The characters Mona and The narrator from “White Umbrella” by Gish Jen; have common sense, honesty, and confidence. The characters are different but the same. They are both asian and come from the same parents. They both play the piano and are very good at it. They are also different but that will be explained in the next paragraphs.
Shame and guilt can go hand in hand, as seen in; Flight, The Glass Castle, and The Joy Luck Club. As the three novels progress, many of the characters suffer with inner shame and guilt. While the characters suffer with these things, it somehow seems to shape and change them. Through the characters hardships and struggles, the theme of shame and guilt emerges.
One of the many themes in the novel, Bless me, Ultima is Antonio’s “loss of innocence” throughout the months upon the arrival of Ultima, the curandera. At the beginning of the novel, Antonio is an innocent boy, protected from reality thanks to his age and parents. As the novel progresses, Antonio becomes aware of the bad and the good in life. Antonio’s transition from innocence to experience is shown through particular events.
In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls is forced to take care of herself from a very young age. Her parents are mentally unstable, and her dad regularly turns to alcohol. She is forced to move when any problems arise, which is often--from Battle Mountain to Phoenix to the small town of Welch, Virginia. Despite all of this, Jeannette has a memorable childhood, riding around on bikes, petting cheetahs, and declaring ownership of stars. Throughout her whole life, she is consistently the only one that believes in her reckless father. Even still, when their parents and their living situation becomes too much to bear, she and her sister Lori decide that they must get out, and find New York City to be the ideal location. In the end, Jeannette accepts
Kirsten Dunst once said, “You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you're in the most sad, confused time of your life. It just happens.” This quote relates to the relationships between the characters in Ethan Frome. The relationships people have with each other can affect them in a negative or positive way, and in Edith Wharton's novel, Ethan Frome, Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver enjoy a unique relationship that affects them both in a positive way.
Forgiving someone is one of the best things you could do. However, for you to forgive someone, you must accept what has happened and be ready to move on. Forgiving someone gives them an opportunity to redeem themselves, and allows them to move on as well. By accepting the past, you might find reasoning within the mistakes of the others, and give you as better understanding of how you should act. Forgiveness is a large part of The First Stone, and within the story is a valuable lesson: By forgiving someone, you are allow both yourself and the other person to move on and grow, as well as allowing you to look back in an unbiased way. By giving someone a second chance, you have bestowed upon them an opportunity to make up for their past mistakes,
Lupe Medrano a shy girl who was bad at sports, wanted to be the marble champ. Lupe is the main character in the story “The Marble Champ” by Gary Soto and she is a great role model and that can be hard because not everyone is a role model. She is a role model because she is hardworking, a good sport, and she is very intelligent.
When it comes to doing what 's right; when stuck in a dilemma, how does one conform? Society is constantly edging us to submit to external pressures with the fear of being judged even if it might be the wrong decision. Two Fishermen, and The Snob illustrated by Morley Callaghan are both exceptional examples on how society views and pressures can have an impact on one’s actions towards a situation. Whether it is based on one’s hierarchy placement by assumptions or, even when one gets judged by the way they appear. Throughout these two short stories, the protagonists Michael and John are placed in tough situations making them face societal obstacles. When someone is placed in a situation they can feel uncomfortable, or threatened, which then
Nikki Giovanni is a strong woman who expresses her emotions through the words she write. With every stanza or line that she wrote there was a significant meaning behind it. Giovanni used her words as a window to speak and inspire. This poem entitled “Choices” by Nikki Giovanni was written after her father’s death. Giovanni was very distraught by the sudden death of her father. This was an unexpected turn, as he passed away on June 8,1982, the day after his 39th birthday. This was the very same year that Giovanni decided to write this poem. She used this poem as a window to reach her readers, while letting out her deepest emotions through poetry to mourn the lost of her father.
Would you be tempted to eat the forbidden fruit is displayed in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter”. A long time ago a young man named Giovanni Guasconti moved to Italy to pursue his studies although he discovered something else. A garden so beautiful and enchanting similar to the daughter of the owner of the garden, Beatrice, who was the forbidden fruit of the town. So Giovanni watched her from afar until he could not any more so he discovered a secret entrance into the garden. Once he snuck into the garden Beatrice and Giovanni fell in love just as fast as Romeo and Juliet. Although as their love for each other bloomed something else was lurking in the forefront of Giovanni’s mind. The warning that Guasconti gave him to avoid Rappaccini and his daughter.
Set against the backdrop of Naples, the characters in Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend are immersed in a world of violence, ignorance, and poverty. Under this shadow, Elena and Lila struggle to define the past of their parents from their own future. In fact, it is the weight of despair that allows small moments of joy to become vibrant within the story; as James Wood describes, “deprivation gives details a snatched richness” (Wood 10). The luminosity of moments like when Elena travels to Ischia, when the two girls purchase Little Women, and lighting fireworks on New Years Eve, are integral to the depiction of brilliant friendship between them. Therefore, it is not coincidental that when the girls experience fleeting moments of childhood bliss,
Character’s in The Cage have faced many difficult challenges and choices not only against the Germans but against themselves. Many decisions were based on logic and choices that benefited both friends and family as well as the person themselves. However some decisions were made because their was no other choice, it was a choice of survival. Choices needed to be made about staying in Poland or going to the labour camps, overcoming physical challenges, and making decisions on how to save your family.
"City of Glass" begins as a writer, Daniel Quinn, receives a call meant for the Auster detective agency. Daniel Quinn the writer assumes the identity of Paul Auster the detective and begins to help a man named Peter Stillman find out if his father has ill intent towards him. Quinn then loses himself in the role of Paul Auster after losing contact with both the Stillmans and Professor Stillman. The novel ends with a person named 'the Narrator' telling the readers about how any inconsistencies or faults in the story are his own as the red notebook had gotten much sloppier and much more minimal as the entries went on. Paul Auster's faux detective novel leaves more issues unresolved than resolved which often frustrates the audience reading the
The researcher decides Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned to be the objects of the study on inferiority and superiority complex causing hedonistic lifestyle in main character. The first reason, both of literary works cover the changing of each life of the main character, society and ultimately the individual. Second, they both share the same social background of the main character in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian, displays a well-respected young man. He doesn’t recognize his own beauty until he sees it reflected in Basil’s portrait, and, once he does, it’s all too late. While Anthony in The Beautiful and Damned is illustrates reaching pleasure as the lifestyle and it becomes a habit. To get what they want, he will do anything and they do not want to feel the hurt. They think the important things in their life are pleasure and happiness. Pleasure for Anthony is when he lives freely without hard work, spends a lot of money for drunk, goes to the party and also makes up his wife more beautiful using luxuries treatment. The important thing for him is could get his grandfather’s heritages. Here, hedonism is used as the main theory to analyze because the problems of these novels are related to the luxurious lifestyle and temporary happiness.
Shakespeare in love is comedy that provides a clear juxtaposition of Shakespeare’s live in Elizabethan time and creates allusions to his works and modern times with allusion to famous Hollywood films.