In 1949, when Byatt was thirteen, she and her sister went to a Mount School, a Quaker boarding school in York. Byatt was not an impend child. She was horrified of the outside world and often felt; she says, “panic,” because “I had a strong sense of not knowing how to behave socially, handed down from my mother’s anxiety about having got herself right out of her class." Byatt enhances, "I always knew I had on the wrong clothes” (Stout 15). It seems that some of Byatt’s feelings about school have accomplished their way into her fiction; in The Game, Cassandra has very depraved remembrances of When she was sent away to school, a colorless eleven years old in liberty bodice, wrinkled, stockings, and a tunic bought prudently one size too large.
There is a eleven year old girl who can 't handle little things. This book is called “Eleven”, by Sandra Cisneros. The story is about a little girl who just turned eleven and goes to school and has the worst day of her life because of a red sweater. Rachel shows multiple years of age throughout the short story through her reactions. For example she cried because she had to put on a red sweater.
Sandra ties imagery and simile together a lot in this short story. One example is when Rachel compares her being eleven to “pennies in a tin Band-Aid box.” She is saying this because she is so young and inexperienced. She just wants to be older and wiser so she would know what to do in situations like these, but instead she just shuts down and gets emotional. She also says that the red sweater hurts her and smells like cottage cheese. This illustrates how much that sweater really hurts and disgusts her.
For example, Premila in “By Any Other Name” has shown that she had changed her point of view on British culture when a momentous conflict between her and her teacher occurred in school. Premila’s trial to surmount her conflict can further be seen in the climax of the story, where Premila decided to leave her school and take Santha home with her (Santha 38-39). Premila was upset that her teacher made her and her Indian peers sit at the back of the room, isolated by everyone else, and stated that it was because Indians cheat. (Santha 39). Following Premila throughout the story, one can also see that she had changed her perspective on British culture from positive to negative when her teacher was putting a derogatory cultural stereotype on her.
She says “… aunt Martha found me one right off. Everybody said I was lucky to have one come out here and I agreed to give her a dollar extry to make sure. She’ll be over tomorrow afternoon (Wharton 82)”. She does not discuss getting a new girl with Ethan at all. She uses the excuse she did not want to show that they are broke because it is embarrassing.
Though when she discovers that new girl Erin Hewitt and outsider Ivy Proctor are on the nomination list she isn’t happy. She and her partner Samantha go to work on digging up information about Erin. They discover that she is related to their principal who already hates Alexandra for some unknown reason as well as that Erin was homecoming queen at her old school. in order to take them both down she decides to drop out of the race temporarily and to fully indorse Ivy. She buys ivy new clothes and gives her a false sense of security by acting like she is her only friend.
Phoebe’s mom leaves and Phoebe goes on a frenzy trying to cope with the loss of her mother in the family. Then when her mom was gone Sal wrote that Phoebe “... wore a fixed expression: a sealed, thin smile. It must have been difficult for her to maintain that smile, because by the time English class came around, her chin was quivering from the strain.” Phoebe tried to ignore the fact her mother left and isn’t really accepting change but she is learning to accept it but not in a healthy way. Phoebe is trying to find why her mother left. Phoebe thinks her mother was kidnapped and is coping her mother’s disappearance by believing in this theory instead of accepting the fact.
From the very beginning of the novel Jane has the courage to defy her aunt when she is unfairly punished in the red room. The cultural and social context of the age must be taken into account when analyzing such behavior. At the time, Jane Eyre’s gesture of talking back to people was totally improper, because women especially poor ones were expected to meekly accept their lot in life. But she cannot keep quiet and merely accept her condition as a poor orphan, because at the end of her discourse, she feels her soul begin "to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt... as if an invisible bond had burst and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty". This is the beginning of a spirit that Jane carries forward into her future relationships with men, beginning with the detestable Mr.
Later in the book, Toni Morrison uses Pecola’s own conviction of being “ugly” to show that she truly believes that if she changed her physical appearance to match those at the top of the race and beauty hierarchies, her perception of her reality would be ameliorated. Back at home after her parents’ fight, Pecola ponders the unfair way she is treated by teachers compared to her Caucasian classmates at school. When the narrator says, “It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if her eyes, those eyes that held the pictures, and knew the sights—if those eyes of hers were different, that is to say, beautiful, she herself would be different. Maybe they’d say, ‘Why, look at pretty-eyed Pecola. We mustn’t do bad things in front of those pretty eyes’” (46), Morrison suggests that Pecola believes that her identity is based on her eyes and that attaining beauty would be the solution for gaining acceptance from others.
She spent her time as a teenager trying to control her harsh temper as to not hurt the ones she loves. The author depicts this internal struggle when Jo goes to her mother for help saying, “It’s my dreadful temper! I try to cure it; I think I have and then it breaks out worse than ever” (Alcott 100). As the story progresses, both her and her mother notice improvements and are quite proud. Later in the story she fights with Laurie on the grounds that at this point in her life, she is independent and feels as if she doesn’t need or want love whatsoever.