Throughout the excerpt ,“The Winter Hibiscus” Saeng and her mother have special feelings and thoughts toward a Hibiscus plant. The hibiscus plant symbolizes and remind Saeng of her grandmother. On the other hand, the hibiscus plant represents and gives strength to her mother. To begin with, the hibiscus plant has a very symbolic meaning to Saeng which is her grandmother. According to the excerpt, in lines 19-22 the text states “The familiar fragrance filled her lungs, and Sang could almost feel the light strands of her grandmother’s long gray hair, freshly washed, as she combed it out with the fine-toothed buffalo- horn comb…”
Imagine a woman, beautiful and sweet and very humble. She comes from a poor family, but has rich qualities. Does this sound like an Iraqi lady? Cinderella is a story of a beautiful young lady that is taken advantage of by her father’s new wife and her stepsisters. But in the end, she gets all of her wishes with the help of a fairy godmother and lives happily ever after.
These images show young girls that cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry are “female” tasks. In almost every Disney fairy tale, the princess, with minimal effort, manages to capture the heart and affection of a handsome and wealthy prince so they will never have to obtain such duties as cleaning and cooking. In her book, The Sexualization of Childhood, Sharna Olfman explains the various images Disney princesses convey to children. She argues, “The female ideal is a rich white girl who lives in a big house with servants who do the work” (Olfman). Cinderella and Snow White both attain a wealthy lifestyle through marriage, after being saved by a prince.
In “Clasp”, the hair clasp symbolizes the love her mother has for her. At first the narrator finds little value in the gift, so without thinking, she rakes it into her wastebasket. Her mother tells her a story about a ring her mother had given to her. Although the ring and the clasp may be a cheap piece of plastic, their meaning has a priceless value. The narrator began to realize the true meaning of her mother’s gift.
Castaneda's rich narrative effectively evokes the harmonious way of life of many Indian communities in Latin America. Esperanza is learning to weave on the backstrap loom from her grandmother. " 'Pull back hard,' old Abuela said. ' Make it jolt, so the threads stay close, like family.' " The whole family counts on them to sell their tapestries at the Fiesta de Pueblos in Guate .
“In the evening she went into the barber’s shop at the corner of the street, and pulled out her comb. Her beautiful hair fell below her waist.” (page 63) Fantine’s hair is a prize, it is beautiful, and she has had it for so long. A woman’s hair is her crown, it is her sign of beauty and strength, especially in the time setting of Les Misérables. So, when Fantine sells her hair to buy a skirt for Cosette, it is a strong and important event.
The smell of cedar and dusting powder made me smile. Momaw always kept her secret treasures in her old, cedar wardrobe. Once in awhile, she would open it up and let me play in her hats, robes, and shoes. I felt like a queen in her clothes. I opened the box of Emeraude dusting powder - the only scent she ever wore - and rubbed some on my wrist.
Disney tells stories about pretty girls and princes who meet each other once and fall in love. This indirectly implants in children’s mind that appearance and materialism does matter, which might lead to vanity. For instance, the Hunchback of Notre Dame shows us that no matter how caring and kind Quasimodo is, Esmeralda and Phoebus are one couple because they are adequately good-looking. Another research has shown that in Disney classic movies, female characters are praised for their appearances (55%) and only 11% are for their abilities; however, Disney has changed their practice as in the millennial Disney movies, women are commented on their skills and abilities more (40%). (Guo 2016)
Fitzgerald wrote in his novel "Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair?" (p. 111), talking about Daisy daughter. The only time Daisy’s daughter came into the story Daisy treats her like an object and did not treat her like her daughter. Daisy's life revolves around Daisy, allowing her daughter to come around only when she wanted her to. In this quote the word “old” is not really meaning old it is more of an affection and the word “yellowy” is used as just the color yellow or blond hair.
Christine Kerr states “The mother narrator reminisces how Dee always “wanted nice things” even as a tennager.” Throughout Everyday Use, Dee shows a pattern of wanting things, such as her heritage to be shown. This is why Dee changes her last name. Christine Kerr demonstrates how Dee has more than one perspective on things within her family. For example, Dee wants the quilts not just because she thinks her mother and sister don't use them properly, but because she wants to show her heritage, and to own something nicer and maybe has more
In the novel, Cisneros depicts the idea of one’s judgement based on perception through the characters’ influence on the main character Esperanza. Throughout the book, Cisneros illustrates Esperanza’s meeting many people who teach her new ways of thinking and influence her behaviors. In the vignette “A Rice Sandwich” Cisneros states, “The special kids, the ones who wear keys around their necks, get to eat in the canteen. The canteen! Even the name sounds important,” (43).
What I think this quote means is Esperanza is trying to explain, how if the people in her neighborhood drive through a different neighborhood of another color, then she would be scared. Or if Esperanza goes through another neighborhood then her "knees go shakity-shake." Also there "car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight." Esperanza is struggling to not be scared of another neighborhood. She's struggling to be bold and brave.
In the book The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza uses metaphors to display the connection she feels between her and objects. For example, in the vignette “Boys & Girls”, Esperanza states her exasperation of how she didn't have any friends to talk to except her sister, Nenny. She mourns the fact that everyone has a best friend except her, and in addition she doesn't have somebody “ who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them”(9). She explains that until she has a best friend of her own, “one I can tell secrets to,” then “I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor” (9). The color red is a symbol of prosperity and happiness.
English First Semester Final Essay To many readers, the most enjoyable stories are the ones that take place without sorrow, and betrayal. While these are both tragic topics, some pieces of literature are fantastic, while still broaching topics that may be harmful to the characters themselves. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, and the novella The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, all contain examples of the these specific topics. These pieces of literature all share common themes of family, magic, and betrayal.
Did you know you can tell someone’s personality just from their shoes? In the book “The House on Mango Street” the main character Esperanza uses shoes to tell what a person is like. Esperanza is moving into her family’s dream house on Mango Street and has lots of encounters with people that she told us in the book. Just from looking down she could tell if a person was a hard worker, friendly, etc.