And how Nea deals with this events. This story is written with the immature and unreliable 12-year old perspective. These two sisters have grown together all through their life’s, creating a strong bound, and the fact that her family and a “old guy” is taking away her sister is something she can’t stand. In the end Nea believes that she is saving Sourdi from Mr.Chhay and her mother. However what Nea does not understand in all her youth and idealism , is that sourdi does not want to be saved: She willfully accepts her fate and her marriage to Mr.Chhay because she finds financial stability and a secure future.
Mother to Son is one of Langston Hughes's earliest poems, this poem takes the form of a dramatic monologue; that is, a poem spoken not in the poet's own voice but in that of a particular imagined speaker, in this case a mother addressing her son. The son, as we can surmise from the first line, has either asked his mother a question or complained about his frustrations in life, to which his mother’s response starts with, "Well, son, I'll tell you." She proceeds to counsel her son by recounting the difficulties of her own life, telling him "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair," yet suggesting to him that those difficulties are, if not ultimately surmountable, at least worth struggling against. The mother begins the poem by telling her son that life has not been a “crystal stair” – it has had tacks and splinters and torn boards on it, as well as places without carpet. The mother signals that the stairs are very hard to climb on.
But my grandfather stuck to the old ways.” This quote shows how much Mary’s father valued tradition. By not wanting to be involved in Ta-Na-E-Ka it causes a lot of tension between Mary and her family. This ritual is also one of the most important events in an eleven-year-old, Kaw’s life. “At eleven a boy could prove himself a warrior. A girl took the first steps to womanhood.” Mary had her own thoughts about growing up so she decides to do Ta-Na-E-Ka her own way.
During the reading of chapter 1 by Brenda Combs I became tearful with her story of how the circumstances in her life changed by imploring help from the Lord to heal her from her addictions and homelessness. After she took her decision of staying positive, and setting up goals, and with determination that she and her son deserved more than a simple paycheck. Those thoughts were her inspiration for improvement, and working very hard in her dreams without giving up. The poem she wrote for her son inspired me to work harder and continue working with love and respect for self and others as always do and being an example for my daughter. With this article I was able to identify many of my areas that I have to work- on and also I was able to identify
Mothers have pushed their children to achieve greatness since the beginning of time. Such an example can be seen in a mother’s request to Samuel Johnson for an archbishop’s patronage for her son and the response of Samuel Johnson. In this letter, Samuel Johnson uses various rhetorical strategies to explain and justify to the mother that there is no reason for him to endorse her son and talk to the archbishop about patronage. In the beginning, Johnson explains the mistake that the mother made. He describes expectation that is “dictated not by reason, but by desire” is “dangerous to indulge.” She expected Johnson to comply and that her son would receive patronage.
In the 'Mother to son' poem, Hughes uses symbolism and imagery to convey the meaning of life and prove what it means to move forward and not give up in the political and social identity of this world called America. The anonymous mother is the main speaker in this poem, who gives a powerful statement, "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair (Hughes, 1922)." She stated this in the beginning and at the end of the poem to allow the readers as well as her son to believe that, life is filled with different obstacles and can never be an easy journey to success. People are forcing themselves to give up based on a negative impact, but the speaker is telling them, to keep moving forward; Always stay positive. Readers know this because, she expresses, "It's had tacks in it/ And
In “Bedecked”, Redel raises attention about the different approaches to parenting in a situation when a parent’s son is more flamboyant than society would deem acceptable. Redel can handle the criticism and “other mothers looking”, but wanted none of it to change the purity of how her son “loves a beautiful thing not for what it means- / this way or that”(16-17). She ends her poem by asking readers if their “heart was ever once that brave”, for going against social norms and not confining to them (21-20). In addition to the older woman and younger man double standard, Calbert's “In Praise of My Young Husband” lists examples of the world’s different romances to note that there is not just one single type: “young lovers like to drink too much / and make a drunken, careless love, / why couples always cook so much” (19-22). Romance comes in all different forms and sizes, and Calbert understands that along with these she apprends why people fall in and out of love.
Offspring often model their parents in looks and character traits. Although Odysseus goes through extremely dangerous and taxing situations, he is often thinking of his family. For example Odysseus and is talking to his late mother and he says, “Tell me of Father, tell me of the son I left behind me; have they still my place, my honors or have other men assumed them? Do they say that I shall come no more? And tell me of my wife: how runs her though, still with her child, still keeping our domains, or bride again to the best of the Akhaians?” (Homer 190).
What about them? We can’t ask them to do something so grown.” Her voice stayed sure, but her lip quivered, giving her away. Isaac laid against his father’s back, listening. He could hear his mother’s voice in even his dreams. Especially the shrill tone she gets when he pushes his sister, or when he used to get hurt playing with the neighborhood boys.
Langston Hughes “Mother to Son” & Robert Hayden “Those Winter Sunday’s” both deal with the theme of Parenting. In both poems the sons are taught different lessons about life by each parent life experience. For example in “Mother to Son” Langston Hughes uses the Metaphor of the stairs to emphasize to the kid the importance of never giving up in any situation and in “Those Winter Sunday’s” Robert Hayden uses Imagery to show the son what sacrificial love looks like. Right of the bat, one major difference between these two poems is the knowledge the author give us about the parents. In the poem “Mother to Son” we know that the life of the mother hasn’t been easy because Langston Hughes says “Life for me ain’t been no crystal
Richard states that, “I had been so desperate for Mom to love that little boy that I couldn’t let him go until I found a way for Mom to love me. All the time I had spent hanging on and shrinking into that child amazed me. I recalled my thoughts about my own life and I realized that as a child, I could never have stood up to Mom and fought back” (Pelzer 260). This quote shows that he knew that he should’ve and could’ve stood up to his mom, but he was too scared and he faced the horrors of his mom’s abuse in return. This book really let me know the horrors of the world and how many kids are being abused and are too scared to speak out against it.
In the past years women have been fighting for equal rights, however in the year 1933 it was pushed on to young girls to be a “proper lady” meaning to serve the husband and have a woman’s first interest in the well being of men. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is about childhood and growing up with Scout. The narrator, Scout has been taught like an adult by her father for her whole life and gender was never a problem with Atticus, he taught her and her brother Jem the same way, yet as she grows up she is pressured to become a proper lady by her peers. We can gather that gender roles are a major part in Scout’s life by the several symbols of women, such as flowers, that show, the theme of gender roles that Harper Lee weaves into To Kill a Mockingbird. The motif of flowers is very important not only because flowers are always associated with women, but it shows the presence of women in scout 's life.
This familial bond connected the two girls so closely that even when pregnant with her Pa’s second child, Celie still vowed to protect her little sister from being harmed from him. While going through her Pa’s abuse and even in the beginning of her marriage to Mr.____, Nettie was there to tell her that she was smart and capable. Later on in the novel, after meeting both Sofia and Shug, Celie finds out that Mr.____ has been keeping Nettie’s letters from her and this discovery triggers a shift within the novel. Celie from then onwards no longer addresses her letters to God, whom she imagines to be a “big and old and tall and graybearded and white.”(p.194), but instead to her sister Nettie who has always been a prominent figure within her life and does not represent yet another male figure in her life that has not taken care of her. The discovery and reading of the letters led to finally Celie believe and have the courage to stand up to Mr.____.