Where am I?
“Rachel!” echoed in her mind.
Who was this Rachel everyone spoke about? A cousin? An aunt? A sibling? She couldn’t ponder about it, for there were no thoughts there. Blank. Empty. Nothing. A black endless hole in her mind. It was confusing. All thought lost. All she could think about was the lonely world she lived in now. The ground lacked trees and grass, the streams lacked water. The sky lacked stars. It was black. An most of all, it was just her. No friends, no family. Just her. She had no traces of her previous life. Everything was lost in the raging fires of anger and agony. She could cry out for help, but there was no one there. Why cry out, when no one can hear? She once wanted help, but now it was useless. Depression and loneliness had already sucked her into it’s hungry mouth. It wanted more and more from her. She gave it her all, and that was the problem. Rachel was lost. No one could help her now. She’s already been hypnotized by its daring eyes. Chapter 2
Rachel was one to always look at the bad side of things. When it was sunny, she thought of it as dying from heat exhaustion. She found family annoying. She found new things a threat. She even found life useless. Her mother noticed her unusual behaviors and sent her to counseling. In hopes that this counseling would help Rachel, it didn’t. It made things worse. Not long after Rachel was sent to counseling, she was sent to therapy. Everyday, Rachel became more and more
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She knew there was better ways to live and decided that she could never achieve this way
Imagery is another literary technique that is used to characterize Rachel. In the incident over the red sweater, Rachel states, “That’s not, I don’t, you’re not… Not mine.” I finally say in a little voice that was maybe when I was four. “From this line, a picture is painted through words to show Rachel’s facial expression and her reaction to having to admit that the sweater belonged to her. Cisneros also paints a picture of Rachel when she states, “all of a sudden I’m crying in front of everybody. I wish I was invisible but I’m not. I’m eleven and it’s my birthday today and I’m crying like I’m three in front of everybody”; in reference to Rachel having to wear “the ugly sweater with red plastic buttons and a collar and sleeves all stretched out like you could use it for a jump rope”. From that statement, Cisneros shows how sad and upset Rachel was about having to put on that sweater.
Beyond racial divide, Kingsolver portrays how Rachel’s self-obsession leaves no room for her family in order
This inner defiance gives evidence to Rachel’s determination and individuality. The sweater now represents a sort of barrier and if she submits herself to it, she fears the world of ages and maturity.
Rachel took her arm away from his but still walked close to him. Then he had cried out "Rachel! Do you not love me? Is not my love for you as sacred as anything in all of life itself?" Rachel was quiet. They passed a street lamp. Her face was pale and beautiful. He had made a movement to grab her arm and she had moved a little farther from him. "No," she had replied. He then said "Some time--when I am more worthy?" he had asked in low voice, but she did not hear him, she did not even say goodnight and went into her house.
, she is giving the readers a way she knows how to describe her feelings. This shows her character because its her describing her feelings in a personal way. The point-of-view of the story helps to characterize Rachel. By the story being in Rachel’s point-of-view, the reader gets first person responses to events.
Another way to deal with past regrets that is brought to light is the idea of repressing that memory in the first place. Unlike her sisters, Rachel Price is the only one who ignores her guilt. After Ruth May’s death and their departure from Nathan, Rachel rarely ever brings these major events up again. Instead she talks about her new life, speaking about her newest boy toy and complaining about the African’s culture. The night of Ruth May’s death, since Rachel is
In the short story, Rachel’s parents represent comfort from the outside world. “Mama is making a cake for me tonight, and when Papa gets home everybody will sing Happy birthday, happy birthday to you” (n.p.). The aforesaid quote is mentioned twice
Rachel had always had a love for sports, but football was a life changer for her. How it all started, is one day her step-father jokingly asked her if she wanted to try football, and she replied with yes very seriously.
This badly embarrasses Rachel and leads her to begin crying in front of the class which makes it even worse. At the end of class, the rightful owner claims it, but this does not completely remedy the situation. At this point, even cake and presents will not repair her damaged birthday. Rachel can be characterized as vulnerable, honest, and wise beyond her years.
Rachel grew up in a house hold where she had to grow up really quick. In her early teenage years she witnesses her mom struggle through abusive relationships with her step dad and other boyfriends that came after. She eventually became an alcoholic. By the time Rachel was 13 year old, she dropped out of school to take the role of the emotional and financial care taker of her mother. Living in her
While there are many depictions of thematic tension that demonstrate the allegorical allusion between good and evil within this scene, I will break down two moments that independently argue the significance of Rachel’s character as the manifestation of good, redeeming the negative connotation Christianity has within the story. With the technical elements already dissected, I focus solely on how the scenes operate on a thematic scale. The first moment would be when Rachel joins in with a Preacher for a duet of the song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. While the preacher sings throughout this song from the start