Excerpt Analysis "You're afraid that I might find the happiness that you never had" (27) This is a quote from the beginning part of the novel. Mariam says this to Nana, her mom, when she is leaving to the city to see her father Jalil. This is an important quote because Mariam was leaving and her mother told her she would die if Mariam left her. Mariam took it to be an empty threat, and ranted about how her mother never tried to be happy, and didn't want her to be happy either. It's a turning point for Mariam because she finally decides to leave, and go more than 100 yards away.
Jimmy didn’t want to be there no longer and kept on running away until his Aunt Charlotte signed him over to a detention center because no one wanted to take him and care for him. He registered and went to high school and eventually dropped out because he didn’t feel accepted in the type of environment. He got into a relationship with a young girl name Teresa. That was his first love and it was a very dysfunctional relationship. He had left to San Diego to start a new life and meet Marcos, His best friend, and Lonnie.
Kavita, Somer, and Asha, all struggle psychologically with the reality of the brutality they face as women. Kavita struggles to conform to the idea that she had to give her daughter up for adoption, and the fact that she might not even meet her. Somer is deeply affected by Asha’s desire to know who her biological parents are and the desire she has to meet them, and Asha is extremely affected by the sense of rejection she feels from her biological parents for not wanting her and putting her up for adoption. Kavita’s psychological suffering in the novel has to do with the loss of her daughters. Her psychological trauma begins with the brutality of the way her first daughter was taken away to die.
Billy’s social control agent starts out to be his mother. Billy dreads what his dominating mother thinks of him. Billy’s mother also broke off the engagement to Billy’s fiancée because she thought that the girl was beneath him. This returned the social control of Billy back to his mother. When Billy has sex with a girl, Candy, at the ward, Nurse Ratched confronts Billy.
She recognizes the plight of slave women, and that they were slavery’s greatest victims. Even though male slaves had it bad as well, women were the ones with the double standard. We can see that these women slaves experienced a more horrific and traumatic side of slavery then men. They were sexually exploited, they were psychologically confused to womanhood, and they had to endure the hardships of motherhood in very harsh conditions. According to Henry Bibb, a former slave, “a poor slave's wife can never be ... true to her husband contrary to the will of her master.
Summary of the Short story “Spilled Salt” The America short story “Spilled Salt”, published in 1990, is about Myrna and her son Kenny. Kenny has just been released from prison, where he was in because he raped a girl four years ago. Myrna wasn't happy about when he arrives at home, because she doesn’t want him to stay at her house after the incident. She doesn't want to lose her dear memories of the boy he once was. She loves the boy he was four years ago and not the man who's standing in front of her.
Knowing that her parents will force her to donate a kidney to her sister, and weary of the endless medical procedures Anna decides to sue her parents, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald, for medical emancipation, or the rights to her own body. Attorney Campbell Alexander agrees to work for Anna. Anna wins the case, and due to her sister's wishes does not donate her kidney. Kate lost the fight and later died in the hospital. From watching this film many ethical issues were evident which include the lack of autonomy and veracity.
Spilled Salt: By Barbara Neely The short story “spilled salt”, by Barbara Neely is about a single mother, Myrna, who raised her son alone since he was six. The son, Kenny, convinced a crime. Because he raped a girl, he spent four years in prison and the story starts when he released from prison and came back home where his mother doesn’t want to live with him anymore. She doesn’t want to lose her sweet memories of the little and funny boy. She loves the boy who was four years ago and not the man who is now standing in front of her.
Medusa is told in the first person as a dramatic monologue by a woman who is insecure and worried that her husband is cheating on her. The poem begins: ‘A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy’ and it is this jealousy which has turned the woman into a gorgon and now everything she looks at turns to stone. This feeling of doubt resonates throughout the poem, exemplified in the line, ‘but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray from home’. Unlike our feelings towards the traditional monstrous character, this poem evokes empathy for the character as she is clearly distressed and suffering. Especially when she reminisces in the final stanza about the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence.
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.