Being the sibling to embrace and honor your culture or being the one to assimilate your own culture either way both has a different view on their culture. The short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker portrays the differences between two sisters and their view on their culture or what their culture is represented by. The personal essay “Two Ways to Belong in America” by Bharati Mukherjee portrays both sisters lives in America but has a different viewpoint on either keeping their original culture of modifying it to both Indian and American. Maggie wanted her items from her descendants because they meant something to her. Maggie knew that she herself represented her own culture.
Although, Tan’s story is set 29 years ago, this issue of elevated expectations and cultural differences still remains today. Therefore, “Mrs. Woo’s aspirations for her daughter can be learnt from her dogmatic belief that America is the Land of Opportunity” (Matondang, A. Yakub, and Dja’Far Siddik, IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Www.iosrjournals.org). Which is safe to say that America does have many opportunities in which one can succeed in. But as an American we may see the chances of being some type of prodigy differently due to cultural
The grandmother has great pride in the rolls and wants to make sure that the family continues to be able to enjoy them long after she is gone by passing it down to her granddaughter: “I want chu to learn to make these rolls” (line 3). Although this is a straight forward request of the granddaughter, it really is much more. The grandmother is acknowledging
Arthur was so grateful to be on an amazing journey overseas to start another chapter of life with his love, Meredith. Meredith was trying to be positive and cheerful for such an experience, but there was just something holding her back. Ashanti and Raine, the mother and daughter slave duo they met earlier, had been on her mind. Meredith was sure that there had to be some way that she could help Ashanti get her daughter and herself out of slavery, doesn’t everyone deserve a fair chance at a new chapter in life? Meredith decided that she had to arrange some way to at least give Ashanti and Raine a chance to become free.
Maria Chapdelaine utilizes nostalgia in exploring the lives of Franco-Canadians during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many felt compelled to leave their rural roots and immigrate to urban areas the United States in order to find work, build a better life, or simply search for adventure. Chapdelaine describes this historic dilemma in terms of the fictional character, Maria. Additionally, the story demonstrates the sense of pride that Québécois take in their identity. Maria stays in Québec because she feels that it is where she belongs.
St. Clare did, Cassy strives to guard the remnants of her character and morality. In her escape from Legree’s farm, Cassy remains in “despairing firmness,” but afterwards gains a “gentle trust” (342, 364). Her transformation shows the importance of the decision -- especially for the preservation of her “goodness.” This includes her ability to show kindness and her hope of possible freedom, both of which the slave system has almost ripped from her completely. As a result of her choice, Emmeline escapes bondage along with Cassy and slavery no longer keeps her from freedom. In addition, Cassy’s choice and its result demonstrate that risking oneself for good may lead to a more favorable situation for that person.
Lani is a phenomenal soccer player and teammate. I’m so blessed I got the chance to play with her during high school soccer. It’s something I’m going to remember forever. Lani can literally play any position on the field. I better keep improving or she might take my spot as a goalkeeper.
But to Mama these quilts hold a significance importance and have more practical use to it than giving it to Dee. On the other hand, Maggie and Mama shares the same value and hold the same culture that been passing downed to them by their family. We can see that Mama is closed with Maggie more than Dee, as Dee was away, and Maggie did not changed her name and take on another new culture. Mama and Maggie are now the gatekeeper of the culture that been passed down to her, and she rejected and mad at Dee for her rejection of this
Whereas, Dee believes that her mother’s family heirlooms are to frame on the wall, or display, as a reminder of her family history. She desires the carved dasher and family quilts, but she sees them as artifacts of a lost time, suitable for display but not for actual, practical use. She has set herself outside her own history, rejecting her real heritage in favor of a constructed one. Mama and Maggie, on the other hand, wish to continue using the quilts, and so continually engage with and build upon the family’s history. When Mama gives the quilts to Maggie, she ensures that the family heritage will stay alive in the manner she prefers.
Another way to say, “Look at me”. Conversely, not only does the traditional aspect of these items mean a great deal to Dee, but they are necessary for Mrs. Johnson and Maggie’s everyday life, they are not in a position use appliances for decoration. This same point applies for when Dee goes into Mrs. Johnsons trunk and finds two quilts that Mrs. Johnson had promised to pass down to Maggie. These quilts had a great deal of historical and traditional value to Mrs. Johnson – her grandmother and aunt had quilted them by hand, they were even made from “scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell’s Paisley shirts.
There are many different intentions and aspirations shown by each character’s own American Dream, but each lead into the same thing which is Happiness. Beneatha is a high class women who intends to be a medical doctor and considers herself an independent woman. On the other hand, Mama is just a humble and dignified individual who has very good morals and values that beliefs can change her family overall. She also wants her family to have a better quality of life. Joseph Asagai says, “Her speech is a mixture of many things; it is different from the rest of the family’s in so far as education has permeated her sense of English” (Hansberry 17).
“Two ways to belong in America“ is a story written by Bharati Mukherjee. Story about two sisters who moved to the United States in the 1960’s. Both sisters moved to United States in hope to pursue their dreams and to achieve they goals with college and further education. Both having similarities in appearance and religious values. Both Bharati and her sister Mira had planned to move back to their homeland India after their education, to marry the men that their father had chosen for them.
In the short story, “Everyday Use”, by Alice Walker, one can say that the quilts mentioned in the story symbolize heritage because the quilts were made by different generations of the family. Because of this, the reader can see that Dee views her heritage as something to be put up for display so people can admire her past, where as Maggie, views her heritage as something that is learned and teach to others. For example, when Mama tells Dee that she can’t have them, Dee says, “Well … What will you do with them? … ‘Hang them’ she said, like somebody used to never winning anything …”. As a general rule,