Because she is my daughter and I am proud of her, and I am her mother and she is not proud of me”(The Joy Luck Club 255). The shame the daughters feel causes the mothers to feel shame. However, the shame the daughters felt because of
The story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is narrated by a woman who lists numerous detailed instructions on how to be a “proper” woman. These instructions include things that are relevant to household duties, etiquette skills, attire, relationships, etc. They may sound like simple common tasks, however, it seems to describe more stereotypical roles of how women are perceived. Kincaid's story gives an insight to these gender roles and society’s perception of women in which readers are able to feel and understand this woman. It’s obvious why readers would assume that it’s the mother who is telling the story, since she is the one giving the orders, except the speaker is actually the daughter.
The last one is domesticity. Domesticity was the most prized characteristic of an ideal woman. Mrs. S. E. Farley said, "the true dignity and beauty of the female character seem to consist in a right understanding and faithful and cheerful performance of social and family duties." Catherine Becher was one of the women that followed the Cult of True Womanhood. She helped spread the cult of true womanhood to people in her town.
She observes that Carlos and Kiki, her brothers, are each other’s best friend. As for her and her sister’s relationship, Esperanza must assume responsibility as the big sister and takes care of Nenny. Esperanza laments her role as the protector of Nenny but she accepts her role. Esperanza states, “you don't pick your sisters, you just get them and sometimes they come like Nenny” (8). Esperanza uses a little humor to mask her true feelings and desires; however, Esperanza feels displaced in her own family and in hopes to stop being displaced she desires a friend, to be more specific, a best friend that she can tell secrets to or understand her jokes without any explanation.
A Line Between Love and Hate In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the character Walter Lee Younger, displays the demeanor of a character in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In Hurston’s book, Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, was a woman with a very stubborn mindset on life, very similar to Walter Lee who presumably had life all figured out. They were portrayed as the antagonist in the novels but were just characters that meant well and had good intentions. Walter Lee Younger and Nanny are portrayed as selfish and emotionless characters by few critics but digging deeper into their situations and their decision making, they just wanted better for their loved ones and they both wanted one thing, a better life, whether it benefited themselves or the special people in their lives. To help better understand Walter Lee and Nanny, their actions verses intentions, along with the meaning behind what they did, and the reasoning behind it all will be broken down and examined throughout the paper.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
In the article, “Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, starts to discuss the conflict of scholarship boy between school life and his home life. When he starts to make progress in his education, he was becoming discouraged and embarrassed of his parents lack of education. Rodriguez admits his success is due to never forgetting his life before he became a scholarship boy, yet the new change that came from getting an education. After reading this article, I would have to agree with certain parts Rodriguez has to say, yet disagree after realizing individuals who take the values of academic culture will start to experience alienation from native communities. Richard Rodriguez describes the difficulties between balancing life in the academic world and life of a working class family.
Nea’s journey seems solely based on saving her sister when in actuality she is trying to find excuses to avoid growing up. The tragic hero fabricates false dangers to compensate her desire to be needed by her sister who has moved on with her life. Nea feels abandoned becausen Sourdi matures while she remains a child. Ma and Sourdi remain connected with traditional customs that Nea simply cannot understand due to her exposure to American culture. Her over active imagination, anxiety, and aggression get her into trouble.
As a teenager it is difficult to make bold decisions by yourself. Especially if you are an Indian, like Arnold Spirit, who made a bold choice to find hope. Arnold is a fourteen year old drawler in search for a way out of the reservation to better his education. However, along the journey there are some obstacles he approaches because he is an Indian who is poor and has a disability. In the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Arnold Spirit, otherwise known as Junior, demonstrates empowerment by leaving the reservation he lives on to find hope in an all white school called Reardan.
Kate’s motherly and concerned attributes gave her the ability and strength to support her daughter. She felt sorry and wanted the best for Helen, and Kate would have done anything to protect her. In the story, Kate wanted to call a doctor to help Helen, but Captain Keller disagreed. Keller’s line reads, “I’ve stopped believing in wonders… Katie. How many times can you let them break your heart?” In reply, Kate says, “Any number of times” (Gibson 497).