Ha’s journey is a perfect example of the universal refugee experience. She faces racism, discrimination, loneliness, and, over time, a growing sense of love for her new home. Ha’s life is turned “inside out and back again”. Before Ha had to flee Saigon, she was headstrong and selfish, but she was also a girl who loved her mother and couldn't wait to grow up. She wanted to be able to do something before her older brothers did it, and do it better.
In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Edna seeks peace and happiness through finding where she fits among other characters and by avoiding the negative effects that people have on her by isolating herself. Edna Pontellier, a young mother in New Orleans is married to a very successful proud man, Mr. Pontellier and together they have 2 sons. As a family they go on vacations to Grand Isle, where Edna meets Robert a secret love interest, and begins to learn that her unhappiness is rooted in her responsibilities as a mother and wife. Throughout the novel, Chopin uses Edna’s reliance on other characters, such as Mr. Pontellier, and their reliance on her, to regulate her happiness. Change occurs when Edna realizes that her happiness will only come when she is separate from society, but she eventually understands that she cannot do this in the life she is living and chooses to simply stop living it.
The Awakening, a novella by Kate Chopin, introduces Edna Pontellier’s struggle to find independence from society's standards. This novella was set in the 19th century in La Grand Isle, off the coast of Louisiana. While Edna was staying in La Grand Isle she met Robert Lebrun who was very flirtatious; Robert’s innocent flirtation was taken seriously by Edna, and this ultimately sparked her desire to feel independent from the realities of her life. Throughout Edna’s quest for separation from societal expectations she not only became disconnected from her family, but also her friends. Adèle Ratignolle displayed a consistent friendship towards Edna throughout Edna’s rebellious actions towards her family and society.
Morrison investigates the psychology of motherhood when Sethe and her children encounter freedom. No longer a "breeder," Sethe is free to love her children absolutely and, therefore, becomes capable of making controversial sacrifices to protect them. Morrison highlights the extreme parenting steps that Sethe takes to save her children from a life she once lived. Throughout her childhood and into her adulthood, Sethe felt abandoned by her mother when she escaped slavery without taking Sethe with her. Sethe did not want her daughter, Beloved, to feel this
In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,” and “The Hand” by Colette, the protagonists are resigned from their lives. The hand girl, a newlywed wife, is frightened of her husband’s power and afraid of the man that she misguided for love. Desiree marries Armand upon his proposal only to leave him after having a major conflict. However, Desiree and the hand girl only gaines sadness from their marriage. The women’s feelings towards their husband changes across the story as they displays their emotions and actions by facing their obstacles head on.
In time Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence to be the child of her affection, seeing that she was without child of the flesh”. Since Madame Valdemont wasn't able to conceive a baby, she believes that finding a baby in her doorsteps was a blessing sent to her. Furthermore, during this period in history, some found extreme to leave a baby on a doorsteps of a family to provide a better life. Particularly if one was a single parent which couldn't provide a proper life for the child. In the beginning of the story, Desiree was left on a stone pillar at the Valdemonde Mansion; it also says that Armand sees her and falls in love with
A real parent is someone who puts their kids above their own selfish wants and needs. In D.H Lawrence’s short story “ The Rocking Horse Winner” it is about a mother who can not afford her dream lifestyle. Hester, the mother, believes that the main reason why she isn’t living her dream is because her husband is unlucky, therefore, makes her unlucky as well. Hester despises her life so much, that she burdens her children with her desire wants. Her son, Paul, is determined to show his mother that he is lucky and can bring her the happiness that she so desperately craves.
Nea’s journey seems solely based on saving her sister when in actuality she is trying to find excuses to avoid growing up. The tragic hero fabricates false dangers to compensate her desire to be needed by her sister who has moved on with her life. Nea feels abandoned becausen Sourdi matures while she remains a child. Ma and Sourdi remain connected with traditional customs that Nea simply cannot understand due to her exposure to American culture. Her over active imagination, anxiety, and aggression get her into trouble.
When Edna Pontellier of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening realized that she was not satisfied with the life that she was leading, she began to gradually break free from the societal restrictions placed upon her. She seeks freedom from her role as a wife, first distancing herself from Mr.Pontellier by engaging in relationships with other men, then distancing herself further when she purchases her own house. During her pursuit for a new life, a wave of emotions that had previously gone dormant are revived. She finds herself increasingly attached to her new life: her paintings, her pigeon house, and her love for Robert. As the novella proceeds, Edna’s feelings for Robert intensify, and his final rejection of her leaves her heartbroken.