The book thief has many hidden meanings and themes, but the one that stood out to me the most is love. Love, and the different scenarios associated with it, pops up several times throughout the book. Liesel, the main character, goes through a lot in the book thief and much of it involves some form of love. Liesel is sent away from her parents, whom she loves, to live with a strict mother and a caring father. She must pretend to be a part of this new family, live in a new place, make new friends, and follow new rules.
In Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use, readers are given a look inside the thoughts of Ms. Johnson as she is reunited with her daughter Dee or “Wangero” as she now calls herself. What makes this short story thought provoking is the way Walker depicts Ms. Johnson’s reaction to Dee’s new found identity and new found appreciation for a life she once despised. Ms. Johnson noted that as a child, Dee hated their previous home which burned down years ago: this also resulted in Maggie’s burn scars. The purpose of this essay is to explore the symbolism embodied in the family’s yard, Maggie’s burn scars, the trunk with quilts and Dee’s Polaroid camera. It is obvious in this story that Dee has untasteful intentions for the use of her family’s heritage for vain purposes.
Kate’s motherly and concerned attributes gave her the ability and strength to support her daughter. She felt sorry and wanted the best for Helen, and Kate would have done anything to protect her. In the story, Kate wanted to call a doctor to help Helen, but Captain Keller disagreed. Keller’s line reads, “I’ve stopped believing in wonders… Katie. How many times can you let them break your heart?” In reply, Kate says, “Any number of times” (Gibson 497).
Shortly after her parents split, Mim finds out that her mother is sick. She leaves her house and heads out for a thrill seeking journey where she encounters new friends, finds love, and explores how the real world works. Reading this story, I could understand exactly how she was feeling because she was basically writing in a journal. Since she was the “author” she would directly characterize what she was doing or how she felt. An example of a direct characterization would be Mary’s main line “I am Mary Iris Malone and I am not okay.” This is stating how she is feeling or what her emotion was at the time.
Mothers always know what's best for their family. The Grapes of Wrath, By John Steinbeck, gives many great exemplifications of the transformations and the type of character Ma Joad is over the course of the novel. The novel also proves that Ma Joad knows exactly what is best for her family. She overcomes deaths, hardships, and famine, while also growing overall as a person. Ma Joad is an indirect character in the narrative.
In the novel, Keyshia goes through several problems such as not seeing eye to eye with her mother, being abandoned by her mom throughout her whole 15 years and not knowing her dad until the age 16, and her younger brother Mike being with a dangerous girl. Keysha, the protagonist of Lesson Learned by Earl Sewell and I are alike in many ways . We both share the same views of the world, are viewed by the world in similar ways and I would respond in a comparable way to the central conflict of the novel. Therefore, I believe given the chance, we could be friends. Keysha views the world as if everybody is against her and there's nobody there to help besides her dad and stepmom.
As her journey continues the paternal love roles begin to change -- Angela becomes a mother. She begins to take care of her younger sister, Aurora -- giving her light. It was not until Hannah’s death that Angela was able to reconnect with her mother, “but even if she hated me, there had been a moment of something akin to love, back the creation.” (251) Angela realized the sacrifices her mother made and finds some good in that, her mother gave her life. Throughout her time in Adam’s Rib, Angela receives all kind of love; from her people, from her land, but a piece of that love was from her mother and Angela begins to realize
The exploration of gender roles and the plight of women in Hurston’s novel continues to be relevant in today’s world, despite the fact that Their Eyes Were Watching God is now 79 years old. Janie struggles with this conflict, but eventually overcomes the issues that once withheld her from pursuing what she really wanted in life. Although the novel was published in a different time, the central message to pursue the destiny that one truly desires still reaches women and girls all around the world
An example of this resides on the passage where she explains how her mother had to prepare the death body of her friend’s child. About this event, Annie commented: “I then began to look at my mother’s hands differently…I could not bare to have my mother caress me or touch my food or help me with my bath” (pg. 6) This passage marks the beginning of Annie loss of innocence. For the innocent Annie as well as many other children in her position, a mother’s hand represents
The pressure is no way suitable and requires her to adapt to being an adult. This adjustment brought on more labor on her body and destructs the youth in her. Also, it is an interesting dynamic that Henrietta is mothering the children of her first cousin Day. They have been sharing a bed since Henrietta was four years old and one could only speculate how healthy that could have been for a growing girl at such young age. It’s important to remember Henrietta as a mother because that’s what she is the most as for most of her life she has been taking care of her child and birthing five