When Dee finds out that the quilts were already given to her sister, Dee gets furious and believes that she deserves the quilts more than Maggie and that Maggie would not take care of them as well as she would. Poor Maggie says to her mother "She can have them Mama...I can 'member Grandma Dee without the quilts". Maggie is used to never getting anything. Throughout the entire story, it says that Maggie gives up many things so Dee can have what she needs or wants. Dee is quite ungrateful.
A normal Puerto Rican women stays home to clean, cook, and watch their children and since this is not what Esmeralda’s mother was doing so the other women showed hatred towards Esmeralda’s family. “Gone was the bland acceptance of people minding their own business, replaced by a visible, angry resentment that became gossip, and taunts and name-calling in the school yard” (122). Even Esmeralda’s friends turned on her. They looked at her as if she was cursed. Although many people resented Esmeralda and her family they moved past it and focused on what is right for their family.
In this song we have Martin is singing about a young girl whose hopes have been dashed and dreams of paradise. The Coldplay frontman said, “It's supposed to be about two people who grow up separately in a very big oppressive city, and they each are a bit lost in their lives." He added that the pair meet in a gang and fall in and out of love before getting back together at the end. The singer went on to say: "Paradise is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy." The song was inspired by the everyday childhood disappointments experienced by Chris Martin's then eight-year-old daughter, Apple.
Maggie is not only physically but mentally scarred. So traumatized from the fire Maggie is very timid, anti social and self conscious. Unlike her sister Maggie never got the proper schooling to learn to read or write vary well, the only things she knows how to do truly well are the things she grew up doing such as helping her mother around the house with cleaning, cooking, sewing, and things like that. Maggie and Dee have diverse views of how to cherish their heritage. To Maggie actually putting the things, of her heritage, to everyday use is a better way of appreciating it then just having it on display never to be used.
In Catherine, Called Birdy, many women gave Birdy advice but she never really listenened to them, but when she did, she made a decision that changed her life forever. Her mother told her “Don't Stretch your legs longer than your stockings or your toes will stick out. You are so much already, Little Bird. Why not cease you fearful pounding against the bars of your cage and be content?” In other words, she is saying that she needs to be happy with what she has because what she has is all she needs. Also that she needs to stop trying to be who she is not.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, we read about Maya’s struggle with her feelings about not having her parents around to help her through the racism of her time. Though Maya had a rough upbringing, the hard times of her childhood help shape her into the bright, strong, and independent woman she is today. Maya, or commonly known as Ritie, was raised with no parents. Ritie was content with living with her “momma” until the “terrible Christmas.” RItie was confident that her parents were dead, even though people told her that they were in California eating all the oranges they could. By receiving these gifts Ritie felt, “rudely awakened.” Though they don’t want to this made Ritie and Bailey think, “What did we do so wrong?” They Know that they did nothing wrong, but they couldnt help pondering the question.
Stillborn. What does one feel when they find out they had a still born! Pain, sadness and anger are some of the feelings you feel when faced with sad reality. Today we will be analysing this women’s feelings towards a stillborn, how she describes a stillborn in which I agree completely as that is how a stillborn should be remembered. Beautiful words for a beautiful flower that unfortunately did not have the chance to blossom into a little diva.
The poems are written in first person, using a lot of imagery. The authors are not afraid to describe unnerving matters with a frankness that can sometimes make the reader feel a little awkward. It is the awareness that the poem creates that makes these poems so interesting to read. Alicia Ostriker is an example of a poet who uses a lot of imagery. In her poem ‘A Young Woman, A Tree’ imagery is used to create feeling, to create emotion for the character of the girl, evident in the line, ‘that in fifty years the idea will hit her for no apparent reason, in a Laundromat between a washer and a dryer’.
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.
Since her mother spends her greater part of her time on Stan instead of using some of her off-duty hours on Annabelle, Annabelle lacks her mother’s attention. She just wants acceptance for actions. At home she feels overlooked and in the school she fades in the crowd. She is just an ordinary girl nobody really notices. Annabelle is having a hard time accepting the fact that her father and mother aren’t together anymore and her father has been replaced with Stan.