“He doesn’t know about this one or the one before.” Celia talking to Minny in the bathroom, after having a miscarriage. She really wants a kid by Mister Johnny, “I wanted this baby to look just like Johnny.” letting out a big sigh while still talking to Minny. She feels like that’s the only way Johnny will love her and keep her. These two are liberal in their thinking. They don’t necessarily believe nor do what the other ladies think its right.
Being born in China but living in America, she seems ashamed of her roots and that is why she is embarrassed when her mother speaks broken English (Tan 142-146). But, although she tries hard to be American speaking and writing good English, she realizes that she has deviated from her true self. She finally makes peace with her mother and she starts appreciating her “Mother Tongue”, which consequently affects her writing positively. This shows just how peoples’ native languages are important in their lives. Our “Mother Tongue” is what gives us identity; it defines who we are, and therefore, people should value their native languages.
As the story transpires, Jane's unknown figure becomes all that is known to her; however, because of what is expected of her as a woman it is difficult for her to acknowledge her own self as she is afraid of her own monstrosity. Her repression is what initiates her transgression of becoming this unknown figure, and through excessive behaviour and desire she is able to recognize her situation as everything she is initially told is meant to keep her in the dark. Living in the nineteenth century, Jane has an extensive amount of pressure to be the perfect housewife and comply to her domestic expectations. Women have little rights and respect, and they must pursue their roles as women and tend to their husband and children's needs without complaint. Jane is very aware of these pressures placed upon her, as she is constantly describing how she must make John happy, and get well for John and the baby.
Barrientos depicts the hardships and discriminations of the growth of a child coming to America from another country and being forced to speak English and not her native tongue. She knew she was not white like the other children and although she was living the American dream with her family, her parents put her into a position to be English speaking where as they spoke in Spanish to one another but English to the children. As she got older she realized she wanted to be a proud Latina and felt like an outcast from her people because she didn’t speak the language. As her efforts continued she felt discriminated upon by the very people she sought out to teach her. Page 58 she says the registrar called her and her brother, “you people”.
And this contrasts with how she felt when she belonged and had her identity in America. However, Betty chose to convert for her husband as she loved him; however the shift in the attitude towards her husband decreased immensely as he started to treat her as an outcast and she never achieved the sense of belonging within the family. Betty and Elizabeth Proctor both respect the religions and cultures they have. However, Moody’s family are only interested in her as the mother of her husband’s child; her role appears as to be the infidel mother of an Islamic daughter, and never belonged within the family. In the scene where Moody tells Betty that they’re staying at Tehran she replies “You lied to me, you held the Koran and you swore to me that nothing was going to happen, you were planning this all the time.
Emily’s isolation Emily is an unlucky lady, she has been isolated because her father’s control. Emily doesn’t want to be isolated, and she tries to come out of her house. Homer Barron is the second chance that Emily could avoid to be isolated. William Faulkner Emily’s father is the main reason that makes Emily to be isolated for her whole life. Her father’s big influence that makes Emily have an isolated life.
Both of these writers were molded by their mothers. Each expresses how wonderful their mother really was, contrary to what the outside world may have thought. Tan expressed her feelings by talking about test and comparing English and math and how the language in the family could have affected how she did on test. Tan makes it understandable by letting the audience know that standard tests cannot determine a person's intelligence, she is trying to say how people have different ways of thinking and different types of intelligence, and yet these standard tests only can measure a certain type of intelligence, so it is unfair. The language barrier each had to overcome often
How does Livvie’s lack of education keep her from claiming an important place in society? Livvie has two obvious things that hold her back in society, her appearance and her speech. She even admits that she would come into the house “ragged and barefoot.” Her innocence also keeps her from participating in the life of a normal young girl. Being married off as a young girl, Solomon took Livvie’s innocence from her. He would not let her grow in to a woman, nor could she catch up to those who had an education if she even had the option of
Isabella hate her ‘’new mother’’ and the sisters that come with her. Bella feels distant from her father and that he does not care for her anymore. There is a secret that Isabella has to hide from all her friends and family, or she might never see her father again. She has a big decision that she has to make but she does not know how she is going to get through her problem by herself.
In their younger years, they were told they would never fit in due to the color of their skin. In Helga's case because she was bi-racial she was always told. "If you couldn't prove your ancestry and connections, you were tolerated, but you didn't 'belong'." (Q.43). Even when Helga tries to get help from Uncle Peter she is rejected by his wife, Mrs. Nilssen, who tells her directly "Well, he isn't exactly your uncle, is he?