Also it says,” When mom died, I didn’t want to go on, either. I don’t know. I don’t feel the same now, not exactly. Now that i see that one days after another and you’ll get through them one measure at a time.” Most people want to give up when life gets tough, but Billie Jo still remains hopeful and hangs on through the daily struggles of life. She even related her life to the piano because the piano represents hope for her.
In the short story “Two Kinds”, by Amy Tan, the Amy’s mother want her to become a prodigy. She tries everything to get Amy to be a star. She eventually makes Amy play the piano two hours a day. Amy hates that her mother makes her do this, and she tells her that she can’t change to make her mother happy. She says, ‘“Why don’t you like me the way I am?” I cried.
In Left Neglected, Sarah Nickerson lives a fast paced life where she juggles her role as a mother, wife, and vice president of Berkley consulting. She strives to please everyone in her life yet she is completely unaware of the negative consequences that this lifestyle may cause. In her attempt to be a “good” mother, Sarah focuses on devoting her time to her children, attending every possible game and assisting them with their homework. (Genova, Lisa, 2011, p.15). Moreover, she senses that her personal relationship needs improvement because the overall chemistry has condensed.
LaVaughn plays a pivotal role in the lives of Jolly and her two children, Jeremy and Jilly, as she fulfills the job of babysitter. Throughout the novel, LaVaughn shows ambition by her willingness to work evenings while attending high school. And, taking on the care of two young children is no easy task especially when they are in much need of love and attention. Although Jolly tries to meet their basic needs, she oftentimes falls short. When LaVaughn takes on the task of helping Jolly, she becomes a major contributor in the lives of the children.
The theme of “The Bicycle” by Jillian Horton is that you shouldn’t let anybody dictate how you should live your life, and you should do what makes you happy instead. This theme is powerful and pronounced all throughout the story, especially after Hannah started to realize what she had been missing out on. The rebellious thoughts began on page 35, when Hannah reminisced about how it felt to feel the wind in her hair, after seeing her friends zip by her on their bikes. Later, she says, “I felt lonely and isolated, increasingly aware of the of the differences between myself and girls like Ilana and Leah.” Hannah yearned to participate in the activities that her friends partake in—like going to Israel club after school—but she refrained, in fear of upsetting Tante Rose. Had Hannah not traded her happiness for Tante Rose’s approval, she would not have to bottle up her continuous feelings of longing and solitude.
Even though Sye has never attended a day care, she has always had the ability to make friends her age and is very comfortable around adults. During her first two years of school, Sye developed a tendency to stick around the adults or teachers during school and social events. Sye’s mom has stated numerous times, “I truly think she wants to be an adult already” while laughing. During her second grade school year, Sye became better about running around the playground with her friends and not sticking next to the teachers. I have never see a kid with so many great mannerisms.
But are teenagers really such a nightmare, as other parents think? Rachel starts the article by discussing with her oldest daughter, about her insomnia. She tells her that she shouldn 't look at her laptop and read a book instead - her daughter rolls her eyes instead and says that she has read a lot of books. This is the first place in the story who shows us the conflict, that Rachel means are between mothers and daughters. The style of argumentation is very closed and both mother and daughter are not very open to other suggestions and kind of stubborn.
Mademoiselle Reisz is an independent woman which is what Edna is longing for. She loves to play piano and doesn’t care about the opinions of others. This helps Edna do the same but through art. Edna learns that Mademoiselle Reisz is writing with Robert, and she is the only one who knows about their love for each other.
But at the same time out of concern, she limited her daughter to participate in civil movement Moody 's mother was constantly bearing children despite living in poverty. Throughout the book, moody never seems to understand behind her mother 's life choices. This was one of the reasons that drove Moody to succeed in her academic achievement and go against her mother wishes and get involved in civil rights movements. For moody, her mother was a reminder of what her future would be if she didn’t thrive for change in her community. After becoming an active member of the NAACP, Toosweet used to get threats from local sheriff that moody must not return to
Jing Mei, while portrayed as an obedient child, is only willing to listen to her mother to a certain extent. Throughout the story, it is consistently hinted that Jing Mei would eventually explode against her mother as an attempt to free herself from her mother’s chains. In addition, after the fiasco at the piano recital, she eventually derives further from her mother’s wishes as she “didn 't get straight A...didn 't become class president...didn 't get into Stanford...dropped out of college.” (54). On the flip side, Jing Mei’s mother is a stereotypical Chinese parent who is fully determined to ensure her daughter’s success in a new environment. However, this determination sometimes appears to be obsessive to the point of running her daughter’s life for her.
The mirror with my mother’s eyes,”(194.). To Billie Jo, a piano symbolized her mother and everything her mother was to her, but she rebuilt herself and continued to play and by the end of the novel Billie Jo is playing at home once again. After running away Billie Jo also realized how much her father still meant to her. Despite all the pain he has caused her, she reconnects with him and together they rebuild their relationship into one where they both know they still love and care for the other. For example, when Billie Jo returns she thinks, “as we walk together, side by side, in the swell of dust, I am forgiving him, step by step, for the pail of kerosene.
Tan’s mother wants her daughter to succeed at playing the piano, and her way of enforcing it was by yanking Tan by the arm and pulling her to the piano. Tan had no option because her mother expected her to be an obedient daughter who does not rebel by the freedom of her mind. Amy Tan’s mother had predetermined her daughter’s attitude and personality without giving her any option, “You want me to be something that I’m not! I sobbed,” and Tan did not appreciate this of her mother (141-142). Her reaction to not being able to freely express her own mind was saying hurtful things to her mother, “Then I wish I weren’t your daughter, I wish you weren’t my mother, I shouted” (Tan 141-142).
Thanks to their parents, her siblings and herself received great academic and musical education. As they learned music Fanny and Felix, the two eldest were found to be prodigies. Fanny was able to learn how to play the piano through her mother’s guidance. And even then, their parents encouraged Felix more because of his gender and because of this, Fanny’s music career suffered. Her family still believed that women should focus on domestic work even though her talent appeared to
She will never give up hope in anyone of her children. Chris soon learned how to do things all thanks to his mother he picked up that chalk and wrote that shaky “A” with his mother’s help that night. Which goes to show that a mother’s perseverance is all that she need to help
The most obvious change she mentions in her book is allowing Lulu to give up practicing violin. It is easy for Western parents to allow their children to give up, but not for Chinese mothers, including Amy. Playing the musical instrument was so significant in Amy’s eye, especially because both Sophia and Lulu had a talent in playing their instruments. Amy had a very high expectation of her girls, so she spent lots of money on hiring professional music teachers for her girls and kept her girls practicing hours a day. Lulu even complained to Amy once that six hours a day of violin practicing scared her friend Daniela, since she had no time left for anything else besides playing violin (62).