Throughout the poem, Achebe uses free verse to represent the continuous flow of the crestfallen emotions and thoughts of the mother, due to the poverty she and her son have to suffer. The suffering of the single-parent family is explicitly highlighted when Achebe describes the mother’s, “ghost-smile between her teeth.” The juxtaposition “ghost-smile” suggests that the mother’s smile is forced, she purposely held the smile up in order to cover up her depressed and hopeless emotions. This amplifies the unconditional love a mother has for her son as she only wants to show the best side of her in front of her son. Love can also be portrayed in a depressed light when the mother used, “A broken comb and combed” her son. Plosive alliteration is used to amplify the pessimistic mood and pathos that the refugees are suffering in the camp.
Edmund embodied the ultimate male trait – aggressiveness – which he uses to menace his siblings. Susan, on the other hand, who was sensible and intelligent, was seen as a nag by her brothers. And finally, Lucy was always treated as delicate and overly-emotional by the characters in the novel. This stereotyping leads children to think that as boys, they must be almighty and dominant over girls, who must be kind, gentle, and subordinate to them. Gender roles are also introduced by Father Christmas.
The only woman in the world who will still cradle you in her arms even if you've stabbed her loving heart is your mother.The short story “Teenage Wasteland” by Anne Tyler is about guilt and reveals mother’s feelings towards her children. A loving mother will feel guilty for anything that happens to her children, and even for that how they feel. Mothers is the person who cares the most about her child. The story “Teenage Wasteland” tells about a common situation many families experience: a misunderstood child creates problems to his parents, not by fault, but because he feels unwanted. Any mother would feel like a bad mother after all, so did Daisy, Donny’s mom.
She was only written with negative character traits which made it so characters or readers were never able to sympathize with her. Next, no character ever had a turning point where they saw Curley’s wife as more than exactly that, Curley’s wife. And finally, he never gave her a name. There was a great imbalance between sexism and making the readers question the sexism. If Steinbeck had chosen to give the woman some justice the message against sexism would have been stronger.
They are less respected and are bossed around by their husbands, who were allowed to beat their wives should they do something wrong. Women were seen a feminine, making them weak to the eyes of men. They would take on feminine jobs like cooking, caring for the children, and making sure that their husband is satisfied. The lowest part of the hierarchy consists of children, in which the boys were superior to the girls. Boys, when they were younger, would spend time with their mothers, staying in their huts and listed to stories
Yunior is jealous by saying “My brother was backing to be Number One Son; in all other things he was generally unchanged, but when it came to my father he obeyed him with a scrupulousness he never shown anybody” (Diaz 140). Provably, Rafa respects his father and follows his father’s ways. Ironically, this close relationship turns into bad influence. Rafa has his father’s dark side because he grows up exactly like his father. Yunior asserts; “father used to take you on his pussy runs, leave you in the car while he run up into cribs to bone his girlfriends” (Diaz 165).
This example can be compared to how in Waknuk mutations are thought to be a curse. It really shows that if you go against the things that society has developed to be acts of normality, you are labeled as not a human and are not treated like how humans should be. Lastly, a very common practice in Waknuk is sexism. Husbands have the choice of basically throwing out their wives if she gives birth to more than three children with mutations. Only the males are given high posts or authority and the women of Waknuk are always believed to be less superior than the males.
Francis was a racist, mean, little girl that only cares about her last name. Jem and Scout looks at everyone equal and see the world like they should. Atticus is raising his children like he should. Atticus' ways may be different than others, but if they do something wrong once, they will not do it again. Atticus is judged by a few in the community, but he is a great father.
Another example is the letter addressed to the Crane family, “Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn’t have children should they”? (4) This shows that she is envious of the family because they provide each other with company and they love each other, “ most infatuated young parents she had ever known”. Whereas Miss Strangeworth lives all alone. In short, these letters have proved that since she is jealous of her victims she tries to disrupt their way of living so she can feel superior.
Even if Ophelia wanted to speak up against her father, she was forbidden to do so. Due to gender roles, after Polonius gave his “advice”, she simply obeys due to the fact that she was not allowed to speak up even though her father insults her. Women did not stand up for themselves at this time and it causes Ophelia to accept anything her father instructs her to
The most painful of these words arrives at the end when her son proclaims that the child she raised is not the same anymore. This marks his transition from boyhood to manhood: a transition in which the male perception of female inferiority grows stronger. A mother loves her son, and in modern times there are family disputes; however, they are mostly out of spite for parents in general, not out of misogynistic