In August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson, Berniece struggles to come to terms with the violence in her family’s past. Berniece relocates up north to escape the violence prevalent in her family legacy. Berniece is unable to reconcile with this fact, because of this she is unable to discuss this part of history as well as other aspects of her family history with her daughter Maretha. Berniece’s hesitation to reveal this truth to her daughter is detrimental because of the fact that Maretha is oblivious to an important part of her family history. In the end of the play Berniece is finally able to acknowledge the importance of this part of history, as a result she realizes that this is something which she should share with her daughter rather
In the short story ‘’The Ravine’’’ Joe-Boy and Vinny have both have similarities and differences character traits.They have other friends that are on the island. They are all 15 years old. There are 2 more friends Starlene and Mo. There is this boy that is 14 years old and his name is Butchie.
Many readers have and will see Willie Stark as a very ambiguous character from beginning to end in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men. A firm believer in idealism, Willie Stark has become a very strong, sneaky and persuasive politician known as the Boss. The way Willie Stark changes the way he acts and how he treats people is something that can be very tricky for everyone who reads through this novel. At one moment Willie Stark is once a very kind man who treats others with respect and at the next moment he is blackmailing other individuals in order to have an advantage. In many instances Willie has been seen treating people horribly with no remorse and treating other people like they are gods in the next. Throughout
In the beginning of the book, Phillip Malloy was passionate to make it into Harrison school’s track team. He thought that being only good at running would automatically make him into the team, but his grades interfered with his chance at the team. He didn’t make it into the track team because he detested Miss. Narwin’s class and felt the book, The Call of the Wild was useless, so he put the most unnecessary response to an answer of his exam. Therefore, he received a failing grade which is a “D”. With his failing grade, Phillip couldn’t make it into the track team and he blames Miss Narwin for the whole problem. Then when the faculty committee changed homerooms, Philip is now assigned into Miss Narwin’s homeroom class, making matters even worse.
Why do people tell lies? And what would it be like if everyone told the truth? Some issues between Philip and Ms.Narwin were that Philip didn’t like Ms.Narwin because he couldn’t be on the track team because he had a bad grade in her class. Another issue was that Philip thought that Ms.Narwins English class was boring, so he would make comments or remarks that he shouldn’t, but he does it to make the class more interesting and to bug Ms.Narwin. One last issue that Ms.Narwin and Philip had was that Philip would hum the Star Spangled Banner in Ms. Narwins homeroom to annoy Ms.Narwin since he didn’t like her. So there were several issues that Philip and Ms.Narwin had that led to one big issue which created internal conflict and these issues built
As the parent with the most direct involvement with her two children, Daisy does hold some responsibility for her son’s disappearance. When the principal at Donny’s high school calls her and requests a meeting, Daisy feels as though she is the one being reprimanded rather than her teenage son. Defensively, she tells the principal Mr. Lanham, “It isn’t that we’re not concerned… we’ve done what we could, whatever we could think of… How are we to know what to believe?” In these lines, Daisy begins to show just how suggestible she is. Like many parents when their children begin to misbehave, Daisy does not know where to begin, but she is completely willing to throw money at the problem in the hopes it will help. At the recommendation of a psychologist who told her Donny was
Loosing someone you love can cause very profound feelings leading towards a grief process. One of the stages of grief is denial, which can cause someone to not enjoy life and experience many wonderful things like love. Anger is another example, it makes a person be angry for a very long time and make it hard to move on. The final example of the grief is acceptance and can produce a lack of social interaction. In the Piano lesson Berniece shows the stages of grief by staying angry at Boy Willie, denying Avery's marriage proposal, and by not wanting to have contact with the piano.
The Willie Horton ad was not racist and he should not have been released on furlough. Willie Horton was the kind of man people would cross the street to avoid. The kind of man that made people cringe and shiver whenever they saw him. He was not a man anyone would want to be around.
Historically speaking Harlem has been known to be a historically African American society. In this society, nothing came easily to the residences. During the time of the story “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, the society was not only impoverished but they also had to endure oppression in their daily lives. In this story, Baldwin depicts Harlem as a jailed community where the residences are trapped. In this environment, the people are not given the opportunity to succeed for themselves not to even mention their families. These people are trapped for generation after generations with no outlet or change. Baldwin creates an environment where the two main characters, brothers cannot escape from the impoverished and oppressed society in order to
Society is fooled into believing in the applied connection among people. Benedict Anderson’s idea of imagined communities emphasizes that, “… the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion” (5). Members of neighborhoods, cities, states, or countries feel a sense of unity with other members for living in the same place or maybe having the same basic values, but true unity comes from understanding the similarities among each other, considering the impact a person can have on another, and caring about lives. Recognizing the importance of lives being socially intertwined is necessary to sustain a considerate society.
Family is a very a complex thing,there can be many things that can tear a family apart.In life there will be inner family struggles,but you will will need to find a way to work through it.Although the piano has sentimental value to Berniece the piano is not being used,so Boy Willie should get the piano to buy the land.
Parents are always supposed to look out for the best interests of their child. Anne Tyler authored the short story “Teenage Wasteland” which depicts the story of a strained mother and son relationship between the character Donny, and his mother Daisy. Donny is a teenage boy who is struggling with his grades at school and is exhibiting poor behavior. His mother, Daisy is concerned with her son’s grades and behavior, however, she fails at getting her son the help that he requires. Told through the point of view of the character Daisy, Tyler uses irony to tell the story of a teenage boy who is failed by the adults in his life who are supposed to help him flourish, including his parents, a psychologist, and his tutor.
In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the audience follows the dynamic between the members of the Loman family. The father of the family, Willy Loman is a self-deluded traveling salesman whose dreams of success do not match his reality. Prompted by his frustration due to the discrepancy between his unrealistically ambitious expectations and his reality, we watch as his mental health takes a turn for the worse, and his story eventually ends in suicide. Biff, a consequence of Willy, attempts to bring Willy out of his fantasies and his see the realities of his life, but in the end fails to. The two are different in their ideas, demeanors and personas, yet have some akin characteristics.
Abuse, friendship, growth and love are central themes in Michelle Magorian’s novel Goodnight Mister Tom, as it traces a young evacuee’s,William Beech’s, developmental growth from a deprived, abused, discouraged child to a confident and happy boy. One learns that William’s abnormally weak appearance mirror his mental condition as a vulnerable character. Williams religiously fanatical mother’s unsympathetic fostering and abuse has led him into becoming illiterate, terrified as well as introverted and with a distorted understanding of morality.