The short story,¨The Lottery,¨ by shirley Jackson shows the theme of duality of human nature. One character who showed duality was Tessie because when the lottery first started she was going along with everything but when her family got called she changed her whole dynamic. She is now saying that the lottery is not fair since her husband was the one who pulled the paper with the dot on it, but if it was someone else she wouldn't be saying that. She was only speaking up about it not being fair because her life depended on it. Although she was a good example of duality, all of the woman showed duality of human nature.
In turn, 16 year old Amanda "rebelled" against her family and eventually married a black man. Tara is Amanda's daughter who now has to deal with societal pressures from being mixed. Lydia has her reputation to uphold through her daughter's rebellious actions, but in trying to maintain a good image she changes the way she treats her family and gives in to societal pressures that she faces. On the contrary, Amanda modifies her actions based on her belief of equality and completely rebels against what her society claims is the right thing to believe. Tara experiences the other side of society with her grandmother and gets her first taste of the bitter world that racism is a part of.
For example, Genevieve, Dodge, and Redd show how they have, don’t have, give, and take away freedom of thought in their actions described in the book. One of the characters that show freedom of thought is Genevieve. Queen Genevieve’s daughter Alyss, had a very wild imagination and was always told to stop imagining wild things. She did not allow Alyss to think completely on her own. ‘“Birthday or not, Alyss.” Queen Genevieve said, “I don’t think it’s nice to show off.”’(13) Alyss used her imagination to amuse herself during times when she was mad, bored or just wanted to get attention.
Nikki's obsessive behavior contributes emphasis on the theme that a person's inability to let go of the past, doesn't allow them to move forward in life in Maggie Mitchell's short story, “It Would Be Different If.” Nikki shows she is obsessive about her ex-boyfriend from high school in things that really happened and things that she imagined happened between them. Nikki shows she is obsessive when she gives us a glimpse of her past; as she tells us what she remembers. “If I could hate you, this is what I would hate you for” (169). She is referencing her ex-boyfriend and acknowledging that she doesn't actually hate him, it is just the opposite. “It is dark and late”, and she says “I am trying to figure out which boat you're in so I don't get stuck in the other one.” (169).
In the story, we don’t see the youngest niece being rebellious until towards the end. It ends on a mysterious note and it seems like the youngest has exacted revenge for the mistreatment of her Aunt and herself. At first when she was married, she didn’t fight with her husband and did as she was told. She wasn't happy with her life, but she still she accepted her fate as not being the best. There are certain clues hidden throughout the story that ties together some missing plot points.
You should learn from her”.Although my mom did not notice, that was hurt. In my mother’s value, A- was a bad girl, same as what Chua mentioned in the very beginning of the book. It is not easy for me at that time to get an A. I was going to share my happiness with her.I ｒｅｍｅｍｂｅｒ ｍｙ ＥＳＬ ｐｒｏｆｅｓｓｏｒ ｓａｉｄ ｄｉｓｌｉｋｅ Ｃｈｉｎｅｓｅ ｐａｒｅｎｔｓ， ｍｅｄｉｏｃｏｒｉｔｙ ｉｓ ａｃｃｅｐｔａｂｌｅ ｆｏｒ ｍｏｓｔ ｏｆ Ａｍｅｒｉｃａｎ ｆａｍｉｌｉｅｓ． As Chua conclude in the end of chapter 11, western
Teaching through Time In the story Water Names by Lan Samantha Chang, we see a grandmother tell her granddaughters a story of their ancestors. The story the grandmother tells is powerful and teaches the grandchildren the dangers of Selfishness, and how our actions can cause more than just ourselves pain. The way Chang uses a story within a story is interesting, it can lead one to make the connection that the story the grandmother tells us has a deeper meaning and lesson it teaches. The girl in the story is selfish and only cares about having more than she does at that moment. She was a restless one and never contented with their catch,” “she said,’ if only this catch would bring back something more than another fish” (Chang, 54).
even her voice was affected by his condition, and she was not allowed by her mother to paly or do what other teenagers do because her mom was overprotective to her. I go on a journey with Joy as she struggles against what she’s always known to be right, and wanting to fit in. Joy finds her self being a awkward ,she feel that she always doing wrong . One of the things Joy begins to deal is when he find her mother's book entitled ' Big Girls Dont Cry'. It’s a book of fiction, but it is very obviously based upon her mother’s life.
being passive. This passive state of acceptance can be like poison for the mind of a young reader. The story that a young reader is left with is one that a woman's survival “Depends upon [her] acceptance of roles”(Gruss, 197). Most of the time those roles aren't decided by the main character; they are forced upon them. In Beauty and the Beast beauty have has to accept her role of being unequal to her father or siblings as she is sold to Beast in order for the siblings to stay alive, and the rest of the story is her accepting that she will have to marry the Beast.
“That was how dishonesty and betrayal started, not in big lies, but in small secrets” (Tan 157). In Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Ruth Luyi Young lives by keeping secrets from others, starting from her own mother, LuLing, to her longtime boyfriend, Art. Ruth is mentally pressured to be secretive with her loved ones to avoid conflict. However, this actually causes her to be distant from them, disintegrating the trust in her relationships. Her miscommunication of feelings led to secrecy and loss of trust.
He has loved her through it all, but in the end she leaves him, but we all know that it was for the best. Natalie was extremely dynamic. While meeting Henry she changes as a person, but goes through many trials to become that person. Stealing her mothers pills and smoking pot is not ideal for a sixteen year old child, but she overcomes this. It turns out that her only fear was her mother.