Sandra Cisneros offers up a slice of her life as an only Mexican-American daughter in a family of seven male members, in the short essay “Only Daughter”, published 1995 by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. She walks us through the relationships she had with her father and brothers and how their efforts to diminish her gender only propelled her to push deeper and harder to realize her goal of education and independence. The process by which she became the woman she is now is traced not so much through events, but rather through experiences and necessary adaptation. She relates the world to us via the impact of a pro-patriarchal family. Through it all, Cisneros demonstrates the hardest struggle of all: self-acceptance and the approval of others, within the
At the beginning, when Julia was just a little girl she was very proud of her heritage and easily frustrated when people were to mispronounce her family's names. This is because she never had a surrounding environment influencing her to change. However, as the story countries and she spends more time in New York City, she develops a likeness for her American names. She pushes away her own self, dismaying her 12 word name and her Dominican family. Julia became influenced by the people around her, all owning an American name.
As Sethe reflects on her escape from Sweet Home, she becomes proud that she escaped with her children intact. “I did it!” She proudly exclaimed to Paul D. Sethe affirms that “I got us all out. Without Halle too” (Morrison 93). Contra to many enslaved people, Sethe has done the unthinkable by removing her entire family from slavery. Sethe’s resilience has allowed her to do something that her own mother could not do for Sethe.
All of these topics describe how African American maids were not treated fairly. Finally, it describes the different types of relationships between African Americans and white people as well as how lives were different for some people in Jackson, Mississippi in the
And then she haul off and kiss me on the mouth (Walker, 1982).¨ In the movie however it doesn't show how close the girls become, and how strong their bond is. One of the main points Shug´s character puts across is how she teaches Celie about herself, like the reader could see Nettie trying to do in the beginning of the story. In the book one of the most important things celie is able to do is stand up for herself, she is able to do this with the guidance and support given to her by shug. In the movie one can only assume Celie finds her strength over time given all the abuse she endures in her childhood, and
1. The subjective conclusions I can make about Mama Speed based on the objective details are that she is a caring, intelligent, and religious woman. The fact that Speed had “dozens of ‘spiritual sons,’ who she treated no different than her six biological sons” shows that she is considerate and nice. Some people do not want to take care of their own children, let alone other children. She wanted the children in the community to be good at math by giving each child “a free Hershey’s kiss for each correct answer.” She helps those children to better their future.
These are her ways of showing her kids that she loves them. She appreciates her kids and adore them and I’m sure they feel the same way about their mother. Most of the other mothers don’t even pay attention to their kids/child, but they’re quick to give them to the maids. Hilly is always putting her kids first no matter what. Even though she is so cruel to everyone else, she will never disrespect her kids.
In comparison, Helen Keller is also a fortitudinous person because she never gave up and continued to be strong despite losing both her hearing and vision as a child. For example, “despite her loss of sight and hearing Keller learned to do small tasks such as folding laundry and getting things for her mother. She invented a system of signs to make her wishes known”(UXL Biographies). This fact portrays Keller to be fortitudinous because she participated in helping even though she needs helping herself. Also, despite being blind and deaf, Keller is able to create her own way of communications which indicates that she is not letting herself be limited to what she can access.
Unlike the other Caucasian women in town, Celia wasn’t born in high society. She is unaccustomed to maids and doesn’t have a clue about the real issues that are occurring around her. “See, I think if God had intended for white people and colored people to be this close together for so much of the day, he would’ve made us color-blind. And while Miss Celia’s grinning and “good morning” and “glad to see”-ing me, I’m wondering, how did she get this far in life without knowing where the lines are drawn?” (Stockett) To have people in the world who were not submissive to the idiotics of society was a blessing. It gave African Americans hope that maybe one day everyone could get along without seeing differences or
Though she dresses her daughter is extravagant clothing, for herself she dresses in in text about what she wears. Hester undergoes a transformation in the story, that emphasized how society had impacted her, and perhaps to have the constant reminder of truth, another theme of the story. Again, she lives the simple life of a transcendentalist who does not take more than what is necessary. Hester Prynne is a transcendentalist because she demonstrates the qualities non-conformity, self-reliance, and simplicity throughout the book. Being exiled by society, she then has the opportunity to fully come into her own.