God Help the Child opens with an abrupt beginning of defiance and self-identification. The novel starts with the voice of the mother, Sweetness, saying: “It’s not my fault. So you can’t blame me. I didn’t do it and have no idea how it happened” (3). She discloses from the beginning a big dispute that happened between her and her husband because of the colour of the child, Lula Bride, that is not in her hands and cannot be individually controlled.
She becomes the sole provider of the family when her husband left as a result of slavery. With the fear of having her children taken away constantly present, the relationship Sethe has with her daughter Denver, is filled with stress and anxiety. Her memories of Beloved, even before her return, are filled with guilt. Sethe and Beloved’s stories, intertwined, reveal the ghastly reality of slavery. Because of what black slaves have experienced, and black people cope with to this day, on a daily basis, their history, culture and spiritual values become a vital part of their lives.
She had just become very close with her uncle Anoosh so his death made her angry with the Shah and God. She use to see God at night time but after Anooshs death she tells God to never come back and he never visited her again. Death was all around Marji at a young age including her friend’s parents and people she use to see every day because of the theocracy she lived under. Anoosh death caused Marji to realize the environment she lives in is unfair and a place that needs changed. Mohsen a friend of Marji’s family was captured and tortured by the shah for being a hero during the revolution.
Since she had no friend and the family, she felt more Lonely. This actually leads to other part of story, where she is going to Hong Kong see her brother, on the way however was forced to get adopted. She got force adopted to a family, where they treated her like if she wasn’t human, also she couldn’t see her brother again forever until she died. For her, Jack was the only family that she had, it break her heart when Jack tried to reject everything from his mother food, culture, paper menagerie and even talking to his mother. “can you understand how it felt when you stopped talking to me and won’t let me talk to you in Chinese?
For example, sometimes a female slave could not take care of her own children because she was forced to nurse the children of her master. Here, Sethe also had the same critical situation because she saw her mother hanged in front of her. Sethe longed for her mother’s love because as an infant she did not stay with her mother. Another woman named Nan who was the friend of Sethe’s mother took care of her. Sethe was angry because her mother did not take Sethe with her, but she let Sethe live when she died.
At the beginning of her book, The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, her parents were incapable of providing a safe environment for their young, innocent children. As the story continued, the father and the mother did not show improvement, which made them unqualified parents due to the lack of providing for the basic survival needs or their children. According to Abraham Maslow 's theory of "the Hierarchy of Needs” there are five different types of needs that should be provided to all human beings, which are “the physiological needs, the needs for safety and security, the needs for love and belonging, the needs for esteem, and the need to actualize the self” (Boeree 2). Those are the needs that have to be satisfied for someone to have a healthy, successful, and a happy life. At the end of the story, the children received all their needs on their own, without the help of the parents.
Neglect was immensely reflected in the story, “The Metamorphosis.” When Gregor had first transformed into an insect, his mom couldn’t stand the thought of even looking at him, and when she did, she’d burst into tears as if she was disappointed. Furthermore, the father had spite for his son and after he transformed; their relationship worsened and took a turn for the worst. Gregor’s parents were never there or even cared for him, and that’s one of the ways that neglect comes through in the story. As for Gregor’s sister; she knew she would have to take on the roll as a caregiver after their parents no longer wanted anything to do with Gregor. As time passed, his sister
She thought it was her fault that he died (“Biography" 2018). She didn’t want to speak because of the tragedies that had occured. For a few years, Maya stayed silent and separated herself (“Biography" 2018). At sixteen, she got pregnant and became a waitress so she could provide for her newborn son ("Maya Angelou" 2018). As she grew up and started
Noah and Jude hardly talked and their Father was always going out for walks, "clearing his head." The Mother's death was sudden and unexpected, as she was killed in a car accident, which was another big factor that caused the twins to lose touch, as neither of them were expecting it in any way. I know that if I experienced something so sudden and life changing like that, it would affect me dramatically, maybe even causing me to shut people out, like Jude and Noah did to most people. The guilt that ensued after the Mum's death also majorly affected the twins. Each thought that they had caused their Mums death in different ways, whether it was something they said or something they did the last time they saw her.
The story shows that her father abused her mother like it was normal. Had her mother still be alive she would be the victim, and it would only be a matter of time before the father would move onto the children. Not only was Eveline living a life of hell, she felt paralyzed in the decision of leaving for a new life with Frank. The theme paralysis comes into contact with dysfunctional families more than we could expect. It seems as if Eveline’s life was planned for when her mother passed away.