We cherish tradition because it is cyclic and familiar, and that is comforting to us. In Oliver’s poem, “The Black Walnut Tree”, such ideas are reflected through the narrator’s and her mother’s reluctance to get rid of their tree. Through emphasis and imagery, Oliver conveys the all too familiar conflict between the struggle to have money, and yet still honor our spiritual ties with the past. This story is being told in first person point of view, which makes the tone of this poem is serious, heartfelt, and nostalgic. Family means much more than blood, it is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
This also connects to the idea of foreshadowing as this idea is followed throughout the story. 2. “‘Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special' she said, 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty'”. (Walls 38) In this conversation between young Jeannette and her mother when the innocent Jeannette a proposed an idea to straighten a wind-twisted Joshua tree by planting it near their house so she could protect it from the wind and care for it like a mother.
Hello, my name is Rahel and my name is Vivian. Today we are presenting and analysing the poem ‘In the Park’ by Gwen Harwood. Our visual presentation is in the form of a set photographs, this is called expectations versus reality. We named our set of photographs this because we believe it relates to the poem because through the words written we can sense that the mother loathes the reality she is living in, that the expectations she had for herself were not achieved. The mother yearns for the life she could have had and probably dreams about it every so often, so we created a snapshot of the alternative reality she craves through these photos.
Take a look at an apple tree, the tree lives in the perfect world, growing in a stable environment, compared to the struggling world that the Joshua tree undergoes. In the book “The Glass Castle” written by Jeannette Walls, the following quote took my interest and sparked great wisdom. “Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”(Walls 38).
And the other being the how a delicate thing like the flower can prosper and grow in the dark polluted world that is outside. Adam Miller took this myth and adapted it as a stereotype of a woman’s place in the world. He suggests that women should be pure white flowers that only look after their children and never look out beyond her house. Leda is only looking at her feeding child, not looking out and wondering what is happening outside and how she can change the world in some way. Why did Adam Miller only show three out of the four children?
Melinda is constantly drawing and relating to trees in the book. She at first thinks the task of drawing a tree is easy, but she soon realizes it is harder than it seems. Melinda can easily picture a tree in her mind, but she can not draw it. This relates to Melinda before and after she was raped by Andy Evans. Before the rape, Melinda is represented by the tree when she says, “I can see it in my head: a strong old oak tree with a wide scarred trunk and thousands of leaves reaching to the sun”(78).
The pear tree vision is Janie’s own view of how a good marriage should be and how the world should feel when you’re with your true love: She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! (Hurston 11) When Janie first met Joe Starks, Janie felt a bit of hope return to her since her dream of love died when she married Logan. When Janie decided to act upon her pear tree vision, Hurston referred to the pear tree symbolism by saying, “From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything. A bee for her bloom.” (31).
The trees symbolize this as well, in the chapter “Meme Ortiz”, even though Meme falls from a tree and hurts herself, Esperanza identifies that Meme’s trees are bigger than the ones in Esperanza’s yard, but were once little trees like hers. In the song by The Carpenters, “Strength of a Woman”, they sing “sometimes it takes the strength of a woman”. Esperanza’s notice of Meme’s trees flourishing makes herself think that she might grow up to be as strong and independent one day. The line also connects because Esperanza learns a lot from the women in her neighborhood about strength and how much they’ve been through, and also how much the tree has been through, and sometimes, it does take the strength of a woman to reach her
Jewett uses imagery as a tool to make the audience feel what the character Sylvia is feeling. Jewett uses phrases such as “More than all the hawks, and bats, and moths, and even the sweet-voiced thrushes, was the brave, beating heart of the solitary gray-eyed child” (49-52) to have the audience see what the tree itself feels. She uses this imagery to give personification to the tree, as the tree can feel too; the tree is a living thing just like Sylvia is. Jewett uses the point of view to sell to the audience how Jewett dramatizes the story more than diction and
Furthermore, Mrs.Moreno’s devotion is further demonstrated when once for Yollie’s birthday, Mrs. Moreno wanted to make caramel apples for Yollie,but it was too expensive. Instead she used molasses and although it was too hard for anyone to eat, they made a game of who could break theirs. Even though Mrs. Moreno’s plan didn’t exactly work out, “At least everyone went home happy.” Sometimes in life, when you run into an obstacle, it’s the universe’s way of leading you to a new road, the right road. Mrs. Moreno experiences a plethora of those life-changing obstacles in her lifetime leading her to adventures, experiences, and carving the path of her life. Her path from the minute she had Yollie became all about Yollie.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston shows the growth of Janie Crawford, a woman of African American and White mix; who searches for true love when she saw bee pollenating on a flower when she was in her teens. As the novel progresses Janie goes through three marriages. Those husbands have showed their power as the man of household in their own way. Either they would use hurtful words or use physical force to some extent. Janie had go to through “trial and error” with her marriages.
The plot of this book is about the obstacles Nina encounters in her teenage years. The best part of this book is how Joseph incorporated the title in a breakthrough moment for Nina. Nina’s brother Darrio says, “But whoever heard of flowers in the sky?” (Joseph 81). Nina has always had a passion for flowers and when she arrives she worries about losing her passion. Once she gives New York a chance, she realizes that there is something there for her after all.
Janie 's marriage with Jody showed her how to gain her self confidence and stand for what she believes. Hurston explains, “That night he ordered Janie to tie up her hair around the store… she was there for him to look at not the others.” Janie 's beauty was always a mark of distinction; Jody binding Janie 's hair was one way that Jody showed ownership of Janie. Janie’s idea of love was for it to be natural like a pear tree, but Jody was stifling the growth of the tree and their love. Later on in the chapter Janie finds her wings when Jody dies: “She did not reach outside for anything , nor did the things of death reach inside her to disturb her calm.” Janie hides her joy by ironing her face with starch to show no emotion. Jody’s death was Janie 's next step in her long quest for her true self.
In the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, I related to the character Lily Owens right at chapter one. In the first chapter of this novel, Lily was describing herself as a visual for readers. While Lily was briefly explaining her physical appearance, the line, “…Even the boys who wore their hair in ducktails dripping with Vitalis and carried combs in their shirt pockets didn’t seem to attracted to me, and they were considered hard up” (Monk Kidd 9), relates to many young girls. I, as a teenager, criticize myself very harshly just because a boy may not like me and that is what Lily is doing in this passage. I feel that Lily feeling this type of way and expressing it helped me to connect to her right from the beginning and put myself into her shoes