Family Relations Within A Yellow Raft in Blue Water A Yellow Raft in Blue Water is portrayed through three women and it examines how people who are family members can get the wrong idea about and misinterpret what each other say and do. The stories presented by Rayona, Christine, and Ida are all pieces to a larger story that represents their family and heritage. The only way for the story to be completely understood is if all three perspectives are looked at together. The three stories are represented by the metaphor of the braid. The three strands of hair are pulled together to create a whole.
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Study Questions CHAPTER 1 1. Rayona has mixed emotions about her mother’s illness as if she is skeptical, yet she does care for her. 2. Without Christine, Elgin is at ease and would like to keep it this way. 3.
By living with the DeRosier’s April was taught to hate her people, her family, but she also learned to stay strong. Living with the DeRosier’s made April fully realize that people view Métis as “second class citizens”. Living with them was what sparked her desire to be white. She even plotted that “When [she got] free of [that] place, when [she got] free from being a foster child, then [she]would live just like a real white person"(34). The DeRosier’s were also the ones who shattered her dreams of a perfect family by saying “We take you in because your parents don’t want you"(35).
Rochelle continuously denies her heritage and desires to be the ideal “American Bride.” Throughout the story Lily tries to get Rochelle to acknowledge her Hispanic heritage but Rochelle doesn’t accept it. “You’re carrying your gringa kick too far.” This shows how Lily feels towards her sister’s attitude. In the end Rochelle’s denial of reality reaches it’s peak when she’s finds herself pregnant, married, and in high school. “He was beautiful too- the Mexican version of the blond grooms.” Rochelle finally realized what her sister was trying to tell her all her life; you can’t escape your
Kate Morrison’s family plays a large role in her life’s success. Throughout Kate’s life, she is faced with challenges that would change anyone’s life and some of these changes led to success in her life. In the novel, Crow Lake, Kate’s family led her to her success. Luke Morrison’s sacrifice to give up school so that the family could stay together, Matt Morrison’s mistake of when he got Mary Pye pregnant and had to give up school for her, their bond with the pond which led to Kate’s passion, and Daniel’s push to have her open up. Luke’s sacrifice played one of the largest roles in Kate’s success.
In Alice Munro's short story "Boys and Girls", we see the evidence of these specific gender roles with the main character of the story from her mother to be feminine and work indoors, although she prefers to be outdoors working with her father. In Alistair Macleod's short story "The Boat" there is similar gender pressures from the boy's mother to continue tradition by working on the family boat, and persists even after losing her daughters to the oppression. The boy in "The Boat, with the help of his father, is eventually able to achieve his own ambitions, however, the girl in "Boys and Girls" is unable to escape the pressure, and is transformed into what her mother, and society, expect of her; she is unable to realize the potential of her old dreams and is caught in the harsh web of expectations relating to gender which reflects on identity and sense of self. There are many external gender influences in the story that have quite a profound
Lydia is incapable of seeing the shame she brings on the family through running away to be married, as shown in her letter to Harriet; “I can hardly write for laughing.” Her thoughtless attitude to marriage is highlighted here – although she is motivated by love, she hasn’t thought about the consequences of what she’s doing. This again illustrates a difference between herself and Elizabeth, who tells Lydia later that “I do not particularly like your way of getting
She, unlike those previous female roles in Disney; is quite outspoken, clumsy and independent. This is why she failed to meet the matchmaker’s expectation. So she considered herself as a shame, a black sheep of her family. But then she shows the filial piety of the
Whites and blacks are not supposed to be friends because of a “line” that exists that separate them. But because of this “line” of separation, all the white ladies have black maids that help with the cleaning and caring of their children. Racial boundaries are manifestations in our own minds, like they are between Hilly and Aibileen. Therefore, relationships are formed by caring and having common interests for one another, like Aibileen and Skeeter do, while Hilly bases friendships on power and dominance. Aibileen works for Elizabeth, so Aibileen has to take care of her daughter, Mae Mobley.
She never leaves her house, mostly because her husband is afraid of the way people talk. It really is not her fault she was the way she was; it is mostly Torvald's fault for spoiling her. Nora relies on Torvald for everything much like a puppet that is dependent on its puppet master for all of its actions. The beginning of the story depicts Nora as a woman who is totally submissive and subservient to her husband. She seems too fragile and weak to make any decisions on her own.