Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, revolves around the story of Bishop Jean Marie Latour, his death, and his legacy. Cather uses Latour as a vessel in order to display the world around him. It’s through him we learn about New Mexico, the people, and the visuals he encounters. He describes various legends, Indian traditions, religions Catholic Priests beliefs, and scenery as he travels along his spiritual journey reflecting on his new location. Latour’s point of view on New Mexico is filtered through his experiences, which is how Cather gains her audience. Cather uses his character as a source in order to show the surroundings and develop the story, rulings on characterization and human interest to keep the reader invested. Latour
The attitude of Lena about the system changed a lot since she started seeing Alex. In the beginning she was clearly a follower of the governments system because in the book the author describes how Lena could not wait for the cure and be finally safe. But as soon as she became close to Alex she got infected and started to do illegal things. Before she met him she would never have gone into the wild and do illegal things like passing the fence and going to the wilds or even lie to her aunt just so that she is able to see her boyfriend. In the end she even fled out of her society in the wilds, she sacrificed her own safety to be with the person she fell in love with and stand up against the government. There are several reasons for her breakout, the day she saw the crypts Lena found out her mother was still alive which means that her aunt and her uncle lied to her the whole time about the death of her mother so she
“A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play about a black families experience in 1950s South Side Chicago. The story revolves around what happens to the family when Lena Younger, the matriarch of the family, receives a ten thousand dollar life insurance check upon the death of her husband. Everyone from the family has different plans for what they want to do with the money. Lena Younger serves as the head of the family. She is Walter and Beneatha’s caring mother so they and Ruth call her Mama.
In Night, the setting that Ellie Wiesel describes portrayed the Nazis cruel treatment to the Jews. The Nazis think that the Jews are animals. (11) “The barbed wire that encircled us like a wall.” They encircled the town with barbed wire, like they would do with animals. The Nazis named the street Serpent Street, because they thought that the Jews were the devil. (11) “The street we lived on Serpent Street was in the first ghetto.” They went in split the Jews up into groups, and renamed their street Serpent Street. The Nazis made the Jews march out in the hot blazing sun without brakes. (16) “People must have thought there could be no greater torment in God 's hell than that of being stranded here, on the sidewalk, among the bundles
The topic of family comes up more than anything else in the story. Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) is a character that constantly tries to enforce these values into the rest of the household while keeping them from breaking apart. For example, she went on to buy a new house because she believed it would benefit her family the most and lead them into a better, happier future. She said, “I seen my family falling apart today. Falling to pieces in front of my eyes. We couldn't go on like we was today. We was going backwards instead of forwards” (Hansberry). As it turns out, by buying a house she succeeded in keeping her family intact in the end. The message of the importance of family successfully reaches the audience, especially through Lena’s constant efforts to keep her family a
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the female narrator is greatly troubled by the suppression of her imagination by her husband and her ultimate isolation due to this subordination. These feelings are reflected through the author’s use of setting as the narrator’s dreary and malicious descriptions of the house and the wallpaper mirrors her emotional position.
“The Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros, is an article that explains what she went through being the only girl of six boys. Sandra cisneros wanted to be a writer, but her dad only gave her the acceptance because he thought she would get married if she went to college. When Sandra gets her degree in writing, her father wasn't pleased because she still wasn't married. This made Sandra upset because her father only wanted her to get married not get her degree. Now she wants her father to recognize her as a writer.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun presents the rise of feminism in America in the 1960s. Beneatha Younger, Lena Younger (Mama) and Ruth Younger are the three primary characters displaying evidences of feminism in the play. Moreover, Hansberry creates male characters who demonstrate oppressive attitudes towards women yet enhance the feministic ideology in the play. A Raisin in the Sun is feminist because, with the feminist notions displayed in the play, women can fulfil their individual dreams that are not in sync with traditional conventions of that time.
In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry, at the age of 29, became the first African-American female playwright to have her play produced on a Broadway stage. In 1960 Lorraine Hansberry adapted her play into a screenplay, which then materialized into a 1961 film of the same name. The film was directed by Daniel Petrie and starred Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett, Jr— an almost entirely black cast. The title A Raisin in the Sun, comes from a line in the 1951 Langston Hughes poem “Harlem” which questions what happens to a dream deferred. Dreams lie at the core of A Raisin in the Sun and serve to push the action of the story forward while creating tension between characters whose dreams appear to others as obstacles. The theme of ownership runs through both Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play and the 1961 film, manifesting itself primarily in the Younger family’s individual dreams and
A Raisin in the Sun addresses major social issues such as racism and feminism which were common in the twentieth century. The author, Lorraine Hansberry, was the first playwright to produce a play that portrayed problematic social issues. Racism and gender equality are heavily addressed throughout the play. Even though we still have these issues today, in the 1950’s and 60’s the issues had a greater part in society. Racism and gender have always been an issue in society, A Raisin in the Sun is an important piece of American history during that time period. The famous play shows the audience the life it was like to live as a black female, and shows the struggles that the Young family faced being the first African American family to move into a white neighborhood. This play is considered a
In the novel, My Antonia, it expresses multiple themes in different sections of the novel. “Book Four, The Pioneers Women’s Story” has the theme ostracization. The book shows ostracization mainly on one specific character, Antonia. Frequently in the book Antonia is seen ostracizing herself from the people around her. Reading through My Antonia, written by Willa Cather, there seems to be a specific theme, ostracization.
Lucille Tenazas is certainly the kind of person who welcomes all sorts of experiences with open arms and lets them sink into her mind and feelings and purify her personality. All bits of her experiences, particularly those with a cultural and social aspect, have turned her into an exceptional figure, a figure that is respectable to everyone.
Mother knows best. And yet so many daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club feel slighted by what the matriarchal figures in their lives have in mind for them, or rather, what they believe their mothers have in mind for them. A perfect storm of expectation, true and false, about love, about success, about being Chinese. The souring of mother-daughter relationships in The Joy Luck Club stem from unrealistic or ill conceived expectations that both parties hold for the other.
In Susan Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the themes identified are dreams and faith that each character signifies throughout their struggles in their daily lives. The theme dreams refer to how each of the main five characters: Ruth Younger, Walter Lee Younger, Travis Younger, Beneatha Younger, and Lena Younger dealt with different oppression situations that took part in their lives that put the dreams on hold. Furthermore, the theme also connects towards the faith that each main character had to pursue to keep their family together after the death of a love one. The characters’ in A Raisin in the Sun tries to chase after a separate dream, unfortunately their dreams are utterly pushed away to realize the importance of their family
As Helen Keller once quoted, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken tells the life story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. Through his troubles as a child, emerged a strong-willed Olympic runner, who later became a military aviator. He was lost at sea and then captured by the Japanese as a prisoner of war. He endured years of abuse and suffering but still managed to stay true to who he was. By showing how Louis Zamperini suffers as a prisoner of war and his struggles after returning home, readers are able to see how faith can completely transform someone.