Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” This realization made by Janie supports one of the biggest themes in this novel, which is that the concept of innocence and womanhood can’t exist at the same time. Because Janie finally lets go of her “childish fantasy”, her innocence is lost and she is now a woman. The theme of lost innocence in exchange for womanhood is also prevalent in Hurston’s story Sweat. This idea is one of the reasons that Sykes and Delia’s relationship begins to fall apart when we meet them. One example of innocence without womanhood is when Janie first creates her pear tree fantasy.
He then proceeds to try to do everything again but she silenced him and stands up for herself and screams no. Melinda talks about her tree she is making saying “My tree is definitely breathing; little shallow breaths like it shot up through the ground this morning …. Roots knob out of the ground and the crown reaches for the sun, tall and healthy. The new growth is the best part”(Halse Anderson 196). Her creating a new living tree that she finally likes is similar to her growth as a person.
A. The way the author tells how her life was growing up. How her daughter grew up. The line Dotson, C. wrote in Banshee Lullabies(2011) “If I had it my way, she would live the rest of her life without singing. She and everyone she loves would be happier that way.” This of course comes from the mythology about a Banshee scream or song heralding death.
However, things don’t always go as planned as she becomes a farm mom and dies young. My final quote comes from the poem Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters. It says, “At ninety-six I had had enough.” (Matlock, line 16).The verse shows that she had lived the life she was ready to depart on her next adventure. She knew that her time was up in the world. The lady accepted death with open arms.
In the short story “The Flowers”, written by Alice Walker, the author tells a story of a simple 10 year old girl named Myop collecting flowers. While discovering the woods, she stumbled upon a mans corpse and upon further evaluation, that the man had been hanged. After realizing what had happened, she lays her flowers down out of respect and her “summer was over.” This story passes on a powerful but depressing theme , loss of innocence, through the literary elements point of view, surprise and irony. The element point of view effects the way the story is read and how the theme can be understood. In the beginning until close to the exposition, it is that of omniscient narrator.
presents various symbols that connect to characters and themes. Similarly, so does the metafiction story of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Actually, without symbolism in these two stories, the meaning of the story would be lost to the reader. Summary and Symbolism in “A Rose for Emily” In “A Rose for Emily,” the author, Faulkner, describes the life of a women after the death of her family and the abandonment of her friends. The story is about a female named Emily whose father dies of natural causes, and she is left with little money except for her house and an African American manservant. The manservant is a very loyal person who stays by Emily’s side till her own death.
If Sal didn’t believe her father 's words then she thinks she caused her mothers miscarriage and she is probably upset about this. Sal thought, “ I pretended that it was my mother sitting there and she would still have the baby and everything would be the way it was supposed to be,” (page 140). We can infer that when she means “ … and everything would be the way it was supposed to be.” That she means she was supposed to not been saved and was supposed to be left next to the tree. She’s now wishing she was left next to the tree and her mother didn’t save her, and because she’s blaming herself for the baby’s death. Another significant external change that is a segment of things which have affected Sal is during this period in time, Gram gets bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake but even after being treated at a hospital, it is safe for us to assume this is a factor or a later a cause of her
One of her favorite sayings is ‘nothing is perfect’ however, she doesn’t apply her own words to live her life. For example, when her daughter Joy (Hulga) tells her that she must accept her ‘LIKE I AM’; she is unable to do so. Joy lost her leg when she was only ten years old due to some hunting accident and returned home after university to lives with her mother. While away at university she legally changed her name from Joy (happiness) to something she thinks is more appropriate for her, Hulga (or ugly) because of her physical appearance. "Seventeen" (O’Connor 358).
The role as “Mama” was forced upon Miranda at an early age in life, and since then has caused her great personal loss. As she looks back remembering where it all began with her mother’s madness after the loss of Peace, one of her other children. Her memory flashes back to; “Little Mama. The cooking, the cleaning, the mending, the gardening for the woman who sat in the porch rocker, twisting, twisting on pieces of thread. Peace was gone.
The definition of self-sacrifice in the English dictionary is defined in the actions of giving up what you want so that other people can have what they want. These actions of self-sacrifice are displayed throughout Gwen Harwood and Christina Rossetti’s poems, In the Park and Remember respectively. Gwen’s In the Park explores the awareness of being selfless once she leaves gives those of whom she loved a license to be happy, whereas Remember illustrates the challenges of motherhood filled with self-sacrifice to your children resulting in loss of identity fully. In the first stanza of In the Park, Gwen creates an image of a woman who is contempt with her life of being only a mother of three children as “she sits in the park; her clothes out of date” whereas Remember is a plea from the narrator for those left behind to remember her when she leaves to “the silent land”. Where the mother has accepted her fate with over whelming feelings of being directionless and disconnected from the world with her existence paralleling with the “aimless patterns in the dirt” differs from the character in Remember with her determination as she gives demanding instructions of “remember me” to those she once loved.