Payne 1 “The House on Mango Street” : Esperanza’s Experiences Tyler Payne Mrs. Austin Research Paper Word Count 3557 2-17-09 Payne 2 The novel, The House on Mango Street was written by Sandra Cisneros. The novel deals with an insecure individual going by the name of Esperanza who tries to find the true meaning of life through her personal experiences. Esperanza Cordero remembers her life on Mango Street and all the people she meets while there. Although her family has not always lived there, it is perhaps the most important place she has lived, for it represents her heritage and upbringing. Esperanza tells the tales of all the people and experiences she has with her little sister, Nenny.
Even though they have their difference, they all come together because they are family. Yo! (Alvarez 1997) is a book about a girl named Yolanda Garcia from Dominican Republic. The book takes you through all of the different chapters in Yolanda’s life, and talks about her struggling with finding herself and being part of the minority. The interesting thing about this book, is it is told through everyone around her.
Willa Cather was an extremely accomplishing journalist and author of short fiction novels also she was an English teacher, fraught with becoming a novelist (Arnold 2). It was just common sense that her long experience in newspaper work that Cather would start her occupation in journalism, though in the 1880’s it was unusual to have a woman in this field (Forman 3).That did not stop her though she kept on making more and more novels and short stories At a young age Cather wrote more than forty so tries, at least 500 columns and reviews,etc. even after she wrote novel she kept on making short stories (Arnold 3). Now only did Willa achieved myriads of things but she also gained awards as well. Willa Cather first received widely praise as an crucial author when Cather got the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours (Pollard 81).
25 years later, Nancy visits her mother in Virginia. It is later revealed that the narrator of the story, which is Cather, is a child who has heard stories of Nancy’s escape. This story shows how white women in the old days had to deal with constant rumors from slaves. It shows how they struggled to sustain their marriage with young attractive foreigners working around the estate. It also shows Cather’s reflection on frontier life, as the story is told by her childhood-self retelling stories that have been told to her as she was growing up in the south.
“The Awakening” Essay In “The Awakening,” a book with great literary merit, by Kate Chopin, a respectable woman named Edna breaks the societal barrier that was placed on most women back in the 1800s. She seeks a new identity, one that includes freedom from her family and the ability to act on impulse and not have to abide by the commands of many. By the end of the story Edna goes through many changes in her life and ultimately achieves her goal of independence. But this newfound freedom only leads to trouble and eventually death. The idea of solitude as the consequence of independence is shown many times throughout the story and sums up Edna’s life.
Blessie Maratita Mr. Paul Miura AP Literature (1st Period) October 16, 2013 Response to Literature Lois Lowry is a children’s literature writer, who has written many award-winning books. As a young girl she scribbled stories and little poems in notebooks, which led to her profession. The Giver is a story about dystopia and speculative fiction and is the first book of a quartet. A theme that strongly stood out was the importance of holding memories. Without all the memories thas we have we cannot experience pain, happiness, sorrow, or any other emotions.
Robert Olen Mr. Pagel ENGL 1010 February 11, 2012 "homage to my hips" Lucille Clifton was a woman of great pride in herself as well as her heritage. The poem "homage to my hips" was not the first poem that she wrote honoring certain assets that involved her physical appearance. Mrs. Clifton also wrote the poems "Homage of Mine", and "homage to my hair." The poems were written in the sixties, but not published until later after a public reading in New York, where Random House ask Lucille to submit a manuscript of some of her works. There are plenty of examples in the poem that portrays the struggles of the time for women, not to mention her struggling nationality that has been fighting for equal rights for over a century.
Maia Seguin ANNE BRADSTREET PURITAN POETRY ESSAY Setting sail to a new world of unknown dangers, the puritan colony was the first colony to part from the English church because of different opinions. In this grand adventure was a women by the name of Anne Bradstreet, the first published female poet. Some may say that she is one of the most important figures in literary history. Not only was enduring the hardships of this new world a great achievement but Anne faced the discrimination of others for being a women poet. Day after day she was forced to burden the cruel thoughts of others opinions of being inferior because she was a women and a women with her own thoughts at that.
I have not set down to read much this year but some key pieces that have and are impacting my life are Redeeming Love, a story in which a young girl, given away by her mother at a young age and forced into a brothel is rescued by a Christian man who shows her what love really is. This novel really spoke to me, and being a woman allowed me to relate to being more than a piece of meat or an object, as some still believe. A newer memoir called The Glass Castle is also revealing itself to me as a literary gem that I will hold dear. It opens up with a young successful girl in New York on her way to a meeting. She gets stopped at a red light and happens to look over and see her mother digging through a dumpster.
She is one of a few poets in the United States whose books of poetry sell in large quantities. Olds is well known for mainly using a free verse style written in the first person point of view when writing her usual intensely personal poetry which depicts family life and political events around the world. The poem entitled “Parents’ Day” is a poem that is straightforward in what the author wants the reader to understand. In this poem Olds describes the complex relation between a mother and her daughter on Parents’ Day at school. Throughout the poem the child portrayed in the poem seems to be awkward and indifferent towards her mother.