“We read it for months, so many times that the book became tattered and sweat stained, it lost its spine, came unearthed, sections fell apart […] but we loved it dearly” (68). Reading created joy between the girls, strengthening their friendship and their will to escape the encompassing darkness of the neighbourhood. Each moment spent reading in the courtyard was one where they could be children, creating an inseparable bond. There was no worry of the past becoming present, in fact, the book drove them to desire a better future. Little Women provided a luminosity from the injustices they suffered, like Lila’s inability to continue her education.
By conceiving a child with a faerie and gaining such an intimate relationship with nature itself, Eithnie is able to face and overcome the grief that surrounded her since her miscarriage and to finally accept the idea of the “baby she’d been afraid to admit she wanted” (de Lint 195) and “she…knew she wouldn’t visit that awful landscape again” (de Lint 197). Through these actions and subsequent recompenses both de Lint and Le Guin show how having an intimate connection with nature can act as a healing, restorative process. de Lint also wishes to illustrate how modern thinking has lost these ideas. A polluted environment is like a polluted mind and one cannot see how a relationship with the surrounding nature can benefit by being a restorative and healing
“The Shawl” and “The Years of My Birth” by Louise Erdrich One similarity between the two stories is the theme of abandonment of a child by its mother and a difference is that one ends on a very sad note and the other on a hopeful note. The ending of “The Shawl” is tragic and the ending of “The Years of My Birth” is hopeful as Linda has created a life for herself and moved beyond the tragedy of her earlier years. Other themes similar in both are twins and mothers are self-centered and care more about themselves than their child. One mother abandons her baby in the hospital and the other might have possibly thrown her daughter to wolves, depending on how the story’s ending is interpreted. The theme of Native American traditions is evident
“I couldn't possibly tell anyone the truth: how worthless and ugly Niang made me feel most of the time…” (54). It is important because it supports the belief that Adeline feels despised by her family. This proves that Niang is seriously affecting her stepdaughter's feelings. Adeline is treated unfairly by her family, especially by her parents. In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah’s story about her childhood experiences, she suffered and she wasn't happy, but she always knew things would get better someday.
How the author develops the theme of maturity comes through the development of compassion in the short story “Marigolds” by telling of the incident of “... the moment childhood faded and womanhood began.” (Marigolds 59). We see that before the incident occurred, Lizabeth, the main character and the one in this story who experiences the change of maturity, vaguely knew that their community was poor due to its lack of radios, newspapers, magazines, and other things in the little dusty community they lived in. (Marigolds 4). Like many other children of the town, she loved to run around with the kids of the small community she lived in. They loved to run wild; their antics included trying to catch fish, drawing, and their favorite out of all of these things,
Throughout the story Mrs. Mallard has experienced many obstacles in just the time of an hour. After reading the story, readers can come to the conclusion that the theme is solemnly about a woman’s joy of gaining her independence. In Louise Mallards case, it is ripped away from her in a dramatic way. After analyzing the short story, one can note that without knowing the key symbols such as, her crying, staring out the window and her terrible heart troubles will make it complicated to interpret the theme of the
Rebecca Myers Professor LaKeya Jenkins English 102-80 2 June 2017 Short-Fiction Essay In Julia Alvarez’s “Snow”, an immigrant schoolgirl named Yolanda is experiencing her first time in New York. Her catholic school teacher, Sister Zoe, is a kind woman who is dedicated to teaching Yolanda the English language. As time progresses, Yolanda learns of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Not only does Yolanda have to become accustom to a new environment, she also fears the threat of bombs and must be prepared for a catastrophe. In the short story “Snow”, the author symbolizes the word snow by showing that the protagonist, Yolanda, feels a sense of fear and joy through first time experiences as she adjusts to a new life in New York during a time of crisis.
Throughout the book, Annemarie tells fairytale stories to her younger sister, Kirsti. In my opinion, she does this so they both can escape from the harsh reality of the war. Storytelling has become somewhat of a coping mechanism to deal with what is currently going on in Denmark. She wants her sister to have a “normal” childhood but her sister is used to seeing Nazi control in their country. In the beginning of the story, Annemarie along with her sister Kirsti, and their friend Ellen were stopped by Nazi soldiers.
It is evident from the very beginning of the story that Janet relies on Ben for comfort. She is extremely lonely without him, unable to comfort herself, so she uses his coat to keep warm and sits in his special chair in attempt to soothe herself. Such codependency stems from naivety and low self-esteem, two traits that Janet possesses. The narrator describes Janet as childlike, “like a small girl craving protection,” and immature, which portrays a sense of innocence about her (2). It is also evident that Janet must not think very highly of herself, because “the fact that she had married at all still seemed a miracle to her” (2).
This short story was about a girl named Maya who struggled with her early life as a child trying to fit in. In “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” the author states Mrs. Flowers had the grace of control to appear warm in the coldest weather” (Angelou 517). The quote shows that a friend like Mrs. Flowers cared for a struggling Maya.
In “Marigolds” by Eugenia Collier the coming of age short story where a now grown up Lizabeth reminisce her childhood especially going into Ms.Lottie’s garden. Ms. Lottie, who did not like children but treated her precious marigolds gets them destroyed by Lizabeth. After destroying them, Lizabeth realizes her errors believing she became a women in that moment. This short story has several literary device that are used in it to help deepen the meaning. The use of imagery, symbolism and metaphors in “Marigolds” helps the reader that it is important to not lose
In the first stanza of the poem, Alvarez decribes our heroine. She has just completed her task, her giant push in what she believes is the right direction. She is still young and she too is changing, "She sees her reflection, a face still dramatic,/pale and young in that afterward light." (Alvarez pg 542) Both our speaker and protagonist are unsure what she 'll do next, but we can tell she is lonely with the imagery used "dark fields rolling by," "night sky grain with stars" (lines 6-7) instead of bright stars, they are dull. Though we get a clear understanding it is nighttime from these lines, we also fill with this lonliness feeling that night can bring.
Sonnets are commonly used for ‘love’ poems whereas ‘In the park’ is the exact opposite to that. In the first stanza we are introduced to an unknown woman sitting in park with her three children. Harwood has described the children as “two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt. A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt.” The technique of irony is used in this quote as she is referring the phrase ‘aimless patterns’ to her life. In my visual, I have incorporated black silhouettes of the characters in the poem as they are unknown and we are only being told that a mother is being destroyed by the birth of her three children.
As the story progresses, the internal strife between how Janie acts and how Janie feels shows the lack of the true Janie. The voiceless, beautiful, store keeper pales in comparison to the smart, talented identity Janie’s thoughts demonstrate her to be. After twenty years of a growing tension, Janie’s thick rope snaps and she tells Jody how she feels Which ultimately kills him. Once again, Janie conforms to the mold of a mourning widow, dressed in black. Contrary to most people 's knowledge, she is overjoyed in the new found freedom she now possesses, but still cannot express.
The vignette Born Bad, is important to Esperanza, because it talks about a moment that seemed to affect her a lot and has changed her. This is so, since she talks about how her aunt was nice and caring to them, but is still fragile after she was blind. This is shown when Esperanza kept describing the deteriorating conditions one after another, of her aunt 's apartment and how her aunt can 't do much at this point since she 's blind, and all the girls didn 't do anything to help but watch. This really affects Esperanza, since she jokes and mimics her aunt with her sisters, and now her aunt is dead she sees how she was rude and wasted the time she could have had with her aunt. During this whole Vignette it kept bringing up the fact that her