Writer Agatha Christie, said of the connection between a mother and her child, “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no shame, it dares allhthings0and smashes down apologetically all that stands in its path.” Beloved by Toni Morrison debriefs the same idea; eventually showing that the mother’s compliant-ness to protect her child at all costs often endan- gering her own life. “ Making the decision to have a chid is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” - Unknown Toni Morrison’s Beloved took it’s form, from a 19th century newspaper article that she read while doing some research in 1974. The article was about a runaway slave named Margaret Garner, who had escaped with her four small children in 1856 from
Maggie and her mother share a sisterhood that Dee will never understand. Through the characters of Mama, Maggie, and Dee, Walker displays the theme of oppression in the short story “Everyday Use.” Through the character of Mama, Walker communicates oppression due to a lack of femininity, education, and an inability to say “no” to Dee. Mama is a burley woman who, unlike Dee, enjoys the lesser things that life has to offer. She excels in the face of hard labor but lacks the skill to pull off a feminine version of herself. Dee longs for her mother to fit in with the women of the decade: “…one hundred pounds lighter, skin like an uncooked barley pancake, glistening hair, and witty (Walker 1).” Dee doesn’t understand why Mama doesn’t want to embrace a softer side of herself; however, Mama is content with her lifestyle.
Being a dairy farmer myself, I have first hand experience with the challenges and annoyances of the operation. Although it can bring tremendous joy, it also can bear with it immense pain. Endlessly, day in and day out, I am required to milk cows, which involves the slow set up, the repetitive milking process, and the tiring clean up, ultimately pushing me to my limits resulting in uttermost annoyance and irritation.
In the beginning of the novel, Okonkwo has it all. Okonkwo has two titles in the village, has three wives, runs a successful yam farm in his compound, and is respected by all the village. The only flaw Okonkwo has is his temper. Okonkwo is quick to get angry and always releases his anger through violence. One of Okonkwo’s wives went to get her hair done instead of cooking for Okonkwo so “when she returned he beat her very heavily” (Achebe 29).
As indicated in the title, the new woman is a literally different type of woman who has changed in every aspect of her life. She is a well-educated, free spirited and independent woman figure. She has changed the traditional ideas about ideal womanhood in the late 19th century. Because until this time, the woman was only a mother and wife in the public eye. Her all responsibilities and duties were being consisted by her husband, her children and housework.
Lawrence alludes to the bizarre nature of the relationship between the children and their mother in the first paragraph “Everybody else said of her: "She is such a good mother. She adores her children." Only she herself, and her children themselves, knew it was not so. They read it in each other's eyes.” (Lawrence, 1) So from the start, Lawrence sets up a tension between what society wants to believe and what actually is.
Maggie is described to have been “eyeing her sister with a mixture of envy and awe” throughout her life as she “thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of her hand…” showing how from Maggie’s perspective, Dee is the favorited sister and desires to attract the same attention (921). From the three women, Maggie feels viewed as the lowest and therefore views the world from the lowest perspective, lacking the confidence and beauty to face the world with the same poise as her sister. Mama then expresses how she, herself, would not look at “a strange white man in the eye...” unlike Dee, who would “look anyone in the eye” (922). This attribute further reflects more of Dee’s self-assurance as this action would be rather unheard of at this time when racism and segregation was highly present and acted upon. Moreover, the differing views from mother and daughter present themselves here once again as Maggie faces the surrounding world with no fear while Mama faces it with her “head turned in whichever way is farthest” (922).
Eating is a fundamental part of life that most people undertake without any hesitations. But when a character named Marian needs to resolve some problems in her life; it ends in Marian losing her appetite. In The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood, Marian initially alludes to being an obedient person that lives her life fulfilling every expectation of her. She plays the role of a mother, a loyal friend and a submissive girlfriend whenever it is expected until she can’t recognize herself anymore. Slowly, Marian starts feeling exploited as she struggles to fulfill these roles.
A wise woman once said, "The more a daughter knows about her mother 's life, the stronger the daughter" (http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/mother-and-daughter-quotes/). As any girl raised by their mother can attest, the relationship between a mother and her daughter is a learning experience. As young girls, you look up to you mother as your greatest role model and follow in their steps closely. In Jamaica Kincaid 's short story "Girl", a mother uses one single sentence in order to give her daughter motherly advice. Her advice is intended to help her daughter, but also to scold her at the same time.
The Marches had just lost their fortune, and the sisters struggle to keep their household running. Marmee works hard for the family without complains, she acts as the girls’ role model and as the moral compass by which the girls are guided. Mr. March, the girls’ father, serves as a chaplain in the Union army. Josephine ‘Jo’ March is our story’s protagonist, she acts like a tomboy despite her attempts at taming that side of her while she aspires and works hard to become a great writer. She hates the gender