The short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker is a story based on a mother and her two children, Dee and Maggie. Mama 's two children are night and day, you have the outspoken Dee and Maggie who is very meek. There are several different dynamic characters in this short story, but today I will be discussing only one, Maggie. Although we all see Maggie conveyed as a meek character throughout the story, she is clearly more than that she is the bearer of the family tradition and culture sacredness. How long ago was it the house burned?
She is bad to the bone, and the only thing she cares about is her family. One way Nagaina stands up for what is right is when most of her family dies, she risks revenge to save the one egg. Nagaina says, “When there were no people in the bungalow, did we have any mongoose in the garden? So long as the bungalow is empty we are king and queen of the garden; and remember that as soon as our eggs in the melon bed hatch (as they may tomorrow), our children will need room and quiet,” this demonstrates how much she wants her family to be happy and have a place to grow. Another way Nagaina stood up for what was right was by saying “Give me the egg, Rikki-Tikki.
She never makes friends of her own, and has a challenging time playing with other children. She treats nature as her only friend and in return, nature befriends her. Hawthorne writes, “The great black forest… became the playmate of the lonely infant …” (140). In nature Pearl occupies herself for hours on end while her mother is busy. For example, Pearl plays in the water while her mother talks to Chillingworth by the sea.
The night that Governor Winthrop died and Dimmesdale stood upon the scaffold, it was said that a faint A could be seen lighting the sky. Finally, as Hester lives out her final days in her cottage so many women look to her for advisory help. Starting on the scaffold so many years ago, stood a woman clutching a baby close to her with a bright letter distinctly upon her breast. Hester withstood this punishment as well as her scarlet A, she was grateful they had not put her to death. The scarlet letter representing her sin and the evil within, she raised her child to be a free thinking spirit.
Twyla and Roberta are fascinated by a skinny girl named Maggie who can not hear. The girl’s mothers slack in the motherly role, but the girls do not mind much. The girls end up leaving the orphanage and are separated as they go live different lives. Twyla is young and trying to make it on her own. She works at a hotel and still is pleased with her life even though she is poor.
I only heard stories but my mother’s grandmother on her mother’s side was a cold and numb woman, especially cold mother, no affection was giving towards my grandmother which laid the foundation for how my grandmother would raise my mother and her two sisters, which eventually trickle down to me and how I handled the responsibility of motherhood. The women on my mother’s side have difficulties expressing emotions and showing love by affection, it was more important to take care of the home, to clean and to cook then to worry about your children’s emotional well-being. I look back and I wonder what happened to my great grandmother, was she raised that way or was the impact of being young girl during WW1 losing her father and then had to live through WW2 raising two daughters while her husband went off to war and became a prisoner of war? Did WW2 affect my grandmother who still to this day tells me stories about the sirens and how scared she was when she had to hide and find shelter in church basements? Rebuilding Germany after the war was hard on both my father’s
Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter’s protagonist, is a strong, kind, and proud yet humble woman. Through all of the struggles in her difficult lifetime, she persevered and did her best to make up for her sins. Hester raised her illegitimate child to be a wonderful, upstanding person without the help of her male counterpart. She taught Pearl the difference between right and wrong. Hester used her sin as a lesson to her daughter to learn from your mistakes, but not to let them define who you are.
Persephone is like Demeter’s prize possession, so she protects her daughter at all times. She was like the sun in the dark night.When Demeter isn 't able to take care of her daughter, the Earth nymphs take care of her instead.. She looks almost identical to her mother, but she had Zeus’ blue eyes. Her mother takes care of the earth 's vegetation, so she really didn 't have a purpose. She just lived her life as calm as a brook. Unfortunately, that took a dark turn unexpectedly.
The little girl's mother, as well as a lot of other people during this time, believe that a girl's place is in the kitchen helping her mother with things such as cooking, cleaning and setting the table. This poem is sad, the fact that a little girl is bound only to “girl toys:”, “cooking”, and “cleaning” is infuriating. Little girls are being limited to only “girl things” and aren't being allowed to use their imaginations and play how they want to play. It’s sad that a girl as young as her at this time will not be able to experience new things that she might enjoy because she's stuck “in the real world of her kitchen/” In Mary Lady Chudleighs poem, “To The Ladies” Lady Chudleigh is very unhappy with her marriage. She believes “Wife and servant are the same/” The way her husband treats her and what her husband expects of her makes her feel this way.