The short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” written by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry all show the loss of something valuable, as a theme. Each of the characters in the stories experience the loss of something special to them, such as the loss of a matchless harp, the loss of a caring son, and the unforeseen loss of a friend. In “Gwilan’s Harp” a young harpist named Gwilan has an irreplaceable, flawless harp. Unfortunately, when her harp gets crushed, Gwilan begins to struggle with the loss of her most prized possession. In Isaac Singer’s “The Washwoman” an elderly washwoman tells the Jewish family which employed her, about the loss of her adult son, not by death, but by the embarrassment of her profession.
Finally, in the third poem, her grandson dies. She throws questions more toward God on why he would remove her loved one from this earth so soon. Bradstreet is merely in depression, yet she finds courage at the end and believes that something good will be coming their way after the loss. In poems one and two about grandchildren, Elizabeth and Anne, Bradstreet shows a difference in her feelings. In
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.
After enduring cruel treatment from her own family for years, Ashputtle finally gets her own happily ever after and her family members receive what they deserve: cruel punishment. In the story, on page 858, the text states, “On the day of Ashputle’s wedding, the two sisters came and tried to ingratiate themselves and shared in her happiness…both sisters were punished with blindness to the end of their days for being so wicked and false” (Grimm). The stepsisters were so forbidding and cruel towards Ashputtle that in the end, receive what they deserve which doesn’t happen in some of the other Cinderella stories worldwide. The Grimm brothers chose to make their retelling of the story have an unusual ending (most just end with Cinderella getting married) and in doing so, unintentionally exemplified the archetypal narrative pattern of a just end that rewards good and punishes evil. But this doesn’t just appear once in the story.
(TS) In Under the Persimmon Tree, one major message is that people are shaped by those who they lose in their lives. (MIP-1) The loss of Najmah’s family has made her character change in many ways. (SIP-A) The first way that the loss of her father and brother has impacted her is that
In Dudley Randall’s poem “Ballad of Birmingham,” The poem is about a church bombing in Birmingham. The main idea is that even when you're trying to keep someone safe, they can be harmed. The poem supported this by saying the daughter can’t go to the freedom march because her mother was scared for her, and it said, “The mother smiled to know her child Was in the sacred place.” This quote shows her mother thought she was in a safe place but she gets harmed anyways. The mood is terror, it shows this by repeatedly showing the mother feared for her being harmed, as she says, “No, baby, no, you may not go, For I fear those guns will fire.” In Claude McKay’s “America.” Claude Mckay’s poem is about someone in America, facing the problems the mercy-less country throws at him. They say in the poem, “Although she feeds me the bread of bitterness…” Saying that
In “House,” Lorraine’s mother deserts her family and, in “Alchemy,” Paula disappears. In “House” the mother abandons her daughters and creates in them a desperate longing to be reunited with her. The impact of her actions, particularly for Lorraine’s sister, Kathleen, is heart-wrenching. One morning Lorraine’s sister Kathleen awakens “choking and wheezing, her eyes wet with tears” (121). One of the most profoundly moving scenes in “House” is Thien’s depiction of two young girls waiting outside their former home on their mother’s birthday, hoping that she will return to them.
However, not everyone feels this way. In Fever 1793 , Mattie and Mother treat each other rather poorly, and later in the story they felt great guilt. Anderson has Mattie exclaim.. “I had just saved her precious quilt from disaster, but would she appreciate it? Of course not” (3) . This reveals that Mattie has negative attitude towards her mother, in addition to Mother having a poor attitude towards Mattie.
Life is composed of a bunch of different events, some great and some not so good. For all of the orphans in the world, most of the events in their life fall into the not so good category. Imagine losing your parents and being put into a system you have no control of. In, The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, she explains the how the system The Children’s Aid Society set up worked. They had very good intentions but unrealistic expectations, most of the kids were placed into bad homes and had to go to multiple new homes until they found on that was good for them.
They thought she was an evil witch who cursed people for the bad. Lizabeth destroyed Miss Lottie’s sunflowers because she thought that the flowers was destroying the relationship with her family. One night Lizabeth parents was fussing in the middle of the night. Lizabeth was tired of it so she woke her brother up and they ranned to Miss Lottie’s garden. Her brother was yelling, “ Where are we going ?
As well as Mary Rowlandson, she had comfort because it was her daughter that was dead beside her. But she did have comfort at the end of the narrative because it was her daughter. Oladuah wasn’t comfortable because he started to smell the stinch and felt like he was getting sick. The narrative captivity compare and contrast between Mary Rowlandson and Oladuah Equanio. There are some people in the world who are still captured in the world and are writing captivity stories about what is happening during their journey and what they went through.