When the race ends, Squeaky is thinking of how she would give up her own career as a runner to concentrate on coaching Raymond, rather than listening for the announcement to see if she is this year’s May Day running champion. Because she already has a room full of trophies and ribbons, and Raymond has nothing. She starts to change her attention from herself to her brother. As she hears her name announced as a champion, she is already focusing on Raymond’s future. Although Raymond was not actually in the race, this was really his run.
(40, Chopin) The awakening helped Edna to discard the conventional concept, and sought for the real self. Edna was awakened from her family. After Edna’s husband had conflict with her, she stayed alone and felt “An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.” (6, Chopin) The long-term suppression awakened her from the meaningless times she had spent, since she were under the control of her husband after marriage and forced to take care of children. By realizing that she should find her own happiness instead of clinging to outdated custom, she decided to get away from her husband. Therefore, she was not longer going to be the same woman as others who centered their lives on husband and children.
The moral conflict that Edna Pontellier experience begins when she is unable to control her urges as a result of her new sexual desires and willingness to break Victorian social conventions. She quickly leaves her family in order to pursue a life free of her children and husband. There are times when the internal more conflict shows and her old morals return for a short period of time. For example, when she visited her children in the country and expressed how much she missed them, even though she left them within a week. Edna sees that an adulterous relationship is wrong, but she continues to live the fantasy life with Robert and Arobin.
She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her.” This quote represents how Janie sees herself; she sees herself as a young tree in bloom. From this, it can be assumed that the tree shows Janie’s youth. It can be inferred that the pear tree also symbolizes Janie’s want for love because of how she compares herself to it. Later on in the novel, Janie realizes that she can’t have her youth if she wants a future with Joe. “Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon” (Hurston 29) Here, the horizon symbolizes Janie’s future and the pear tree represents her youth.
Johnson refuses to give the quilts to Wangero, one wonders if it was because she hated her daughter over the rejection of the family heritage, because she had found success, or if her daughter was an unlikeable character from the start. Was there a jealousy that her older daughter had found success and confidence when she would never know any, was she jealous of the confidence her daughter displayed by saying she did not have to live under the old ways anymore, or was she favoring Maggie over Wangero, since Maggie was flawed like herself? No matter whether one sides with Mrs. Johnson and Maggie on the value of the quilts, or with Wangero, the obvious schism is clear. Where one party values them because of the family connection, the other rejects that connection because it was born out of oppression and
Ever since I was young, I knew that my mother did not have it easy when she came to America. She was a strong single mother, who could not speak English, living in a foreign land. Knowing that my mother had sacrificed everything she had in hope of establishing a better future and life for me, I had to repay her. My mother used to be a nail technician inevitably she had to endure ignorant remarks from customers simply because she could not speak English. In addition to her suffering, her constant back pains at night made me want to alleviate all of her pain, sadly, all I could do was offer her heat patches.
The Tragedy Within: Analyzing “How Far She Went” The dog wouldn’t hush, even then; never had yet, and there wasn’t time to teach him. When the woman realized that, she did what she had to do. She grabbed him whimpering; held him under till the struggle ceased and the bubbles rose silver from his fur. (Hood 414) In Mary Hoods “How Far She Went” A grandmother struggles with the burden of experience, loss and a life of hard decisions; where a girl strives to live in a naïve and free spirited illusion. The paths of a grandmother and her granddaughter soon collide when experience and naivety meet on a dirt road in the south.
An Epic on Jaine’s Silence And her Expolaration of INNER-SELF Introduction In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston a young lady named Janie starts her life obscure to herself. She searches for the horizon as it illustrates the distance one must travel in order to distinguish between illusion and reality, dream and truth, role and self (Hemenway 75). She is unconscious of life’s two most valuable endowments: adore and reality. Janie is raised by her suppressive grandma who reduces her perspective of life. Janie’s mission for genuine character rises up out of her ways in life and ultimately closes when her psyche is liberated from mixed up reality.
Her hatred towards Christianity allows to keep herself in check but in “Flesh and Blood” when she goes to see Sister Leopolda on her deathbed her trauma is manifested when she tries to prove her strength at whatever cost. “I would get that spoon,” shows how desperate Marie was to reclaim that power that Sister Leopolda had taken away from her when she was a child (Erdrich). But the most disheartening part of this story is that even on her deathbed Marie was still not able to reclaim her power. This scene serves as a metaphor to represent how native Americans are never able to get their strength back from the white
Edna’s realization about her natural position of woman and mother in combination with the societal position she’s expected to fill drives her to suicide. The concept of sharing her body with another being, becoming truly a part of something other than her individual self, is the opposite of everything that Edna has been looking for. She thinks of how Raoul and Etienne will be a constant presence in her life and how her natural position as a mother prevents her from being able to live a life without them. After all, a woman’s primary job is to bring her
The next day came and she tried to calm her nerves, but found it difficult. When she went to run barrels she could not quit being nervous and again had a horrible run. Her chances of winsome foresight making it were unpredictable, it would peddle a long shot, she had given up all hope. Then her friends and family talked to her compendium and made her feel mire better and she was ready to ride the next day. Ready to run the barrels she came to a ploy consensus with her parents that she was just to run for amusement, she came out and had a decent run, but still was not firm enough it to
As the race starts, Squeaky looks over to her brother who was running on the sidelines. He was running in a unique style with his palms tucked behind his back and Squeaky sees that Raymond has the potential to be a good runner. “And I’m smiling to beat the band ‘cause if I’ve lost this race, or if me and Gretchen tied, or even if I’ve won, I can always retire as a runner and begin a whole new career as a coach with Raymond as my champion” (Bambara 40). This shows that for the first time Squeaky shifts away from her own goals and focuses on those of Raymond’s. She realizes that Raymond could be a challenger and Squeaky vows to help him in his personal race.