Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” is composed of various rhetorical appeals and stylistic devices that allow her appeal to impact a broader audience. The opening of the essay consists of an appeal to ethos, which establishes Tan’s identity as a writer and credibility. For example, “I am not a scholar of English or literature... I am a writer” (Tan 700).
Katie and Francie maintain a loving relationship throughout the novel, despite the slight neglect that Francie receives. The civil relationship provides evidence for the patience and true loving nature that Francie carries. Eventually, Francie asks her mother one day about a certain incident, where Katie showed more concern and put up more of a fight for her brother to be put back in school, but did not do the same for Francie. Her mother claimed that she did not find purpose in doing so, because she knew Francie would find a way to go back to school no matter the circumstances. This is significant to the novel because her mother’s response reflects the self-motivation that has always lived within
• Walls discusses their plans for the future after observing the past mistakes of her parents. Despite all her parents’ faults, Jeannette sees no wrongs with her parents, loves them to the very end, and forgives them for all her unpleasant childhood experiences. The symbol of child-like innocence and faith in her parents is represented by her plans. “Just then we took a sharp turn over some railroad tracks, the door flew open, and I tumbled out of the car” (Walls 34) • The Walls had been moving around for a while and had just stopped for a piece of candy for the kids as they passed through another town.
Despite losing her house, Mam does not wither in despair and cowardliness, like Da. With time, Devon and Audrey leave in order to incur income for the family to live off. Mam continues to comfort the bereaved Harper notwithstanding to the death of Caffy, Harper’s youngest brother. Harper describes how she “would curl into Mam’s lap…and feel nothing but tranquil, like a child, and loved” (213). During a time of loss and grief in Harper’s life, Mam wills the strength to be there for Harper.
Calpurnia is an amazing side character who plays an extremely important role in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. She steps in as a motherly authority figure, and is a part of the Finch family. Not only do the kids look up to her, but she teaches them very important life lessons, and exposes them to other parts of the community that they didn't know very much about. So next time you think a side character serves no purpose to the story, think
Freeman, the art teacher, assisted and encouraged Melinda all year in class to make her tree drawing come alive, which helped make her recognize that it was crucial that she spoke to give herself life. When Melinda first started high school, she showed an evident dislike for the teachers, she even wrote a list called “The First Ten Lies They Tell You In High School” with number one being, “We are here to help you” (5), however as the school year continues, Mr. Freeman continues to encourage Melinda to realize that her tree doesn’t need to be perfect to make it right. Mr. Freeman is a genuinely caring teacher that wants to assist her and makes that overt when he asks, “You’ve been through a lot haven’t you?”
But once they move to Welch, we see a more neglectful and destructive parenting style. Both Rex and Rosemary start to ignore the kids, asking them to fend for themselves and each other. This leads to both Lori and Jeannette having to help and almost manage the other two children. But in the long run, this may not have been a bad idea because it strengthened both of their independence. More and more we see this, as the Walls parents put the children in bad situations, they struggle, but eventually fix the situation and learn valuable lessons.
She started, “To me, living in Henderson, Nevada has made me the happiest because it’s where I feel I belong” Her eyes welled up with tears but she shook her head and continued, “If that’s what California will do for you, then,” She handed back April’s ticket. April was slack-jawed. “Return it for a one way ticket to LA.
After all the events near the end of the story Hannah skips town,ordinarily do with people believing she 's a witch. Throughout all my reading I found my favorite part. It was on page 97 In this event Kit meet Hannah the Witch by the Blackbird pond, it was during her time in need too.
Accomplishing teaching with success is troublesome without the determination to do so. In Act I of the play, Kate Keller, Helen’s mother, showed determination towards helping Helen. Helen struggled a great deal since the beginning of her life, and all Kate wanted was to help her daughter lead an average life like any other child; to do this, Kate needed determination. Kate’s motherly and concerned attributes gave her the ability and strength to support her daughter.
Jeanette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle (2005), reveals that where a person comes from does not have to be where they stay. Walls brings the reader through her life of struggle and how she reached the top. Walls purpose is to emphasize that everyone who is interesting has a past, in order to encourage her readers to keep fighting for where they want to be. Given the obliviousness of her parents and the reality of poverty, Walls is writing to an audience of young teens and adults who could be ashamed of where they came from, to tell them they shouldn't be. Walls grew up in a life full of poverty, alcohol, escaping and disappointment.
Can you imagine living not knowing where you’ll live next or where you next meal will come from? The Glass Castle by Jeannette walls is a memoir to tell the story of her life growing up as a homeless child and how she grows into the person she is today. In the Glass Castle the structure of the novel shows the effects how we see her childhood as constantly changing and a let down. Jeannette's family is always on the move, which makes the setting constantly changing. Jeannette's life experiences are controlling how she writes the novel.
“Things usually work out in the end.” “What if they don’t?” “That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.” (Walls 259) By definition, The American Dream is both the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American as well as a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
The title of The Glass Castle’s double meaning gives great insight to the family’s lifestyle. After always doing what Rex Walls calls, “the skedaddle,” the Glass Castle would be one of the family’s first established homes. As glass is easily broken, this is said the same as relationship between the children and their parents, “‘It’s not my fault if you’re hungry!’ she shouted. ‘Don’t blame me.
The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls is story that revolves around a family that faces the hardships of a low class life, constant frustration, and hopelessness. I believe this story is centralized by the title of the book. “The glass castle” throughout the book is a dream, it is dream to Jeanette and her whole family, it represents a better life in a better place. Jeannette Walls centralizes her writing based on diction, the writer specifically chose unique words to show her experiences and emotions, this helps readers interpret the story from the writer's point of view.