Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
Curley’s wife wished she could go to Hollywood and chase her dream of acting, the narrator wanted to was write. Curley’s wife had always regretted marrying Curley and was never satisfied with her role as a wife. Curley’s wife expressed this to Lennie, “I coulda made somethin’ of myself… maybe I will yet.” (Steinbeck, page 87) Similar to how the narrator was confined to her room, trapped by social expectations, unable to write or even fulfil her domestic role. The domestic sphere is a confinement towards both women, in the Yellow Wallpaper, the symbolism of the wallpaper and how it, “Becomes bars!” (Gilman) shows us how she felt physically and emotionally trapped by her role that she was unable to fufil. Whilst Curley’s wife expresses this through dialogue once again, “Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while.
The horizon is a major symbol representing Janie’s lifelong search for happiness. Nanny did not approve of Janie’s ideal happiness. She was determined to force Janie to live the way she wanted her to; a way that Nanny never got to live. She wanted Janie to marry someone who would sit her on a pedestal and praise her. However, that is not what Janie fantasized.
She was blinded by power for she wants her daughter’s future to be secured and she was longing for a man in her life when she said that she was alone for too long. Carmen represents women who are disempowered and weak. Second, we have Ofelia. Ofelia is a
The American ideal during those days holds that anyone can be successful there if we work hard for it. This is challenge is caused due to the Great Depression and the stock market Crash of 1929. Although the book is dark and grim the characters are searching for an opportunity to fulfill their dream of their own ranch. This book was written just after the World War 1 where everyone faced poverty and cruelty due to it. It is a parable about what it means to be a human.
The Holocaust of the American Dream For centuries people have been striving for the famous American Dream that many have achieved, but for every success story, there are hundreds of unheard disappointments. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a novel that deals with the American Dream and its failure. The novel is set in the 1930’s in California. Lennie and George are the protagonists and they are migrant workers who travel from ranch to ranch in search of work. George is a quick, clever man who takes care of his good friend, Lennie, who is a large, strong man with a small brain and lack of common sense and memory.
“The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.” ㅡ Azar Nafisi. Many Americans have tried to pursue their dream but have failed in doing so. Of Mice and Men is a book about two people, George and Lennie, trying to pursue their dream in Salinas, California. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the death of the American Dream is exemplified through George and Lennie’s obliviousness. George and Lennie have complete faith and hope in their American Dream coming true.
Regardless, her mother still is persistent on Jing Mei becoming a prodigy, despite her passionless performance and her family’s negative reaction. In return, Jing Mei becomes angry at her mother, and will do anything to change her mind. Screaming, “I wish I were dead! Like them.”, her mother freezes, disappointed in her daughter, and quits Jing Mei’s piano classes. On Page 28-29, Jing Mei’s perspective on the world becomes more apparent: “For unlike my mother, I didn’t believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me.” After Jing Mei’s cultural experiences, and her mother’s contrasted beliefs of Jing Mei’s musical power, Jing Mei feels more culturally and musically independent, as well as
The story has a conflict that is related to opposition. The narrator disagrees with what her mother wants her to be, since the narrator felt that her mother was controlling her for years. For instance, the mother in the story suggests that her daughter would become the perfect girl and she would become famous. The traditional daughter relates to the American icon, “Shirley Temple”. Furthermore, the narrator goes through a rough time during the story because her mother feels like she can be good at something and stick to it.
Kate had been through multiple surgeries, and she always tried to put her best foot forward although there were a few times that she felt angry, and she started acting unlike herself by doing things like drinking alcohol. It came a time in Kate’s life when she knew her situation was not getting better, so she wanted to stop all the medical operations. She informed her sister that she needed to petition the court for medical emancipation which in return she will gain control over her body, and the family could move on. This caused their mother to be really upset knowing that the younger sister will allow the older sister to die because she wanted to stop donating. Kate situation also caused a conflict of interest between her mother and father because the father just wanted Kate and Anna to be happy and comfortable, and the mother want her to be at the hospital to get better.
Furthermore, Curley’s wife dreams of doing things in life and by marrying Curley those dreams were put on hold. So, as of right now she is not happy with what her life has become. Before we even meet Curley’s wife Candy criticizes her for flirting with men other than her husband , leaving readers with a negative impression of her. With no real companionship on the ranch, however we later learn that she simply yearned for attention, using the only weapon she had: her sexual
Steinbeck perfectly portrays the harsh truth of society and how many dreams are destroyed causing misery and emptiness (“Of Mice and Men.” Novels 248). At first George and Lennie aspire to own a farm that they can call their own. Candy and Crooks later join this dream to escape from society’s harsh judgment. The four of them slowly make their way towards their goal. However, their dream ends when Lennie kills Curley 's wife and is hunted down.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck illustrates the power in the use of symbolism to deliver an overall message on the hope of living the American Dream. The farm symbolizes the hope which leads to the indulgence of living “off the fatta the lan” (15). The dream farm is a necessity not a want in the lives of Lennie and George because they are so engraved in this dream farm that it has become the reason why they are friends, why they have hope for a better life, why they are enduring the obstacles that has cross their paths. While the illusion of reaching the American Dream and being able to control their lives as they reach it has a positive impact on the well being of Lennie and George, it is not a reality because there will always be a goal,
This quote explains that relationships aren’t perfect and at times she will have to give up on something if she wants to receive something else that has more worth and importance. Remy’s mother tells Remy that she can’t give up on relationships once it starts to get difficult. She has to give up her pride at times to fix a relationship. People never know how long some things can last without even trying . “I knew that there were no guarantees.