Her husband’s death freed her and she saw the best moments of life that were to soon come. In a brief period of time where there should have been grief there was instead joyfulness and relief. She realized that she would have the rest of her life to live for herself and not her husband. There is no one to command her anymore and this is why
She is raped by him often, and has fathered many of his children. Once Pa’s wife dies, she is forced to be the motherly figure in her siblings/kids life. All of these people in her house at the time are related to her by blood, in more ways than most, but you can tell they are not family to her. She does not feel at the beginning of the book. She makes herself not feel, so she can stay alive.
Ellen knows that she is not going to live with her abusive father forever, she believes that she will find a loving family that will take her in and a place to call home. When Ellen goes to Church she notices a foster mother with many children. “I went to church and figured that the woman with all the girls lined up by her had to be the new mama for me and then I looked up and thanked the lord for sending me that dress. I said I look like I am worth something today and she will notice the dress first and then me inside it and say to herself I sure would like to have a girl like her”.
“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world” was a statement by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a very strong statement, for death, in the non-literary world, is not typically associated with anything poetical. In fact, many would argue that death is the opposite of poetical. If poetical means, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “having an imaginative or sensitive emotional style of expression”, then it can be said that death is unpoetical. Death is the end of one’s emotions, and in non-literal terms, death can be the lack of emotions.
She started helping around the house, but when she figured out that it wasn’t much, she got a job at the fields and even though she had no experience in it she still went ahead and did it. “Mama had been strong for her. Now it was her turn to be strong for Mama. She must show her that she didn’t need to worry anymore.”(p163) Based on this quote, I can tell that she knew she had to be strong and her Mom’s sickness didn’t make her more sad than she already was, it motivated her to be strong for her mom and whatever was coming up.
I won't give in.” (Ross 74). Her determination to get her way in the matter of selling their farm and going to the city caused her to run away and get their son killed in the dust storm. Paul loved the farm. He was a poor man, but he always provided food, shelter, and clothes for Ellen.
For the rest of them who stayed in the woods, Duchess was the mother, she held piney, the daughter in the cabin protecting her until she died in her arms. Mother Shipton was the grandmother, she starved herself to be able to feed everybody else, she looked out for everybody hoping that her sacrifice would give everybody a chance to make it out alive. Tom was the son, he looked up to John Oakurst like a father and he left to
She watched her mother die slowly and she watched her dad struggle to take care of her. As a young kid or even as an adult watching the person who is supposed to raise you and teach about love, and everything you need to know in life will greatly affect what type of person you turn into. One of the most heartbreaking things you can go through as a child is watching your mother slowly die and then watching your father struggle to take care of her and provide for the family. Ida went through a lot, her mom was sick and then her mom’s sister Clara came to help out and caused a lot of drama in the family. All the fighting put a lot of stress on young Ida, “Mama charged Clara with sneaking into the house like an enemy, charger that she had always covered papa, berated her for taking advantage of illness to have her way” (283).
She made the selfish, cowardly decision to commit suicide. This was during the time when her third husband and her child had passed away. She was also very poor, having spent all her money on fine living. Rheumatism and had been taking over her life, so she was taking morphine for the pain. One day she overdosed herself purposefully.
Her journey went on for days without having to eat or drink. One of the most agonizing times of a mother’s life was seeing her wounded and sick daughter’s death. Rowlandson states, “about two hours in the night, my sweet Babe like a Lambe departed this life” (Rowlandson 491). Rowlandson experienced the bareness of the wilderness. She felt hunger, begged for food, and learned how to eat food that she never find appetizing.