At the beginning of the plot of “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the narrator, who we later find out is “Mama” or Mrs. Johnson, begins to tell the reader using first-person narration that she is waiting in the yard, which is “like an extended living room.” She moves away from her description of her yard to say that “Maggie will be nervous until her sister goes” because of her burn scars. She obviously feels inferior to this sister the reader has yet to meet who seems to have had many opportunities in life that Maggie did not. The narrator describes this unseen other daughter in terms of a TV show guest, implying that there is something stunning or glamorous about her. She says that she has had a dream in which she is on a TV show with her daughter and the host is congratulating her on raising such a fine girl as her daughter pins an orchid on her dress, a flower that the daughter has said she does not like because it is tacky. The narrator of “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker moves from her description of her dream to bring reality to light, saying in one of the important quotes from “Everyday Use” by Walker, “In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough man-working hands” and discusses how hard she works around her property, often comparing herself to a man or masculine things such as killing and cleaning hogs, wearing flannel pajamas, and killing a bull calf with a sledge hammer.
Ashley used the superior forefinger grasp to pick up the half spiked ball and the plush lady bug on the floor. She used the pincer grasp to grasp the cheerio her mother had placed on the red plate. With Ashley’s fist she held the spoon at the very top of the handle. Ashley was walking all over the living room in their house. She was throwing the plush lady bug at her mom and nana and waiting until they threw it back to her, even though she did not catch it.
Case Studies Part 2 Jean Sweetland never expected that she would one day have so many different hats to wear .But now,in her early forties,when Jean comes home from her full-time job as a nurse and takes off her nurse's cap,it seems as through her day has barely started.With two teenage children living at home,Jean next must put on her mother's hat and enforce household rules,dispense advice,help with homework, or just provide a shoulder to cry on.Before her husband comes home from his own job,Jean has to pop on her chef's hat and get dinner started; the maid's cap will come out later,when Jean does the family's laundry and cleans the bathrooms.As if all this weren't enough,the responsibility has fallen
Parents seek desirable husbands for their daughter and send her away to live with him and her in-laws’. Mothers start teaching their daughters at a young age how to cook, clean, and how their future husband should be taken care of. Once they are married they then take on the role of being a 24/7 housewife who does everything around the house while waiting on everyones hand and foot. The husbands then go finish college get a job and “bring home the money.” This a real life situation that is occurring everyday not only in India but also other parts of the world and my strongly believe that needs to change. I personally do not follow this “rule” because I want to have a great future with a career where I will be treated with respect by all including men.
Direct characterization is when the narrator, in this case ‘Mama’, tells the reader what the character’s traits are. For instance, when Dee wants the quilts Mama says “I didn’t want to bring up how I had offered Dee (Wangero) a quilt when she went away to college. Then she had told me they were old-fashioned, out of style” (114). Dee leads Mama to think that she [Dee] is self-centered and judgmental of their heritage, represented by the quilts. By rejecting the quilts the first time Dee rejected their culture.
As they were on their way to find a better way of living they came across an old woman who was homeless and had lice in her hair. She then asked the first sister Camille to give her some bread, give her some water and comb her hair, then to go into her ruined home and take the rocks that were saying don’t take me. The old said to her that her reward will be like her nature. The next day the younger sister came across the old woman who then asked Paula to do the same but Paula refused to give her some bread, water and to comb her. When sent into the house she scorned the house and took the stones that were saying take me again disobeying the woman’s orders.
In the beginning of the story, Dee comes to her mother's home with a much different appearance as an educated urban girl while her family members are as the backward sharecroppers at a remote village. The central conflict in the story is the quilt made by Maggie and Dee's mother, aunt (Big Dee), and grandmother. Dee insists on taking the quilt home to display in her home but Mrs. Johnson informs her that she promises to give the quilt to Maggie once she marries John Thomas (Walker 284). After Dee hears that the quilt has already been promised to Maggie, she is worried that if Maggie is using and touching the delicate quilt on a daily basis as a warm blanket and then
Maggie was very uneasy around her sister; her mother tells her anxiousness in regard to Dee’s visitation: “Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eyeing her sister with a mixture of envy and awe” (119). Dee undermines her sister, not always knowing what type of impact she impresses upon Maggie. Dee does not appreciate her sister or her mother, both of which is barely educated and lives in a poor, dilapidated home. In fact, Dee had her own way of making this noticeable in one instance when she stood off in the distance while their first home burned down with her mother and sister inside (121). She does not feel comfortable taking on the old fashioned lifestyle her mother and sister do.
Marmee returns home and tells them of a woman with six kids with a sick baby. They have no food or fire for heat. The girls agree to give up their breakfast for them and go over and help. The girls are then rewarded at the end of the chapter by Mr. Lawrence, their next door neighbor. He has sent over food and flowers with a note of appreciation.
Sandy and her beautiful sisters Sandy and her beautiful sisters is a fairy tale that explains that the term “good and beautiful” no longer is true. In old fairy tales the hero is always handsome and the princess is beautiful. In this modern fairy tale we have a modern princess Sandy, who is the youngest of three girls. Unlike old fashioned fairy tales the three sisters are in their 30's, living a modern life of dating and working. However, Sandy is aside from her job in an agency doing all the cleaning and cooking at the home of the sisters, which is a reference to the original Cinderella story.