Professor Joe Sarnowski’s academic journal criticizes the characters of the story, “Every Day Use”. He examines the conflict between the mother and her oldest daughter, Dee. Sarnowski asserts that Dee is trying to justify her personal gain, since she cherishes the economic value of the quilts more than that of the heritage they represent. The author continues to compare Dee’s ego with that of her sister Maggie. Who in contrast, has true appreciation for her heritage. Furthermore, Sarnowski acknowledges mother’s disappointment as Maggie gives up the quilts, pointing out that they represent memories of family members. The author believes that displaying these quilts will disintegrate the sense of family history they carry. Consequently,
A sentimental item can allow one to tie their memories to it once a moment comes to an end, letting them continuously cherish that memory. The item can range from anything a person wants, depending on them and their experiences; such as, the quilts in the short story "Everyday Use" and the poem "My Mother Pieced my Quilts". Both Teresa Acosta and Alice Walker use imagery and figurative language to establish the quilt as the love and respect for both of their family's heritage.
Family memories not only hold us together during the tough times but also provide a foundation especially when enhanced by a mother's love. Some people are able to appreciate their family heritage, while others do not recognize or take it for granted. In the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" by Teresa Acosta and the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, both authors use figurative language and imagery to establish the quilt as a symbol for a mother's love and respecting family heritage to illustrate their themes.
In the article, ”My English” by Julia Alvarez, the author wrote about her experience as she learn to speak English. Spanish was her mother tongue and struggled to speak English in the early phases. She thought that English was a form of Spanish, as there are different dialects in Spanish. Her parents spoke English when they didn’t want her and her siblings to know what was going on. He was curious about what they were talking about and tries to interpret the meaning form the facial expressions her mother made. She started learning English at Carol Morgan school and it was strange for her to see the American people and their appearances which differ from her. She got mixed up with Spanish and English as she starts to learn English.
Maguerite Duras once said, “The thing that’s between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you’re a man or a women, the fascination resides in finding out that we’re alike.” This is true for Sal. She was fascinated how the situation Phoebe was in was so similar to hers. She didn’t want it to end the way her situation ended with her mother never coming back. In the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, similar things that happen to Phoebe in the subplot, happen to Sal in the plot.
In the short story, Tan talks her story of the English she speaks, and how much people her around can change the way you converse. For example, at home, she speaks to her mother in a “broken” English so her mother can understand the conversation. When she is talking to people she works with, she uses
Marquez also warms the audience’s hearts knowing she speaks her natural tongue as respect to her family, playing into the pathos appeal. In, When and Where We Speak Spanish, Marquez does not write using the logos appeal, but mainly writes telling her story on why she continues to speak her natural tongue while living in America.
In Amy Tan‘s essay “Mother Tongue” (1999), she describes her life with her mother in America and how the broken speech of her mother has had an influence on her life. Amy Tan talks about the different “Englishes" she speaks to communicate with different people. Also, she tells us about her love for English and how she becomes a famous writer in America. In her essay she tries to shows us that language, culture, and education shapes us into who we are and the more you study English the more you learn and English will change your life a lot. In fact, many people against Tan’s point of view that English is very useful and important. However, others, including me agree with Tan’s idea. Indeed, there are many reasons that agree with the author’s
The overall theme of the short story, Abuela Invents the Zero, is appreciate your family with respect. One example is when Connie's grandmother comes to visit, she does not want to be seen around her because she is embarrassed by the way she dresses and acts. This could make her grandmother feel unwelcomed by her granddaughter. This tells me that Connie is afraid people would see her differently around her grandma and she is going to avoid her as much as she can. When her grandma walks in the door, Connie refers to her as “the old lady”. Also, she notices she is wearing a shawl over a short dress. Connie feels it not right to be wearing that in the middle of winter. She gets embarrassed and tried to walk behind her in public. In the text, Connie
After reading Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, my perspective changed about the struggles for people who are not as good at English. All throughout this article Tan uses personal experience from her mom to show the readers the struggle while also using primary sources to back up her claim. All the evidence backs up her initial claim and as the reader your perspective changes after reading about how she personally was effected. The author 's main claim of Mother Tongue is to persuade people so respect people who struggle with English because she has serval personal connections, she has fact based proof, and she is an experienced writer on this topic and in general.
In the short story” Everyday Use” by Alice Walker who tells a story about black women who have two daughters Maggie and Dee. She has to have the decision to give the quilts of one of her two daughters. Dee her oldest daughter who has been away at college and comes to visit her family and she wants the quilts as popular fashion and show them as part of their heritage. Maggie, her youngest daughter, who lives with her mother at home and understands the family tradition and heritage.her mother has been promised to give the quilts for her. The quilts mean for Maggie communication with family and culture.So there are two different meaning of heritage because The two sister has a very different attitude toward their heritage. However, the truer one is Maggie’s concept of heritage because it means for her more than a shown popular fashion “things“ it means to love and connection to memories and people.
In the essay, "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood", Richard Rodriguez explains his opinion on bilingual education based on his own childhood experience. He provides reasons why it would be retrogressive to permit the non-English speaking children use their family language as the language in school. In defending his positions, he provides three ideas to support his position:
As Mother Teresa once said “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty” the feeling of loneliness can be terrible for everyone making them feel like they have lost everything they had. People can start feeling the sensation of loneliness because of their own families or the surrounding around them. Family can play the most important role to feeling alone and feeling unwanted by them causing you to make decisions that do not have a back button on them.
The poem “The Century Quilt” written by Marilyn Nelson Waniek is a poem written through the eyes of a girl obsessed with a quilt which holds centuries of memories. As the poem starts the develop, the message of the main character’s story is expressed through Nelson’s use of hyperboles and imagery. Other elements of the poem such as the structure and tone create and help achieve the deeper message of the poem.
In the episode of Beaver’s Sweater, Beaver and his friend, Larry, both want Eskimo sweaters. As they are walking by the shop with the sweater, Larry points out that his father is going to bring him to the store at a later period to buy the sweater. He tries to persuade Beaver to convince his father to buy himself a sweater as well, so they can both have matching sweaters. Later, Beaver comes back to the store with his mother, June, to buy the sweater, where she tries to persuade him not to buy it. However, much to his regret later, he does, in fact, buy the sweater. When he arrives back at home, his father, Ward, does not appear to like the sweater, but he lies to spare Beaver’s feelings. The next day, Larry and Beaver are talking at their lockers, and Larry informs Beaver that his father never bought him the sweater. Then, they notice a girl at school, Judy, who has the same sweater as Beaver. At that point, Beaver regrets buying the sweater because Larry and he both have come to the conclusion that it is a “girl’s sweater.” After school, Beaver is very ashamed of his sweater, but, eventually, he tells his older brother, Wally, about the sweater. Wally promises to keep his secret, and he said he will not tell anyone about it. Later in the day, Wally and he go to the movies,