June May visits China to fulfill her mother’s desire of finding her long abandoned twins thus identifying what it means to be born into two nationalities. June is a young American born Asian and like most Americans June desires acceptance and popularity to fit in. May being a child of two Immigrants often found that her skin tone was a severe limitation when trying to assimilate, stating, “I was fifteen and had vigorously denied that I had any Chinese whatsoever below my skin” (Tan 190). Being of two nationalities May demonstrates her struggle to adapt to an American society because of her Chinese decent clouding
The verdict to stop the marriage between Tita and Pedro was not only cruel but also led to increased loneliness for her daughter. I am convinced that the mother is excessively harsh on her child, and every slight protest is met with angry tirades and physical violence. For instance, Mama Elena subjected Tita to beatings when she was accused of intentionally ruining the wedding cake as well as when the mother was blamed for the death of Pedro. As for me, the book vividly demonstrates how specific behavioral models initially intended to help women cope with difficulties may exacerbate the situation. Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate highlights the issues faced by women in the society.
4. How did Hong Kingston describe her relationship to Chinese and American cultures? Chinese culture is more serious and has no mercy, as opposed to American culture that is more easygoing. Secondly, the different movies, childhood, and finally stories from mother’s perspectives are all factors of comparison of the two cultures. The favorite movie on New Years’ called, “Oh You Beautiful Doll with Betty Grable” one year, and, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” by John Wayne a second year.
Jing-Mei comes from China and Chinese background has to adapt comfortably with being in American culture. “Only two kinds of daughters, those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind; only one kind of daughter can live in this house, obedient daughter.” What I interpret from this text is that the obedient daughter in Jing-Mei's mother’s case is the Chinese daughter, while the daughter who follows their own mind is the American daughter. The mother wants Jing-Mei to be the obedient daughter. Culture can detrimentally change a
Since her mother warns her from being a slut she tells her about a medicine that would ‘throw away a child before it even becomes a child”(Kincaid, 470) which suggests that the mother did not trust her daughter and feared that she would become a ‘slut’ despite the constant warnings. “You are not a boy” (Kincaid, 470) perfectly sums up the entire story because this one sentence summarizes all the warnings and advice the mother was giving her daughter. In Becoming members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender by Aaron H. Devor it shows that gender is a merely socially constructed and assigned and in Girl by Jamaica Kincaid that is exactly what’s
Abigail Williams is not your typical teenage girl. She is a girl that will drink blood to kill someone, accuse people of witchcraft, and have a affair. By looking at The Crucible, one can see that Abigail Williams develops the theme of reputation, which is important because people who fear losing their reputation spread hysteria. Protecting her reputation motivates Abigail Williams to accuse others of being a witch.
The short story is about a Chinese immigrant family who moves to America. The mother of the family is the protagonist and she is trying to give her daughter the best life as possible. After about 11 years in America, it is hard for her to see her daughter Pearl, live a life like an American. Therefore, she struggles with the decision of taking Pearl out of dancing school, so she can get a proper education.
The mothers have a deeper connection with their culture because they were raised to be more traditional; they contain more wisdom that they have gained from their long lifetimes. It is inevitable for the pairs to have misunderstandings. One generation was born and raised in China, while the other, the daughters, were raised in America. The daughters strive to find their identities in American culture and not in Chinese culture the way their mothers did. In the book, Lindo Jong was forced to marry the boy chosen for her by the matchmaker.
I chose to do my essay on the non-fiction essay, “Who Will Light Incense When Mother’s Gone?” by Andrew Lam. The themes I noticed in this non-fiction essay is love, identity, and the American dream. Andrew Lam feels guilt and shame when he heard his mother's remark: “Who will light incense to the dead when I’m gone” (Lam). Lam’s mother is worried that when she dies, their Vietnamese culture will be forgotten due to the modern American culture Lam has adapted to.
The poem of “A Psalm of Life” is less depressing than “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow supports his claims by writing how a person needs to know how life works by not being happy nor sad. The author’s purpose is to point out that we're here for just a small amount of time and that we need to learn to survive to make the best out of it. The author writes in an influential tone for young adults and teens to recognize that there are still lots to learn up ahead in our journey.
Through the Eyes of the Impoverished The novel The Glass Castle is more than just thousands of words typed on simple, yet small, white sheets of paper; it is a memoir that recounts a time when a young girl went through heart wrenching struggles to find food to eat, enough water to bathe in, and parents who actually acted like parents. Jeannette Walls grew up with an unsteady family that included a few kind siblings, an alcoholic as a father, and a mother with her head in the clouds. It is obvious life was never easy for this author as she managed to keep the household together, constantly calming her dad down after an alcohol driven burst of rage, or reminding her mother that it was necessary she pulled herself out of bed to go work to help
Marissa Woo Ms. Barwise ENG 111 10 November 2016 Acknowledgement of the Unknown: A Delve into Amy Tan’s “Confessions” Amy Tan’s “Confessions” initially appears to stand as a story of verbal and physical abuse, but later is uncovered to be a tale of the complexity of truth and unknown. The narrator describes a moment in her life when she was confronted by anger, fear, and isolation, in the face of young adulthood. She must deal with her threatening and unstable mother, who is slowly losing her memory.