Sometimes, in life, you have to make hard decisions. The book ‘Lyddie’ by Katherine Paterson is about a girl named Lyddie that leaves her life in Vermont to go work in the mills in Lowell, to earn money to pay off the debt for her family’s farm. The working conditions at the factory are horrible and there is a petition going around by one of Lyddie’s friends, Diana Goss, demanding shorter work hours and better conditions. Lyddie is unsure whether or not to sign the petition. Although some people might say that Lyddie should not sign the petition, for she might get fired and take in no more money for the debt, but she should, because if she does sign the petition and get fired, she will have a better life and be healthier.
Book Summary Under the Mesquite is a story about a fourteen year old girl named Lupita from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. Lupita is the oldest child of eight and discovers that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. Lupita is faced with leaving Mexico and coming to the United states to move to Eagle Pass, Texas. Lupita must face cultural adjustments and acclimate to a new home. Lupita has more responsibilities than a typical fourteen year old teenager of dealing with her mother’s illness, school, being a caregiver to her younger siblings, and conflict with friends and family.
Everyday, everybody makes decisions, some turn out great and others face harsh consequences. This was true for Lyddie Worthen who exists only in the mind of the author of the book Lyddie, Katherine Paterson. Lyddie is a young girl whose family is in some big debt, due to her father leaving to find riches. Her mother takes her sisters and sends Lyddie to a tavern and her brother to a mill. After a while at the tavern, she took an unauthorized vacation and got fired in the process.
In Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” is a short story describing how a mother reflects on how she raised her daughter and the challenges they faced while she was ironing some clothes. In “I Stand Here Ironing” Olsen uses setting, imagery, and tone to show the theme of guilt and regret. Tillie Olsen was inspired by Rebecca Harding Davis’s “Life in the Iron Mills” at the age of fifteen. At eighteen she had joined the Young Communist League and was jailed for a month in Kansas City for distributing leaflets, and encouraging packinghouse workers to unionize. “I Stand Here Ironing” was published when she was fifty years old after she had raised four children and worked multiple jobs to help support her family.
The negligible amount of conversation Jing Mei and her mother had is replaced with tension and silence, which prevents her from asking Suyuan about her heritage and through that, knowing her identity. Because Jing Mei has a broken relationship with her mom, she feels that she cannot replace her mother at the Joy Luck Club meeting: “How can I be my mother at Joy Luck?” (15). She questions her own ability and is weighed down by the responsibility of taking her mother’s position, which reflect the little connection Jing Mei and her mother have. Even when they had conversation, Jing Mei says that “I seemed to hear less than what was said, while
She felt like the only way to redeem herself was to make up for that loss by giving someone else the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Giving Helen that opportunity would take away the guilt off her chest and would result in Annie finally discovering redemption. In addition, just as Annie was about to notify the Kellers that she was quitting the job, Kate tells Annie that “before you came we spoke of putting her in an asylum.”(675) This reminds Annie of how her brother was sent asylum, and she doesn’t want that to happen to Helen. Annie redeems herself by staying and helping Helen so that she doesn’t have to be sent to an asylum like her brother did.
She later asks if it's an opportunity for her mom only. She does not see any benefits for her and concludes that the choice of change is due to selfishness not bettering of both parties. She thinks that it is unfair that he mom makes all the decisions because she disagrees with them. Her mom is deciding to do this "finally graduate" and change their lives for the better. While away the daughter will have to stay with her Grandma who she doesn’t know well.
Margaret is narrow-minded, thinking that she should only bring in money to the house, being a slave, not thinking for herself. Ms. Pearson also makes this observation known in the book, “Your mother is very short sighted about your future; I have told you that before” (Verdelle 210). Margarete’s idea of success for Denise includes education, but educational advancement is not why she wants Denise back in the household. Margarete became “a victim to social restriction that prohibits any forward movement for African-Americans” (Day 420). From her perspective, Denise is there to help with Margarete’s baby in the belly (Verdelle 85).
Mama also shows her generosity, as she implies that she has given up a lot of her material possessions to just see her child smile. Although she yearns to accomplish her own dream, she puts that aside to look after Walter and his sister, which shows her determination. Although she has struggled with accomplishing her dream for a while, she has not yet given up hope. Looking back to the time when she and her husband first started conceptualizing their version of the American Dream, Mama says, “(smiling) Hadn’t been married but two weeks and wasn’t planning on living here [in this apartment] no more than a year… But lord, child, you should know all the dreams I had ‘bout buying that house and making me a little garden in the back — (She waits and stops smiling.)
The famous read book was by a women Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin. The book talked about how slavery impacted a lot of people’s lives. Factories in Northeast Massachusetts hired women to work in those factories in producing cotton or making shoes. Many other types of women like african americans worked in jobs that belonged to houses for example cooking, cleaning and even taking care of
U.S. Army veteran Jessica Higgins of Merrimack was 22 when she got married. She had just returned home from a deployment to Iraq, and was having a difficult time transitioning. “I got married quickly because I thought that it would solve all of my problems when, in fact, it ended up creating many more,” she said. Her husband became abusive, and it took the birth of her daughter for Higgins to gather the strength to leave. With her three-week-old daughter in tow, Emma, she left California and moved back home to New Hampshire six years ago to create a new life.
(29, 54) Despite the fact that Jolly was in a bad place, she still had people in her life like LaVaughn who were having a positive influence on her and her actions. For example, Jolly dropped out of high school at a young age because of her giving birth to Jeremy and Jilly. She had never got the chance to go back because she had to work to be able to pay the bills. There was no time to go to school, which Jolly originally laughed at because the thought of going back to school was incredulous to her and it was ridiculous.
The amount of time spent with something will change your views and thinking, that is what Barbara Ehrenreich and Lars Eighner share in their papers. Both had low status jobs after having a college education and their work is similar, yet opposites in some ways. The difference is that in Ehrenreich’s, “Serving in Florida”, she believes that restaurant waitressing jobs are degrading to workers because she only had one experience for research and had to stick with it for a short time that she chose, it was unnecessary work to her. While in Eighner’s, “On Dumpster Diving”, he thinks of them as a privilege and enjoyable because he had no other choice than his line of work, he had to put up with being homeless for 3 years to survive without any help.
“Jolly get’s back in school, she gets Daycare free? How does she get back in school? She gives me a phone number from her memory and says ask for Barbara” (102). Jolly lost her old job earlier in the book that was causing her to get home late and have LaVaughn work extra hours that Jolly cannot afford to pay her. LaVaughn thinks that the program will help her take better care of her kids.