What kind of mother don’t want to eat with her own kids?” (Greenidge, 59). When Annie then argues that her mother is projecting all of her problems onto her, “...All my life you treating me like I you. You punishing me like I you” (Greenidge, 60), she is asserting her
The idea of loyalty as a theme in Toni Morrison’s Sula can be refuted in the fact that there are many occasions when the sense of trust was broken, even though it can also be proven in the characters non-stopped attempt to be there for one another that there was some kind of assurance. In Toni Morrison’s Sula, the representation of a struggling young woman who symbolized more than what she was credited for was created. Her life had not been like most coming of age women. She endured the death of her mother up close and personal, continued to be criticized and unpleased by her community, and soon fluctuated towards her own death. Through this, Toni Morrison focused on the unjust relationships within the novel that pointed back to the antagonist, Sula.
and Smooth Talk share, is that Connie and her mom are in a very bad state where they do not understand each other and that wish to not be apart of each other. In the book The mother is always saying “Stop gawking at yourself “ or “You think you're so pretty?" (online 1st paragraph). This is obviously not something a mother should say to her teenage daughter, and it definitively a way for teenage to feel like she is being attacked. The movie shows this hatred for one another through an argument that Connie and her mother get into.
Eudora Welty’s “Why I Live at the P.O.” is a story about the isolation of an individual through acts brought upon herself because of jealousy and sibling rivalry. The narrative is told through the older sister’s perspective and she is simply referred to as “Sister”. All of the characters in "Why I Live at the P.O." show a family that paints the reader a picture of comical dread: The narrator who leaves her family to live alone because of an argument that stems from sibling rivalry and a family that instead of showing comfort, love and togetherness further push her away by verbally and physically abusing (Mama slapping Sister after mentioning Cousin Flo(98)) her to the point where she had to move out. .
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
Born a harami or an illegitimate child, Maraim was deprived of a “legitimate claim to the things other people had, things such as love, family, home, and acceptance” (Hosseini 4). Since her childhood, Mariam understood that she was unwanted- a weed that should be tossed away, and when she was fifteen, Mariam faced her father’s rejection and her mother’s suicide. In adulthood, the frequent abuse of her tyrannical husband and her repeated miscarriages only furthered Mariam’s belief that she didn’t deserve love or family. When her husband married the young and beautiful Laila, Mariam’s desperate barrage to maintain her place in the house, despite, revealed her past: You may be the palace malika and me a
“It had been months since I laid eyes on Mom, and when she looked up, I was overcome with panic that she'd see me and call out my name, and that someone on the way to the part would spot us together and Mom would introduce herself and my secret would be out” (The Glass Castle 3). Even though she feels shame because of her parents, she also feels guilty because how ashamed she is of her parents. She felt guilt for hiding her parents from the people in her life, and she felt like she was living a lie. Also, she feels guilty because her parents are homeless and living on
The idea of blocking everyone out helped Connie build her self-confidence. To emphasize Connie’s narcissism, Oates stated that “Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over” (324). Because Connie felt so negatively of her mother and family, she creates an idea of wanting to be on her own. She doesn’t know exactly what it is like to be without anyone to use as a crutch, but Conni feels as if her mother doesn’t want her to be pretty. Connie wanted to shut her family out because she felt as if they didn’t love her as much as her genuine sister June.
Regardless of her oppression she takes a stand and changes her fate. As a young woman she was crippled by the weight of the world. After her mother died she was overwhelmed by the task of bearing her stepfather's children and trying to protect her little sister Nettie. Her lack of confidence and self worth took a toll to the words and actions of her stepfather. Even after escaping her father she covered her mouth when she smiled because he
In the book In Search of April Raintree there is a lot of struggle for identity. April Raintree was a Metis girl who was ashamed of her background from the beginning. She was ashamed because she was bullied about her culture from the time she was a child. April’s parents were drunks and she was forced to take care of her little sister Cheryl. From the time April was a young child to the time she was an adult she wanted nothing more than to be accepted in white society.