The most important factor in why someone chooses to do something is how that action will affect their personal feelings because humans value their feelings more than others '. Connie, from "Abuela Invents the Zero" by Judith Ortiz-Cofer, decided to put her feelings in front of Abuela 's when Connie chose not to help when Abuela could not find her way back to the pew in the church. When Connie noticed that Abuela was lost, she decided not to help her because, "I just know that on Monday my friends, and my enemies, in the barrio will have a lot of senile -grandmother jokes to tell in front of me" (Ortiz-Cofer para 14). This shows that Connie put her feelings before Abuela because she did not want to be teased by her friends. If Connie put others ' feelings in front of hers, she would have stood up and helped Abuela no matter how much she would have been teased because Abuela is family.
While the Yen family dragged down Adeline’s efforts and dreams to create peace within the family, Rex dragged Jeannette’s efforts down. Since Rex was an unstable man who would do anything to gain his children’s respect and support, he tells Jeannette that “I’ll die trying” to quit his drinking problem to
As much as you can wish for someone to change, sometimes it is just easier to accept others for who they are and understand that won’t ever change. In Abuela Invents The Zero, the main character, Constancia, has a hard time understanding this and frequently mentally criticises her grandmother for just being the way she is. “I have to help her the climb the steps, and she stops to take a deep breath after each one, then I lead her down the aisle so that everybody can see me with my bizarre grandmother. If I were a good Catholic, I’m sure I’d get some purgatory time taken off for my sacrifice. She is walking as slow as Captain Cousteau exploring the bottom of the sea, looking around, taking her sweet time.”
He started talking with the girl and throughout the story he began to change his mind about being a priest. The girl told Charles the truth about her life and how she wasn’t accepted by most people because of her different looks. Charles then realized he wanted to do what he wanted and not his mother’s idea of being a priest. “Charles saw his mother walking heavily along the porch. He studied her as if she were a stranger.
The day my mother was diagnosed with cancer was the day that impacted my life. I was in middle school at the time, I was ashamed to have a mother who was ill and who was not able to contribute on certain things. For instance, she was not able to go out as much because the air can cause her to get ill. Not only was I ashamed of her, but soon after, my mom had begun to put her faith in the Lord, which made it even harder for me to adapt too because we were not all that religious, but we would go to church once in awhile. I was becoming more upset at her and the world.
The main character in the story, the minister, uses a veil to cover most of his face. After the first day of wearing it his wife talks to him and asks him to talk it off but he does not. But his response to this was, “Never! It cannot be !” (page 281)
I wonder he is not afraid to be alone with himself!,’” This shows the theme because the lady tells her husband that Mr. Hooper he is afraid of himself and he hides his true emotions. If something happens different from the norm people will freak out. This theme is clear when Mr. Hooper is wearing his veil at church.
It appears that a primary reason in Edna's marriage to Leonce is simply because of her father and sister’s aversion towards it (Magill 446). The class system Edna became a part of by marrying Leonce proves to be contrastingly different than her “strict Presbyterian upbringing” (Magill 446). An example of her abhorrence is when while attending church with Robert, Edna becomes conflicted and flees the scene. This is similar to when she was a child-her father read prayers to her in a “spirit of gloom”, which is what may have triggered her (Magill 447). Another suggested example of Edna's deep psychological dissonance stemming from her upbringing, is the fact that she is motherless and therefore cannot bond with Adele, the mother women, completely (Streater 411).
The idea of blocking everyone out helped Connie build her self-confidence. To emphasize Connie’s narcissism, Oates stated that “Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over” (324). Because Connie felt so negatively of her mother and family, she creates an idea of wanting to be on her own. She doesn’t know exactly what it is like to be without anyone to use as a crutch, but Conni feels as if her mother doesn’t want her to be pretty. Connie wanted to shut her family out because she felt as if they didn’t love her as much as her genuine sister June.
She didn’t realize she was being rude to her grandmother, but it hurt Abuela and made her feel very disgraced. Another example that proves Connie’s disrespect is when Abuela tells her granddaughter, “You made me feel like a zero, like a nothing,”
While Ruth was raised in a Jewish household, she is no longer a Jew. She does not like the religion because there are too many rules. She says there are too many things you can’t and must do regarding the faith. She believed following all of the prayers and customs was hard work and she was upset with the lack of “I love you”s her family exchanged.
In “Abuela invents the zero” by Judith Ortiz Cofer, Connie and her grandmother, Abuela, have many similarities and differences that make each person unique. In the story it says, “My mother and father paid for her way here so that she wouldn’t die without seeing snow, though if you asked me, and nobody has, the dirty slush in this city is not worth the price of a ticket”(Cofer 2). This shows that Abuela would like to see the snow before she dies. It also, shows that Constancia doesn’t think it’s worth coming to see. The text states, “It is January, two inches of snow on the ground, and she’s wearing a shawl over a thick black dress.
Have you ever been frustrated with your parents or parent? In the stories, Confetti Girl and Tortilla Sun, the both narrators have a hard time making peace with their parent. In both stories, the problems are creating tension between their family, and it’s because of the difference in points of views. Such as the daughter in Confetti Girl, she is frustrated on how the dad is not paying attention to her wants and needs. Also, how she prefers on talking about something meaningful to her than about books.
People often live their lives never really knowing how advanced our world has become. Cultural imperialism has built bridges between people and other worlds. As a result, humans have evolved to become extremely diverse and sometimes certain people can find themselves being a fusion between two or more cultures. In the short story “Mericans” a little girl, along with two brothers, find themselves to be stuck between two very different worlds and the problem is, they struggle to find a balance between the two because of their grandmother.
Everyone everywhere struggles with conflicts on a daily basis. Some of these conflicts may be external conflicts as well as internal conflicts. Just like our lives, literature that is composed has a combination of these internal and external conflicts. These conflicts are as follows: individual versus individual, individual versus self, individual versus technology, individual versus society, and individual versus nature. Although, “What You Pawn I will Redeem,” by Sherman Alexie, and, “Where are You going, where have You Been,” by Joyce Oates have several different conflicts throughout both stories, in this paper I will focus on the internal conflicts of both of the fundamental characters, Jackson and Connie, and I will utilize different literary