The family in my example is a Native American family whose household consists of grandmother, grandfather, daughter and her five children ages 17, 15,12,8, and 5. Both the grandmother and mother work at the local casino. The mother is a supervisor there and often has to work long hours to cover shifts or for special events. The oldest child is female and is in special education with a diagnosis of FASD and has become an active addict using alcohol and prescription drugs. The fifteen year old is an avid anti-drug advocate and very active in sports and school. The twelve and eight year olds are females who are doing well in school and socially. The youngest has a different father which has caused issues among some relatives, is very active
In the novel “A Long Way from Chicago” by Richard Peak, Grandma Dowdel gets to spend one week for seven year in the summer taking care of her grand kids. Mary Alice visit Grandma Dowdel from the year of 1929 to the year of 1935. In the beginning, Mary Alice didn’t want to visit Grandma and she keep on getting nightmare but, later on, she kind of miss Grandma There are three examples of Mary Alice changing throughout the seven years with grandma. The first example is “Grandma’s missing Mrs. Wilcox and Men don’t have any idea about women” said Mary Alice .
Throughout the story, Hanan Shakyhs focuses on a dysfunctional family in the story “The Persian Carpet”. The child narrator claims that she has control of herself and the situation by stating that she fully knows herself; when in reality, she has forgotten her resolve and was anticipating the meeting with her mother by gladly stating that she would not give up hope on their relationship. However, the situation drastically changed when the narrator discovered the carpet that was laying on the floor which resulted the main character’s outrage. Moreover, she states that “Ilya was almost a blind man who used to go round of the houses of the quarter repairing cane chairs” (Hanan, 254). This passage is imperative to the
In Tobias Wolff’s short story “The Liar,” the protagonist, James, lies to help him construct a new identity outside of his family. James tells morbid lies about his mother in order to distance himself from her. Since, the loss of his father, James no longer associates with people who are like him. The lies started after his father’s death and his mother starts noticing how much differently he was acting. Since his mother is treating him like she is disappointed in him, James begins to devolve into a state of repressed bitterness. These lies are his way of expressing himself in a new reality to match his wishes. One example of this is when James says, “Felt like a failure. My lying had that effect on her. She took it personally… She thought
In the short stories, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “Wildwood” by Junot Diaz, there are a similar type of theme and main character. Both short stories utilize a theme of freedom and a main character that goes along with the theme. The main character is one that is “held back” and wants to have freedom, but there is an antagonist that is preventing that from happening. However, towards the end of the story, there is a plot twist and change in the mindset of the main character.
Mary Gordon, a famous author who was born in 1949 in Far Rockaway, New York. She was born into a strict Catholic home by Anna Gagliano and David Gordon (Gordon). In Mary’s younger years she had wanted to be nun, but it all changed after the death of her father David. After David died from heart failure in 1957, Mary’s mother sold the house and took Mary back to live in the house that she has grew up in. They both went to take care of Mary’s grandmother, but not long after the grandmother had passed away Mary’s mother became alcoholic, which lead to Mary being alone most of the time since Mary’s mother’s side of the family never liked her (Gordon). Being lonely most of the time, which made her to started writing. Mary excelled in school and had made lasting friendships with
Differences between people have been around since the begin of mankind, they have started great disasters such as every war ever started, deaths, and sometimes disappears. In the nonfiction passage Confetti Girl, by Diana Lopez, and the nonfiction text from Tortilla Sun, by Jennifer Cervantes, both the narrator's point of views differ from those of their parents, therefore creating conflict between each other. In Confetti Girl, the narrator is the little girl that feels her father is ignoring her because he cares too much about literature. In Tortilla Sun the other little girl feels her mother cares only about getting her degree and is not concerned about the needs of the girl. In Diana’s story the tension is created when the girl is not treated the way she was used to, and when her father is not listening to her conversation, in Jennifer’s story tension rises when things don't go the right way, and when bad news is given.
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.
When becoming a mother, the first instinct is to protect and raise a healthy child at whatever cost. Habits are drop as well as large life changes. The last bite is given as well as altering one’s life style to insure the child has no needs. This could mean getting rid of negative, toxic people who could pose as a threat or even a sleeping pattern may need to be altered. However, the child comes first and the mothers wants are secondary.
Back long ago before we had books or even computers we socialized with each other, We sat around the dinner table or a fire and told stories from start to finish. We didn't just speak to tell the stories, we also used visuals such as pictures. The pictures were used to engage the audience into the storie. During the book Yellow Raft In Blue Water the author Michael Dorris covers many different topics, he goes over the struggle with racism, the power struggle, the struggle with appearances, and the struggle of an inescapable reality. The author Michael Dorris, who is Native American, writes this book so it focuses around the lives of three Native American women. Each women has there own section that they narrate
The main topic proposal for my research project will focus on Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club events and how they are based on a true story as far as she can recall. Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club deals with rape, alcoholism and a mother that is nervous in East Texas with list of seven husbands. The human mind’s memory is delicate and can change (Simply). A first-hand account such as a memoir gives me a chance to analyze the truth behind the stories. Eyewitness accounts are highly inaccurate and several witnesses in the same place and time can have many different accounts of the same scene (Eyewitnes). Regarding memoir this becomes the concern for some critics. So, what matters and doesn’t matter about truth may all be in the perspective of the author,
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is a diary written by a young Jewish girl named Anne Frank. She wrote this diary while in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. This diary, which was originally written in Dutch was translated into 60 languages. This 330-page book describes the life of Anne Frank during her hiding. The setting of the book was during world war one. Themes of identity and isolation are present in the book.
One night he came back drunk from the bar stumbling into the kitchen knocking over chairs and plates off the shelves, breaking them. As the kids tried to help him he only fought them off swinging his fist at them and kicking them away. He was mad and looking for Rose Mary, his wife. He finally found her and they got into a fight where he wrestled her to the ground. Once he had her pinned down to the ground he told her, “Rose Mary, you’re one hell of a woman.” The book goes on to say, “Mom told him he was a stinking rotten drunk. ‘Yeah, but you love this old drunk, don’t you?’ Dad said. Mom at first said no, she didn’t, but Dad kept asking her again and again, and when she finally said yes, the fight disappeared” (Walls 122). This shows us how even though they may fight a lot, and even though he’s a drunk, they still love each other and are together for a reason. As the book goes on, at the end of part 3, when Jeanette is on the bus leaving for New York she finds herself waving and looking back at her dad through the back window in the bus. “I wanted to look ahead to where I was going, not back at what I was leaving, but then I turned anyways.” Jeannette knows that she is going to a better place for her future and has no doubt in her mind that she needs to get away from her parents and out of that town. Despite how terrible of father her Dad is,
“ I stood up and started stirring the hot dogs again, I felt a blaze on my right side. I turned to see where it was coming from and realizing my dress was on fire.” (Part 2, p 5) She severely burns herself. I believe that Jeanette’s parents shouldn’t have let her cook hot dogs at such a young age. It could have. When Jeanette is four years old, the family moves to Las Vegas. They stay there for about a month. In Vegas, they lived in a motel. “ During the day, we went to the casinos, where dad said he had a sure-fire system for beating the house.”9(Part 2, p.19) Rex had made enough money to last the family for two months by cheating in Blackjack. The Walls family moves to an abandoned depot station. There, the kids are forced to sleep in boxes because they have no beds. However, they made fun out of it and when the parents went to go buy beds, they said not to. Thankfully, Rex gets a job in a mine. However, a few months later, he loses his job. The kids have to starve. They start to steal food form other kids’ lunches. When Rex loses his job, Rose Mary gets a job. She was a teacher and hated it. “ Mom said every morning “Why cant I do what I want to do” ” (Part 2, P 46) Despite the fact that Rose Mary was working, and they finally had food in their fridge, they always ran out of money. The parents didn’t know how to manage money. Rose Mary had the chance to inherit an expensive house from Granny Smith. Granny Smith
The children were in the back of the U-Haul during one of their many moving trips and they almost fell out because of the carelessness of their parents. Due to the fact that the kids fell out, there was much chaos because there was “little communication.” (Cherry). “The driver must have signaled Mom and Dad because the U-Haul slowed to a stop.” (50) Rex was full of anger and frustration towards his children even though the whole situation was his and Rosemary’s fault. Not only do the parents protect Jeanette and her brother from dangerous situations but they also don’t keep them away from dangerous people. “While these parents fulfill the child’s basic needs, they are generally detached from their child’s life.” (Cherry) When the family moves in to huge home in Phoenix, all the windows and doors are kept unlocked and opened. One night, the neighborhood pervert comes into the house and touches Jeanette. “I was awakened by someone rubbing their hand on my private parts.” (103) she screams in fear but the only people that come to her rescue are her brother and sister. Later that evening Both Jeanette and Brian go out and try to hunt the man down, not the