In the poem “forgiving my father”, Lucille Clifton writes of a young daughter reminiscing about her father’s recent death. The daughter talks about it being Friday, it being payday. She discusses her father and how he owed her and her dead mother money when really they just wanted him to be present. The daughter feels she has had no time with her father and she resents him for it. He was not present in her life and now he has passed away, leaving her with a yearning for something that she will never obtain.
Why would she feel so comfortable with a stranger? Before this quote she was weeping in front of the beggar and expressing her grief over her husband. Her suspicions are already in place, it is in these questions she is hoping to find an answer, to the question ‘is this her husband sitting in front of her?’. Her suspicion may have been peeked when she saw the stranger’s
The arguing between the teachers shows that there is going to be an issue with her receiving the jacket. The author chose to use this craft element because it creates suspense for the reader. The suspense in this foreshadowing leads to the problem of the teachers making her pay for the jacket. Another element the author used was point of view to show how much the jacket meant to Martha. In the story it says, “ “I went home very sad and cried into my pillow that night so grandmother wouldn’t hear me.
Plath was deeply affected by the premature death of her father, her mental instability being worsened by the absence of her mother. The lacking of two parental figures served as a serious detriment to Plath’s overall health and made an impact on her writing. Her personal
Emily Grierson in the short story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner goes through depressing events in her life, but how she deals with these stressors is what is interesting. Ms. Grierson has to deal with the loss of her father. Additionally, the fact that her new found lover did not want to marry her and could leave her at anytime causes more stress. Both of these situations lead her to isolate herself from other people, fearing the thought of the town looking at her as weak. The loss of her father, her lover Barron possibly leaving her, and the thought of being weak, causes Emily Grierson to obtain the fear of abandonment.
In the book, he feels unwanted in many situations, mainly with his mother, Kerry, who has abandoned him numerous times. His mother, Kerry, one of the major issues of Carl’s life, deserted her family every so and then to leave for countless vacations, her children never understood the reason why. Although, this time when Carl’s mother left, she never came back, Carl would wonder if she ever loved him, this had brought up the matter of ‘neglect’. This problem of renunciation is shown in the quote:”...I’m angry. All the time it was that one fear.
Biographically speaking, her emotional state can be brought back to her childhood in relation to her father. After the death of Otto Plath, it can be seen that the emotional trauma that she faced upon her father’s passing away resurfaced in the poem, ‘Daddy’. Not only was it a way for her to express her feelings about her father but she also found it as a way to surface the feelings she had for her husband in a comparative way. The poem itself is seen in a very dark and exasperated tone but the feeling of nostalgia and loneliness is also carried out as she reminisces the memories of her father and the longing to see him. Within her poem, she writes, “At twenty I tried to die/ And get back, back, back to you.” The personal reference to her suicide attempt and the explanation supported, exposes the readers into the trauma she faced and what led to her tragic attempt at death.
Eagerness of family values and the imminent threat of her daughter being unaware of the real values appear saddening. The reader or the audience of the ‘On Going Home’ are the generations of people born before the fragmentation of World War II. As the essay is written in
Both stories have common situations about the mothers portrayed in the stories. In both stories, the main characters had to deal with abandonment in some form. As seen in the story “I Stand Here Ironing”, the narrator’s husband left and caused her to play both roles of being a mother and a father to her children. Therefore, the relationship between her and her daughter isn’t as strong as it should be and the narrator feels guilty about it. The main character in “The Yellow Wallpaper” blames her husband for her depression.
Firstly, Christopher obtains mysterious letters from his (supposed to be dead) mother. Secondly, in the beginning of the book Ed Boone, Christopher’s dad, lies to him telling him that a heartattack caused Judy Boone, Christopher’s mother, to pass away. In the ending Christopher realizes that his mother can’t be dead because of the letters she wrote to him. Thirdly, the mood changed from heartbreaking in the beginning to frightning in the end. All in all, the author shows mood, tone, imagery, in the mother’s letters which has a great impact on the whole story, later uncovering lies, cheating, and most importantly revealing the theme of the whole novel.