Doing her woman’s work was a hard art to practice when the summer sun would bar the floor I swept till she was satisfied. She kept me prisoner in her housebound heart. (Alvarez, 1996) These statements can be interpreted to mean that as a child Julia Alvarez felt that her place was outside, playing; not inside doing the work of a mother or wife. From the line “She kept me prisoner in her housebound heart”, the interpretation can be made the Julia Alvarez felt some resentment towards her mother,
She is awestruck at how much her little sister had grown up. Words such as “needlepoint,” “little” scissors, and “fine” wires, display delicacy which relates to Maria Teresa and her womanhood. However, despite the fact that Maria Teresa had matured into a woman fighting for a movement, she is not yet fully independent and is restrained from gaining her independence. As a woman, even while fighting in a revolutionary movement, she is expected to do the household chores. Why is Maria Teresa immediately put to housework?
Homer's Hymn to Demeter is a prime example of the Monomythic Cycle. The hero is Demeter who, as a mother, is undertaking a journey of accepting that her daughter is growing up and in the search for her daughter she is able to re-find herself and bring back fertility and abundance to all of society. All heroes start at home, their place of comfort. Demeter's home is the plain of Nyssa, where Persephone and all the daughters of Oceanus frolic in the flowers. Demeter herself starts in Olympus but figuratively her home is with her daughter or, more specifically, when her daughter is dependent on her.
A person spends most of their developing years under the guidance of their parents or guardians. They affect how we think, how we feel, and how we act. These are among the people who hold the greatest influence. Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" and Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" both deal with the relationship between a young girl and the guiding force in her life. Amy Tan tells of a mother's expectation for her daughter to be a child prodigy.
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
The mother wants her daughter to act the way she thinks she should. The mother’s use of the word “slut” makes the story have a harsh tone, and the tone it is persistent throughout the story. Despite the harsh and belittling tone, “Putting her foot down” on her daughter is the theme of the story. The mother is giving advice, or what is perceived to be as demands, about what a woman is supposed to be like. Case in point, “...on Sundays try to walk like a lady...you mustn’t speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions...this is how to sew on
Jing Mei’s mother forces her to try different things that the mother wants her to do to become a prodigy. Tan uses the elements of, character and plot to reinforce the theme of living through your child. Jing Mei wanted to be herself and her mother, who thinks differently, demanded her to become a prodigy. There were many reasons why Jing Mei’s mother wanted so much from her. She had worked really hard and taken lots of time trying to make Jing Mei a prodigy because Jing Mei was her last hope of becoming a “somebody” or famous.
But one women in particular seems to stand out from all the others, the one who is trying to change and break away from all the pain and sexist rules. This woman as referred to in this poem is a “star-gazer” she is full of optimism and hope that she can change and show everyone that woman are far for capable to work in an office and not just cooking in the kitchen. In India, women don’t get very far in their education. Many stop school after the 10th possibly 11th grade to get married. Parents seek desirable husbands for their daughter and send her away to live with him and her in-laws’.
Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” brings forth this epic battle between a mother who wants perfection for her daughter and the coming of age daughter who is struggling to find herself. This is a story that is shared by many mothers and daughters as the daughter struggles to find herself amongst the pressures of conformity pressed upon her by the mother who only wants the best for her and the society who tells her that she needs to make her own choices. In this story, however, there is an extra factor that plays a part in Tan’s story. This factor takes the normal mother daughter struggle and makes it a little unique. The difference is a cultural divide between a mother born and raised in China and her American born daughter.
(scribbles something on paper). Now, Lady Capulet, A noble lady is supposed to always act indifferent towards others, as you have just done now. She takes care of the children, but she never coddles them and leaves there upbringing to the nurses. For you to show me this, you have to imagine that Juliet is is saying that she will not marry the person you want her to marry. What will your response be?