For many people their family members were the ones that help them get through the hardest things in life. Deepak Chopra said, “If you want to do really important things in life and big things in life, you can 't do anything by yourself. And your best teams are your friends and your siblings.” The love and support in family is strongly shown in the essays, “Two Ways to Belong” and “Graduation”. Bharati Mukherjee’s “Two Ways to Belong” tells the story of two young sisters who move to America together to further their education. Maya Angelou’s “Graduation” tells the story of how Angelou graduates and how her brother helps her along the way.
This point of view contributes to this story is multiple ways. Mama narrating this story helps to give the reader insight into the past of the characters. Mama was there for everything that happened in the lives of her two daughters, Dee and Maggie. She knows their personalities and how they feel about their heritage and lives. As a result of Mama’s knowledge of these important details, Mama is able to add a contrast between the past and the present.
No matter what type of background you have come from everyone has a view on the world. Today we’ll be looking at 2 short stories and a movie such as Everyday Use, An Indian Father’s Plea and Bend it Like Beckham. Through these stories I’ll show you how one's culture informs the way one views the world and others most of the time. In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use”, Maggie is heavily influenced by her culture and the way she views others. Since, Maggie has been under her mother’s protection for most of her life she has acquired a lifetime skill of quilting, which has been past down from generation from generation.
“Heritage is something that your parents instill in you, your morals, your heart, mind and soul”. “Culture is something that changes over time and is passed down to the next generation and so on”, these two things should be something that is important to you. In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” and Bharati Mukherjee’s personal essay, “Two ways to Belong in America” by Bharati Mukherjee the comparison of Maggie and Mira show two women who hold on to their original culture while Bharati and Dee want another life. These stories make me wonder the same question. Why do the younger siblings appreciate their culture more?
The character Mama decided that she had enough of her eldest daughter Dee(Wangero) getting whatever she wanted while her youngest daughter Maggie stood by in fear. Mama knew that Maggie feared her sister, because as Dee arrived at their home “Maggie attempts to make a dash for the house, in her shuffling way, but I stay her with my hand. (151)” Maggie is used to Dee getting everything while she stood back
However, Heidi may be one of the most intolerant and ignorant people in the world, as she found a way to mistreat her own minority. She shows complete disrespect to her own culture, in several instances saying that her mom was “too touchy” or how everyone was “so hot and sweaty.” She isn’t able to understand how connected her mother is to her. “The bond that I was hoping to have with her was acceptance of the little girl that she let go. And when I got here it was like I was the parent, and the parent was the child. She wants to be with me 24 hours a day, and I'm feeling a little smothered.”(Daughter from Danang) Even though she was forced into a sour situation, it seems that she could have had more acceptance for her
Juliet parents supported Juliet so much that when it came to making a decision on her own, she literally crashed and burned because she had never made that big of a choice on her own. “They have taken who I am as well as my what I was and i’m desperate for them both again.” (Myers 25) In contrast to Juliet, Junice has absolutely no support in her life since her mother Leslie Ambers was placed in Bedford Hills Prison for selling illegal drugs. Compared to Juliet, Junice has no aid on the choices she makes for her and her little sister, basically leaving her making adult decisions at young
Katie Nolan, Francie's mother, is consistently filled with dread. She works all the time to support the family and her alcoholic husband. She realizes that she has settled by marrying Johnny Nolan and dreams of a day when he is no longer is in the picture. She wishes her husband dead ''He's worthless, worthless. And God forgive me for ever finding it out'' (Smith 205) and her contempt for life has a direct impact on her relationship with her daughter Francie.
Because of ISIS, too many Americans think that all Muslims are dangerous terrorists, which is completely untrue. Muslim children all over America do not want to go to school because they fear that they will get picked on in school. This is not the America that Paine described in his book, Rights of Man. What is happening today is the complete
From writing books to writing in newspapers. Paulina Wright Davis started the first journals made for women, Una (Una is the latin word unum, which means one). Maybe other women wrote some great books and changed people's lives. For example The Bonte Sisters written by Jane Austen. The Bonte Sisters was a great book that talked about how these three sisters had to work many jobs and suffer to get money to help their families, This book shows us the importance of women and how they always work hard and try to achieve all their goals although sometimes the community makes it impossible because they never provide things that women need , for example education or jobs they were always rarely found in a community that never understood the meaning of women.The famous read book was by a women Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin.