Personal Response- Gwen Harwood- “Mother who gave me life” The poem “Mother who gave me life” utilises Harwood’s personal experiences along with reflection of human history to the self-sacrifice of motherhood. The diminishment of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, is made everlasting through the nurturing role of “motherhood” that is rooted deep into human instinct. Individual experience is portrayed by Harwood through the more personal tones of reflection and nostalgia, personal pronouns express the intimate and deep connection between mother and daughter “Forgive me the wisdom I would not learn from you” the authentic contemplation on Harwood’s behalf shines a light on the universal truisms that come with motherhood. The cyclical imagery “women bearing women…for the wild daughters becoming women” suggests Harwood’s recognition of the generations and history of women, through exploring the history of motherhood, Harwood conveys the universal truisms which remain timeless and relevant to today’s and future’s society. The reflection on the continuity of motherhood through the maternal line “your mother, and hers and beyond” expresses the accumulation of motherhood throughout time, the sibilance of “speech growing stranger” evokes the mystical mood of an ancient past.
This line is Girl’s response to Mother Hicks stating that her mother cares and wants her back. This quote shows her determination and pride which is hidden in the subtext. Throughout these two plays you get to know, and begin to have an understanding for both Oedipus Rex and Mother Hicks. I discovered many connections between both of these plays, yet Oedipus and Mother Hicks profound bravery continually kept me
Culture and Women In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, and “How to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl or halfie” by Junot Diaz, both authors elaborate on culture, and how it shapes the outlook on women. In Jamaica Kincaid's “Girl” a mother enforces her cultures strong beliefs on appropriate female behavior onto her daughter. To do so, she displays her parental authority with a series of short commands influenced by her culture. A sense of naivety can be seen in the young girl after questioning her mother's request. The culture associated with “Girl” has a definite attitude towards women, believing they should live a modest, conservative lifestyle.
The narrator repeats, throughout this passage, “her” and “she.” This emphasizes that the focus is on Angela Vicario and her character in the story. The narrator uses a mixture of short and long sentences, to emphasize their importance. The shorter sentences like; “The girls had been reared to get married,” stand out, focusing the reader’s attention on the importance of marriage, for women. In this culture, the question of honor is deeply tied to the position of women who are divided into
As we go through life, certain people and surroundings will have an impact on the way we develop our understanding about life that influences us for a lifetime. The influence of family and culture in our everyday lives has been a repetitive cycle in every generation. Jamaica Kincaid’s poem, “Girl”, provides clear insight of a mother’s lifelong advice to her daughter to guide her on becoming a commendable woman. In the poem, a parent appoints her daughter what to do and how to do it. Based on the mother’s tone in the text, she wants to create a mirror-image of herself to her daughter.
“Everyday use” is told in the first person point of view. The narrator, an uneducated woman, tells the story herself, the reader learn what she thinks about her two daughters and her observations reveal her astute observations about life. By putting the narrator at center stage, Walker confirms her values and importance in society. On the other hand, “Girl” consists of a single sentence of advice a mother imparts to her daughter. Kincaid uses semicolon to separate the admonishments and words of wisdom but often repeat herself especially to warn her daughter against becoming a “slut”.
The Ancient Worldview Grand Canyon University Introduction to World Literature The Ancient Worldview I selected two pieces by Florentine Codex “The Mid-Wife Addresses the Newly Delivered” and “The Midwife Addresses the Woman Who Has Died in Childbirth.” I thought that each piece was moving by expressing the value placed upon life. I truly enjoyed “The Mid-Wife Address the Newly Delivered” it outlined the purpose of a new birth. I believe that each of the writing is evident in the world by the recognition of life purpose. In stanzas of the poem “The Mid-Wife Addresses the Newly Delivered” Codex has a midwife give praise to a woman for her strength in enduring a hard labor during childbirth by using descriptive words such as “toiled,
Sommers is a static character. In the beginning, she is a caring and loving mother. During the climax, her id conquers her superego and she becomes self-centered, but at the end of the story, she is back to where she was, being a devoted mother and wife to her family. Mrs. Sommers represents a woman who has been oppressed by the world of marriage. She is forced to fit in the social norm of being a proper mother and ‘woman’ that she has no time to explore her individuality because she lives in a patriarchal society.
The writer makes her readers aware that she knows what she is talking about in the early parts of the essay because she has experienced it herself. “I belong to the classification of people known as wives. I am A Wife. And, not al-together incidentally, I am a mother.” (para. 1).
Hist1302 Responsibility Essay: The Solitude of Self Stanton’s “The Solitude of Self” is a true work of humanitarian and feminist. Reading this made feel as if I was hearing out my grandmother who spoke to me about my individualism and my responsibilities as a woman, and as a member of this society. Solitude of Self is in very simple words, is self-sovereignty, As Stanton herself claims. This is also the strongest reason why Stanton felt the voice of women in government is important. Stanton describes very logically, how an individual self is the head of establishment, an important part of a general society.