“She didn’t leave a tangle in./ Her comb found every strand,”(line 5-6). Meaning that Sadie lives life to the fullest taking every opportunity as it is presented to her. The second perspective shown is Mauds. She has fallen into the grasp of society’s norm but still was not able to achieve a fulfilled life like her sister. “Maud, who went to college,/ Is a thins brown mouse,”(line 17-18).
If she was discriminated against in one of the activities she took part in, she moved right on to the next one and tried equally as hard to be recognized for the talent she has. Because of growing up observing her mother go through all of the troubles she experienced in Manzanar and how she got over them with dignity, Jeanne is a very emotionally strong and confident person by the end of her
“Some people cross your path and change your whole direction.” This quote relates to Ray Bradbury’s character Clarisse, who moved the plot even after her death. Before Clarisse, Montag had never met someone who asked, “why” instead of “how.” Clarisse is the reason Montag started thinking about the world, the good and the bad things. She sparked his questioning of everything, and made him appreciate the small things in life. Even after her death she remained the voice and strength Montag needed to speak out and “fix” the world they had both lived in. In the end, she was just a girl who knew way too much for her own good.
Ha’s journey is a perfect example of the universal refugee experience. She faces racism, discrimination, loneliness, and, over time, a growing sense of love for her new home. Ha’s life is turned “inside out and back again”. Before Ha had to flee Saigon, she was headstrong and selfish, but she was also a girl who loved her mother and couldn't wait to grow up. She wanted to be able to do something before her older brothers did it, and do it better.
The layers of details crafted into the characters are so detailed that the readers are easily immersed into the story. The anxiety and hardship of raising two kids while being a single parent are all too real and relatable these days. Not only that, but mix it up with a daughter who is having an identity crisis and another that needs emotional support and you’ve got a mother that has her hands
Hester changes throughout the novel. She makes a mistake, and it changes her for the better. She becomes more confident, courageous, and strong. The “A” redeems Hester, and she is finally free. Hester does not let the “A” define her, and that helps her grow as a person.
In the middle of Betty’s fit, she starts to shout that “[she] wants her mama”(19). Betty’s mother passes away when she is young, so her father is in charge of raising her. She is growing up without a female role model, so she is already at a disadvantage. The three characteristics of being young, motherless, and a girl shows she is the complete opposite of the typical powerful figures of this time. She continues to maintain to gain power when she openly disagrees with Abigail, who none of the other girls are willing to argue with.
Although she was once a housekeeper for Lily's mother, August also graduated from college and became a high school teacher. She also decided not to marry because it would take away some of her independence, something she’ll always love more than a man. Lily has never met any woman like August Boatwright. That’s why August's most important function in the novel is to help Lily on her way to maturity and acceptance of herself as a good human being.
Johnson refuses to give the quilts to Wangero, one wonders if it was because she hated her daughter over the rejection of the family heritage, because she had found success, or if her daughter was an unlikeable character from the start. Was there a jealousy that her older daughter had found success and confidence when she would never know any, was she jealous of the confidence her daughter displayed by saying she did not have to live under the old ways anymore, or was she favoring Maggie over Wangero, since Maggie was flawed like herself? No matter whether one sides with Mrs. Johnson and Maggie on the value of the quilts, or with Wangero, the obvious schism is clear. Where one party values them because of the family connection, the other rejects that connection because it was born out of oppression and
Although Lily is young, she feels that she has the right to make this statement because she has already experienced so much in her life. With that being said, people may judge Lily because of what she says or does but that is because not everyone knows about