In the Novel, Lucky Child by Loung Ung 2005, Loung Ung is a girl who is chosen to go to America with her oldest brother and his wife. Chou is Loung’s older sister and stays in Cambodia. Lucky Child is a story about them trying to reunite with each other while coping with their inner demons revolving around the Khmer Rouge genocide and the Cambodian civil war. In this novel, persistence is a major character trait that allows the characters to survive and eventually thrive throughout their lives in their past, present and in the end. Despite enduring hardship during the Khmer Rouge, It is persistence that ultimately ends up playing a vital role that helps the characters survive.
Every mother wants what the best for her child, even if that child may not believe so. In her letter to her son, John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams addresses him during his travels in France and defends the rationale of her previous advice while providing her new advice, and partly demands, on the subjects of honor and duty. Abigail Adams uses emotional appeals in the form of personal repetition, flattering metaphors, and prideful personification in order to advise and persuade her son in his personal growth and appeal to his personal qualities, such as pride of honesty and knowledge, to spur his ambitions and actions. To start off the letter, after greeting him and explaining the occasion of her writing, Abigail uses personal repetition with the word “your,” before qualities and events with a positive connotation to appeal to John’s pride and leave him open to listen to more of her her advice, as she already successfully advised him in his trip to France. In only the second sentence of the letter, Abigail already throws in that her advice is, to John, “for your own benefit,” (5) later she speaks of, once again to John, “your knowledge,” (11) and finally, “your understanding,” (14).
In the novel, Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D Houston, the main character is put through a lot of devastating, circumstantial situations that causes her overall development to be quite different from others. Seeing as she is telling the story, readers get to know Jeanne tremendously throughout the plot. Jeanne is a very family oriented person, and needs that support to get through the rough patches she hits after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. When Jeanne and her family were first forced to Manzanar, Jeanne is at a very prime and impressionable part of her life. Her family and friends she meets at Manzanar help to shape who she will grow up to be as a person.
Inspiration from Mothers Do you know how many immigrants from third world countries become successful writers? I am not sure of that answer, but there are two immigrant authors Junot Diaz and Judith Ortiz Cofer, who wrote “The Dreamer” and “The Cruel Country” that have similar backgrounds and who are inspired by their mothers. Diaz is moved by the courage of a third world little girls dream of her education and Cofer searches for inspiration of her mother’s photo that reveals passionate desires and dreams. Diaz described his mother’s dream was to earn her education and become a Nurse whereas Cofer’s mother dreamed to live life on her own terms. Comparing these two essays both authors describe their mothers and how they touched their lives as writers.
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is a non-fictional novel written by Gertrude Stein that is narrated by Alice B. Toklas. Alice B. Toklas is Gertrude Stein’s lover for life. The book starts off as Alice talking about her life before she leaves for Paris and the reasons she leaves San Francisco leading her right into Gertrude Stein’s life. In the next section, Alice talks about her arrival in Paris and the introduction between her and Gertrude Stein. Alice talks about Stein’s home and dinner parties, and all the amazing new people she meets with the help of Gertrude Stein.
Many girls desire a female role model from a young age. The way these women are treated, and deal with this treatment can heavily impact the way young girls view themselves, and their future as well. Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street brings attention to issues of sexism and gender roles. This is done through a series of vignettes about the main character Esperanza navigating life by the example of her many role models. Each role model impacts Esperanza in a special way, Sally who is married at 13, Marin who is waiting to be rescued by a man, and Alicia who is balancing school and home responsibilities.
Lupita has more responsibilities than a typical fourteen year old teenager of dealing with her mother’s illness, school, being a caregiver to her younger siblings, and conflict with friends and family. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she escapes the chaos of home by writing in the shade of a mesquite tree. Overwhelmed by change and loss, she takes refuge in the healing power of words. Book Analysis Guadalupe Garcia McCall has written a well verse novel that depicts the experiences of a young girl’s life and the challenges that she has to encounter growing up as a Mexican American teenager who has immigrated to America at an early age and who has a very close relationship with her family. Lupita has been living the American dream with her family since she was six years old with her family and doing well.
“Everyone has a touch of bravery and a splash of stupidity”. Death sees everything and knows all of your secrets. In “The Book Thief” Liesel cares for Max, although it is wrong. War changes people and creates skills. What most believe is true might just be a lie.
Sally also shows these same trends of being forced to be a caregiver. It says on page 101 sally even gets less than that “Looking out the window is the last hope and pleasure of many of the trapped women of Mango Street, but Sally’s husband denies her even that.” The book The House on Mango Street is used in my opinion to show the impact of others around you, the impact of men on women just seems the most apparent. It shows how others before you can make you live life with such narrow vision, such little possible imagination, especially when you don't know what to imagine. Esperanza is different, that is how the author needed it, to show us that people can be different, that change is
In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Edna seeks peace and happiness through finding where she fits among other characters and by avoiding the negative effects that people have on her by isolating herself. Edna Pontellier, a young mother in New Orleans is married to a very successful proud man, Mr. Pontellier and together they have 2 sons. As a family they go on vacations to Grand Isle, where Edna meets Robert a secret love interest, and begins to learn that her unhappiness is rooted in her responsibilities as a mother and wife. Throughout the novel, Chopin uses Edna’s reliance on other characters, such as Mr. Pontellier, and their reliance on her, to regulate her happiness. Change occurs when Edna realizes that her happiness will only come when she is separate from society, but she eventually understands that she cannot do this in the life she is living and chooses to simply stop living it.
Vivian, was a gifted unconventional photographer and an eccentric nanny. Abandoned by her father at a young age, four year old Vivian and her mother lived with the award winning French portrait time photographer, Jeanne J. Bertrand. It is presumed that Ms. Bertrand possibly had a big influence on Vivian at an early age. According to the Boston Globe dated Aug.23, 1902, “From Factory to High Place as Artist,” Jeanne J. Bertrand, had become one of the most distinguished photographers of Connecticut (Boston Globe, 1902). During her early twenties, Vivian Maier’s moved between the United States and France.