Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life; therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward her. Melinda’s lack of speaking lead to her being judged and bullied by her friends.Melinda’s silence slowly erodes her self esteem and leads to depressive behaviors. Melinda refuses to speak about an event that occurred in her life; therefore, her classmates cannot show empathy toward
It is commonplace to say that individuals are defined by the friends they have. The relationships between the friends Ms. Hilly and Ms. Leefolt, and Ms. Hilly and Ms. Skeeter caused Ms. Leefolt to succumb to Ms. Hilly’s control and Ms. Skeeter to rebel and become independent from her friends. Throughout the novel, the author is telling the reader to love your friends, but that blind devotion towards anyone is dangerous. The relationship between Ms. Hilly and Ms. Leefolt caused Ms. Leefolt to abandon her own best interest and follow Ms. Hilly’s lead devotedly. The first suggestion of this was the construction of the bathroom for Miss Aibileen.
Skeeter first says, “Would it really be so terrible if I never met a husband?”, to which her mother replies, “Don’t. Don’t say that Eugenia”. Her mother not only replies but also physically reacts, “She presses her hand to her stomach, the very thought advancing her ulcers”. Imagery is used here to impact the reader by showing how disgusted Skeeter’s mother acted after the simple thought of her own daughter having different thoughts to other ladies her
In Eudora Welty’s short story, “Why I Live at the P.O.,” the first person narrator is called “Sister.” The most evident narrator’s characteristic is stubbornness. The narrator wants everyone to accept her opinions and inputs as the absolute truth and seems inconsiderate toward others’ perspective. She starts the story by criticizing her sister’s actions, Stella-Rondo. For instance, in the first sentence the narrator places herself as a victim, when she says: “I was getting along fine with Mama, Papa-Daddy, and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella-Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again” (1). From my perspective, the first few words “I was getting along fine,” raise questions: Was she always getting along fine?
Her parents go as far to ask her why she is silent. She kept her secret so long that she now views it as a second nature to be quiet. Resentment and hate are two very strong words usually not used to describe friends. Her relationship with Heather turns sour when Heather decides that the depressed girl with a bad reputation cannot be her friend. Melinda cannot even start over with new friends.
As Myrtle describes her sister to Nick she says, “She’s said to be very beautiful by people who ought to know” (Fitzgerald 28). This implies that Myrtle does not know her sister well, even though she claims to visit her often, and that her own vanity and personal needs come before her family. Continuing with Myrtle’s sister, Catherine, she is described as a woman who “plucks her brows and paints them on at a rakish angle” (Fitzgerald 30). This shows a sense of vanity and conceitedness that lurks within Myrtle; representing that Myrtle’s vanity may be due to her family. It is stated after the McKees arrive and Myrtle, once again changes her attire, that there is a dim enlargement of Mrs. Wilson’s mother on the wall of the apartment, sticking like ectoplasm (Fitzgerald 30).
Anne is maturing by trying to change and like her mom as a mom should be loved. These are the way that anne is maturing. Anne looks back at her old notes and questions herself.I know this because the passage states,” and I ask myself Anne is : Anne is it really you who mentioned hate oh Anne how could you.” She thinks that she is hurting her mom’s fleeing. The passage states,” I soothe my conscience now with the thought that is better for hard word to be on paper than that mummy should carry them in her heart.” That is one example of Anne being maturing. In Addition, Anne is being hard on herself.She blame is on herself and tries to stop.The passage states,” I don’t want to see all this , and I pitied myself very much;but
This made us feel biased towards specific characters, especially Rosaura’s mother and Luciana’s cousin. An example of that is when her mother says: “Get away with you, believing all the nonsense you’re told!” or “That one's not your friend. You know what you are to them? The maid’s daughter, that's what!” This examples make us think that Rosaura’s mother does not care about Rosaura’s feelings, but she is really just trying to help her daughter. Another example is when Rosaura is talking to Luciana’s cousin.
Both Emily and Robert are prematurely judged by the narrators in both stories, and the assumptions are so far fetched from the reality. Miss. Emily is perceived to be a lonely old woman, whom nobody ever spoke with. Since they never talk with her or learn anything about what is going on in her life, the townspeople begin to gossip to make up for this. They knew her father had driven away any man from becoming close to her, and they just thought to themselves, “ poor Emily” (32).
The short stories that I choose to compare in Year of the Elephant are “The Sisters” and “An Expensive Dinner”. In my opinion, these two short stories show negative characteristics of women and the effects that they have on others. To begin, “The Sisters” was a short story about two sisters, the younger sister whom in which was married to the ex-husband of her older sister. After a turn in the health of the older sister, the younger felt that she was obligated to take care of her ill sister because she was the only family that she had. This attitude about caring attitude about caring for her sister contradicts what it means to be family.
She herself doesn’t realize it until it’s too late. This character is very naïve and it is going to get the best of her. To start Oates guides the reader to empathize with Connie by showing us how her mother speaks to her in a way that is emotional abuse. For instance, in the book it states “her mother who noticed everything and knew everything and who hadn’t much reason any longer to look at her own face scolded Connie about it” “stop gawking yourself who are you?” You think you’re so pretty she would say” (Oates, 389). From this statement we can quickly review that Connie’s mom obviously has a jealous reaction to Connie’s appearance.
So, because she does not feel she can have someone who will understand her and not punish her for what happened, she does not speak. Her parent’s behavior toward her and each other make herself feel like she is a disappointment. Her mental state of mind is unstable and is struggling to process what happened to her. When her family and the people around her start pulling her down, she does not feel as strong and confident to stand up for herself and to face her so to speak demons. A perfect example of this is “I open up a paper clip and scratch it across the inside of my left wrist.