In spite of this, her aunt took control of the household and tried to force Fauziya to follow their traditions. Kassindja’s aunt arranged a wedding for her niece to become the fourth wife of an electrician; her future husband wanted her to have the genital operation before they got married, however, Fauziya disagreed and decided to leave the country before the marriage and mutilation happened. When she got to the United States, she asked for political asylum. At first she was denied but she never gave up and successfully appealed the denial. The appellate concluded that if she ever went back to her country, she might face threats to her freedom or even physical violence for refusing their harmful traditions.
The Bean Trees tackles such huge issues as divorce, child abuse, and illegal immigration through Taylor Greer, a girl from rural Kentucky who, while trying to start a new life for herself outside of her home town of Pittman County, ends up with an abandoned child who was molested in her previous home, and thus is reluctant to speak. Taylor names the baby girl Turtle, and when her car breaks down in Tucson, and she can’t afford to fix it, she decides to live there, renting from a recently divorced mom named Lou Ann. The Bean Trees is beautiful book about Taylor trying her best to raise Turtle despite the challenges presented. The book goes on to criticizes the United States’ immigration policies through the story of Esperanza and Estevan. Esperanza
After the court grants Carmen unsupervised visits with Leila, Leila returns home with bruises on her arms and has a very strong odor on her clothes. In Forever Beach by Shelley Noble, Carmen had her parental rights terminated after repetitive drug abuse charges. She claims to feel compunction for her actions but once she gets periodic time with Leila, it all goes back to the same actions with drugs. It was getting so bad that Leila would be coming home with bruises on her arms because Carmen did not care about Leila, she cared about drugs. The title is fitting for the story for 3 important reasons, throughout the book Sarah calls Leila her forever girl, the beach is where all the families gather to have a good time, and it is where Leila felt
Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
In Gary Soto’s short story ‘Growing Up,” the main character, Maria, says, “‘I know, I know. You’ve said that a hundred times,’ she snapped.” Maria is acting ungrateful because she doesn’t want to go on vacation with her family and she is arguing with her father about it instead of being grateful for what she has. Being grateful is feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness and being thankful. In the story Maria argues with her father about not wanting to go on vacation with her family and claims that she is old enough to stay home by herself.
Women’s opportunities were severely limited, and her narrative was prescribed to her. Gloria Steinem was born the granddaughter of a committee member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, so activism and women’s rights had been tackled in her family far before she was born. Steinem’s parents split up early on in her life, resulting in her mother’s financial instability. Steinem later accredited her mother’s inability to keep a job to the hostile attitudes towards women in the workspace. In addition to this, her mother’s experiences with mental illness also exposed Steinem to social injustices that were pivotal in sparking her involvement in the feminist movements.
We see her on the first day breaking the rules by swearing in the street and swearing at the harasser who tried to harass her; by this she breaks her grandmother 's golden rule: "The Golden Rule of Prudence for an Istanbulite woman: When harassed on street, never respond, since a woman who responds, let alone swears back at her harasser, shall only fire up the enthusiasm of the latter!" (5). She is aware of these rules, but because she is different, she chooses to break these rules. When she hears the Azan while she is preparing herself for the abortion, she starts to think about her own journey. Najwa in Faqir 's Willow Trees Don 't
In the book Literary and Cultural Theory by Donald Hall, he discusses key principles which define feminist analysis and its subcategories. Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of An Hour,” is about a woman named Louise Mallard who was told that her husband died and she finds joy in her freedom. However, her husband turns out to be alive and when he returns home, Louise dies from devastation. In Chopin’s book The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is different from most women in society and has been rebellious for most of her life with fantasies of forbidden loves. Despite her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two boys, she continues to rebel by having
In the poems, the author’s explore sacrifice of being a mother and putting their children before themselves. In Claude McKay’s “My Mother”, the author’s mother insisted her son go to work although she was sick. In the poem he states, “And, smiling sadly in the old sweet way, she pointed to the nail where hung my cap. Her eyes said: I shall last another day.” His mother was sick and never knew when her day would come, but instead of her making her son stay with her and miss out on a day’s work she made him go.
Also Rosa was a civil right activist before her arrest. The bus driver how Parks had prior encounter with was James Blake he also demanded that she vacate her seat. But the other problem is that she was not sitting in the only white people area she was sitting in the middle of the bus in those days most people rode in cars or walked and so when Rosa boycotted the bus she was not sitting there because her feet were tired. Weeks after her arrest Parks was jailed a second time for her role in the boycott.
The rehabilitation center, written about in Ruffin’s article, brings in girls from brothels and hears their stories. Ruffins mentioned, “Girls from the brothels arrive empty-handed, sick, in many cases pregnant or with small children, and “psychologically broken” (Ruffins). In Sold, when entering Happiness House for the first time, a little girl finds herself scared and overwhelmed. Later, one of the girls went up to Lakshmi and said, “That new girl, the one in your old room. Yesterday morning Mumtaz found her hanging from the rafters” (McCormick 152).
The story Girl interrupted starts with Susanna Kaysen, just out of high school and wasn 't having an easy time. She left her boyfriend for her English teacher, who got fired and moved to North Carolina. She had no intentions of going to college. She visited her doctor after trying to commit suicide and he sent her to McLean, a mental hospital famous for the celebrities that have been there and it 's method of treating them. She spent a total of two years in the ward for teenage girls.
In the book “First Generations Women in Colonial America” by Carol Berkin explains to us how women back then were treated differently from now. They experienced awful situations. Carol explains that back then men thought that’s their wives were considered as their land. Men believed that once they married a woman that they could do anything to them and treat them the way they wanted. Men had no respect to women.
In the story, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The narrator develops an uncontrollable obsession with this yellow wallpaper as she is deemed crazy and is confined to a large nursery room where she is constantly being medicated and forced to rest. Throughout the story she writes in her secret journal where in each entry she describes her feelings towards both John and the yellow wallpaper. In the beginning she has a very negative attitude against the wallpaper and is constantly remarking it's horrible markings and it's very shade of color. Throughout the story however, her feelings dramatically change as she starts observing the wallpaper and each mark, and analysing everything from the odor that has spread throughout the house, to the hidden figure trapped behind the wall. Near the end of the story, she starts seeing more and more of the hidden figure and making out details of the trapped woman, but then goes crazy as she sees her crawling around the yard and then believes she is that
It is no secret that men and women are treated differently still to this day. However, during the Victorian Era women were treated with very little respect. They were expected to be homemakers, and not voice their opinions. "The Ruined Maid" by Thomas Hardy and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman were both written during this time. Even though these stories were written in the same time period, the protagonist thoughts about the Victorian Era were different.