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
In James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues,” the theme of imprisonment and escape is illustrated, as Sonny and his brother (the narrator) are trapped both physically and emotionally. Although much of the imprisonment illustrated in the story is abstract, “Sonny’s Blues” begins with the narrator reading in the newspaper about his younger brother, Sonny, being incarcerated for the sale of heroin. Sonny is physically imprisoned in jail and by drug addiction. Being in prison is a feeling that Sonny hates. The physical imprisonment of Sonny is symbolic to the rest of the story as it represents another major theme; the pain, suffering, and struggles black males faced in Harlem in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Imagine yourself building relationships and learning behaviors that can determine one’s life course. Individuals typically mature and develop responsibility through life experiences. Life experiences generally are categorized as positive or negative life experiences. These positive and negative life experiences can have an impact on the criminal mentality. A positive life experience could help criminals discontinue criminal activity for a short period.
She then beings to question “Who are these people that spend that much for performing clowns and $1000 for toy sailboats? What kinda work they do and how they live and how come we ain’t in on it?” (Bamabara 59). After visiting Fifth Ave and seeing the prices on the toys, Sylvia begins to compare herself to the rich White people. She understands that they are different, but still questions why these people have an advantage. She wants to learn who these people are and what they had to do to be able to afford nice
Sylvia thought her Gran was afraid of the children swinging to high, or the water that was being shot out of the ground. Neither of those were the cause of the frown. Gran had an idea of what “dirt” might be lying underneath the glitter of “The Rich People’s School.” Before dropping her off, her grandmother offered her a piece of advice, telling her to behave, in a ton of voice that Sylvia did not recognize. She was left at school “wondering how her Gran could be so frightened and angry when everything looked so lovely” (Kubitsile 48). Soon after, the loveliness faded as Sylvia noticed a group of children congregating and gaping at her, the only similarity apparent between them was the schools uniform.
Miss Moore brings the children into the toy store so they can walk around and most all of them feel out of place. Sylvia thinks to herself, “I mean, damn, I have never ever been shy about doing nothing or going nowhere … We all walkin on tiptoe and hardly touchin the games and puzzles and things” (627). She is realizing that these things are worth a lot of money, money that she does not have. After learning about the sailboat, Sylvia’s mood changes and she asks to leave, when they get back to the train she thinks about how her family is different from the people who can afford all the expensive things. “Thirty-five dollars could buy new bunk beds for Junior and Gretchen's boy.
Lear said awful things to his daughter about an evil child. At this point he leaves and then the next scene shows the daughters meeting and holding hands. They are allying one and another versus the king. They have the king where they want them. Lear is the one who cannot control people and other people are being very ratical with him.
Expectedly, Louise has gone through many positive and negative emotions during the time spent while being with her friends, so it is uncommon that she has reported a variety of different emotions which have been caused by her friends. 2.1 “anger” Louise’s referred indirectly to the fact that she found it strange how her friend tried to regain contact after the period of betrayal. Louise seems to be alluding to feelings of anger, as she feels that it was wrong of her friend to regain contact after she had betrayed her. I think she didn’t realise what she’s done (lines 667-668) We did have a bit of an argument about it (line 680) 2.2 “Regret”. Similarly to Louise’s feelings of anger she is also demonstrating regret.
Walker (1973) gives Dee a character that is full of ignorance and arrogance and by doing so she is able to achieve the theme of betrayal of heritage. Through displaying her arrogance and ignorance betrayal is then brought out clearly right from the family level and even the church which ensured became a better person in the future. This has brought a conflict between her, the mother and her sister because she sees them as enemies of her progress and yet they are the people who pioneered her future life by ensuring that they use every means possible to ensure that she is in school. The use of rhetorical question by Walker (1973) enables us to comprehend her major concern while writing this short story, “Who shall inherit the quilts?” (Walker 1973) this question shows that the
Ever since Rosemary was little, her dad Joseph was always comparing her to her brother and since she was his first daughter but third child he expected her to be as intelligent as her siblings and she was pretty much looked upon by her father as a special needs child. Rosemary was not like normal people and was seen to be irregular just like the women in flatland. Also in flatland, the women were not aloud to go to school because they were thought of as not that smart enough to attend school. If you Diana Anderson Block 3 11/17/15 think about it, in flatland they are pretty much segregating/Discriminating against the women because they are different than the others. The main focus of connection with flatland was supposed to be between the women and Rosemary Kennedy and how they were both mistreated in a similar manner.