James begins with the ID stage. He houses aggression towards knowing his background and understanding his sense of self. He is trying to understand what is good and bad with his own racial identity. The Ego aspect of James is that he is trying to satisfy his need of understanding his roots. James toward the end of the book explores places that his mother grew up to better understand his Jewish roots. He is thinking practical and leading up to his exploration has often put his need for understand on hold. This is considered his healthiest part of his self-development (Lifespan). James Super Ego has developed into more moral standards of understanding race and has also helped influences him to interview his mother to learn more on his
His mother always steered him into the right direction and always warned him of avoiding outsiders. Every chance James got with his mother as a little kid was always a “high point of my day, a memory so sweet it is burned into my mind like tattoo (12).” She was a resilient and a loving woman to James. She always cared for her children and did not care what anyone did to her, but if it was towards her children she would do anything to protect them. Ruth was unique not only because she was the only white person in the neighborhood, but the fact that she could not “stand racists of either color (30).” She believed everyone should “strive for the highest professional goals (30)” no matter what color someone’s skin color is or what heritage they
&&“Love and Hate in Jamestown” is a book that tells the story of the U.S.’s first colony in the eyes of the American legend John Smith and through the accounts of the other settlers. The book starts with a small history lesson and eventually ties it in with John Smith, a soldier who eventually becomes a leader among the men in Jamestown. As we read, there is more detail to whom Smith is; where he came from, a small farm in London; what he went through, he became a soldier fighting in foreign lands with the Turks and getting caught; his family, the battles with his father that kept Smith home as an archer. Moreover, Smiths’ story rolls over to how he was able to go to Virginia; the colony in Virginia started out as a business investment until it was royal property in the 1620’s. Now, while going to
First, James is irresponsible. James took his brother Isaac to a dangerous place when he was required to be at home taking care of his brother while his mom was at work. He makes sure his mom was aboard the bus before they left. In the book it says, “We have to make sure mom’s not still waiting at the bus stop, so we play checkers a while.” This shows James disobeyed his mother and left the house
After talking to Aubrey Rubenstein James Mcbride learns that all jews had moved out of the area says Mcbride. Also he learns that his family has taken over the slaughterhouse that james mother’s family owned as a child ( Mcbride 224). James also learns that not all white people treated blacks like if they weren’t the same. He says “ I found it odd and amazing when white people treated me that way, like if there was no barriers between us” (Mcbride 224). When James learned that all the jewish people had moved out he asked a lot of questions. He asks “ Why did they all leave?” and Aubrey replied with “ Why stay?” also says “ It was a hard place for jewish people to live” ( Mcbride 225).
James losing the fight in the beginning is a symbolization for the breaking point of every Americans life during the Beginning of the Great Depression. When James wins the fight at the end it symbolizes how most Americans were able to pull themselves out of the horrible depression. Throughout all the hardships James had faith in himself that he would be able to fight again and make enough money to provide for his family again because of that he was able to accomplish
On page 2, the text states that after James’ brother kills a deer, the get ready to eat the deer so they hang the deer outside. James gets very upset and doesn’t want to eat the deer because he still sees a little bit of life in the deer’s eyes. James’ can’t eat his venison from the deer because he doesn’t think killing animals is right. This proves that although James is trying to or into his family, his emotion(s) put a major roadblock in his path.
They had different ways of handling the situation. For example, James was caught up in the influence of society, “ I snatched purses. I shoplifted. I even robbed a petty drug dealer once.” (McBride 6). As one can see he was pretty unstable for a twelve year back then to deal with a family death. In addition, another way James took his father 's death was by protecting his mother from the outside world. She was the white woman living in a black world and no one was comfortable with that fact. Because of his father’s death there was no one to protect her and he always stayed there watching her replacing his father 's position “ I thought black power would be the end of my mother.”(McBride 26) because James clearly realized that black and whites never got along and his mom was in both, so it put her in danger. His fear for his mother 's safety was unstable he always worried for her “A Black Panther? Next to Mommy? It was my worst nightmare come true… Suppose the Black Panther wanted to kill her?” (McBride 36). One thing in common him and his mother had was to stick with religion as a resolution to cure them spiritually. As mentioned, “Mommy took great pride in our relationship with God.” (McBride 53), although, James was young he was still curious about things of his miracle , but he definitely looked up to him and even more as he grew with understanding of his
“It’s not easy, trying to become a contender.” ~ Mr. Donatelli, The Contender. Do you know where you are going to be in 7 years? Or at least where you are planning to be. You need to work hard ,and try your best, whether it’s going to school and paying attention or going on a diet and believing in it. An example of working hard could be, how Alfred wanted to become a contender because he wanted to succeed at something. Also, he had heard so much about his nephew Jeff, who’s in college, and because his teacher friend Spoon, had encouraged him to think about his future, as did his uncle. In sum, There are many themes to The Contender like, working hard to succeed, not giving up, and not going down the wrong path.
To begin with, James first meets Aubrey Rubenstein on a synagogue’s steps. The first words that came out of Rubenstein’s mouth was that he was surprised to see James sitting in his off. They continue to talk and Rubenstein says there aren’t many Jewish Families left because they all has something to deal with, or most of them just moved away. For example, “The older ones died, the younger ones left” (McBride 225). James is learning that it’s not an easy place for Jewish people to live. The ones that
During the novel the reader can notice that there are copious different lessons the characters learned. The principle theme in the novel is that love and forgiveness are essential aspects in a family. The ending of the book seemed quite sudden and leaves you asking a great deal of questions. What happens
James establishes a tense tone as the young man is afraid of Mrs. Moreen and what could potentially happen in his future job. James uses words like “hesitated”, “timid”, and “nervousness” to describe the young man as inferior to Mrs. Moreen. This not only creates tension as he is afraid, but also
In the story August Heat by W.F. Harvey suspense was used throughout the story to give the reader the ability to ask questions and once the reader goes on with the story he/she gets the answer. In better ways Harvey gives off suspense throughout the story and gives the reader a reason to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. “Suspense is the uncertainty or anxiety you feel about what will happen next.”(Source 1, p.90) Suspense is a great way to get any person to keep on reading the writing piece or keep watching the film. Along with suspense W.F. Harvey uses foreshadowing suggesting that the main character has something coming he or her way. In August Heat Harvey begins with holding in information from the reader and then goes onto using foreshadowing until the suspense is finally gone.
The Running Man, a novel by Michael Gerard Bauer, portrays the adolescent experience as a time when an adolescent opens his eyes to the bigger picture of the world. The novel achieves this through an unlikely, unusual yet firm relationship between two people, a grim discovery about a maniacal individual that haunts his community, and personal misery that needs to be dealt with.
Having immigrated to the United States from Vietnam many years ago, from a poor family in a small town that couldn’t afford post-secondary education and didn’t need nor want it, James was the first of his family to go to college. He had no guiding hand other than that of his small number of American friends. Not knowing many colleges and being unable to research universities, he opted to go to the nearby community college, San Jose City. He was interested in construction, and decided to major in it. Soon after, he received his degree and transferred to San Jose State to pursue a 4-year degree. However, one semester into the program, he realized it was too difficult and dropped out. He is now 50 years old and in possession of an associate degree.