Along with growing up, one might go through the mood changes that becomes of every teenage girl, and the main one is resentment. Resentment: not being thankful for what one has, or fighting with what one has to get more, synonyms: animosity, grudge, antagonism, and animus. In “Growing Up” by Gary Soto, Maria the main character goes through the struggles of growing up that every teenage girl has when it comes to a family vacation. Soto gets this theme through in many ways including, tone and mood, symbolism, and characterization.
In stage two of Karen Russell’s story “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”, the epigraph informs us that the girls will be working very hard and will experience stress which will cause emotional distress and periods of unhappiness. As well as that they must “..must work hard to adjust to the new culture”.The pack of girls felt as if they weren’t in their place or where they belonged. They didn’t find their purpose yet. The girls during this stage will experience feelings of being “isolated..,depressed, or generally uncomfortable” as they begin to adjust to their new environment.
In Iron Jawed Angels I was able to more deeply explore the complications and conflicts that women have faced to be seen as equals. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns overcome great obstacles to complete their most passionate goal. Their goal was to help women gain independence and acquire the right to vote in a male dominated society. Gender was and still is today a very controversial term. Woman’s suffrage was and still is today a huge issue in the world. The legal right of women to vote in the United States of America was established over the course of many decades. It was first allowed in various states and cities and then eventually nationally in 1920.
With the authors allowing us as the readers to look in on their lives, we were able to draw a few Arrows from our lives too. Being able to this can benefit one by giving them knowledge and comfort that we are not bad people. We all experience these life Arrows that try to deceive us; we just have to be aware of them and take action in trying to do better. When we are able to open up about past events then we are more likely to grow from them. When it comes to relationships we should not allow past experiences to result in our future relationships. Meaning that every barrier we encounter throughout relationships should be a life lesson that we are able to grow
Maturity is the feeling of needing to prove that one is sophisticated and old enough to do certain things. In the short story “Growing Up,” Maria’s family went on a vacation while she stayed at home, but when she heard there was a car crash that happened near where her family was staying, she gets worried and thinks it is all her fault for trying to act mature and angering her father. Society wants to prove how mature they are and they do so by trying to do things that older people do and the symbols, conflict, and metaphors in the text support this theme.
Throughout history, the equality of women to men has been regarded as a social taboo. It was a universal understanding that women were always subordinate to their dominant males. Pre Modern Greece expressed these views through their social expectations, hierarchical structures and general lack of acceptance. This ubiquitous truth for this society was challenged in Homer’s The Odyssey, with his strongly developed and diverse female cast. Each female character possesses a unique personality and faced internal as well as external struggles that rivals the complexity of the male characters. Despite the inequity that these females face, they overcome it by showing themselves to be strong in the face of adversity and work to be unmoved by even the
In Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska, Yezierska depicts an immigrant family living in poverty during the 1920s. The narrator Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter out of a family of six watches her family go through marriage, poverty, death, and the evolution of the family dynamic. Sara watches all three of her sisters being forced to marry to men that don’t love because of their status. In the end, Sara decides to move out of the house at 17 to escape the oppressive environment of her Orthodox Jewish father, so she could pursue her dream of becoming an educated teacher. The Bread Givers shows the disconnect between the first and second generation, the alternative gender roles in an immigrant household, and the importance of marriage. Overall, this book shows a different viewpoint of the 20th century.
Mark Baker’s use of voice conveys purpose within his non-fictional bricolage ‘the Fiftieth Gate’ allowing for a holistic understanding of the circumstances surrounding the events of his parent’s past. From the juxtaposition of the rotative perspective that surrounds his family, such as the suffering that plagues their memories, to his own, historical-backed voice. Mark Baker captures memory through the use of midrash, an interplay of motifs like the fifty gates and structure depicted within different text types, eventually weaving these fragments together in order to establish a fully realised text.
Imagine being a 17 year old African American kid always being judged just because of his skin color. Everywhere you go you feel like all eyes are on you, especially when you go to a school that only has eight black kids. That's exactly how Justyce McAllister felt in Dear Martin by Nic Stone. In the book, the main character Justyce goes through a lot of conflict involving his skin color. Even though he has a full scholarship at Braselton Preparatory Academy, and is a very smart student, he still gets judged. One important message that came from this book was don’t judge someone just because of their skin color.
Can women who lead very different lives be similar? Susan Glaspell explores the differences and similarities of two characters in her story “Trifles.” Written in 1916, Glaspell’s fictional story uses an unforeseen event to bring Mrs. Hale, a farmer’s wife, and Mrs. Peters, a sheriff’s wife, together. Although Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters have their differences such as Mrs. Hale being outspoken, observant, and a leader, while Mrs. Peters is nervous and does not want to challenge authority, the women share some similarities such as being aware of male condescension and willing to keep information from male authorities if it means helping another woman.
Set against the backdrop of Naples, the characters in Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend are immersed in a world of violence, ignorance, and poverty. Under this shadow, Elena and Lila struggle to define the past of their parents from their own future. In fact, it is the weight of despair that allows small moments of joy to become vibrant within the story; as James Wood describes, “deprivation gives details a snatched richness” (Wood 10). The luminosity of moments like when Elena travels to Ischia, when the two girls purchase Little Women, and lighting fireworks on New Years Eve, are integral to the depiction of brilliant friendship between them. Therefore, it is not coincidental that when the girls experience fleeting moments of childhood bliss,
Margret Atwood’s short story “Lusus Naturae” is known as a work of fiction in which a monster uncommonly plays the role of the protagonist. Discussing character dynamics, it is interesting to examine the symbolic meaning behind the girl as a monster in this story. Is this text simply a fantasy created with the goal to serve solely as a horror story with a typical ending, or does this tale have a deeper meaning encompassing the treatment of women and their sexuality throughout history. Through close reading of “Lusus Naturae,” I plan to use evidence from the text to illustrate symbolic parallels between the unusual protagonist and the known historical role women held in society.
The novel "Little Women " portraits the difficult journey from childhood to adulthood from four teenaged sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy called the March girls, and how they survive growing up in a difficult time highlighting the inferiority of women as compared to men with the ideas explored throughout the novel being women 's strive between familial duty and personal maturation, the menace of gender labeling, and the need of work.
In conclusion, these characters in this novel were selected consciously and judiciously by Virginia Woolf. There were more female characters in the novel than male because she sought to contrast the women to the men’s life. They had various values whose qualities were given from the life of the authoress because she also fought against the issues as the gender equality, women’s equality because she has also experienced the women’s restriction (a woman could not to school, could not publish her works etc.) She unflinchingly fought against the social norms created by men. She was forced to escape into her own imagination and with her novels, he tried to fight against to this issue. The feminism is still an obscure question that influences other writers to deal