In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, home to Janie is a place that has both positive and negative associations- the pear tree. Janie constantly goes to the pear tree for comfort; it is her place of happiness, peace and her love life. At the same time, Janie has the pear tree embedded in her mind. She constantly compares her partners to the pear tree and what their love should be like; so when the thought of an unwelcoming incident pops up in her head, he is tarnishing her pear tree. At sixteen, Janie’s grandmother caught her kissing Johnny Taylor; Janie spends most of her day under the pear tree in her backyard with her mind-boggling questions on virginity, love and marriage.
Her mother always nags on Connie saying that she should be like June who follows the rules and is a good role model. Her mom tells her, “Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister?.. You don’t see you sister using that junk” (988). Connie does this so that way she can see what she likes and what she does not like. Connie’s actions also coincide with her being fifteen.
As the barn reminds her of her family and how the farmers work it reminds her of who she is and the barrier between her culture and the outside culture between rural society and the urban society. The marginalization between cultures and society is played hugely by Viramontes, she does this to show the difference between Estrella’s culture and the others. By using the raisin girl on the box, “Estrella saw a girl smiling with grapes” (49). Which does not capture her image. It shows how society is hiding the truth from everyone from knowing that children are picking fruit for people who are wealthy or in middle class.
In the novel “ The House On Mango Street” , by Sandra Cisneros, the main character Esperanza views herself negatively regarding her place in the community, but slowly transitions into accepting who she is and where she comes from through life's experience. As Esperanza grows she learns the importance of where she at can help her find herself. Mango Street turns out to mean a lot to Esperanza and she wants to leave but she knows will be back, because Mango Street is where her home is ( Cisneros 3-110 ). Esperanza think negative about herself a lot, first she talks about the house on mango street ,“ A real house. One I could point to.
He lived off of the very minimum and made Jeanette do things independently from a young age. He told her, "If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (Walls 66). Jeanette loved her dad but at the same time resented the way he lived. This encouraged her to move onto a new lifestyle without the hassle of her dad’s
“If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (41). Although Rex Walls was not always an admirable father and role model, he did make an essential point while teaching his daughter, Jeannette, how to swim. In life, not everything comes without resistance. As Jeannette Walls describes throughout her life story, sometimes people are forced to face hardships that make them question their whole life. However, as seen in her book, it is important to learn to take those hardships and use them to shape one’s future for the better.
This quote reforms the symbolism between the seahouse coastline of vietnam and Mai's mother. The author uses this throughout the book to add an extra connection between her mother and vietnam. In the book mai’s see her mothers “ silhouette cast a faint sea-horse curve against the dark window-shine.”(pg 161) , another example of the author connecting mai’s mother to vietnam which example her disconnect, and resentment. The main premises of the book is mais need to fit into american culture, hence her dresser to get into college. Her mother is the one thing holding her back, not only is she completely depended on her, but she is a constant reminder of her traumatising childhood.
She stays home, and under the warmness of the sun, she begins her day dreaming about love and the boy she has met the night before. In the beginning, the author writes “Connie sat with her eyes closed in the sun…” (Oates 12), which means that Connie falls asleep after her family left. Then right in the same paragraph, Oates also tells us that “when [Connie] opened her eyes she hardly knew where she was...She shook her head as if to get awake.” This line shows that Connie is at the start of her dream because the only time we don’t know a place is when we is
These two women continue to “talk slowly/…trying in a difficult time to be wise,” so they each come up with their own excuses on why throwing the tree, the family, out would make the most sense (lines 8, 9, 10). Fearing more damage to the house, the facade a family puts up to tell society they do not have trouble, the narrator mentions the “Roots in the cellar drains”; meanwhile, the mother of the narrator
However, one must stay true and authentic and understand the desires and needs, in order to attain an adequate living, just like Chris McCandless. In today’s society, self-reliance and non-conformity is an annotation on the tenets that people still value. Some people in today’s world have seemed to forgotten the ability to be content in isolation and individuality. Being true to oneself takes bravery and it compels one to be pensive and unbiased. Like Chris McCandless, he was pensive and unbiased without being thoughtless or impertinent to others.