It grew lushly […] That was the kind of tree it was. It was like poor people.” It grows from sour ground out of the sewer. It only grows in the poorest of neighborhoods and it grows no matter how poor the circumstances are. It symbolizes hard-work, perseverance, the tenacity and the strength of the poor inhabitants of the neighborhood, who survive with little food or money. In the novel, as in real life, it can be seen that like the tree that does not receives enough nourishment, the people who lived in Williamsburg survive in extreme poverty.
She shows how much of a negative impact it had made on Aunt Georgiana using imagery. She is always exhausted and has to look after her children. Cather admires the individuals who had enough strength to give up an old, comfortable, life for one that had uncertain outcomes. The use of symbolism is primal as well in A Wagner's Matinee. Aunt Georgiana symbolizes pioneer life, while Clark symbolizes city life.
For most people, childhood is a time that should be celebrated because of the bliss and innocence one experiences then. For others, it is the complete opposite. Childhood for those few can be described as being full of uncertainty and fear. In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak portrays Liesel’s childhood and adolescence as a time of tribulation and terror after being separated from her family, having to conform to a society she did not agree with, and living surrounded by war and violence. At only nine years of age, Liesel was separated from her biological family.
Her advice is intended to help her daughter, but also to scold her at the same time. This mother is strong believer in domestic knowledge and believes that through this wisdom her daughter will be spared from a life of promiscuity or being, in her words, a "slut". Most importantly, it allows readers to see the detrimental measures of gender roles that are brought upon young girls just coming into womanhood. It is through the understood setting, constructive
Educated, yet childlike at times, Beneatha Younger will go to great lengths to become a doctor and break a female stereotype. Beneatha lives with the rest of her family in Chicago in the 1950s. Their apartment is overcrowded and not suitable for a family of five. Despite being poor, the Youngers have dreams, big dreams. Those dreams are reflected on Beneatha, a college student who constantly educates herself to improve her situation in life and achieve her dream, that for a black woman from a poor Chicago’s neighborhood, is nothing but easy.
The letter also states “"If American soldiers can endure hardships so can we!" (Ogawa). Accordingly, Louise is staying positive about the situation that she was placed in by being competitive, and not wanting to give up. She was trying to be happy and keep her spirits up to guide her in this chapter of her life. Louise also writes to Ms.
She lacked the luxurious wealth of an affectionate home, instead she lived in the poverty of an unloving household. Consequently cosette's caretakers had her living in constant fear “the hideous Thenardier's”pg.153. Cosette would say. A slave to the Theinards she spent her childhood tending to their every whim. Poor people caring for both a spiritually and physically poor girl, she was in need of saving.
Similarly, Esperanza continues with this idea of owning her own house in the vignette “Bums in the Attic”, where after expressing resentment towards her family’s pitiful visits to a house they could never afford, Esperanza declares, “One day I’ll own my own house but I won’t forget who I am or where I came from” (Cisneros 87). Stemming from Esperanza’s previous discomfort with her family’s low socio-economic status, her statement reflects a commonly experienced effect of poverty, determination to pursue dreams. Again Esperanza demonstrates a strong desire to escape the societal and economic bonds she was born into in the vignette “Born Bad”. Her dream that “One day I’ll jump out of my skin” (Cisneros 60), while not about her specifically owning a house, still communicates her ambition to change. Additionally, the use of the words “will” and “one day” in both of her aspirations demonstrate Esperanza’s certainty
What makes O-Lan the major character in The Good Earth is her control over various situations still without violating her vocal reservation. Her greatest achievement, out of her numerous collection, is the legacy she leaves behind and various examples set for her children and husband. Even though she lived a hard life of servitude, she still remained loving and never adverted away from her family. O-Lan remained selfless and loyal to her family although it is never truly appreciated until after she is gone. O-Lan’s greatest desire was to be noticed and wanted by others, especially those she slaved away most of her life to so altruistically.
Imagery portrays the image that the tree and family are connected by similar trails and burdens. Her uses of metaphor, diction, tone, onomatopoeia, and alliteration shows how passionate and personal her and her mother’s connection is with this tree and how it holds them together. There is a difficult decision ahead the mother and daughter both analyze the advantages and disadvantages to cutting down this tree. They have a dispute (line1) and “talk slowly, trying in a difficult time to be wise” (line 10). Using
Even though her family can be a little peculiar, they possess a strong bond with each other and they always seek to help one another out. Although Jeannette’s childhood is difficult, she overcomes poverty through her skills of being hardworking and
If I had to explain James’ mother I would use this quote to do so. His mother was abused, tormented, and wounded by her past life, but her marriage uplifted her. The loss of her husband added to Ruth’s timeline but her timeline ends with her children’s success. This success was due to Ruth’s strong character and her non trivial life. Not only is this quote beautiful and produces a strong emotional connection with James’ mother, it reveals a theme in the book.
In the novel a tree grows in Brooklyn, the protagonist, |Francie Nolan displays three virtues, courage, honesty and acceptance. Courage comes in many shapes, sizes and forms; it can be saving an old lady from a burning building or small encounters of courage, like asking out a secret admirer. Francie’s display’s courage when the doctor makes several comments about poor people being filthy, Francie feels hurt immediately. When the needle went into her, “… Francie never felt it. The wave of hurt started by the doctor 's words… drove out all other feelings” unlike at the school yard when a girl with the blackboard erasers spit in Francie faces, she spoke up, Francie got the courage to stand up for herself and she tells the doctor not to tell her
The setting of the bildungsroman novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith demonstrates the tremendous and continuous struggle of women’s rights and complications, poverty, and child labor. It opens by describing a tree, known as the Tree of Heaven, in Francie’s neighborhood in Williamsburg. The time period in which this novel takes place is in the early 1900s. This is shortly before the beginning of World War I and a time of gradual progression for women’s rights and suffrage. Katie, Francie’s mother, strongly depicts an independent heroine of that time, since she was working all throughout Francie’s childhood.
A strong and spirited matriarch, the Ruth her children know is sustained through many crises by both her personal resourcefulness and her deep religious faith. Despite her strength, however, a layer of Ruth’s personality retains the sorrows and regrets of her childhood. The other major figure in The Color of Water is Ruth’s troubled but curious son James, who senses