The irony of turning down one of these quilts before she left for college is lost on Wangero. Mrs. Johnson tries another tactic and tells her those quilts were promised to her sister Maggie, and Wangero states that Maggie cannot possibly appreciate them because she would put them to everyday use. When Mrs. Johnson hopes that Maggie will get some use out of them, Wangero is horrified at the thought of anyone using these suddenly priceless quilts. They are to be
For example, when Maxine reaches her puberty age her mother warn her that she should not end up like her aunt “now that you have started to menstruate, what happened to her could happen to you. Don’t humilities us. You wouldn’t like to be forgotten as if you had never been born” (Kingston 5). This talk-story ghost of her aunt cannot be taken for granted because it brings disgrace to the family and this is why her mother exposed her to it from a young age. Another ghost thing that bothers Maxine while growing is that
In the story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Finch kids meet the old hag Mrs. Dubose. To get into town the kids have to pass Mrs. Dubose’s house. One day she was babbling to the kids, insulting them one after another until Jem had enough and took Scout's baton and wacked all of Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. Then Jem had to read to Mrs. Dubose for 2 hours every night after school for a month, after a month he kept reading and one night Mrs. Dubose dies. Mrs. Dubose is a cranky neighbor who helps Jem see the importance of holding your head high.
Her exaggeration does not cause total destruction, but instead she causes interruption and distraction. Later when Rosalie Wells is reluctant to participate in Mary’s scheme, Mary threatens to tell her grandmother that Rosalie had stolen Helen [Last name]’s bracelet. Mary says, “I guess I’ll go tell Grandma, anyway. Then she can call the police and they’ll come for you and you’ll
In the novel, Scout is a tomboy and because she does not have a mother as she is dead so she doesn’t really have any female influence growing up. Scout looks up to Jem and wants to be like him. One day, Jem says, “I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!”(69). Scout is outraged by this and takes the word as an insult. Also, in Maycomb females should be wearing dresses and acting lady-like, nevertheless Scout likes to wear overalls and play with Jem and Dill which can be seen as very un-ladylike.
Mama, however, had planned on giving the quilts to Maggie. When Mama refuses, saying that she promised them to Maggie, Dee becomes angry. She insists that Maggie cannot appreciate the quilts, and will wear them out with “everyday use.” When Mama brushes Dee’s anger off, saying that Maggie can simply make new quilts since she knows how to sew, Dee insists that the quilts are “priceless” and that Mama does not “understand” her heritage. Still, Mama refuses to give Dee the quilts and dumps them on Maggie’s lap.
She later asks if it's an opportunity for her mom only. She does not see any benefits for her and concludes that the choice of change is due to selfishness not bettering of both parties. She thinks that it is unfair that he mom makes all the decisions because she disagrees with them. Her mom is deciding to do this "finally graduate" and change their lives for the better. While away the daughter will have to stay with her Grandma who she doesn’t know well.
The child’s inability to make a decision can be one of the most annoying things for any parent to endure. One moment the child refuses to take an offered item, but the next moment they are begging for it. Dee is the epitome of a fence-sitter. Readers see examples of Dee doing this twice: “She pins on my dress a large orchid, even though she had told me once that she thinks orchids are tacky flowers” (Walker). And again: “… I had offered Dee (Wangero) a quilt when she went away to college.
Ms. Johnson didn't have an education, yet she knew the value of the quilts and she didn’t let a few words from Dee change her decision of giving the quilts to Maggie. Dee leaves her mother’s house quite upset and tells her sister, “You ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie. It’s really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live you’d never know it” (Walker 12).
Point of view is very important in the development of the theme of moral courage because we see Scout as an innocent child whose morality has not been tampered with but then we see that she is growing up and so are her ideas. Scout has to stand up for what she believes in and it is hard for her to do that when she lives in such a one minded community. The setting leads to moral courage because the people of Maycomb decide what everyone should think so it is hard for someone to go against the
One day in Wiishto, one of Mary’s sisters wanted to take her to the prisoners’ executions. She thought this would cheer Mary up, as she was depressed at the time. When the sister told their mother where she planned on taking Mary, their mother strongly objected. She gave a speech to both of her daughters on why they shouldn’t go to the executions. Mary didn’t want to go in the first place, but her sister was a little discouraged that she couldn’t go.
As Mae Mobley’s mother verbally abused her, Aibileen took Mae Mobley in as one of her own children. Aibileen once said, “I think it bothers Miss Leefolt, but Mae Mobley my special baby” (Stockett 2). Aibileen concurs that Mae Mobley is not the most attractive, but being “cute” is not the most important characteristic of Aibileen. She values kindness, intelligence, and fairness the most and those qualities are what she tries to instill into Mae Mobley everyday. The things Mae Mobley’s mother teachers her are not just, and Aibileen took it upon herself to make sure Mae Mobley was taught the right way as long as she was around.
Marta go to visit el brujo to cast a spell on Candelario and Chayo 's unborn baby. At that moment, Marta is feeling anger and she did not think thoroughly about it because Candelario and Chayo are not willing to raise her baby. Marta hope that Candelario and Chayo’s unborn child will die, so Candelario and Chayo will take care of her baby. Marta picture, “el brujo’s magic wresting the baby from her sister’s womb, but then she pictured her own child taking its place in Chayo’s arms.” (Benitez, 61).
The reasoning behind this was because Atticus believed Scout needed a female figure to look up to, other than Calpurnia. When Scout discusses bringing Walter-a Cunningham-home for dinner, Aunt Alexandra immediately disregards the idea. Aunt Alexandra bluntly says the Cunningham’s are not people who the Finch’s wish to associate with. Although she is doing her best to help Scout understand social ranking she adds that Scout should always be nice and gracious to everyone, although “...you don’t have to invite him home” (9; ch 217). It is clear that Aunt Alexandra’s opinion of the Cunningham’s is dissatisfactory as opposed to her expectations of her family name.
September begins and Dill leaves Maycomb to go back to the town of Meridian. Scout feels sad but is excited to go to school for the first time. She has been longing to go to school and in the past would spy on the school children through a telescope. However, on her first day of school she gets assigned to Miss Caroline Fisher who is unaware of the Maycomb customs because she is from north Alabama. Miss Caroline Fisher is not very pleasant with the children and becomes extremely upset with Scout when she learns that Atticus has taught Scout to read.