For example she stills remains playing the piano. In the text, it says,” I sit at the school piano and make my hands work, in spite of the pain, in spite of the stiffness, and scars.” Billie Jo still continues to follow her passion and work on piano playing no matter how painful it is to her. As much as she refers to her not being able to play because of her burnt hands, deep down, the reason she is scared to play is because it reminds her of her mom. She still makes herself play because she knows it is the one thing she can hang on to. Also it says,” When mom died, I didn’t want to go on, either.
When the mother passes away Amy Tan sends a tuner over to her parents' apartment, for sentimental reasons. After the piano was tuned, Tan decided to sit down and play some of her old songs. Nothing had been touched and was still where she left it. After her mother's death, she began to appreciate the piano and everything her mother did for her. She loved the piano and appreciated everything
As they walk home together, Billie Jo is “forgiving him step by step, for the pail of kerosene ... [and she is] forgiving [herself] for all the rest” (275). Though Billie Jo had a challenging relationship with her father, she learns to forgive him for his mistakes and love him for being there for her. Finally, Billie Jo begins to play piano once again, since she has moved past her grief and is fighting through the pain of her scarred hands. She overcomes the barriers that were preventing her from following her dreams of playing piano. Now that Billie Jo has let her grief and resentment go, she can focus on growing with up with her father, as she accepts her life the way it
Runaway Theme, Plot and Conflict Theme: Through ‘Runaway’, Alice Munro intends to show that women themselves are the source of the problem as they resist change, especially women like Carla who are so used to their lives in the countryside that they are mostly dependent on the source of income, in this case, Clark. She may have also written this to depict events of her own life, when she divorced her first husband, James Munro to get a sense of real freedom and joy but soon after married a second husband because she did not like her life so much. In ‘Runaway’, Carla is shown to be a very complex and intricate character as she realizes her limitations when making her own decisions. Initially, Carla seems confident to leave Clark and Sylvia helps her to escape, but as soon as she gets of the bus station outside of town, she realizes she can’t really survive without his security
Instead of being negative and unhappy, Mrs. Lowe always try to give Leonard a normal life by feeding him, reading books to him, and teaching him. She even sings lullabies until his son falls asleep. Mrs. Lowe has felt happiness because despite Leonard’s condition, she still gives hope to his son. A mother gives support in order to attain the best things for her child. (D’ Sa, 2013) When Dr. Sayer proposed a treatment to Mrs. Lowe in order to cure Leonard.
After she tried to kill herself once or twice...” (Cather 90). Alexandra compares herself to a woman who lived on a farm her whole life, and got so depressed she tried taking her own life. The girl gets sent away to live with other family not on a farm and there she is happier. Alexandra compares herself to this woman in the sense that she also sometimes feels trapped and unhappy living on the Divide when she knows that there is so much more to the world. Alexandra finds freedom, gains a whole new attitude and is satisfied.
Without hesitation, Mariam’s father, Jalil, urges her to get married to a random shoemaker named Rasheed. Time passes by and the author gives us details about the multiple types of abuse that Rasheed inflicts on Mariam. Soon Laila is introduced in part two of the story as an innocent young girl who is determined to accomplish her educational goals. She, however, quickly becomes a victim of neglect from her mother. Nevertheless, she feels content about the support she has from her father and her friends, mainly, her best friend named Tariq, who seems to somehow become a part of her and consume all of her thoughts.
She had a bad case of Alzheimer’s and always had a stoic look, but loved to play the piano. One day, another student rolled her to the piano and immediately she started playing it like a professional and she even had a tiny smile on her face. It goes to show that any artistic opportunity can make a person find
Like the title suggests, there is a lesson learned at the end of Bambara’s story but Sylvia has a hard time admitting she learned anything. When asked about what they’ve learned, Sylvia “[walks] away and Sugar has to run to catch up”(Bambara 6). Since Sylvia is the narrator, readers are aware of her thoughts and know Sylvia has indeed learned a lesson. This is clear when Sylvia talks about the importance of $35 to her family compared to the people who shop at FAO. Instead, Sylvia stays silent when asked, not wanting Miss Moore to know she has learned something.
Casper had over her life stressor (her family’s involvement with CPS), was another factor that contributed to her resistant behavior. As noted by Gitterman and Germain (2008), “Lack of control over stressor has a profound effect” (p. 66). The lack of control experienced by Ms. Casper could have triggered negative feelings associated with her past. An example of an event when Ms. Casper did not have control over the situation was when her partner, Shanna’s father, abandoned her for another family. This life stressor, abandonment, could have affected Ms. Casper’s ability to process and cope with the fact of raising her daughter as a single mother in poverty.
In our nightly conversations, I would watch as her eyes filled with pride when I would tell her about my schoolwork. She believed in me, but she reserved none of that optimism for herself. She was apathetic about her life and unhappy with the constraints that came with her illness. Upon realizing this, I knew that what I had learned in the Durnibar Foundation would be able to change my aunt’s life. In our apartment complex, there were a few older people that could use some company.
Although there were rough patches, she overcomes the losses of her husbands. James even found his mother’s old best friend, Frances, and the pair were reunited. James recalls the experience in the novel, saying, “After the trip, she and Frances picked up where their high school friendship left off and remain close today…” (McBride 274). Ruth visits Suffolk and makes peace with her past. She even goes to a New Brown Memorial Church reunion and gives a riveting speech, making peace with her husband Andrew’s death.