We cherish tradition because it is cyclic and familiar, and that is comforting to us. In Oliver’s poem, “The Black Walnut Tree”, such ideas are reflected through the narrator’s and her mother’s reluctance to get rid of their tree. Through emphasis and imagery, Oliver conveys the all too familiar conflict between the struggle to have money, and yet still honor our spiritual ties with the past. This story is being told in first person point of view, which makes the tone of this poem is serious, heartfelt, and nostalgic. Family means much more than blood, it is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
“It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”(Walls 38). In this quote, Mary Walls indicates to Jeannette to stop thinking about preventing the tree to grow ordinary and un-special; she describes that it struggles for a reason and that is to give it its beauty. This quote metaphorically represents how the hidden, unique beauty that the Joshua tree acquires after it goes through difficult environmental circumstances makes it exotic, and stand out from any other tree. Likewise the Joshua Tree, the Walls children stood out from any other kid around them, they were exceptionally wise, but most of the time the Walls family was considered to be the most chaotic and poor family, in the numerous neighborhoods that they moved to. The harsh conditions that Lori, Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette Walls lived through taught them to fend for themselves and care for each other at a very
Four whose only reason is to be and be” (75). While she is talking about the trees, the reader can symbolically read between the lines. Esperanza wants to be strong no matter what circumstances fly her way. She wants to reach her goals and never forget to keep reaching. She wants to have purpose in her life and live outside of her comfort zone.
Esperanza also realizes that she must be strong and fight her way up, and make her own identity, like the trees she notices, that grew despite the concrete. Esperanza believes that if she can move her roots, then she’ll be able to flourish and grow to be herself. But her problem is that she needs to move away from Mango Street to plant her roots. In the chapter “Four Skinny Trees”, Esperanza says, “Their strength is their secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground.
During the school year, they lived together in Downtown Brooklyn, and travelled to. Once Jacqueline has tasted the sweet life of freedom and privilege in New York, she realizes how ignorant she was about Greenville. Her Grandmother had been protecting her from the racism and segregation that permeated the town like a disease. Through metaphor and character growth, it seems obvious that Woodson is trying to convey the theme that perceptions of home can grow and changes as one grows older. One inference to be made in the story is when Woodson’s Grandmother warns her to stay away from the poison ivy slowly choking the base of a tree in their backyard.
This book represents how Liesel is making a difference using just words, and how she is carving a path for more people to understand the power of words. Proof of this is “the tree was laid out among the rest of the forest. It could never destroy all of it, but if nothing else, a different-colored path was carved through it.” (450) This proves that Liesel has the power to make a difference using just words, because it shows you can’t kill or destroy words. “The Word Shaker” focuses on the power of words, and how words can affect people negatively. Through these books Max is trying to teach Liesel lessons about the power of words, and how words can change people.
Melinda is constantly drawing and relating to trees in the book. She at first thinks the task of drawing a tree is easy, but she soon realizes it is harder than it seems. Melinda can easily picture a tree in her mind, but she can not draw it. This relates to Melinda before and after she was raped by Andy Evans. Before the rape, Melinda is represented by the tree when she says, “I can see it in my head: a strong old oak tree with a wide scarred trunk and thousands of leaves reaching to the sun”(78).
They are the key symbol of the vignette “Four Skinny Trees” and they represent resilience and perseverance. Esperanza identifies with the trees seen from her window, because they have been “planted by the city” without having had a choice, similar to how she is put on Mango Street without having a say in where she herself would like to be. However, the trees “grew despite concrete”, which symbolises growing through hardships, and Esperanza finds inspiration from them to keep going despite the hardships she faces due to her race and poverty. She realises that she has to break through the prejudice that her social class receives, and continue striving for freedom and a better life in the future no matter what her background is, in the same way the trees “reach and do not forget to
She comes with a new attitude and news she has changed her name form Dee to Wangero. She changed her name because she thinks her family doesn’t value their heritage, so she changed it to keep it alive. She also comes back to ask her mother for quilts when it had already been promised to Maggie. Dee thought Maggie can’t appreciate the heritage behind it, but their mother hopped that Maggie would use it for everyday use, exactly what Dee didn’t want. In the end of the story Maggie and her mother sits outside on the yard watching Dee drive away.
But I’ll never know it” (105). At this time in his life he makes his own assumption that rather than the idea that God will punish him or to reward him when the time comes, but there will be no warning or religious explanation when the earth will devour him. In The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero and the journey she takes to finding herself. She encounters many other characters’ stories which can be used as morals, and more obvious with the physically broken house she grows up in. Both the stories and the house motivate her to discover herself.
As I said earlier, signing the petition might get you fired so if Lyddie signs the petition, she’ll get fired so she wouldn’t be able to get money for her family. When Lyddie receives a letter from her mother, she gets or determined than ever to get money to support her family. “She must earn all the money she could to pay what they owed, so she could gather her family together…” (88) This shows that Lyddie is determined to raise money to support her family. But if she signs the petition, she could get fired. Then, she wouldn’t be able to support her family.
I can 't bring it to life. I 'd love to give it up. Quit. But I can 't think of anything else to do, so I keep chipping away at it" (p. 78). This shows how she wants the tree to be a perfect "strong old oak tree" and if it is anything different, it seems dead to her.
In the novel a tree grows in Brooklyn, the protagonist, |Francie Nolan displays three virtues, courage, honesty and acceptance. Courage comes in many shapes, sizes and forms; it can be saving an old lady from a burning building or small encounters of courage, like asking out a secret admirer. Francie’s display’s courage when the doctor makes several comments about poor people being filthy, Francie feels hurt immediately. When the needle went into her, “… Francie never felt it. The wave of hurt started by the doctor 's words… drove out all other feelings” unlike at the school yard when a girl with the blackboard erasers spit in Francie faces, she spoke up, Francie got the courage to stand up for herself and she tells the doctor not to tell her
The Glass Castle suggests that in order to have a successful life you will have to make a huge sacrifice and learn from yours or other mistakes. Jeanette learns that for her to be successful she needs to leave her parents and her sibling behind. She chose to learn from the mistake of her parents and she took a huge risk in leaving her home, her family and moving to New York to make sure that she doesn’t become like her parents. She didn’t want to make the exact mistake that her parents did when they were in her position. Just like in the Glass Castle when Jeanette mention that if she continues to live with her parents she‘ll eventually adapt their way of
This quite shows the struggle that Luma had to go through as leaving her family and dealing with the devastated and angered family members. She was also cut-off from family funds so she was living all on her own in a new country of opportunity. When she saw a group of