In the beginning of the story she describes what it is like at her aunt’s house. “We sit down at the kitchen table. My aunt’s house is smaller than ours and noisier. She has three sons, my cousins. We can hear them making odd sounds in the other rooms, the other rooms of their house. … Today we sit alone at the table, my aunt, my brother, myself. My aunt makes hot chocolate and pours it into plastic cups. She forgets to put marshmallows in it. Joshua, who is my older brother drinks it. I don’t” (1). She helps the reader visualize her living situation and how she feels about it by expressing the discomfort she feels at her aunt’s house. At the beginning of the story her aunt is crying. “My aunt is crying. No one asks why. My aunt is a big woman, and the tears seem silly. It is as solemn and inappropriate as if a man were crying” (1). By describing her aunt’s appearance in this moment, she also helps the reader understand the dislike she has for her aunt. Later in the story her uncle takes her to an aquarium that her father used to take her. “A week ago, or two weeks ago, or more, my father had stood here next to me, and I had pressed my nose to the glass while he laughed. I used to
The plot of Until We Meet Again, by Anne Schraff, is interesting because it gives the reader a realistic sense of what it is like to have to go through rough stages in life as a young teenager. Darcy is a teenager who attends Bluford High, she has a pretty normal life until things start to change right before her eyes. Hakeem is leaving her, her grandmother is sick, and her just upped and walked back in her and her sister's life. When Darcy and Jamie were younger there dad just upped and left them and their mother without even saying everything, he skipped town and left their mother to take care of her two children and grandmother by herself. Darcy's mother is a hard working woman. She works at a hospital and pays all the bills and takes care of the family by herself. Years later after Darcy's father walked on them he finally came back to the family to make everything right with the girls and their mother. He moved them
Have you every heard of a book called “Everyday use”.Its made by an excellent artist named Alice Walker.Its a story about 2 sisters,Dee and Maggie.Dee is the oldest and she went to college to learn more about her culture,Maggie is the younger one seen as the dumb and shy one in story,and she is helping to make a new life with their mom after their last house burnt down.My family and the family in everyday use share similarities and differences when it comes to respect,being spoiled,and strength of mothers.
Mama was a very interesting to me in this story, because she is so manly in the story. "I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man", she says in the story. Mama is also aware that she is not the brightest woman, because she says that she didn't go any further then the second grade. I love how honest she is with herself. Like when she talks about never being able to hold a tune. Most people would lie to their self and make it sound like they could sing if they wanted to. Mama is also a dreamer, at times because she refers to things the way that they were. Like when she refers to her education and the house that they use to have. They had a house before but there was a fire. Mama also has some humor to her, "Why don't
Family is expressed in diverse ways. Mama strongly believes in the importance of family throughout the book. She continues to try to keep them together by fulfilling their dreams before hers. Her dream was moving her family out of the ghetto and into a house with a yard where children can play, and she can tend a garden. Her dream has been deferred since she and her husband moved into the apartment that the Youngers still inhabit. Every day, her dream provides her with an incentive to make money. But no matter how much she and her husband strived, they could not scrape together enough money to make their dream a reality. As they go through trying times the eventify they come together as a family because by the end they realized being together was most important. They are still strong individuals but together they prove they are a strong family. Throughout the book the Younger family is constantly arguing about what Mama should do with the ten thousand dollars she inherited from her husband. “I-I just seen my family fall apart today…. Just falling into pieces in front of my eyes we couldn’t have gone on like we were today (Hansberry91)” Mama is trying to tell her family that these arguments about the money are tearing her family apart. She wanted them to know that she did the right thing by buying the house, thinking it would make her family happy again. Mama could have spent the money on herself, but she chose her family first and their needs that is
“A Visit of Charity” by Eudora Welty and “Behind Grandma’s House” by Gary Soto both deal with similar topics about the relationship between the elderly and the young. “Behind Grandma’s House” is about a young child that is acting rebellious against society by cussing at an imaginary pastor, and scaring animals in the alley behind Grandmother’s house (291). He is rebellions until the grandmother comes out to hit the child in the face as discipline for what he has done (291). “A Visit of Charity” is about a young girl named Marion who visits a retirement home to visit with two elderly women so Marion can receive service hours for the Campfire Girls (116). Although “A Visit of Charity” and “Behind Grandmother’s House” both incorporate the Elderly
The way someone acts or makes decisions says a lot about a person because it shows their personality, and defines a character. Grandmother plays a very large role in the family's life. Love and care is constantly displayed throughout the story, especially since their grandmother lives with them and makes strong connections which builds their relationships. Through the story the character of the grandmother
From the first-time read through, the poem gives a basic understanding of the narrative: a daughter telling the audience about her mother’s struggles
The book is basically about how you can help someone in a time of need by just being there for them. Jill writes about what learned when she was helping her friend and how all it takes is just a few people to help someone. Kara writes about how much she appreciated just the little things people did for her. From people taking them meals, to doing their laundry to just watching and taking care of her kids for just a few hours. Jill writes that she felt awkward
The mother also teaches her daughter to cook, clean, and wash which traditionally is up to the women in a household to do. Kincaid makes the reader think and figure out for him, or herself, what point of life the child is in and what gender they are in order to draw them into the story.
‘A Wall of Fire’ by Edwidge Danticat is about a family who struggles with adversity, lack of relationship and death. Danticat depicts “Lili” as a strong woman whose has given all she has to give as a mother caring for and loving her son “Little Guy”. Remaining positive through their misfortunes “Lili” continues to provide as much as possible for her family. All the while her husband “Guy” constantly reminds her of the negativity of his life and what it could have been if only his father had put him on the list for employment. Would their lives be the same if only he had that breakthrough of hope given by his own father? “Lili” continues to remain optimistic about their lives in hopes of “Little Guy” having a positive future
The impact this short story brings to the reader is one we all can relate to. We have all been that little child who wants something different then what our mother is trying to buy for us. Parents are always there to help us out with what we need before the things we want. The attitude and behavior of the child in the short story should impact the students to make them see and understand why
In conclusion, Wood Butcher by Norman Hindley, Behind Grandma 's House by Gary Soto, and Manners by Elizabeth Bishop all had a common theme. I found that to be how the relatives teach lessons to their relation of a younger generation and the different approaches to their teaching. They each had their own teaching method and some may have appeared to work better than others. In the end the older relative was always trying to get some type of message
This is kind of sad because right off the bat, Jane is not treated as the other children are. She is kind of like an outcast and is treated so poorly compared to the other children. The way that the three children run to their mother, as if she is a form of shelter in a way, and how they all treat Jane reminds me a little bit of Cinderella. It seems like this book could have been where that story got its origins.