The behavior that Sula’s mother, Hannah and Nel’s mother, Helen upheld in their community, were assimilated by their daughters Sula and Nel, which lead them to a life of despair. In their community, Medallion, Hannah was viewed as a whore. She engaged in frequent sexual relations with any man that she came across.
As each day passes in the camp, Hannah realizes more and more how important remembering is because she knows her knowledge about the Nazis may be the only thing between her and death. She clutches at the brief flashbacks she has but ends up sometimes starting to say something that was from her home, New Rochelle, but then suddenly feel like an outcast because she feels crazy talking about things that she doesn’t know
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.
But in the film when Hannah wakes up in Rivka’s village, Rivka says, “I’m your cousin Rivka.” Hannah’s sacrifice in the movie had a family obligation attached to it, unlike the selfless one Yolen includes in her novel. Additionally, Rivka and Hannah’s relationship in the film considerably alters the course of their life in the camp. Because Rivka is her cousin, she was not there to give Hannah the rules to live by in the camp. In the novel when Hannah and Rivka meet, Rivka tells her to, “Never stand next to someone with a G in her number.
Hanna has what the narrator describes as the perfect life. Her parents are together, her house is friendly and her dad even visits their fifth-grade class. The two best friends were perfectly content with their life and no matter what they would not be separated nor turn against each other. “We were the girls with the wrong school supplies, and everything we did after that, even the things done just like everyone else, were the wrong things to do” (Horrock 473). Hanna and the narrator did not care whether they were doing the wrong thing socially, as long as they had each other.
In the intro of the book Hannah says “I am not hungry. I ate a big dinner at Rosemary’s. And I do not want to go to the Seder. Aaron and and I will be the only kids there and everyone will say how much we have grown even though they just saw us last months” (3-4). In the beginning of the book Hannah’s main point in life at this point is to only be happy with herself and not have to do what her
Hannah gets the privilege to open the door for the prophet elijah. When Hannah opens the door she is transported back in time to 1942. Hannah then has to live through the harshness of the concentration camps, like her grandpa and aunt did. Hannah figures out that she is living the life of her aunt Eva’s friend that passed away at the camps. She also gets to see her grandpa and aunt at the camp.
She does this by doing whatever makes her happy which means remaining unmarried like Sula, having sex for the sheer pleasure, and not being too concerned with motherhood. According to Morrison, “She would fuck practically anything, but sleeping with someone implied for her a measure of trust and a definite commitment” (44). Hannah can be seen as an individualistic woman because she has sex with men but doesn’t actually sleep with them because that would mean trusting and committing to them. The only motive that Hannah has sex with these men is for her own pleasure from the sex and not for loyalty or devotion. Through these motives, Morrison portrays Hannah as being self-reliant and engaging in actions that bring her self-pleasure.
Despite the ache in her heart that her mother’s death left her with, Billie Jo conquered her pain and continued to play the piano. Despite the physical hurt it caused her hands and the emotional pain it causes her as it remind her of her mother Billie Jo persisted and didn’t give up on her dreams of piano playing. Such as when Billie Jo thinks, “I play songs that have only the pattern of myself in them and you hum along supporting me. You are the companion to myself. The mirror with my mother’s eyes,”(194.).
The Devil’s Arithmetic, a novel by Jane Yolen, is very inspiring to me. It explains the feelings of not only just Hannah, but many others. It lets me know that in any situation, you can always persevere. Although this book can be sad, the sadness is powerful. It takes you to a whole new perspective of the Holocaust, not just through facts, but actually living it.
Alexandra Miles is not you average high school senior at Spencer High School. Alexandra is an expert at manipulating her peers in order to take what she wants, and this year it’s to be crowned Homecoming Queen. Throughout her life she competed in beauty pageants, and has never lost one. Though this year she is struggling to keep her head above water because of her father’s death and her mother’s lack of attention. This doesn’t make Alexandra soft, if anything, it makes her stronger.
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” demonstrates the personal growth of the dynamic protagonist Louise Mallard, after hearing news of her husband’s death. The third-person narrator telling the story uses deep insight into Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and emotions as she sorts through her feelings after her sister informs her of her husband’s death. During a Character analysis of Louise Mallard, a reader will understand that the delicate Mrs. Mallard transforms her grief into excitement over her newly discovered freedom that leads to her death. As Mrs. Mallard sorts through her grief she realizes the importance of this freedom and the strength that she will be able to do it alone.
Beautiful music plays in their head and inspires them. The first patient introduced in the book, Tony Cicoria, described his case of musicophilia as a life-changing event. He had never found music a significant part of his life, but after he was suddenly struck by lightning, he experienced a strong desire to listen to classical music. Soon, he found a way to teach himself to play the piano at the age of forty-two, and a new stage of his life began. He began to compose and perform his pieces, stating that “whenever he sat down at the piano to work on his Chopin, his own music ‘would come and take him over’”.