Mrs. Fairfax believes that Rochester will marry Blanche Ingram. Blanche’s family believes they are a great match, with equal social status. Rochester may not have the same plan, as social status is not what he is looking for. Jane is not happy with herself, because she fell in love with a man out of her social reach. Both Jane and Blanche Ingram have positive and negative qualities. Rochester prefers one woman based on those positive qualities.
Identity crises are common problems for immigrants coming into any country. Deciding whether to stay true to their roots or to assimilate to a new culture puts pressure on many immigrants and their families. Both Jake and Babbitt, from Hester Street and Babbitt respectively, define what means to be American on superficial terms, even though they both believe that being an American does not merely stem from racial identity. They both become obsessed with being as seen as Americans through their social status, physical appearance, the pursuit of wealth, and freedom. While both Jake and Babbitt try to assimilate to American culture, only Babbitt truly succeeds in achieving this goal.
The personal narrative “Born in Amrika” (2003) by Mona M. Maisami speculates that children of Iranian originated parents struggle between culturally identifying themselves as American or Iranian. Maisami develops her main idea by narrating through the point of view of a young girl born in America interacting with her Iranian born cousin Nina. Throughout the story, Nina and her cousin encounter various differing cultural phenomena such as dress and meal rituals before realizing they can adapt to both cultures at the same time. This short story highlights these two different lifestyles in order to emphasize the way American citizens with overseas connections question their character because of their newly adopted home. In hopes to reach out to
This book depicts the national and cultural status of the immigrant mother, who is able to preserve the traditions of her Indian heritage that connect her to her homeland. Ensuring a successful future for her American-born children is coordinated with the privilege of being an American citizen. Ashima yearns for her homeland and her family that she left behind when
In the Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih, the ability of diverse groups of Muslims to come together and celebrate Zein’s wedding reveals the power and strength of community in Islamic culture. Despite divisions amongst the community throughout the book, Zein is able to interact with all factions of the village, regardless of their standpoint. Zein is portrayed in the book as a group of one. Zein is isolated as a group of one because of his constant openly berating if the imam. Although he can sometimes appear as an outcast because of this, every group in the village still appears open and understanding of him thanks to his open personality and likeability. The turning point in the story, which leads to a closer community, is when Zein chokes Seif-a-Din for hitting him over the head with an axe. Seif-a-Din decides to put his former life behind him and become more devout to his religion and closer to Islam. Ultimately, after this event, the whole village becomes closer and more united, with a greater sense of cohesion amongst the village. Zein’s wedding represents the coming together of the community despite the differences of religious belief and modernist and traditionalist viewpoints. The Wedding of Zein reveals the ability of Islam to bring people together, even despite their minor differences. At the center of this is Zein, an example of how one person and their desire to good for others has the ability to touch so many diverse people and forge a bond that ties them all
Since the establishment of the colonies, America has been viewed as the “land of opportunity.” It is thought to be a safe haven for immigrants, and a chance at a new beginning for others. “The Clemency of the Court” by Willa Cather published in 1893, tells the story of Serge, a Russian immigrant, who overcame the struggles of a tough childhood and fled to America to receive protection from the state. “Clothes” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni published in 1995, tells the story of Sumita, a Indian immigrant, who is moving to America so that she can marry her husband that her family has arranged for her. Both “The Clemency of the Court” and “Clothes” show the evolution of the American immigrant experience.
Ewen's Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars Throughout history, the concept of Americanization has been studied in order to better understand the effects of a mass culture on immigrants. On one side stands the view of an immigrant engulfed in American ideology who leaves behind his past. He conforms to this new individualism and now is able to move upward on the economic ladder. On the opposite end of defining Americanization is the unscathed immigrant who maintains his old word traditions and institutions to emerge
She explains her thesis by stating “Others who write stories of migration often talk of arrival at a new place as a loss of communal memory and the erosion of an original culture. I want to talk of arrival as a gain,” (360). The key points of the text include Mukherjee describing her transition between Calcutta and the United States, and what it means to be and American and how culture influences that aspect. The information in the text is significant; the people of America are a part of a melting pot, sometimes it is hard for them to find the distinction between American culture and their own. The information in Mukherjee’s story is clear and specific, unbiased, and is relevant to the purpose of the story. I believe Mukherjee has achieved her purpose of informing her audience about cultural differences; she presents certain strengths and weaknesses within the text.
Immigrants arriving in America for their first time are initially devastated at their new lives and realize their “golden lives” were simply fantasies and dreams of an ideal life in America. Immigrants from foreign countries, including those mentioned in Uchida’s Picture Bride, faced countless problems and hardships, including a sense of disillusionment and disappointment. Furthermore, immigrants and picture brides faced racial discrimination not only from white men, but the United States government, as well. Immigrants were plagued with economic hardships lived in deplorable living conditions. Though nearly every immigrant and picture bride who came to America fantasized about an ideal life, they were faced with countless hardships and
Many second generation minorities from immigrant parents are driven subconsciously to conform to new culture and social norms. For foreign born parents and native born children integrating the two cultures they inhabit brings about different obstacles and experiences. In Jhumpa’s “The Namesake” the protagonist Gogol is a native born American with foreign born parents. The difference with birth location plays an important role in assimilating to a new society in a new geography. The difficulty for parents is the fact that they’ve spent a decent amount of time accustomed to a new geography, language, culture and society which makes it difficult to feel comfortable when all of that changes. For Gogol the difficulty only lies with the cultural norms imposed by his parent’s and the culture and social norms that are constantly presented in the new society.
Yezierska’s short story, “America and I,” describes life for a young, female immigrant from Poland, the struggles faced in her homeland, hope for freedom in America and heartbreaking craving for an American identity. Known as “Queen of the Ghetto,” and “The Immigrant Cinderella,” Yezierska came to see America as an idea, “a deathless hope – a world still in the making” (Yezierska 6). Yezierska, fearing that America had lost the “richness of its soul,” chose to write about her life, and the trials that Jews endured in the ghetto of New York, poverty they left Poland to escape. Attempting to “build a bridge of understanding between American-born and [herself]” she continues, that her hopes during 1923, for the “Americans of tomorrow […] will be too wise, too open-hearted, too friendly-handed, to let the least lastcomer at their gates knock in vain with gifts unwanted” (Yezierska 7). Yezierska, Paine, Hamilton and many, numerous others share her ideal that hope transfers tolerance and acceptance for every soul that lands on these
She's shallow, she's proud, and she's first rate entitled. Yes, she has a factor when she complains approximately being betrothed to John Harmon inside the will of an antique man she by no means met. But even before there is any mention of this reality, we discover that she's:
America is a melting pot of culture. The statue of liberty at Ellis Island has welcomed hundreds of thousands of immigrants into this country since the early 1900s. Although the immigrant families knew it was important to learn the American language and American culture, they also wanted to keep alive their rich heritage and pass it onto their children. This was often a struggle as their children attended American schools and picked up on the American culture ways quicker than their elder parents. Often these children, especially the teenagers, would struggle with embarrassment over the ways their family was different from other American families. One author who wrote about this struggle was Amy Tan.
This is the reason both proposals are declined: Elizabeth is of a mind that she will not marry for social security or for money – only love could tempt her into matrimony.
“Wish for a Young Wife”, by Theodore Roethke, may seem to be more than just a simple epithalamium, for the way the poet presents his writing compels the reader to question his true intentions. Nevertheless, although it is easy for the reader to trip down this path, a closer reading, in which one pays particular attention to aspects such the poem's imagery, rhyme scheme, meter, and parallelism, allows them to acknowledge that as the poet appreciates his wife and elaborates on what he wants for her, it is in fact the ambiguity of the poem that doubles the effect of his sincerity and love for his young wife.