The essay will also tackle three characteristics of the Mother archetype, such as life giver; maternal solicitation and sympathy; terrifying and inescapable. This archetype is also related with the concepts of “fertility and fruitfulness” . Whereas a contrasting characteristic related to this archetype includes being terrifying and inescapable. These above-mentioned characteristics will be the subtopics in which the main body will be divided. Such distinctive features are depicted in Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club, where four mother characters are described in varied ways, depicting the possibility of them being classified as part of a literacy archetype- The Mother.
While actions may speak louder than words, words still hold utmost power and have the ability to influence actions and feelings for generations to come. Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose follows a family attempting to uncover the history of the Holocaust and their experiences through it. Gemma, the grandmother to three girls, Shana, Sylvia, and Becca, tells her version of Sleeping Beauty called “Briar
Using her own experiences unmistakably makes The Bean Trees truly hers as she drew from her experiences as a mother to accurately show Taylors transition from adolescent to motherhood. Only people who have experience motherhood can truly comprehend what it encompasses. Sometimes it takes a while to comprehend when big changes occur that they have happened. Turtle was big change in Taylor’s
Alice Walker’s Everyday Use (rpt. in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature Sound and Structure 11th ed [Boston: Wadsworth, 2012] 166-173) is a short story told by the mother of two daughters, Mama. The story tells the tale of the return of Mama’s oldest daughter, Dee, and the problems that Dee’s return causes for Mama and her youngest daughter, Maggie. This short story includes humor and irony, displays detailed characterization, and portrays a very effective point of view. These three literary elements contribute to this story by giving insight into the past and the true personalities of the characters, and the way the characters have changed over time.
There 's a subtle wonderfulness to this story. It 's such a relatable story that involves day to day recounts of activities, Kimberly and her mother 's struggles and strives, financially and culturally. Especially from Aunt Paula. Once she said: “You can release your heart, older sister” (148). And another conversation is that “I am too smart to cheat….It is under me” (157).Even though Kim’s mother suffered loneliness ..she is such a bold character to suffer and sacrifice though she got hardships and rejection from Aunt Paula.
“…she knew she was pretty and that was everything" (308). Within the story there is a lot of family turmoil between mother and daughter, and sister to sister. Connie has an older sister June, who her mother compares her to: “Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister? How have you got your hair fixed—what the hell stinks? Hair spray?
“She proposed that the Declaration of Sentiments demand suffrage for women. All other resolutions passed unanimously. But only a bare majority voted for suffrage.” (Banner 42) However, there were some negative points. For example, in Cady Stanton’s childhood, gender expectations were very flagrant.” Margaret Livingston Cady carefully trained her daughters in the genteel domestic arts appropriate to future wives of the gentry.” (Banner
Character Analysis of the Protagonist in “Everyday Use” Like an onion, the protagonist (mom) in Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” has many layers to her character. As a single parent the mom has to solely provide the necessities of life for her kids, being the only emotional support and dealing with daughters whom are both needing their mother’s wisdom. Her daughter Dee/Wangero, an exceptionally beautiful young woman blessed with “her feet …always neat-looking, as if God himself had shaped them with a certain style” (111), is having an identity crisis as well as being used to getting what she wants. These character traits of Dee/Wangero ultimately creates a conflict within the family dynamic. Maggie is the complete opposite of her sister, while Dee/Wangero is beautiful and smart, Maggie is disfigured and simple-minded.
In “Everyday Use,” two sister Dee and Maggie have different views on how they should preserve and honor their heritage. The story is told from the point of view of their mother, Ms. Johnson, and it is from her that we learn about the difference in the sister’s characters. Dee, who changes her name to Wangero, is outspoken and is the educated sister. Maggie is shy and appears to be ashamed of the burns on her skin. “[Maggie] thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand, that ‘no’ is a word the world would never learn to say to her” (Walker 6).
Through the situations that both Eugenia and Mae Mobley have endured it can be foreshadowed that Mae Mobley will grow up to carry on and expand Eugenia’s legacy. The experiences that Eugenia had are exemplified by Mae Mobley. Eugenia accredits Constantine to raising her and Mae Mobley considers Aibileen to be her real mother (Stockett 336). Mae Mobley is also considered to be lacking in physical beauty, but similarly to Eugenia is made up for in their inner beauty. Constantine’s disappearance was a mystery to Eugenia as Aibileen’s is to Mae Mobley.
She herself doesn’t realize it until it’s too late. This character is very naïve and it is going to get the best of her. To start Oates guides the reader to empathize with Connie by showing us how her mother speaks to her in a way that is emotional abuse. For instance, in the book it states “her mother who noticed everything and knew everything and who hadn’t much reason any longer to look at her own face scolded Connie about it” “stop gawking yourself who are you?” You think you’re so pretty she would say” (Oates, 389). From this statement we can quickly review that Connie’s mom obviously has a jealous reaction to Connie’s appearance.
Now that one knows what she was and was not, one can really begin to look deeper still into the roles she had played. Pt. II : The Duality of the Flapper “ ‘If your mother caught us at this, we 'd certainly get our come-uppance!’ and Eunice became maternal, scrambled a terrifying number of eggs for them, kissed Babbitt on the ear, and in the voice of a brooding abbess marveled, ‘It beats the devil why feminists like me still go on nursing these men!’ ” (Lewis, Ch.32). [Sic]. The above quoted conversation, an excerpt from Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, offers a quick glimpse into the subject of this particular section- the duality of the Flapper Girl.
Be thankful for small mercies.” (Atwood 124) Offred is looking back on her past life to a story her mother once told her. This phrase resonates with Offred because in her past life women were free and now the culture is no longer the way it was but has reformed to be under the power of men and it’s kinda hopeful for offred because her mother is right there is a culture not at all what any women would want but their gender has some power. Offred and her good friend Ofglen both are part of the underground system to free themselves. When Ofglen saw the truck coming for her she made the decision to commit suicide. “ She is a flag on a hilltop, showing what can still be done: we too can be saved.” (Atwood 287) This was a powerful statement because it showed that Gilead cannot control all the women.
All participants were asked to assess the degree to which their mothers treated the children differently (Daniels & Plomin, 1985). This scale was developed based on the Distributive Justice Viewpoint. Individual tends to observe and make judgment toward parental treatment. SIDE includes nine items that assess two main factors: differential affection and differential control. The differential affection scale measures maternal pride, interest, favoritism, enjoyment, and sensitivity (e.g., our mother enjoys doing things with us).