Maggie and her mother share a sisterhood that Dee will never understand. Through the characters of Mama, Maggie, and Dee, Walker displays the theme of oppression in the short story “Everyday Use.” Through the character of Mama, Walker communicates oppression due to a lack of femininity, education, and an inability to say “no” to Dee. Mama is a burley woman who, unlike Dee, enjoys the lesser things that life has to offer. She excels in the face of hard labor but lacks the skill to pull off a feminine version of herself. Dee longs for her mother to fit in with the women of the decade: “…one hundred pounds lighter, skin like an uncooked barley pancake, glistening hair, and witty (Walker 1).” Dee doesn’t understand why Mama doesn’t want to embrace a softer side of herself; however, Mama is content with her lifestyle.
A Mother’s Promise Telling someone you love “no” might be one of the hardest things in life to do. In Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use,” (re-printed in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 12th ed [Stamford: 2015] 147-154), Mama had to do that very same thing. The story is about a daughter named Dee coming back home to visit her mother, Mama, and her sister, Maggie. Dee has left home and pursued an education, which no one else in her family ever obtained. Through background info and how the visit unfolds the reader can realize that Dee has never been told “no” in her life.
Harper Lee depicts how racism will never cease to exist through the use of minor characters as shown by how family beliefs do not coincide on ethical dilemmas, young children are obliged to follow society’s mentality, and having it present amongst all races Racism will never end due to contradictions amongst family members on ethical dilemmas, despite having similar upbringings represented in the novel through the Finch family. With such contempt, Aunt Alexandra mentioned that “[they] don’t need [Calpurnia] ...” now that she moved in, after finding that the kids need a positive and feminine influence in their lives, notably Scout. However, Atticus stresses that “Cal’s lights are pretty good” in polite disapproval. Although the two siblings have spent considerable time together growing up, it is evident that their attitudes contradict on moralities when dealing with social justice issues like racism. Aunt Alexandra can be identified as a narrow-minded and obstinate person who is blinded by her own beliefs to see the wrong and bias in her mentality, along with many others today.
Woman should be at home, raising their children, could not be brave or refute what men said and they have to be happy with their life of slavery and comfort. Contrary to all woman, Antigone was a brave woman. A women that did not shut up her mouth and challenge the autoritary men voice. She always was seeking for morally justice.
Nonetheless, she does not let it stop her from living a life that she wants even though she was treated badly. When Sage asks about her tattoo, Minka says, “Everything before…well, that happened to a different person” (67). Minka understands that living in her past will bring her everything but happiness. That is the reason behind why she has let the past go and has started a new life. The idea that her past does not influence who she is today is also communicated with Minka keeping her tattoo covered.
For the girl grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere, - the idol of Valmonde” (Chopin 1). Desiree not only had a new life, but she had someone who loved and cared for her no matter what. She was thrown out by her family and left to die but when Valmonde saw her and took her in she gave her a chance at life she gave her a chance to become something and somebody. Because Desiree comes from an unknown past her ancestry is unknown causing many people to be very cautious around her. Even though Desiree would’ve been expected to never amount to anything she
“The past cannot be changed,forgotten,edited, or erased. It can only be accepted”(unknown). In “Everyday use” by Alice Walker the narrator ‘Mama’ tells a story about her struggling relationship between her and her two daughters. Although Mama gave Dee an extraordinary life she was still ashamed of their lifestyle. Which leads to the debate between Dee’s superficial and true heritage that is displayed through Mama and Maggie.
Jane refuses to accept that her sole purpose is to conform society, be inferior to everyone and ignore her principles and beliefs. However, Jane is not attempting to escape society, she’s attempting to bend its rules. Instead of running away from it, Jane is trying to fit into the society, without having to change who she is. Throughout the years, from being an ungrateful, rebellious orphan, she developed into a strong-minded, independent heiress. In the final chapters of the novel, Jane acquires everything she ever wished for - a social class, a family and the ability to be equal to Mr. Rochester.
To go against the majority means the perpetrator with be punished.” By using a paradox, and the inversion of this paradox, connotation, and denotation, Dickinson is able to show the fact that people who are mad may actually be the people who have any sort of sense and challenges the constructs of the society she lives in. Though short in length, the poem carries a certain gravity that pulls the reader in. The speaker starts with a paradox: “Much Madness is Divinest Sense --“(line 1). The speaker gets to the point and does not use fancy words to describe it all. For example, critic Beth Kattleman states, “The greatest of poets are experts at manipulating word choice and syntax to convey an entire world of images and concepts.
Throughout the novel, Hester is fraught by the Puritan society and her suffering is an effect of how evil society is. Hester continues to believe that the crime she committed was not wrong and she should not be punished for it. Her desire to protect and love Dimmesdale, turn her into a stronger person and become a heroine in the book. Although society still views her as a “naughty baggage” (Hawthorne 73) and is punished for her wrongdoing, Hester never thought to take revenge on them, yet she gives everything she has to the unfortunate and leaves herself with very little. She continues to stay positive no matter what society has for her.
Throughout the novel, Hester’s treatment is obvious, and she makes many efforts to not let her choice, and her illegitimate child Pearl, define her. She vows to never reveal the name of Pearl’s father, however it is later revealed that he is the ever-so-respected town Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale. Hester is more than aware of her exclusion from the groups of the colony, even though she was working to rebuild her name by working and keeping busy, “In all her intercourse with society, however, there was nothing that made her feel as if she belonged to it. Every gesture, every word, and even the silence of those with whom she came in contact, implied, and often expressed, that she was banished, and as much alone as if she had inhabited another sphere, or communicated with the common nature by other organs than the rest of human kind” (page 108). The judgmental community that Hester is a part of, ceases to affect her actions.
One examples of this is Aunt Alexandra. Aunt Alexandra hides her true self by nagging people and being strict. Even though she hides her true self, a few people like Atticus knows that she actually cares about her family more than nagging people and being strict. In the following quote, it will show how Aunt Alexandra was before she showed her true self to Miss Maudie and Scout. “She never lets a chance escape her to point out the shortcomings of other tribal groups to the greater glory of our own …” (page 172) In this quote, Scout is talking about how Aunt Alexandra doesn’t ever let a chance to nag people about how pure her family is and how impure their families are.
The similarities between the films are the storyline, and the characters. Storyline usually involves a young fearless girl, bored with her life and neglect by parental figures. Leading for her, to look another reality with an animal guide, just as The Wizard of Oz with the rainbow trail, and Alice in Wonderland with looking glass. In Coraline case is a small door leads to the new wonderful reality. Once visiting the new reality, the main character never wants to leave until something unexpected happen to them.