Also, her lack of intelligence has left her with no job and an inability to get a job. In the story, there are many reasons contributing to Jean’s feeling of emptiness and difficulty in her life. To begin, her husband, Ross feels as though he has married beneath himself, and he does not love her anymore. Their marriage was most likely caused by Jean getting pregnant with their son, which made Ross feel like he had to marry her out of force. In the story, Ross specifically tells their son, Kevin that he should try not to marry beneath himself because he will end up stuck in the same situation as him.
Similarly, Lairds sister also felt her mother was not trustworthy: “ My mother I felt was not to be trusted.”(Munro 50) Lairds sister was unwillingly forced by her mother, to stay in the house all day and fill countless jars with various fruits, instead of being outside in the fields with her father doing the work she loved. Narrators having trouble with their mother is one of the three comparable conflicts which appear in both short stories. Secondly, in both short stories the narrators are unwilling to pursue their given career. In the story
One little girl, age 9 at the time, in particular who I became very close with, both swimming the same stroke, actually taught me something last summer. As the summer began, as well did the swim practices. I noticed that this particular girl, Grace, was not at any of the practices, confused I asked my coach where she was or if she wasn’t swimming this year. She reluctantly replied that she was diagnosed with cancer and was in the hospital receiving treatment and wouldn’t be able to swim this year. This was very shocking and devastating news to everyone considering we saw her just a short year before, perfectly
Abby, feels unsafe around her dad and feels that her mother does not support her. The fact that Randy is disrespectful to Abby every time he drinks, it has made Abby not to trust her dad. For that reason, their daughter and father relationship is already damaged. Dad is not aware of his behavior when he is drunk, and even though he apologized before, his actions has already
Edna stays awake literally and figuratively; the awakening Robert has begun in her consumes her as she comes to some harsh realizations. When she turns up at the Grand Isle, it is undeniable that she needs rest. She decides to go out by herself and begin swimming out. She goes further and further and begins thinking about her family and her childhood. At first Robert seemed to be somebody that understood her fully and completely.
“Mermaid of O’ahu” is a short story written by J. L. Bramble. In the story Julie, an eleven year old girl, moves with her family from Seattle, Washington to O’ahu, Hawaii so that her sick mother could get better. The story begins with Julie saying, “The happiest days were when we first moved to O’ahu, before the night that I was attacked by the giant sea mollusk” (par. 1). The story unfolds to describe all the days that passed and events that occurred leading up to the attack of the giant sea mollusk.
Bethany has been surfing since she was about 5 years old. But one morning she lost her arm in a shark attack. It was a very tragic accident but it didn’t stop Bethany from quitting her dream in becoming a professional surfer. Even today she’s still surfing and winning medals. It took her some time to adjust to not having an arm while she surfs but she’s so passionate about surfing that she doesn’t give up.
Her family members try to hold onto Susie belongings as a form to keep her with them. However towards the end we realize that she is in their memories rather than in objects. The effects of Susie’s passing has caused her mother to grow farther away from the family and is psychologically distant from her children and Jack her husband. The leads to Abigail making the decision to remove herself from the home and becomes an absent mother and an absent wife. Both Buckley and Jack feel this force however in alternate ways.
He was not able to come to terms with himself that the times were changing, and in turn, Emily was shunned away from the more modern generation of people her own age. Being the obedient daughter she was had caused Emily to become very desolate at the time of her father’s death. It led her to a life locked away in her house, preserving what little she could hold on to. Not only did her
Maggie’s mother was also older and better suited to be a mother because she was older and more experienced however, Maggie’s father also left the family. Maggie turned out to be shy and refrained from social life since she did not leave the house after being burned. “She stoops down quickly and lines up picture after picture of me sitting in front of the house with Maggie cowering behind me” (Walker 746). Too much attention leads to Maggie clinging to her mother and not enough attention drives Emily to not seek out a close relationship with her mother. Both mothers are concerned with the status of their daughters.