Petitions are, in many cases, controversial. They are often signed in protest of things such as unfair pay, civil rights, or unsafe working conditions. Oftentimes the signers of these petitions risk their jobs and their reputations. “Lyddie” by Katherine Paterson is the story of a young girl coming of age in mid nineteenth century New England. Her family is indebted, and eventually Lyddie makes her way to Lowell to start life as a factory girl, leaving behind her younger brother, sisters, and ailing mother, in pursuit of her new job. Though Lyddie does well in the factory, the working conditions there are deplorable. So when Lyddie’s friend, Diana Goss, begins to circulate a petition that argues for shortened hours, Lyddie has a difficult
Lydia (Lyddie) Worthen, a thirteen-year-old begins working in the Lowell textile mill to pay off her family’s debt. In Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, every girl has the choice of signing the petition Diana Goss is circulating. The air in the factory is murky and dense, the sound coming from the looms are unbearable, as well as the unfair hours and pay on the job. Lyddie should sign the petition, for the treatment she and many other girls received on their job are unjust.
The novel Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson, is about Lyddie, the protagonist. After her family’s farm goes into debt, she goes to work in the Cutler’s Tavern where she works, almost like a slave as she doesn’t earn money for herself. Lyddie then gets fired and goes to Lowell, Massachusetts to get a job at the textile factory. She manages to become one of the factory workers at the factory and works with Diana, a fellow worker. Diana started a petition for getting fewer work hours and better working conditions because they have bad working conditions. Currently, in the novel, the working conditions are long hours of tending the looms, bad air quality, disease, and dangerous machines. Diana wanted Lyddie to sign the petition, however, there would be consequences of signing. The benefits of
People make decisions everyday, but sometimes there are hard decisions that could change our lives forever. In the book Lyddie by Katherine Patterson a girl named Lyddie that lived during the Industrial Revolution worked in a mill in Lowell. Lyddie worked in some pretty bad working conditions and workers wanted better working conditions so they started a petition. Lyddie is wondering if she should sign the petition, but if she does she could get fired and lose the money that she needs for the dept on the farm back home, and also maybe if she signs it that may help in getting better working conditions. While there are reasons Lyddie should not sign the petition, there are more reasons why Lyddie should sign the petition for better hours and wages, and also for a better working environment.
In the novel “A Long Way from Chicago” by Richard Peak, Grandma Dowdel gets to spend one week for seven year in the summer taking care of her grand kids. Mary Alice visit Grandma Dowdel from the year of 1929 to the year of 1935. In the beginning, Mary Alice didn’t want to visit Grandma and she keep on getting nightmare but, later on, she kind of miss Grandma There are three examples of Mary Alice changing throughout the seven years with grandma. The first example is “Grandma’s missing Mrs. Wilcox and Men don’t have any idea about women” said Mary Alice .
Everyday, everybody makes decisions, some turn out great and others face harsh consequences. This was true for Lyddie Worthen who exists only in the mind of the author of the book Lyddie, Katherine Paterson. Lyddie is a young girl whose family is in some big debt, due to her father leaving to find riches. Her mother takes her sisters and sends Lyddie to a tavern and her brother to a mill. After a while at the tavern, she took an unauthorized vacation and got fired in the process. She then went from her home in Vermont, to Lowell, Massachusetts. In Lowell she gets a job in a factory to pay off her father’s debt. Now, Lyddie does not exist in our time, for she is in the 1800’s during the Industrial Revolution. She has a friend that works in the same factory and she has a petition that is working to give a better work experience for the factory girls.
In the industrial age many laws were enacted as of late, because of the rise and fall of companies taking power from government and state, many laws common place in the modern world, at that time were slowly gaining weight and of the time were detritus to the human society. As of what Elizabeth Bentley was questioned on, “C: You are considerably deformed in person as a consequence of this labor? B: Yes I am" (doc. 7). Kids working in the factories, one by one, suffered the consequences, and melancholy atmosphere that had personified the liabilities upon their human nature, burning through the skin, the bones, and the muscle that worked long hours, for the minimal sum. That minimal sum would only be a small fraction of the amount needed to feed and pay the expenses of the family.
Life had never been easy for Jeanette Walls, growing up she consistently faced several forms of adversity at the hands of her parents, such as hunger, sexual assault, practical homelessness, and abuse. With so many tribulations, one would expect her to have become another low income statistic. However, just like a mountain goat, who does not actually belong to the goat family, Jeanette is of a different breed. While her parents exposed her to many harsh realities, they also instilled many important life lessons, whether they were aware of it or not. If it weren't for Rex and Rose Mary Walls, Jeanette would not have been as tough, driven, or creative enough to have survived in Manhattan.
Girls from Lowell, Massachusetts, worked hard for around 14 hours each day in dust and lint filled air in the mid 1800’s. In the book, “Lyddie”, by Katherine Paterson; the main character, Lyddie, is one of the girls from the factory. Lyddie is a young teenage girl who grew up on a farm in Vermont with her mom and her three younger siblings. Her dad left her at a young age which caused her mom to go crazy, leaving Lyddie in charge of taking care of the rest of the family. Her dad left her family with so much debts making her have to rent out the farm and work at Lowell. The factory offered high pay, but desired hard work in a poor conditioned area. This left many factory girls very sick, and almost causing them to die. Many girls started to protest, forming the petition.
One of the biggest fire tragedies in the 1900’s was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factor fire in 1911. The factory was a very dangerous environment to work in. There were no law that protected the laborers from the unsafe work environment. The factory workers were mostly immigrants from Europe. Also at this time there were no laws making the businesses have fire escape plans, or have any fire protection equipment. Fire drill, fire escapes, sprinkler systems, and forty-eight hour work weeks may seem so common, but if it wasn’t for the fires that broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the early 1900’s, there might not be fire and labor laws like there are today.
Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt” teaches readers that too much technology can have a bad effect on people. In the story, the Hadley family lives in a Happylife Home which has machines that do pretty much everything for them. The machines make their meals, brush their teeth and tie their shoelaces. There is even a nursery for the children that creates any world they could imagine. In the end of the story, the nursery and the family take a turn for the worse. The message that too much technology is not good for people is the main theme of the story. Both the children and the parents experience effects from using the machines to do everything for them. Also, the children are so spoiled from unlimited technology that they can’t live without
Although Brent’s relationship with her grandmother gives her the strength to endure seemingly impossible hardships in order to be near her children, some of the other women also have the impact in the narrative on Brent’s life. The early death of her mother clearly had a massive impact on the life of Harriet Jacobs. Until her mother died, she lived a happy life and barely knew she was a slave. After her death, she becomes aware of her state of being a black girl in a world dominated by whites. It meant that she has to grew stronger fast as there was no one to care for her. She started experiencing the brutal truth of the outer world as when her mother was alive she was given every comfort never made her realize that she was a slave. This clearly means that to deal with the hardship around
What would you do if you were forced to work 11chours a day jus as a kid? That’s what Lyddie had to do in the novel Lyddie by Kathrine Paterson. In this novel, Lyddie decides to go to the Concord Corporation and work as a mill girl to pay off the debts on her farm and reunite her family. She then meets her roommates: Betsy, Amelia, and Prudence. However, Lyddie then finds out that terrible working conditions, long hours, and even harassment are key reasons why she shouldn’t work there. But Lyddie is then faced with a petition regarding those issues that might even end them. Lyddie should not sign the petition because if she does, she could get blacklisted if she signs the petition. Also, she wouldn’t be able to support her family if she signs the petition.
In life many people have to make tough decisions. In the novel Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson during the industrial revolution, Lyddie a young girl who has to work at a mill. In the mill there is a petition for better working circumstances . Lyddie is struggling to make a decision to sign the petition or not to sign the petition. While there are many reasons not to sign , there are more reasons to sign the petition. Two of the best reasons I found are the treatment of workers and better conditions.
The title of a book by Stella Simmons, “Choosing Her Path,” appropriately depicts the significance of the story. Stella Simmons, an ex-medical technologist, retired early and went into the elementary school system. She then became a volunteer and assisted with reading fluency and comprehension. Since then she has written six children books and “Choosing Her Path” is her second book for young adults. She writes books because she enjoys writing. At the first glance, the plot seems totally appropriate. Simmons takes her readers through the story by introducing us to the main character, a young woman named Jenna. Jenna was waiting for a bus when her old boyfriend, who is a policeman, pulls up in a car in front of her. With Dave back on the island,