First, tension is created in “Confetti Girl” because the narrator feels that she’s being neglected. The narrator feels as if her father’s books are more important to him than herself. For example, the passage states, “He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize that I really don’t” (26). This piece from the story passage creates tension because the narrator feels that she doesn’t matter. Because the father has to go on a scavenger hunt to look for a book every time, a great deal of time must be spent with his books. And because of this lack of time with her daughter, she feels neglected and nonexistent. She winds up dreading her father and her books because of it. This difference in the point of view of
In “Confetti Girl” by Diana Lopez and “Tortilla Sun” by Jennifer Cervantes are about two different points of views from the kids and parents, causing tension. “Confetti Girl” is about a girl who disagrees with her dad about her school work. She wants to play and focus on soccer, but her dad wants her to focus on her schoolwork. In “Tortilla Sun” is also about a girl who disagree with a parent. Her mother is going away to Costa Rica to finish her studies and she has to send her daughter to live with her grandmother she barely knows in New Mexico. In these two stories the children are disagreeing with their parents’ better judgments. I believe that what caused the tension is that the parents and kids aren’t agreeing on the same thing so it causes tension.
Imagine two sisters living in the same household—both have grown up with the same parents, in the same place, and under the same conditions. Unfortunately for the sisters, their family has developed a pattern: The issues of the previous generation have been passed down with the next generation, creating a legacy of substance abuse, an unstable home environment, suicide, and mental illness. In this setting, the sisters must react to the troubles they witness around them daily, for their parents and other family are unable to shield the girls from the fallout of their emotional instability. One of the sisters is able to escape the pattern of her ancestors and thrives despite the challenges she faces in her
There comes a point in one’s life when they must recognize the hardships placed upon them, and instead of being ignorant of those hardships, they must confront them head-on. In “Marigolds”, a short story by Eugenia Collier, the main protagonist, Lizabeth, encounters various struggles that come with living in a poor town in rural Maryland during the Depression, allowing her to learn more about growing up and accepting reality with all its flaws. Lizabeth is a 14-year-old girl who feels a conflict between her inner child and her inner woman, as she is unable to do anything that satisfies both sides of her. She feels too old to be a child, yet too young to be a
First, is the daughter's independence and rebelling against their mother's rules and beliefs. There are several examples of this throughout the book. June’s mother tried to force her to become a prodigy at the piano because she believed anyone could be anything in America. However, June’s teacher was deaf and this allowed June to cheat her way through playing. All of this went down the drain of course after the recital and she decided to quit. Another example of this is Waverly and her struggles with her mom. Waverly became a great chess champion in her community and won many awards. However, Waverly’s mother walked around town, taking all the credit and showing off Waverly. This made Waverly angry and one day she ran off as her mother was bragging about her. In both stories, after the daughters had a breakdown, the mothers ignored them and didn't comment about the daughters not practicing. This pattern shows how the daughters want to be their own person, they don't want to be molded into whatever their mother desired most.
This opposition adds tension to the story. The story informs, “Mom was always bugging me to make friends, which I didn’t see the point of, considering we moved every few months. And we moved for all sorts of reasons: closer to the university for her…(paragraph thirty one)” This shows how the mom cared about her finishing her studies and not how her daughter felt. A few of the reasons why they moved was for the mom and not caring about the girl’s thoughts. That relates to the other character in Confetti Girl. Another idea the author illustrates is, “Opportunity? For me? Or for you? (paragraph thirty four)” This statement depicts that the mom cares most about her studies and is trying to make it seem like it is an opportunity for the protagonist.the girl realizes this as she argues that it is only is the mother’s chance to become successful. The mom did not put her child before her which is generally what parents do. The final quote that the author uses to show selfishness in the parent is, “‘I’ve brought your suitcase.’ She stood outside my door for what seemed like forever. I pictured her on the other side, arms crossed, head down. (paragraph forty four)” This shows the mom’s dedication to get her daughter out of her way and not thinking about her feelings. The mom only has her eyes set on finishing her university. The suitcase she had at the
Katie is raised by a single mother like Tyrec and uses the childrearing method of natural child growth. That’s it. The Brindle’s are a poor family struggling to make ends meet as Ms. Brindle is currently unemployed as she raises her eighteen month old child “Melmel” and lives off the welfare system and child support she gets. Due to the abusive lifestyle that she has experienced as well, she has taken a larger toll, physically and psychologically, than a lot of thirty-seven year old women. Katie herself has experienced difficulties with her being sexually abused in the first grade that has affected her life. Therefore, the involvement of Katie’s extended family is huge. Her grandmother plays a role in being an additional caregiver in her life. Social problems seem to be an everyday occurrence for the Brindle’s as they try to live their everyday lives. As a result, Katie acts older than her age (nine years) due to the added responsibility of trying to take care of herself at times. Ms. Brindle’s parenting style of natural growth may have affected how mature Katie is, but it the Katie’s past and current environment that has had a greater influence in her
Confetti Girl had some arising conflicts because the unnamed protagonist did not see eye-to-eye with her father. She felt as if her father did not care about making tasty dinners or having a clean house. “Dad helps, but sometimes he makes a big mess. Like today. He’s got flour, potato skins, and crumpled napkins on the counter” (2,3). Having a clean, composed living space can be important to some because it makes them feel like their life is in order. So when her
Firstly, Every hardship and obstacles she endured throughout her childhood helped Jeannette to become a successful adult.Jeannette’s parent were very unpredictable, her mother was self absorbed in her hobbies, and her father was an interminable alcoholic. Even though her parent neglected and gave less attention to Jeannette,
The daughter had a life plan. She wants to be successful even though people will alienate her for the fact that she has the qualities of someone from a low income family. “In pottery class I’m making a jar with a lid. If it comes out all right I think I’ll use it for a jewel box as we don’t ever eat marmalade. Jolley demonstrates that the sister knows she does not have a lot of things that people high up on the social status would normally have. The author uses characterization to provide the reader with an insight of how each individual lives in a low income family.
However, with her alcoholic dad who rarely kept a job and her mother who suffered mood swings, they had to find food from her school garbage or eat expired food they had previously when they had the slightest bit of money. In addition, when bills and mortgage piled up, they would pack their bags and look for a new home to live in, if they could even call it a stable home, since they would be on the move so often. Jeanette needed a dad who wouldn’t disappear for days at a time, and a mom that was emotionally stable, but because she didn’t have that, she grew up in an environment where she would get teased or harassed for it. Jeanette suffered so much, that even at one point, she tried convincing her mother to leave her father because of the trouble he had caused the family already. A child should be able to depend on their parents for food and to be there for them when they need it, and when that part of a child’s security is taken away, it leaves them lost and on their own, free and confused about what to do next.
In Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, the life of Lily Casey is shown as she goes from the oldest child growing up on a ranch to a determined mother of two working to support her family. Because of her disabled father and ladylike mother, Lily was raised to depend only on herself as she took care of her siblings and the work around the ranch. This upbringing is reflected in how she views the problems that she must solve later in life, and has both positive and negative repercussions. Forced to compensate for her parents’ incompetence, Lily grew up to be self-reliant and controlling.
These constant beatings in Maggie Johnson’s home, furniture thrown from parent to parent, and every aspect of her family life as being negative, her family situation is not an extremly healthy one. But, despite her hardships, Maggie grows up to become a beautiful young lady whose romantic hopes for a more desirable life remain untarnished.
The feeling of pride swelling up within her is because of that fact that her father acts as her primary role model for. In the society she lives in, girls often associate themselves with their mothers and take after them but such is not the case for the protagonist. She spends the vast majority of her time outside helping out her father with whatever work she is capable of doing. Her mother expresses her disgust for the work that her husband does as the protagonist states that her mother “[dislikes] the whole pelting operation”(100). This dislike can be attributed to the stereotype that women in this society are typically thought to have, as they do not associate themselves with such grueling and filthy work. While the mother finds the work to be off-putting the girl expresses polar opinions as she finds the smell of decaying fox carccases to be “reassuringly seasonal” (100). Her association with the smell paralleling the season of autumn emphasizes her innocence and naivete as she cannot differentiate between what society deems conventional and what is customary to her. Due to most of her time being spent outside and around men, her idiosyncratic behaviour is further reinforced. This initiates a positive feedback for the protagonist as the more she involves herself with her father and his work, the more that she yearns to be like her father. She envisions herself to be like him in the future, which would mean that she