These women including Esperanza are all imprisoned in the novel by different aspects in their lives. The first window we see in novel is about Esperanza’s grandmother. In the novel she sits by the window just like, “the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow (11).” She later goes onto say that she doesn’t want to inherit her grandmother’s place by the window. Esperanza doesn’t want her life to be wasted away in misery. Her goal
Mothers always know what's best for their family. The Grapes of Wrath, By John Steinbeck, gives many great exemplifications of the transformations and the type of character Ma Joad is over the course of the novel. The novel also proves that Ma Joad knows exactly what is best for her family. She overcomes deaths, hardships, and famine, while also growing overall as a person. Ma Joad is an indirect character in the narrative.
This book is an inspiration to anyone who feels rejected or accepted for who they are. Melba shares her story and what she did to overcome the intense obstacles that tried to prevent her from an equal education. Beals was interviewed about her memoir and is quoted saying "Until I am welcomed everywhere as an equal simply because I am human, I remain a warrior on a battlefield that I must not leave. I continue to be a warrior who does not cry but who instead takes action. If one person is denied equality, we are all denied equality."
She acts in a motherly and protective way. ‘ Kas sits down and takes Willow in her arms. “ Its okay “ she says “ We’re going to be okay. Well get you somewhere safe, away from the bad men, then we’ll wait there for your mum and dad. But you’ve got to be strong for us, do you understand?” ‘ This proves that the average person can step up to the plate and become the person that is need in that
The title says it is a story of immigration and separation, so students can also learn about the separation that occurs in immigrant families. Although it might not fit everyone’s political view, I believe the book can be educational. The book talks about Saya’s mother not having the right papers and explains where women without papers are held. The ending also shows how Saya’s mother is brought before a judge and has to explain that she is waiting for her papers. Besides learning about immigration and separation, I feel as though students whose parents are not immigrants will still empathize with Saya’s family.
Her mother was an incredible driving force in Ella Baker's childhood. Not only had she taught Baker and her younger siblings to read and write before entering school, she also instilled in them a sense of community involvement that had always been a strong part of her own family background. Along with her mother, Ella Baker's grandmother also played a key role in her life telling young Ella stories of her life as a slave and instilling in her a sense of pride in her heritage and race. A key point that Ransby also writes of is the community among the women working with the NAACP; how they "seemed to look out for each other" and of their largely unacknowledged and uncelebrated
Throughout the novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck, the roles of Ma Joad begin to change gradually as the story goes on. Pa began the story as the leader of the family, but as they travel to California, Ma begins to be more and more in charge of what the family does and where they will travel to next. She is also the one who attempted to keep the family together as much as she possibly could. Even though she is a female, Ma Joad's strong and powerful leadership helps the family to continue to be a whole, yet be the protective feminine mother they knew to love. By standing up to many of the men, making the decisions of when the family should leave a specific camp, and even making the decision to tell Tom Joad to leave for his own and his family's safety shows her guidance through the family's adventure.
An example of this is from the novel "Walk Two Moons", in this novel the Grandmother stands by her granddaughter and supports her through the entire journey giving her advice and helping her along the way. Besides using words and telling stories generations can be connected through their culture. This can include celebrations, the passing down of objects, physical characteristics, but it really depends on what is truly special to that family or to those people. An example of this was in "The Medicine Bag", The grandfather connects with his great grandson over the medicine
In the short story, “My Parent’s Bedroom,” by Uwem Akpan, the most important message expressed to the reader is that it 's human nature for a mother to protect her children to the best of her ability. In the beginning of the story, Maman tries to protect Monique and Jean by telling them things to do that will keep them safe later. She has “kept us indoors since yesterday,” (1). She realizes how dangerous things are, so she wants to keep them sheltered and safe inside. She instructs Monique not to “turn on any lights tonight,” (1) and “remember to lock the door behind me,” (5).