Mama will not let her have it because she already promised to Maggie that she was going to give them to her. Dee arguing with Mama “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” she said. “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.” (Walker 6).
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott focuses on four sisters; Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March that are a part of a very poor, humble family. While their father is off at war, they are left with their loving mother at home encouraging them to be a better person and the better version of themselves. As all four girls go through love and loss, they discover that they are truly brave and courageous. One very important major event was when the March sisters struggle to improve their various flaws as they grow into adults. Jo dreams of becoming a great writer and does not want to become a conventional adult woman.
Scout said, “"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year...." (108). This quote illustrates how Scout pushes against gender stereotypes, and this is the root of conflicts between her and Aunt Alexandra.
The maternal figures in To Kill a Mockingbird are plentiful and have a massive impact on the story, especially for Scout. One main example of a maternal figure is Calpurnia. She is the African-American housekeeper and cook who has watched over Scout all her life. “ She was
Visual Display Assignment Victoria Liesel lived in Himmel Street with her foster family, at the beginning, I thought she was so poor, her brother was dead and her mother did not have the ability to raise her up, therefore her mother send Liesel to foster family and never contact with Liesel anymore. Along with my reading, fortunately, Liesel’s Papa loved her so much and although her mother Rosa always said some ungentle words to Liesel, but it still because of the love. Liesel also met a boy who loved her named Rudy, I believed it was Rudy to make her life more interesting. They became friends and accompanied each other.
Instead, she is a tomboy and enjoys playing outside, getting dirty and sports. But according to her aunt she “wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” The pants represent her independent thinking and ability to express herself, something many girls were not doing at the time. Additionally, it is this way of thinking that allows Scout to see beyond the color of someone’s skin and accept the social outcasts.
Hester changed her attire to a plain, darkshade, with no designs, which corresponded to her emotions. There was nothing she could accomplish to reduce the pain of the guilt since the truth was known by everyone in her hometown. As time went on, Hester regained some purport in her town. The townspeople demanded Hester for her skills and soon she did not need to wear the scarlet letter anymore, but she thought she deserved it. Whether the sin was committed in secrecy or not, both Hester and Dimmesdale went through similar consequences.
Miss Maudie, although ignoring the norm and wearing a men overalls, she also adheres to the social norm by wearing a dress. What Scout learns from Miss Maudie, is being true to herself, which she expresses when arguing back to her Aunt Alexandra that “...one could be a ray of sunshine in pants as well…”(108). suggesting her tomboyish nature and a dislike of wearing dresses. She also learns to be outspoken, a trait she mimicked from Miss Maudie. Scout expresses this when she was excluded from Jem and Dill’s little adventure to drop off a note to the Radley’s front door, “Will not.
After Baby Suggs died and her brothers disappear, Denver tries to learn how to live with her mother just to not be the second victim in 124 Bluestone Road "I love my mother but I know she killed one of her own daughters, and tender as she is with me, I'm scared of her because of it… I spent all of my outside self loving Ma'am so she wouldn't kill me, loving her even when she braided my head at night" (Morrison 392; 397). Because of Sethe's insufficient nurturing, Denver lives a "paralyzing infantilism" (Philip 139). She pays for her mother's bloody past which affects her psychological development.
She didn’t allow Eva Smith to take the aid from her Woman’s Charity Organisation because the girl took the name “Mrs Birling” as her name. This shows that the organisation is just a veneer for status and respectability rather than helping unfortunate women and shows that she has different rules for herself and the society. She denied all of her responsibilities and also blame other person:” I accept no blame for it at all.” She shows no regret at all, and she even lies to the Inspector when she said that she doesn’t know the girl from the photograph, she wants to cover up her responsibility and avoiding from potential problems for herself. She rejected to help when Eva Smith needs the most help, she was pregnant and has no money, living poorly, asking for charity was the final solution for her after being turned up and down so many time, and a rejection was what she received, lead her to make the final decision, to end up her life.
We all grow up and change, sometimes we try to forget everything we were taught. Dee is trying to be something she is not for the sake of being higher up. She changed so much that her sister and mother don’t recognized her anymore. She doesn’t understand African or American culture and she just want to take all the family possessions to store them and show them off. Her name was special and she changed it for a name that really has no meaning she even got that wrong because it means nothing.
(Kidd p.279)” She is overcome by the truth of her mothers death knowing that she was the hand that ended her mothers life even as a baby. Lily finds herself in deep valleys of self pity and grief, but she also is on mountain tops of joy that this family brings to her. Speaking from personal experience losing people that are close to you hurts, but over time everything gets easier to cope with and to live with that emptiness but it is never gone.
Taylor comes from a nontraditional family. She was raised by her mother, who worked long hours as a housekeeper to support Taylor and herself. Her father, Foster Greer, left her mother when he found out that her mother was pregnant. Her mother doesn 't mind that Foster left; in fact, she often tells Taylor that "trading Foster for [you] was the best deal this side of the Jackson Purchase." As Taylor matures and is exposed to horrible things that fathers can say and do to children, she feels quite lucky to have grown up without a father.
Through hardships and suffering, through celebration and joy, family will always be there to support and comfort you, as you will to them. Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt, is a realistic fiction novel that takes place along the Chesapeake Bay. Dicey Tillerman and her three younger siblings are learning to adjust and fit in at their new home with their grandmother, after their emotionally-ill mother abandoned them. They all grew closer, and learned to love, help, and protect each other when Dicey and her brothers and sister started having issues at school, and money began dwindling. Dicey’s grandmother ended up adopting the children , and by the time the news of the kids’ mother’s death reached them, they were a true, close and united, family.
I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and I am on page 207. Thus far this book is about Scout and her family which consist sof her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus. During this time Scout’s Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them, but Aunt Alexandra has issues with the way they live and their house keeper, Calpurnia. If having Aunt Alexandra in the house was not enough, Scout’s life is about to be further turned upside down due to a court case Atticus is taking. Many of the towns people are not happy about Atticus taking the case, and Scout becomes a witness to the disruptions that result.