She always found comfort in them from the chaos of her everyday life Her emotional and financial dependence caused stress between her and her mother and brother. It caused quite a bit of arguments between them. Her mother was always worried about securing her family’s future, Laura’s in particular. She first tried to secure her future financially by sending her to business college. Laura eventually dropped out without even letting her
I started with all the advantages; I had a tutor, went to an expensive school, and I lived in a pleasant house, with a big garden, and felt myself superior to anyone in the school, there was no private servant, but my mom and grandma did everything that I should do myself. My family keeps more luxury cars than we need of our own. This was what everybody wishes for. A sorrowful thing was happened in 2003, the price of shares decreased rapidly, and my dad and mom went debt. They sold most of their properties, and also borrowed some money from their relatives in order to start a new life.
Lost Dreams: The Glass Castle One of the most important things that parents provide for their children is a stable background: a roof to sleep under, regular meals, and a sense of security. In fact, some turn to a faulty upbringing in order to explain violence, crime, drug abuse or general bad behavior in adult life. However, Jeannette Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and a shiftless mother, neither of whom provided for or protected their children. She was raised in a household where sufficient food was a rarity, traveling around from small town to small town, often living in conditions that to most would be unbearable; yet as an adult, she created a life for herself that she deems comfortable and stable. The Glass Castle is a stirring account of Walls’s childhood, her relationships with her family, and her ability to overcome all the hardships she was faced with.
One similarity that the mothers and daughters in the book shared with Tan and her family is that all of the parents had high expectations and goals for their children. Also, when all of the daughters were growing up, there was some sort of family secret kept away from them. Another parallel between the author and the characters in the book is that both of them had lost something that was meaningful to them. The parents, mainly the mothers, pushed their daughters to the highest possible point of their ability to achieve successful lives. The daughters in the stories thought their mothers were very pushy about some things and they did not like it.
In the Story “I Stand Here Ironing,” by Tillie Olsen the circumstances that led the narrator to leave her daughter in the care of others are influenced by the fact that she was a young mother abandoned by the baby’s father; therefore forced to work, affecting the very well being of her daughter Emily. The narrator emphasizes, “I was nineteen. It was pre-relief, pre- WPA world of depression” (608). Many women in the thirties were confronting poverty and very oppressive conditions. This was an era where hardship was in an uproar, and it exemplifies the reality that she had very little resources.
Although Wes’ mother tried making it with her children on her own it was very difficult. His mother tried making life as normal as possible, however it became increasingly harder for her as time passed. She ended up moving her family to the Bronx as the children got older and ready to begin school. They had a lot of relatives in Maryland who were very supportive, however she decided to move back home to her parents and into the home she grew up in and had many fond memories of Wes’ (B) mother Mary did not have that option as a single parent. Her own mother died when
Esther’s mother fails to understand Esther and has led a difficult life. She has had to raise two children all alone and struggled to support them when they were mere children. Joan was Esther’s companion when she was in the mental hospital, whom she did not like very much, but connected to her greatly. Esther grew up with her brother and her mother, and has graduated from her junior year in college. Esther struggles with herself between uncertainty and unreality with all that is going around her.
With this comes the revelation that she herself doubts her ability to understand her child. The reader is privy to the narrator’s thoughts, and thus are exposed to the circumstances that surrounded the problem child’s raising: a single mother, a working mother, a self admitted distracted mother, and caretakers to whom “she was no miracle”. Through the author’s use of flashback, the narrator’s guilt becomes clear. Her daughter was beautiful “to the seeing eye[,] [b]ut the seeing eyes were few or nonexistent. Including [hers]”.
As Hannah becomes a mother herself and a mother being the first model of love that the children experiences, she emotionally detaches herself from Sula as she was detached from her mother. Sula is able to shape her ego and separate herself from her family after she overhears her mother’s conversation: "You love her, like I love Sula. I just don't like her". Hannah not representing an admirable empathetic mother figure makes Sula assert control over her identity through the inability of connecting with other people as an adult. She is able to find her autonomy and independence denying responsibilities and attachment to anything.
Better than I had hoped for even. Tell him I was given back everything he took away and more … (Porter 81) Granny Weatherall is faced with another major loss in her life the day her husband died. John’s death did not only impact her life, but also the life of the children that were left in her sole care, from that day forward. As of that day, she had to become not only a mother but a father to her children as well. Granny speaks, of how the things she had to do, “changed a woman” (Porter 79), and was afraid, John “Couldn’t possibly recognize her” (Porter79).