A difference in self-identity often causes conflict between individuals. Head cook at weddings and Funerals by Vi Plotnikoff demonstrates how differences in beliefs, values, future plans and different opinions can cause conflict between a family, community or individuals. Beliefs and values often differ between people, just as Marusa and Aunt Florence. Murusa is considered a perfect girl, she came from a profoundly traditional Doukhobor family. Marisa 's mother, Aunt Florence was a fairly traditional as well as having strong ties to the Doukhobor community. Quite the opposite Marusa does not value the Doukhobor traditions as her mother does, instead, Marisa has her own ways “Her mother always had great expectations for Marusa” (99, Plotnikoff).
“I lifted the lid and stared at her emergency money.”-pg4. Ashleigh is a character in the short story “Ashes” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. In “Ashes”, Ashleigh is a teenager whose parents are divorced and complete opposites. Her father is a dreamer and not responsible while Ashleigh’s mother is always prepared and extremely responsible. Currently her dad has a financial issue and Ashleigh has a choice between, letting her mother down by stealing her emergency money or letting her father down by not stealing the money. Ashleigh takes the money because she wants her father’s life to be set, her dad cheers on her dreams which makes her feel obligated to help, and she prefers her father over her mother.
In “Maus,”Art Spiegelman tasks himself with sharing the most accurate retelling of his father’s life story as well as that of he and his father. To achieve a most accurate depiction of he, his father, and their emotions throughout the novel, Spiegelman uses characters Anja and Mala. Both having been married to Vladek, Art’s father, give insight to Vladek, and impart the impression that no matter how stereotypical Vladek’s traits are, the traits unique to him. As Art’s mother, Anja also serves particular purpose in developing a fuller picture of his character. Both Anja and Mala also serve as agitating conflict between the nostalgic, hopeful past and the stressful present for Vladek while drawing a parallel of similar feelings between Art and his lost brother, Richieu. The two women are entry-points for the emotions of Art, Vladek, and their
Forgiveness is often regarded as a big part of society and the relationships that hold it together. In a place like Afghanistan where human rights are limited, life is harsh to the people around the and the ability to forgive can be considered a blessing. In the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, three powerful females showcase the ability to forgive and show how amazing of a character traits it can be One of the books main characters is named Mariam. She is introduced as a teenager girl living in inhumane circumstances. She is abused by her mother mentally and physically but shows no hate towards her mother even after all the things she does to her. Mariam keeps the little love she has for her mother despite the
In Abuela Invents the Zero by Judith Cofer, a common theme would be respect. If you don’t respect others, you can’t respect yourself. To begin, Constancia, Abuela’s granddaughter, shows disrespect toward her grandmother multiple times throughout the story. In the beginning of the story , when connie was waiting for her grandmother at the airport, Constancia doesn’t feel like she is close to her grandmother. She is constantly embarrassed to even be seen with her grandmother.One piece of evidence that points to this is,”Right up to the time when we’re supposed to pick up the old lady at the airport, my mother is telling me stories about how hard times were for la familia on la isla, and how la abuela worked night and day to support them after their father died of a heart attack” (Cofer 2). This shows that from the very beginning constancia has no respect for her grandmother and is ashamed of her. She calls her “the old lady” instead of her grandmother. She also does not have much sympathy for her grandmother considering her difficulty at home.
In Maus, Art Spiegelman tasks himself with sharing the most accurate retelling of his father’s life story as well as that of him and his father. To achieve a most accurate depiction of his father as well as that of him and his father’s relationship throughout the novel, Spiegelman includes the character Mala, but why? While Mala does not seem essential in telling the history of Art’s father, Vladek, she gives insight to who he is in the present. Married to Vladek after the suicide of his first wife, Anja, but having known the him prior to the war and having survived the holocaust, Mala also serves to impress upon to readers of Maus that no matter how stereotypical Vladek’s traits are, the traits are unshared by others of similar religion and background. Further, as Vladek constantly compares her to his first wife, Anja, Mala provides the entry-point for the
Throughout Ruth’s interpretation of her past, brief -yet significant- insight on Hudis Shilsky’s character is depicted, unveiling the comprehensive mother behind the deferent, ignorant wife.
Life isn 't written down. It is created and then depends on you. What you want to become, what or who you will change to. Life is full of surprises. They may be good, but they may be bad. As young kids or adults, we sometimes experience events that scar us, but I don 't know if we truly know the meaning of “scar.” In the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquirel, there 's a girl named Tita. Tita is a sixteen year old young woman who lives in Mexico along with her family; Mama Elena, and her three sisters, Gertrudis, Chencha, and Rosaura. Throughout the novel it portrays drama, romance, and tradition. Because of this, many characters changed by the end of the novel. One of them is Tita. Tita changes throughout the novel because she switches who she loves, her perspective on Mama Elena, and the family tradition.
“Dear Mama” by Tupac is a tribute song to Tupac’s mother. The song depicts Tupac’s love for his mother and his gratitude for her work and mother ship throughout his childhood. She raised him from poverty, crack addiction, and many other circumstances brought on by the world that formed Tupac Shakur and Dear Mama. The reason I love this song because Tupac addressed his mother with brutal honesty, forgiving her for abandoning him and thanking her for raising him. “Even though you was a crack fiend, mama/ You always was a black queen, mama, “he rapped. Tupac was out to make the world the world a better place, but died before he could make any difference. If anything, he was intelligent. This is why I admire Tupac’s songs; Other songs that I
In the poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” (Hughes 1). Mr. Hughes question is answered by the play Raisin in the Sun. The play follows the Younger family as they attempt to achieve their dreams. Hansberry uses Mama, Walter, and Beneatha the show the negative consequences that occur when your dreams are deferred.
In the short poem “Marks” my Linda Pastan, you are given an insight on the life of a wife who is also a mother of two. The setting of the story takes place in a standard family home, but instead of feeling like you were home it felt more like school. This poem is an extended metaphor; the author uses grades a student would normally get in school to compare to how her family measures to being a mother as well as a wife. Now through dialogue you can tell that she is not actually receiving grades for the required chores she has to do but it helps communicate the message to the audience. Due to the fact that it’s easy for just about any one reading this to relate to a grading system cause we all have received an amount of schooling before. The
I found this short synopsis of Soko Morinaga’s journey a very compelling piece of literature. His main theme being that everyone should live a fulfilling life full of happiness and contentedness is a theme that everyone can agree with. Another theme that can be seen is the idea of a student and sensei being able to trust and respect each other’s capabilities and hold them accountable accordingly. From his time in highschool to his time serving in the war fighting effort on the Japanese side, he shows his perspective and the loss of his moral compass after the Japanese lost the war. Morinaga goes on to explain his reaction of losing his wealth, land, and family after the war leading him to severe depression. Finally, exhausted from this lackluster, morbidly depressing, cycle of self-pity he decides to make a change and attempts to become a monk. Through his time spent with Zuigan Roshi, the reader can see that Soko had much to learn about being a monk but first had to learn who he was. When Soko was leaving Zuigan Roshi for his new monastery for zazen practice, he had received death money and upon his arrival at the new monastery was held outside while being chastised and beaten for days on end. In his conclusion he gives a few bits of worldly advice that everyone can connect with.
Both Toni Morrison’s “Sweetness” and Edward P. Jones’ “The First Day” are short stories written by African American individuals. Other than this very basic similarity, these stories and their authors bear resemblance to each other. Both of the authors lived in a time before the internet, cell phones and probably more importantly the rise of an equal rights for all races movement. Given these facts and their shared African heritage, it is understandable both of the stories have at least an undertone of racial issues. On the more superficial level both “Sweetness” and “The First Day” feature a mother-daughter relationship. Even if this relationship is present in both stories, the qualities of this mother-daughter relationship and the tone of
The word “mamma” is derived from the human anatomy, anatomically mammary glands secrete milk production which mothers use to feed their young or offspring. Linguist Roman Jakobson offers a unique origin of “mom” as he believes the word came from the sounds produced by nursing babies. While babies are nursing from their mothers, they produce a variety of noises often making mmm sounds which “may have eventually led to dear old “mom…” (Roman Jakobson) “A good mother” has been subject to change with each new era in society. Traditionally in the 18th century, women of high status and even the middle class birthed their children and then passes them off to various nannies, wet nurses, and eventually private schools. During the same era those in the working class raised their own children because they could not afford to send their children off, the raised their children because they had to. Jump to the 20th century motherhood was heavily encouraged as “the creation of Mother’s Day, started in 1926”. (The History of Motherhood) This era also brought about “new contraceptive methods and medicalization of pregnancy…” resulting in women wanting to be viewed as more than “a reproductive organ.” (The History of Motherhood) Today motherhood is divided between the working and stay at home moms, and which group is “the better
Heartbreak and vengeance make the perfect cocktail for any juicy story, but so does the concept of a twisted illusion of reality. Stories of passion such as, Evona Darling written by Silas House and My Ex-Husband written by Gabriel Spera, are both examples of stories that give the reader the equation of love and hate entwined together with the tainted sense of reality. House descriptively writes a story about the passion of a mother’s love whose heart has been taken away by her child’s father, who through suspicious friends got Evona’s custody stripped away from her. On the other hand, Spera creates her poem in her perspective of being married to a man that betrayed her and played his cards of deceit. Both stories were passionately written after love had partaken, but the fairy tale ends had come upon them. The concept of reality ties in with illusion because in nature, humans are blinded with their own thoughts and feelings, just as the two women in these stories were blinded through love and awoke with heartbreak with similarities and differences.