“I couldn't possibly tell anyone the truth: how worthless and ugly Niang made me feel most of the time…” (54). It is important because it supports the belief that Adeline feels despised by her family. This proves that Niang is seriously affecting her stepdaughter's feelings. Adeline is treated unfairly by her family, especially by her parents. In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah’s story about her childhood experiences, she suffered and she wasn't happy, but she always knew things would get better someday.
Adeline faces many tough challenges and is forced to inwardly prepare herself for the obstacles that are continually thrown at her. Adeline lives in a negative household where it is considered conventional for her to be despised, and so she has a constant feeling of being rejected. She shoulders that burden through her school and even keeps up the pretence that she comes from a secure household. Even though she doesn’t confide her true feelings, she eventually opens up. This is shown when Adeline exclaims to Aunt Baba, “I want to forget about everything that goes on here!”
On the other hand, Elie finds out that even though he believes his father is useless, he should still stand by him and help him along the journey. Both of these examples are showing how valuable you parents and family are even when times get hard and
Her family taught her many lessons, some not traditional, but has kept her positive through the hard times. These experiences contributed to her life as a successful adult. Through the example her mother has shown, the lessons she taught herself, and the lessons
Eleanor Roosevelt unfortunately had to face adversity with the death of both of her parents as a minor. This taught her how to accept the disappointments in life- and also showed her how to overcome adversities. It is important to understand the struggles she faced because they greatly shaped the person she became. She overcame the hardships in her personal path and dedicated her life to helping others. A significant emotional event happened in her life when her grandmother decided to send her to boarding school in England. There the school’s headmistress, Mademoiselle Souvestre was her mentor. Eleanor Roosevelt is now beginning her quest to become a remarkable woman. Her first work was with poor children in the Rivington Street Settlement House on New York Lower East Side as a young woman.
She maintained her health, despite her lapse with breast cancer, she spoke publicly and cared for her husband, and was still active in all of her organizations. This allowed for one to see that her determination and want to help others never left her
Mrs. Wright loved her children, but that night she needed to teach her son a lesson. It may have been unusual, but he had to be talt the hard way. It’s true, Mrs. Wright was truly strong, very caring, and very wise. It’s thanks to these features that she was able to provide for her family and raise her children all on her own. It is truly amazing that even when carrying all that weight on her shoulders, Mrs. Wright still worked very hard and never gave
Robert lost his mother when he was seventeen months of age. His grandmother stepped in his life and took over. She was everything to him; she raised him and sends him to school. Robert said, “If I didn’t have my grandma, I wouldn’t have been the young man who I am today. My grandma really played a big role in my life, like being the mother, the father, everything to me, a friend.”
Yet I have to disagree with these statements because we see how Adeline’s reputation as a “fallen” woman is not the result of a shameful behavior but of her negation to conform to the norms and moral codes of the period. She is taking a stand for femininity and independence, as well as contesting the notion of the docile woman that conduct books so vehemently affirmed. Because of that Adeline has to endure the pain caused by society’s rejection, and to use Gary Kelly’s words “she is taken to be anything from naughty to vicious by other good characters”(1980: 200). Thus, we are lead to see Adeline’s virtuous character as irrelevant as long as she endorses in radical philosophies which guide women towards vice and immorality. But is her behavior in any way degenerate and leading others on “the path of sin?”(Opie, 1999: 240), or the real problem has to do more with the fact that, in a patriarchal society, Adeline professes her desires and dares to live with her lover outside the confines of
She watched her mother die slowly and she watched her dad struggle to take care of her. As a young kid or even as an adult watching the person who is supposed to raise you and teach about love, and everything you need to know in life will greatly affect what type of person you turn into. One of the most heartbreaking things you can go through as a child is watching your mother slowly die and then watching your father struggle to take care of her and provide for the family. Ida went through a lot, her mom was sick and then her mom’s sister Clara came to help out and caused a lot of drama in the family. All the fighting put a lot of stress on young Ida, “Mama charged Clara with sneaking into the house like an enemy, charger that she had always covered papa, berated her for taking advantage of illness to have her way” (283).
Through her pursue of education she was able to obtain a better life and made it to the Ivy League. She is now an international speaker who recently graduated from Harvard