Phoebe’s mom leaves and Phoebe goes on a frenzy trying to cope with the loss of her mother in the family. Then when her mom was gone Sal wrote that Phoebe “... wore a fixed expression: a sealed, thin smile. It must have been difficult for her to maintain that smile, because by the time English class came around, her chin was quivering from the strain.” Phoebe tried to ignore the fact her mother left and isn’t really accepting change but she is learning to accept it but not in a healthy way. Phoebe is trying to find why her mother left. Phoebe thinks her mother was kidnapped and is coping her mother’s disappearance by believing in this theory instead of accepting the fact.
The child envisions that her dad only cares about books and is leaving her high and dry her due to searching for a book when she narrates the following. “He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize that I really don’t” (Lopez 26). This citation expresses that the child is feeling left out and not cared for. I can infer that this young girl feels like she is a nobody and that she doesn't even exist around her dad. The father just wants to do what he
The last example is,“ ‘are you sending me to New Mexico…’ ‘Why can’t I go with you?’” (paragraph 18 and 22). This finally proves that tension is created when the girl does not understand why she can't go with her mother either. Above all the tension grew because of the lack of the girls understanding when the mother said she will be gone most of the summer and that she will be living her
In the beginning of the novel, LaVaughn has a flashback to a conversation with her mother she had when she was a child asking, “Can I go to college when I’m big?” Her mom stopped in her tracks and responded: “Nobody in this building... ever went to college, nobody in my family.” Although this response could have dampened Lavaghn’s desire, instead it put her on the path of wanting to prove her mother wrong. If LaVaughn did not have determination and desire to better herself, her mother’s comment could have set LaVaughn on a path of complacency of not wanting to rise above the challenges that her family had of living in poverty. LaVaughn is a determined and bright young girl who wants to rise above life’s
He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize I don’t matter” (Lopez paragraph 26). This shows that the daughter feels that her father does not care as much about her. She feels unloved and alone because her own father just blatantly left the table trying to find a book and did not stir up a conversation with her daughter. Finally, at the end of the passage, when the father greets the daughter with the book in her room, as soon as he left, she expressed, “I put the book on the nightstand and use it as a coaster. The condensation from my soda leaves a big, wet circle on the cover” (Lopez paragraph 34).
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, a change in her daughter, Dee, causes Mama to grow a new appreciation for her often overshadowed daughter, Maggie. While Dee has returned to her home more educated, she has become ignorant to who she really is, causing a change in the attitudes of the characters towards each other. The new background that Dee has created for herself presents a sense of irony as her rise in education has resulted in her loss of knowledge about the world that she grew up in. After Mama refuses to allow Dee to take her grandmother’s old quilts because she promised them to Maggie, Dee claims that “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts... She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (926). From the
PP 337), which shows that Lady Catherine is living in an illusion. McMaster remarks that she “uses language – or at least aspires to do so – as a determinant of reality” (87) – meaning she puts so much emphasis on, for instance, the pact made with her sister that she is convinced that Darcy and her daughter will undoubtedly get married in the future. However, she neither consults Anne’s wishes nor, as Sutherland points out, “secure[s] the young man’s compliance in the matter” (17); this shows that she has a goal she wants to achieve, but lacks a good strategy as she has not considered any
She always wants to be doctor, but she does not have chance. She forces Lydia to be the doctor in the future. The thing she does not know is Lydia feel very tired and she does not want to be doctor. Later on, Lydia lost communications with her mother. The leaving of Marilyn is also gives some bad effect to Lydia.
In the excerpt,“Why can't I go with you?’ I said. ‘Izzy…” ‘New Mexico is worlds away from California, And what am I going to do for two whole months with someone I haven't seen since I was six? That was half my life ago. She's a stranger!’ I felt a sudden urge to bolt for the front door and run.” it is clear that Izzy really wants to go with her mother but her mother is not allowing her and instead, sending her to her Nana’s house. And that last sentence shows the amount of tension added to the conflict as Izzy wants to “bolt for the door and run.” And.