The daughter feels like it's a world away from California. She also hasn’t seen her aunt since she was a baby so she feels like a stranger to her. However, her mother feels like moving her there for the summer would be good for her relationship. Also it would help her mom get her degree faster and they wouldn’t have to move anymore. To conclude the stories “ Confetti Girl” and “Tortilla Sun” had a lot of tension through the narrators and their parents.
In contrast to past gender stereotypes, they argue that girls should be strong, independent, and intelligent. Orenstein takes a second wave feminism approach, meaning females are just as capable as males. She references how she commonly writes about feminism and warning parents of a “preoccupation of body and beauty” in order to pull for a change in society (327). The beauty standards give women an impossible set of goals deterring their confidence. In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329).
Being that Lucia parents both work full time which at times require them to work on weekends, they rely on Lucia’s maternal grandmother to provide afterschool and weekend childcare. Lucia parents combined income places them just above poverty level. Lucia family relies on Lucia 's older brother Julio to translate being that Spanish is spoken at home majority of the time between the adults. Lucia lives in a second-floor apartment which hinders Lucia’s mobility
Dolores Huerta was born in the early 30’s to her compassionate mother, Alicia, who helped low-wage workers by accommodating them at her hotel for free. Alicia, a role model to her daughter, inspired Dolores to help others as well. Despite excelling in school and extracurricular activities, Dolores faced racism in her Californian school, and was once even accused of plagiarism by a teacher who believed Dolores was incapable because she was Hispanic. As stated by the writers of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she began a career as a teacher which was soon cut short because she could not bear seeing children in terrible economic conditions on a daily basis. Angered, she began a life of activism.
Fall seven times, stand up eight (Japanese Proverb). Miriam Toews' "A Complicated Kindness" deals with Nomi Nickel, a young teenager who lives in the small, religious and tedious town of Mennonite whose older sister Tash and mother Trudie suddenly run away from home. This novel introduces all the struggles that Nomi has to cope with but does not stop her from staying strong. Although Nomi's relationship with her boyfriend come to an end, her dreams to travel do not come true and she eventually loses connection with everyone in her family, Nomi continues to optimistically view these outcomes and her future believing that happy endings just do not come easily. Nomi ends a relationship with her boyfriend whom she loved but that does not end her
The novel takes place in present day Beechwood island which is owned by Harris Sinclair. His family visits Beechwood every summer, and they have their own luxurious houses- Windemere, Cuddledown, Red Gate, and Clairmont. Harris’s daughters take advantage of his wealth, and they also fight over who gets the biggest house. In addition, the big island is isolated which enables the family to be cutoff with one another. The main character, Cadence, enjoys visiting Beechwood because she can meet up with her best friends, Gatwick, Mirren, and Johnny.
The last of the three most influential characters is Marin. She is a Puerto Rican girl that wants “someone to change her life” and spends her days babysitting at her house (27). Esperanza gets the idea of marrying a rich man to get out of Mango Street. Marin also tells her about boys “is for the boys to see us and for us to see them” (27). These two ideas Marin shared with Esperanza shows how she can leave Mango Street and live a better life.
This ideal heaven that Esperanza's family dream about is what gives them hope to keep going everyday, although it may not be attainable. Since Esperanza does not know this, though, when they get to their new house on Mango Street, she sees it is nothing like that despite the depictions of a house she was told. This contributes to a cynical, jaded attitude that is sad to see someone so young have, as we see when she her parents tell her that this new house is temporary, and she tells the reader: “But I know how those things go” (Cisneros, 5). Here, although the house of dreams help her parents keep surviving, it gives haunts Esperanza as an unobtainable myth. Later in the book, Esperanza becomes so fed up with the talk of the lottery, “I am tired of looking at things we can't
Esperanza and her family are always moving because they do not have much money, but they finally moved into a house on Mango Street where they “Don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise” (703). Although it sounded like a nice place, when a nun from her school saw where Esperanza lived, she said, “You live there?” (703). That made Esperanza feel like nothing and made her realize she needs a real house, one that is really nice. Esperanza wants to change her life and make the best of what she has. She dreams “One day I will pack my bags of books and paper.
In “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, Jing-mei discovers herself though rebellion. As the daughter of an immigrant, she feels pressured by her mother to follow the American dream by being a child prodigy. However, as she fails at task after task, Jing-mei’s hopeful attitude shifts. Abandoning her positivity, she determines to underperform at everything she attempts. Jing-mei evolves from an optimistic girl to a spiteful rebel as a defense mechanism against her mother’s pressure, carrying her rebellious identity until she reaches peace later in adulthood.
Lucero is well educated women whose dreams were shaped because she was discouraged when she realized that she was not going to be able to do well in Law school. I also found that Zuleth changed her mentality about going to law school and instead she decided to do something that in the future will help her community. This also made me realize that Zuleth is very passionate about
Every girl or woman can dream, some dream of living alone traveling the world, others dream if living with a loving husband and children running around them. in chapter 11, "Marin," Marin also had a dream. her dream was to marry a rich man who would spoil her with wealth but also who loves her. According to the role women have, this is very unlikely to happen. In chapter 26, "Edna 's Ruthie," we have Ruthie, who can prove a dream like Marin 's might possibly not end as happily as expected.