Her dealing with these individuals has caused her to become very resentful, bitter and jealous. She was very jealous of her sister Stella-Rondo. In the text Sister stated “I was getting along fine with Mama, Papa-Daddy and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella-Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again” ( Welty, 367). This statement that Sister made insinuates that she does not want her sister around. And would be thankful if she went back to where she came from.
In Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society,In the 1940s SHANGHAI During the Japanese invasion in china concerns the story of Chinese Cinderella, a young girl Chinese Cinderella or CC named by her close Aunt Baba who had a cruel stepmother(Niang) and father. In the narrative CC had an argument with Niang and were forbidden to see Aunt Baba. Aunt Baba had a very close relationship with CC as she don't have anyone else other than her father. Yet her father were busy working and neglected her and left CC with her stepmother. CC will visit her aunt every evening after school to learn her english, Niang was not really happy with CC seeing her aunt everyday .
Her parents never realized that after every meal Rachel would secretly go to the bathroom upstairs and throw up everything she had eaten. Her father would beat her up and treat her like trash and her mother would just stand there and not say a word because she was weak and always did as Rachel’s dad said. In her kindergarten class, Rachel treated all the other little girls with rudeness, anger, and jealousy towards anyone who was better than her. She often spent her days in the principal’s office because of her strong character and misbehaviors. Rachel grew up, went through her dating stage, and then finally met a wonderful man that she could not picture herself without; a caring, positive, supportive husband that goes by the name of Tim.
This conflict is Man v. Society because she feels bad that her family is struggling and she couldn’t do anything about it. This proves the quote because this conflict may be something others can relate to regardless of time period; therefore making the story interesting and universal. Another way the short story shows conflicts people could relate to is the theme of when Elizabeth reaches maturity. For instance, throughout the story Elizabeth is struggling between childlike actions and maturing; however after her last act of innocence, which was ripping the flowers from the ground, she grew up and felt remorse. This example shows the theme of coming of age because after she destroyed the flowers she felt guilt for her actions which is a mature emotion.
She deems the misfortune of herself and the women in her family on 'fate' and 'bad destiny', however I believe there were real concrete factors and choices that contributed to the depressing lives of these women. One of these factors was the cultural belief in early marriage, which negatively affected Ning Lao Tai Tai, her daughter Mantze, and her sister Yintze. Other factors included the plagues of opium addiction and incurable diseases which also adversely haunted Ning's family. It's fairly easy to understand why the Chinese at the turn of the century insisted on marrying their daughters so early. With short life expectancy and the constant threat of disease, a young woman's best bet at reproduction was in her adolescent years.
This is accentuated by the fact that Mama was denied an education because her school closed down. “After 2nd grade the school closed down.” Dee was fortunate that Mama gave her the opportunity, but her superior intellect serves only to detach her from her mother and her sister. Dee uses her intellect to patronize and almost intimidate others. As a child Dee read to her mother and sister “Without pity, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand.” This clearly conveys how Dee was so detached from her family. She “shoves them away” when they are about to reach the same level of understanding as she does.
The DeRosier’s were also the ones who shattered her dreams of a perfect family by saying “We take you in because your parents don’t want you"(35). The DeRosier’s left April with a shame of her background and an even deeper shame for her parents. Even though the DeRosier’s did so much bad for April and her identity, they still did some good for her. They made such an horrible environment but April stayed strong and grew as a person. She even said “I could let the DeRosier’s suck out my dignity for now and I could pretend they had me where they wanted me.
Hair spray? (Oates 323) You don’t see your sister using that junk.” Connie hated when her mother would do this. She would say she hated her mother and wish she were dead. But when she has to make a decision on whether to jeopardize her own life or her mother’s, she chooses to put hers in jeopardy. When it came to describing her sister June, Connie thought of her as just a 24 year old secretary who still lives at home with her parents.
This sad circumstance affects the poor youngest child and sets her up for failure. In most other Cinderella stories, like in Perrault’s Cinderella the mother dies and leaves a young girl with her widowed father. Soon after the mother’s death the father remarries to a horrible stepmother who mistreats poor little Ashputtle (Perrault 624). These cultures are very different but each has an incident that occurs that lowers the characters circumstance. As in all cultures unfortunate incidents happen, but this leaves room for a great transformation to occur.
It has also caused drastic changes to her friendship with the neighbors whom she had spent countless hours in their backyard, reenacting the death of Henry VIII’s wives. “We weren’t really friends, anymore. And neither of us said a word to the other, not a single word.” It is here very clear how the friendship between the two girls were lost in high school. Though it’s very commonly seen that childhood friends lose touch when they get older, and especially when they reach high school, it’s hinted that it may be because of Terry’s death. Terry was described as being the most entertaining when reenacting and he passing away is highly likely the reason they stopped playing.