Change Essay September 30, 2010 A Shiloh For Rose Change greets the main female characters in the short stories “Shiloh” and “A Rose For Emily” and it's indomitable presence results in a common theme. The two women find themselves reacting to the change in their lives with different approaches, but with a common sternness. The character of Emily Grierson in “A Rose For Emily” is a secluded denier to the change that has come to her small southern town. Her first encounter with change comes after the death of her dominating father. She resists giving up his dead body, frightened by the absence of his control that has kept change from entering her life.
While she is slow and analytical in composition, I am rapid and synthetic. I am the better writer, she is the better critic. She supplied the facts and statistics, I the philosophy and rhetoric, and together we have made arguments that have stood unshaken by the storms of thirty long years,” about her and Anthony. The movie explores the early life of Anthony and Stanton, relationship with their strong minded fathers, their religious and economic background. The film portrays the struggles and heartaches of each woman’s life choice, displaying the constraint placed on the 19th century woman by the ideal of female domesticity.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, captures how education can greatly impact a person’s life. In the beginning of the book two city boys are relocated to the country side for re-education on Phoenix Mountain. Here they meet a girl named the Little Seamstress. They see her as a gorgeous treasure, but uncivilized. Under Lou and the Narrators teachings she transforms into a knowledgeable young woman who wants more in life.
In the story, Helga is constantly struggling to find herself as a woman of mixed race who can fit into the early 20th century society in which she lives. She desires to find a place where she is understood and welcomed as a woman of mixed race, however, through her journeys she finds that such a place does not exist. She is too nonconformist and broadminded for a time when race and gender “norms” follow a conventional perspective. This outlook is expressed when Helga meets Mrs. Hayes-Rore, her new employer, and they discuss Helga’s heritage. After Helga tells Mrs. Hayes-Rore she comes from “race intermingling and possibly adultery”, Mrs. Hayes-Rore advises Helga, “…I wouldn’t mention that my people are white, if I were you.
The idea behind this story is the undying, unselfish love this grandmother has for her grandson. Imagine a one hundred year old women walking with a cane made from an umbrella walking on a beaten path through the woods. This is difficult for my sixty-five year old mother so the thought of a little old lady doing this with a cane seems impossible; not to mention it is December and freezing outside. The old lady has several obstacles to overcome on her journey to the doctor to get medication. The name of the short story is “A Worn Path”.
Theroux’s presentation of April helps the reader recognise her flawed and shocking personality which is extremely intimidating towards the reader. Theroux’s description of April’s beliefs and what she teaches her daughters allows the reader to understand April’s opinions and her twisted state of mind into a greater complexity. Theroux’s description of April at the beginning of the story sends the reader an image of an ordinary wholesome American mother, with no apparent extremist beliefs of deluded traits; “... She grew up on a ranch and she looks a healthy, Outdoorsy type of person” Theroux’s use of “looks” gives the reader an idea that there is something unethical regarding April. That she is not what she seems. Theroux’s use of excellent use of lexical choice when he visits the white power festival exposes his stereo-type view of the ‘average’ racist; “... 300 skinheads in attendance, dressed mostly in white vests, with tattoos...” Theroux’s description of the skinhead music festival highlights his and the readers preconceived ideas of what a racist usually looks like.
The theme of loss is important in understanding the motivations of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. The choices Blanche makes when dealing with the loss of her job, Belle Reve, her young husband, her youth and her power shape her character and eventually lead to her into self-ruin. When Blanche arrives in New Orleans, she is immediately forced to confront her loss. Although overjoyed to see her sister, Stella questions Blanche as to what brought her all the way to New Orleans in the middle of the school year? Blanche is a high school teacher in Laurel, where Stella and Blanche once lived together at their family estate, Belle Reve.
Obasan is the protective caregiver, and Nesan is her once loving mother. Nesan’s absence along with the roles of the rest of the other woman all hold a negative effect on Naomi’s growth as an individual and play an important part in Naomi’s painful search for self and cultural wholeness. Aunt Emily’s knowledge on the internment overwhelmed Naomi and led her to unintentionally push her to relive her childhood before she was ready. Obasan’s over protective parenting style and passive personality sheltered Naomi from the events that surrounded her. Nesan’s absence was a negative result of the Japanese internment that Naomi will always carry with her.
Alcott and her father both died in 1888. Little Women is a story of the Marches. The story happens during the Civil War in New England. Although Mr. March is away with the Union armies, the four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy keep in high spirits with their mother. “The four sisters face hardships and poverty while trying to reach their Castles in the Air” (Cao, 23).
This change is still hard at work in our American lives today for the good and the bad, its your choice how you use it. This story written by Leo Tolstoy is a warning against what happens when we give in to bad(greed) readily found in this modern life style. Tolstoy is challenging us to question our own self-awareness. The story begins with two sisters, one is a old school country farmer wife while the other is the modern city wife. The farmers wife is telling her sister of the freedom and security found in the simple country life.