. However, Sofia soon confronts Celie and explains to her why she won’t accept any abuse from
Janie starts her conquest by forcibly marrying Logan Killicks, who exceeded her grandmother’s expectations for her love life but ultimately ended due to Logan’s unwillingness to compromise. Janie moves to Eatonville with Joe Starks and soon
She mutters under her breath and moves away. Roja Mami exploits the relationship in the family by kindling issues against Girija. Even Samu refuses to tell the truth of the antique box to Girija. He feels that his ties with Roja Mami seemed to be more important than with his wife. The humiliations that she suffered in that house pierced her heart like a nerunji(poisonous plant)
Desai tries to find victory over the problems faced by the sensitive woman Sita, but unfortunately the only solution she get from them is Marital Discord. They have different attitudes, individual complexes and fears which add their distance between Raman and Sita and finally results in conjugal disharmony. Sita represents her world of emotion and Raman represents the prose of life and an acceptance of norms and regulations of the society. He is unable to understand his wife Sita who reacts against every incident. Sita is alienated from her father during her childhood as her father a doctor is busy with his patients.
“The Dark Holds No Terrors”, her second novel, is about the traumatic experience the protagonist Saru undergoes as her husband refuses to play a second-fiddle role. Saru undergoes great humiliation and neglect as a child and, after marriage, as a wife. Deshpande discusses the blatant gender discrimination shown by parents towards their daughters and their desire to have a male child. After her marriage, as she gains a greater social status than her husband Manohar, all begins to fall apart. Her husband's sense of inferiority complex and the humiliation he feels as a result of society's reaction to Saru's superior position develops sadism in him.