A short story called “Everyday Use” is written by Alice Walker. The main character of the short story Mama is the narrator. It consists of a mother and her two daughters experiencing a change in their normal behavior during this story. The mother had a permanent change in character by refusing to let Dee have the quilts she was asking for. The character Mama decided that she had enough of her eldest daughter Dee(Wangero) getting whatever she wanted while her youngest daughter Maggie stood by in fear.
The poem “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde illustrates the concerns and struggles many people face during their adolescent years. The poem is written in the voice of a 14 year-old girl that is worried about several different obstacles she is facing. “Hanging Fire” is expressing the hardships that come along with growing up by showing the everyday thoughts and fears of a teenage girl, as well as some more serious problems she is trying to conquer by her lonesome. “Hanging Fire” is written in a language that is very straight forward making it simple to comprehend what the girl is trying to stress. The girl seems extremely concerned with everything going on in her life from simple temporary problems, to more intense problems such as dying.
A Sorrowful Woman was written by Gail Godwin an American novelist and short story writer. She wrote this short about a young woman who seem to be depressed and wanted nothing to do with her husband and son, because she felt overwhelm from her duties of being a wife and a mother. She tried different roles within the home, like writing poetry, but none made her feel satisfied (Pg.39). She was secluded from the rest of the world. In spite of the fact that she tries on numerous roles none of these appear to fulfill her; she attempted these identities like trying on outfits, then disposed of them.
Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem” tells the story of a mother who is full of regret and guilt for a child that she chose not to have. The poem depicts many ways that express Clifton’s intentions and how it all fits together. Clifton wrote this poem with so much deep emotions that she was “talking in such a way that the heart can hear”. Robert Bly stated that when “talking in such a way that the heart can hear” “… The voice naturally drops and we feel an achieved intimacy” (Bly, 42). I noticed that this poem had been written in all lower case letters except for Genesee Hill and Canada.
The Aunties are uneasy by Jing-mei's statement “‘Not know your own mother?’ cries Auntie An-mei with disbelief. ‘How can you say? Your mother is in your bones!’” (Tan 16). Jing-mei little by little understands her mother's ways after her passing. Jing-mei and her father travel to her mother’s homeland to comprehend what her mother endured “She must not only hear her mother's words, and later, her father's, but also she must see the landscape that those words, or mini poems, interpret in order for her to discover her own individual place” (Wood 13).
It is evident that Melinda was depressed as she was biting her lip and cutting her wrist with the end of a paperclip. Due to her depression, she was not fully understood by many people, such as her parents and Heather. For example, when Melinda cut her wrist, her mom said, "I don’t have time for this Melinda" (88). Since her mom does not bother to take the time to comprehend her situation, it is clear that she does care about how Melinda feels. Moreover, Melinda’s behavioural issues stem from her depression and lack of desire to actively engage in her life.
Smith wants the girl should get chance to speak openly and puts her view in social and political matters. “As a woman, I’m constantly reassuring myself that it’s important for my children to see a woman doing something she is passionate about, going away and coming home, speaking publicly about the things she believes in. Our culture (our civilization!) still seems to celebrate that in men more than it does in women” (“Tracy K. Smith Talks to Gregory Pardlo | Literary Hub"). In this poem, the poet suggests that the girl is unhappy because of loss of her parent, she has no rights to question and put her views on social and political matter, and she is
In the beginning of the story, the relationship between the narrator and the teacher appears to be rigid, as Emily’s mother is immediately defensive of her child’s welfare. After the teacher ensures that she is “deeply interested in helping” the young girl who is still maturing, the narrator immediately retorts with, “Even if I came, what good would it do? You think because I am her mother I have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key?” She then goes on to discuss how wonderful and beautiful Emily was as a baby, which will later be contrasted as the young girl begins to age and becomes more thin and frail. The fact
The themes in this poem don’t really attempt to hide themselves. After reading, it is fairly obvious that it is written about a woman’s struggle with her appearance as she ages, and a search for self-worth, and meaning in life. These are conflicts almost everyone faces at some point in their life, including Plath. Actually, at the time this poem was written (1961), she had been married, and recently had her first child. I assume that Plath was having some of these scared feelings of being trapped, she had left her youth behind, and had nowhere to go.