accepts finally Mango street as part of her identity but does not want it to be her only recognition. In the final chapter E. finally believes she belongs at Mango street and accepts her roots,”But what I remember most is Mango Street, the house I belong but do not belong to…One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever… Friends and neighbors will say, What happened to that Esperanza? … They do not know I have gone away to come back… For the ones who cannot" The House on Mango Street 109- 110).E.
Due to being a woman , Esperanza’s mother was not able to complete her education , instead she was forced to stay at home and look after Esperanza and her siblings while her husband provided for them, she strongly resents this ‘“I could have been somebody, you know? My mother says and sighs. She has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing an
This makes the family seem even more separate and isolated from one another. Before Adeline meets her father she feels overwhelmed, which indicates that it is out of the ordinary. This makes the reader feel sympathy for Adeline because she rarely sees her father and they don’t have a close relationship. Adeline then describes her father’s room as ‘the Holy of Holies’, because she has never been invited in and it is an important place in her father’s
Her struggle continues when she decides to work for an art supply house, after refusing racist demands from her boss, she alone attempts to fight back by using her not so persuasive small voice as protest. Her “voice is unreliable” and whispered, and as can be expected has no impact on the situation what so ever, and results with Kingston unfortunately out of a job. As her book progresses Kingston talks about the many women in her life who have had the same experiences from being a woman and tells of their stories of having little to no voice against their husbands or male figures in their lives. For the many women who do not have a voice in kingston's story, she honors them by giving each individual a story and identity of their
Because of her limited experience, she feels the failure of her given language to express her body needs. Therefore, Marion creates her fictional lover Frank or "F" as she calls him. However, Marion in her diary is obligated to show the values forced on her by her society. For example, she writes in her diary that she does not meet her imaginative lover every day because a "married woman cannot see her lover often"(135). Moreover, she refuses to have a physical relationship with him, even in her diary.
Lucy’s rejection of society’s emphasis on appearance frees her from the insecurities that are brought upon by a self-image based on looks. Instead, she finds her self-worth in her intelligence and autonomy. At this point, Lucy has lived in America for over a year, and still she says “Everything I could see made me feel I would never be part of it, never penetrate to the inside, never be taken in” (Kincaid, 154). Although she has found this new independence in America that she would not have found as a woman at home, she is still pained by her disconnection with the society around her. From leaving her family to leaving Mariah, her path to becoming an independent woman has forced herself to sacrifice a sense of security that comes with belonging.
She refused that her father died and became mad. She isolated herself from the rest of the town causing them to wonder if she’ll ever leave home again. Like the story “A Worn Path” Phoenix too had her own issues which people have seen as mad. She believes that her grandson is still alive. Although the difference between the two would be the type of character they are.
The change of name represents only an external, superficial escape which does not necessarily separate herself from her family history. Though the daughter enjoys the prosperity of the new times, she cannot possibly forget what has happened to her family in the past. As she is constantly reminded by her step father that she should stay at home as to prevent seeing the mad man, she can only peep through the curtain to see the outside world. The gloominess of the house represents the darkness of history while her eagerness to going out symbolises youngsters’ reluctance to face history: “As soon as she pulls up the corner of the window curtain, her mind walks on the road of Spring” (Yu Hua 361). Spring signifies hope, revitalisation and future, which immediately forms a strong contrast with the desperation and darkness of
“The past cannot be changed,forgotten,edited, or erased. It can only be accepted”(unknown). In “Everyday use” by Alice Walker the narrator ‘Mama’ tells a story about her struggling relationship between her and her two daughters. Although Mama gave Dee an extraordinary life she was still ashamed of their lifestyle. Which leads to the debate between Dee’s superficial and true heritage that is displayed through Mama and Maggie.
I seen him goin’ in your house.” (Slim 32) Slim assumed she was looking for unwarranted attention from him. What the ranch hands did not realize is that her loneliness led her to these actions, “She put her hand behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.” (Steinbeck 31). Being in a relationship should satisfy one's need for attention. Curley's wife considered her marriage unhealthy and did not consider Curley a good husband. Throughout the novella, Curley's wife was consistently looking for Curley and she spent most of her time in the ranch house alone.
She does not want the life that she has seen her whole life and wants to carry herself being that she has seen others’ circumstances. She wants to enjoy life free from restrictions and danger. This thinking was
As a child, Esperanza wants only escape from mango Street. Her dream of independents and "self-definition" also means leaving her family behind without any responsibilities to her family. Throughout the book, her has also faced some situation where is feels ashamed to be part of the Mango Street community and in some instances refuses to admit she has anything to do with mango street. At the beginning of the book near the earlier chapters, Esperanza feels very insecure about herself in general along with the house that she lives in. As mentioned before, she doesn’t want to discuss her name nor where she lives.
Ninoska arrived from Dominican Republic 4 months ago and stated that she is having problems adapting to the United States. Youth reported that she misses her friends, school, relatives, her house and relatives. Youth complained that she never wanted to come to the US but that her mother obligated her because she got separated from her stepfather. She also added that because she does not speak English, classes at school are very difficult and that she is getting stress and insecure about her grades. Youth lives in a small apartment only with her mother, they have no relatives on this country and very few friends.