The thimble in the passage plays an important role in depicting the relationship between Annie and her mother. “Inside, however, the thimble that weighed worlds spun around and around; as it spun, it bumped up against my heart, my chest, my stomach, and whatever it touched felt as if I had been scorched there” (Page 101). Jamaica King uses the stylistic technique of a metaphor (when comparing Annie’s sadness inside to a thimble) to show how Annie is feeling, which helps show the relationship between her and her mother. The thimble is a result of Annie’s sadness regarding her mom. Ever since they have been spending less time together, sadness has built up inside of Annie.
The short stories, “I Stand Here Ironing” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” are both stories told by women who felt that their responsibilities as a mother were
Written post World War II, in a time when mourning soared above all else, Joanna H. Wos wrote the short story “The One Sitting There”. Written to aid her in mourning of her sister’s death due to starvation in war, Wos takes on a childlike bitterness in her writing. This bitterness stemming from her abundance of food juxtaposed with her sister’s lack of food explains her stubborn refusal to throw the food away. Wos presents a child-like tone through her syntax of telegraphic sentences. Furthermore, she discloses certain personal memories through flashback to compare the importance of food when it abounds to when it does not.
In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza’s shame and despair dragging her down, contrasted with her vivid dreams of escaping her economic class providing purpose and hope demonstrate the dual contradictory effects of poverty on an individual. While she does express ambition for her aspirations, Esperanza’s economic troubles cause her to feel despondent and isolated, demonstrated by her disappointment with her material possessions. Her despair is first introduced in the vignette “The House on Mango Street” where a passing nun views Esperanza’s run-down house. The nun responds to her house with disbelief and disgust, prompting Esperanza’s embarrassment: “The way she said it made me feel like nothing.
Toni Morrison's A Mercy, betrayal is an essential theme. It is betrayal that leads to the change in some character's personalities and behaviors. Florens' life is the outcome of two crucial betrayals, the first being from her own mother. At a young age she was agonized by the feeling of rejection, feeling as though she'd been "thrown away" by her mother. Fortunately, Lina treated her as her very own, taking good care of her, protecting her, and telling her stories. "
The film shows the struggle that these miserable women are going through after losing sons, brothers, and husbands to the Trojan War. The amount of times that these women discuss their mourning is unavoidable. It is nearly impossible to watch the film without feeling empathy for the women. This is very relatable for the many women who lost their husbands and boys to the war.
In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan writes about the intergenerational struggle between the mothers and daughters. This emcompasses the daughters’ modern day life complications such as marriage and money and the mother's old-fashioned wishes such as, following parental orders and honoring the family. Based on the following quote the theme of shame is crystal clear: “But my mother's expression was what devastated me: a quiet, blank look that said she had lost everything” (Tan 140). Jing-Mei Woo had failed her
The Oppression of Women Rosa Parks once said, “There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner.” Literature often reflects such oppression and how it can lead to despair in the characters’ lives. For example, the lives of Jane in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour,” and Miss Emily in “A Rose for Emily,” prove that an overwhelming amount of oppression can affect a person’s mental state.
She simultaneously loves and resents her children because, while she is their mother, she feels that they have taken away her freedom and self-purpose. As Edna journeys in her awakening, she strives to find meaning for herself as Edna, not her children's mother. To prove she is more than just a mother, she distances herself from normal motherly responsibilities. “He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother's place to look after children, whose on earth was it?”(Chopin, 15) Edna's neglect of her children stems from others expectations for her to submit to and look after her
Weiner introduces a duality between caring for others or oneself to depict a stressful situation that influences Allison’s thoughts. Allison Weiss bears a sensitive child, a disconnected husband, a dependent mother, and a sickly father. Along with caring for her child and maintaining a genuine relationship with her husband, Allison feels responsible for her parents’ welfare, from getting her “parents’ house on the market” (177) to filling out mandatory paperwork the “long-term care required” (177) to creating a “long-term plan” (177) for her mom. The workload causes a mental strain that produces anxiety and degrading thoughts, driving Allison to believe she is an unworthy mother, wife, and daughter. In order to manage these taxing obligations
This term proposed for the women committed to crime because of economic factors and it’s often as the sole support of their children and themselves (Moe, Ferraro& Proctor, 2004). Considered as bad mother, it created lower self-esteem, regret, guilty and failure feeling. It simultaneously affect them with the anxiety for the future relationship with the
During the period of great depression business trade that went on between countries became stifled. Many farm produced was reduced and industry jobs were slowed down, especially the farm produced. Many farmers could not produce because of falling farm prices, less consumption and the continuous laying off of workers all affected the farmers so much that there was decrease in exports. Coupled with the effect of the post-world war 1, much of the thriving of 1920s was a recurrent sequence of debt for the American farmer, reducing from farm prices and the necessity to purchase expensive machinery. Thus, the rest of the nation’s felt and saw it as a severe drop and the United States loss much of his external
Children don’t like to think ugly thoughts. 49 Tutor: Old woman, you are the servant of my mistress, why are you standing out here, in front of the gates, all alone, wailing the pains of your soul? How is Medea managing without you? Nurse: Old man, you are the tutor of Jason’s children and you should know that what worries a mistress worries her servants –if they are good servants!
Daughter of a sharecropper, Anne Moody soon at a young age came to the realization that her skin color made her part of the inferior race, inferior to the white race and subject to the control and merciless power of the white society and government. As a child after her father abandoned her mother, Moody live in continuous poverty. Poverty caused her mother sincere depression and planted a seed of bitterness in little five year old Moody. ”Mama cried all night.” Stated Anne Moody.