“…he’s a Cunningham,” (Lee 26). These are the words of six-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. She speaks down about Walter Cunningham, Jr. due to his family being in poverty. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird shows the readers through the use of imagery that having privileges will lead to the confusion and ignorance of the lives of the less fortunate through the experiences of Walter Cunningham, Sr., Walter Cunningham, Jr., and the Ewell family. Walter Cunningham, Jr. is judged deeply by Scout throughout the novel due to unwealthy roots.
In the novel, As I lay dying by William Faulkner, the Bundren family go through a mental journey of loss and death of their mother later to go on a physical journey to bury their mother. To the conclusion of any novel, many have an opinion on what is much happy or not a happy ending. In the case of the ending to As I lay dying, include no real burial of how the mother wanted, which was the point of the physical journey in the first place, secrets comes out, one of the five the siblings gets taken away, and many are left with unfinished business, was not a happy at all for most of the characters. The novel is narrated by 15 characters that are not all part of the Bundren family but in some way connected. Telling the story and own mental process
When she was three, her parents decided to have a divorce. As a result, Maya and her brother were sent to Stamps to live with their Grandma. At such a young age, she was departed from her parents and was sent to a place that was unknown to her. She wrote, “Our parents had decided to put an end to their calamitous marriage, and father shipped us home to his mother” (5). Readers can sense that Maya felt displaced.
In “Moving On” Diane Cook creates an emotional wall in order to get through a loss. The female protagonist in the story creates a barrier that helps other people move on with their lives. In this situation the female loses her husband and is sent to an institution to be reprogrammed. When I lost both of my family pets at different times, my reaction to both of them was unalike any other. When someone loses an important person in their life they wind up with something or someone different to fill the void.
She said that when she “was so young”, she “heard (her father) cry every night in (his) sleep”. Though the song does not delve much about Kelly’s feelings, I believe that seeing her father in that state and not being able to help him, must have been very heart breaking for her since Kelly sang afterwards “You should have known; better than to lean on me”. This hints that she deems herself incapable of offering sufficient moral support for her father, eventually “(watching) (him) die”. This is very similar in Lena’s case, where Ying-Ying plays the part of the ‘depressed parent’ where she repeatedly shouted accusations at herself for not preventing the death of Lena’s little brother. However, Lena could not bear to let her father know what Ying-Ying said, and translated the accusations differently in English.
Many people are hurt by someone they know, but they choose to remain in these fractured relationships out of either undying love for their attackers or fear of possibly losing their will to live as a result of walking out on the already broken bonds. In Wendy Guerra’s 2006 young adult novel Everyone Leaves, the protagonist, Nieve Guerra, grows up in a wartorn Cuba during the 1980s. She endures numberless trying situations during her childhood and adolescence. Throughout her experiences, she finds solace in her vivid diary entries. Her perseverance more often than not produces both positive and negative consequences.
Moving to North Carolina required me to leave everything and everyone I knew behind in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I fell into a depression and had to work harder than usual to adjust to my new home and school. Eventually my life began to even out as I realized I needed to take care of my mother. My stepdad, a recovered alcoholic relapsed shortly after we moved to North Carolina which worsened my mother’s depression. Her depression had not ceased since we first moved to North Carolina until it reached its peak two weeks before my senior year started.
Since about age 16, Mayra has been experiencing sadness, depression feeling of guilt. Mayra grew up in a home where her parents argued frequently. Her father being an alcoholic caused marital problems within her parents. Due to the tension among her parents, as stated prior Mayra felt sadness, depression and feeling of guilt because she couldn’t do anything to fix her parents problems. The feeling and emotions prolonged over into her adulthood and became worse when her father got deported.
(MIP-1) Najmah has lost her voice and control over her life due to the traumatization after witnessing death of her mother and little brother. (SIP-A) Najmah has lost her voice due traumatization after witnessing the horrific passing of her mother and baby brother Habib. (STEWE-1) Najmah is trying to communicate right after the death of her mother which occurred on page 82 but she cannot since she mentally states,”But I feel as if my tongue has been locked inside my mouth ever since I saw my mother airing the quilts just Before the bombs fell." (Staples 88) Najmah is completely traumatized, and is just speechless. Najmah is even trying to talk but she is so traumatized that she cannot, "I try to communicate, but although the words form inside
He started telling me how he would move houses and schools but he also told me how he missed his sister and hadn’t seen her in almost a year. That’s when I decided to ask him why. “It is quite simple you see, I’m a foster kid” he replied. “What does that mean, a foster kid?” I asked “Being a foster kid is the worst thing ever, you get bounced around from house to house always getting abused and the worst part is that you are never good enough to stay at one place, I mean I was never even good enough to stay with my own parents that they decided to leave my sister and I alone.” “That is not true I’m sure your parents love you maybe they had their reasons” I replied attempting to make eye contact with him but he was too distracted looking at the floor. “What reason is good enough for someone to leave their kids” he replies in a monotone voice.
For instance, in both stories the characters are abandoned. In The Shawl a young boy is abandoned by his mother who no longer wishes to be with his father. In the process his older sister gets killed and is then told that his mother was the one to blame. This affected the boy highly, for when he grew up he became an alcoholic and a abusive father. While in Years of my Birth, Linda, the narrator, is abandoned at birth