Indian hierarchy and social insincerity ultimately trap Ammu, causing her to no longer live, but merely exist. The caste system and societal norms cause Ammu to feel unworthy of living joyfully. Ammu’s children are seen as inferior by their family because their father is a Hindu and their parents are divorced. Instead of showing love, Baby Kochamma shows the twins her dislike for them: “Baby Kochamma disliked the twins, for considered them doomed, fatherless waifs. Worse they were Half-Hindu Hybrids whom no self respecting Syrian Christian would ever marry” (Roy 44).
As Ammu grew older, she “learned to live with this cold, calculating cruelty. She developed a lofty sense of injustice and the mulish, reckless streak that develops in Someone Small who has been bullied all their lives by Someone Big” (TGST 181-82). Her revolt against her father is symbolic of women’s revolt against all patriarchal authorities which dehumanize and devalue women and deny them their proper space. But Ammu is determined and she “did exactly nothing to avoid quarrels and confrontations. In fact it could be argued that she sought them out, perhaps even enjoyed them” (TGST 182).
Given the fact that the movie takes place after the abolishment of slavery and even after the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties, Big Momma has no longer the need to work as a servant for a white family in order to conduct a happy life. Unfortunately, being a slave, the Mammy has no choice – either she serves for the white family or she works on the plantation together with other African American slaves. Therefore, while the Mammy is considered to be the foil or shadow sister to the white American lady, Big Momma outlines her ability to lead her life independently (cf. Atkinson, 2004: 3; Patton, 1993). Therefore, K. Sue Jewell and Kimberly Wallace-Sanders’ agreement on hiring the Mammy as having the purpose to outline racial harmony, does not account for Big Momma’s situation (cf.
The reader notices that an older generation of women have accepted their role in society over the years and silently approve of the male sovereignty by abiding by norms. On the other hand, Ammu represents a more rebellious generation by transgressing social norms of sexuality and breaking the “love laws”, hence providing a resistance to patriarchy. However, despite her quest for freedom and identity, she remains victim of male chauvinism at every stage of her life because of her marginalisation by social institutions of family and marriage, amongst
Mama is a traditional and family woman. So hearing from her son that money is the answer to everything did not settle with her so well. Walter and Mama’s arguments are very similar to Linda and her husband plus her son’s conflicts. With Mama and her family being a different race, money has not come by easy. Mama grew up in a harsh time frame, when being free and having families together was all that mattered.
Mama wants her family to succeed and grow In life .The plants represents her family growing . The Younger family is in a tough spot, they share rooms and the youngest member of the family must sleep on the couch. They live in a small apartment and the only hope of rising from this tough situation is the check that is coming in from the grandfather's death. “ Lord, if this little old plant
This is seen by the actions she takes to get to her goal, statements she makes towards her family members, and how she responds to her family when they are troubled. Mama has lived in her apartment for a long time with her family and is about to get enough money to change that. An example of Mama’s motivation to achieve her goal is shown when Ruth, her daughter-in-law and Mama are talking about what Mama would do with the insurance money. Mama states, “Been thinking that we maybe could meet the notes on a little old two-story somewhere, with a yard where Travis could play in the summertime, if we use part of the insurance for a down payment and everybody kind of pitch in” (563). Mama is suggesting to Ruth of what could be a better future for her son and their family.
In Mellema’s family he meets Annelies, a girl who is so beautiful; her beauty was mentioned more than the beauty of the Queen of the Netherlands at the time, Queen Wilhelma. She was the daughter of a wonderful mother, a mother who is so capable of taking care of a lot of work including BoerderijBoeitenzorgafter MrMellema, his master, his husband who is not valid, turned into a crazy people who have no care about anything around him. Minke and Nyaiare both proud, highly educated, strong-willed individuals, who refuse to accept the
Her failure to get close to Fr. Mulligan forces Baby Kochamma to remain a spinster. It also proves that marriage is far more important for a woman than her education as is evident from the fact that her father sent her for higher education only when she made herself unfit for such a relationship. Likewise, Aleyooty Ammachi, the representative woman of the older generation in the novel, complies with the system even though deep within she does not completely accept
Like a dutiful daughter-in-law/sister-in-law Kuttiamma takes charge of the kitchen to prepare Christmas breakfast and is assisted by her well-groomed daughter Lissy. They stay back at home while all others go to church to attend Christmas ceremonies. Such occasions are most prized by everyone. Kuttiamma acts in line with the traditional role assigned to the daughter-in-law which bestows upon her the obligation to fulfil the needs and demands of the relatives. The family would consider her ‘the right woman’ for the family only when she discharges her responsibilities as a good host.