Kingston/Fa Mu Lan says: “I never told them the truth. Chinese executed women who disguised themselves as soldiers or students, no matter how bravely they fought or how high they scored on the examinations” (Kingston 39). Thus, by putting on male clothes and the choice of silence, she becomes a strong woman (Parrott ). Unfortunately, silence as a powerful discourse and “weapon against her enemies” (Parrott ) only seems to work in the fictionalized tale of Fa Mu Lan. Towards the end of the second chapter, Kingston realizes that she cannot use silence as a weapon in the real world.
For instance, in The Silver Sword, Ruth, does not show any sign of weakness while pursuing Edek. When she struggled while finding him, her stubbornness aided her to continue her search for him. That is to say, if she was weak and she let her emotions take over; she would have given up on the idea completely. Thus, she shows strength in the commitment to finding her brother. Furthermore, Ruth has a strongly symbolizes feminism and this helps to assume that all girls in “Lord of the Flies” would have represented a similar image.
She was content with what she had with Naomi and God rewarded her for that. She could have given up on God because of her inability to marry a man because of where she lived.But, she stayed true in him and God took notice. It says in Ruth 2:19-22, “ 19 Her
Yet, at home, she devotes love and curiosity to her family. This contrasts to multiple other characters, as the relationship between Ruth and her single mother is inspiring. Accordingly, she respects her mother, who provides encouragements like, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” With pure gratitude, Ruth seeks to apply her mother’s words. When bullies trouble Philip, Ruth can empathise with him. Thus, he appreciates her as a companion, despite unable to express his gratitude.
Ruth lived a very sad life with her father, she admire the Black folks they were poor but they appeared happy. Ruth states, “If there was one thing Tateh didn’t like more than gentiles, it was black folks”(McBride 107). Tateh hated black folks so much that after Ruth married Dennis James’ father a black man, he disowned her. Keeping that a secret was better off for her kids but James wanted to know where was his mother from, who was her family, so James went to Suffolk, Virginia where his mother was raised. To find out that his grandfather was a racist, horrible person.
Ruth is begging for Mama not to change her mind on moving saying she will do anything. Her family needs this chance to live a better life. Ruth is willing to work harder and harder if it means she works for what her family wants and needs. Ruth Younger is motivated by working for her family’s and her goals to get what they dream
*My name is Saleen Nelson and I chose to do my presentation on Symbolism in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club *I chose to do my IOP on The Joy Luck Club because it was the most interesting book to me out of all the ones we read and I was intrigued by the symbolism in every chapter. *Symbols are things that can be images, ideas, words etc. Symbols are used everyday to get a point across to others. In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan uses symbols in every chapter she writes. Her copious use of symbols makes each chapter of the book more captivating.
The lord of the flies is used throughout parts of the book to build the themes of both fear and evil. The conch is used to develop the theme of civilization on the island, and finally, the beast is used to build and develop the theme of fear of the island. At the end of the novel, it becomes really clear what the major symbols are, and the themes which they point to. Symbols are necessary in a novel in order to build suspense and keep the reader
The reader receives various emotions while reading this book from examples given by the author. The novel is narrated by four different women and their daughters; Suyuan, Jing-mei, An-mei, Rose, Lindo, Waverly, Ying-ying, and Lena. In the novel, The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan states various uses of themes, symbols, motifs, and point of view to clarify
Morrison is concerned with the omitted and unspeakable past of the black slave women. Recollecting her past, Sethe remembers that once upon a time her house 124 had been “a cheerful, buzzing house where Baby Suggs, holy, loved, cautioned, fed, chastised and soothed” (Morrison, 86). The main concern of Morrison in Beloved is to re-establish the connectivity between women to face the physical as well as psychological survival in the era of slavery. Discussing about the relationship between two women, Morrison says: We read about Ajax and Achillies willing to die for each other, but very little about the friendship of women, and them having respect for each other, like it’s something new. But black women had always had that, they have always been emotional life support for each other.”(Morrison, xvi) When Sethe arrived with her daughter, Baby Suggs “kissed her on the mouth and refused to let her see the children.