The foster mother of the second home was a very mean, cruel and verbally abusive to April. They would say things to April and she started to believe that they were true, like her parents been drunks and not wanting her or her sister anymore, telling her that First Nations people were dirty and thief’s. April graduates from school and had good grades in her classes. She then marries and moves away to start her life with her husband. After been married for some time she ends up having issues in her marriage.
Spilled Salt: By Barbara Neely The short story “spilled salt”, by Barbara Neely is about a single mother, Myrna, who raised her son alone since he was six. The son, Kenny, convinced a crime. Because he raped a girl, he spent four years in prison and the story starts when he released from prison and came back home where his mother doesn’t want to live with him anymore. She doesn’t want to lose her sweet memories of the little and funny boy. She loves the boy who was four years ago and not the man who is now standing in front of her.
Her mother seems to be constantly taking up for her sister, Stella-Rondo. Stella –Rondo is always antagonizing Sister and lying on her to cause problems within the family. Also, Uncle Rondo seems to be the family drunk. Last but not least, Papa-Daddy seems to be an old and cranky gentleman. Her dealing with these individuals has caused her to become very resentful, bitter and jealous.
During the nineteenth century women were considered inferior and expected to be submissive to men; their place is meant to be in the home raising the children and managing the plantation. Stowe considers housekeeping as one of the most essential duties of 19th century women: they have an obligation to govern their staff, manage household finances, and create a “heaven” for their families. Although the "separate spheres" philosophy is limiting because it confined women to the home, it also provides a model for a woman run government that separates from slavery. It is a disgrace for a woman to interfere in the place of men, or the workforce, as it is believed to be only for men. A key example of this would be Mrs. Shelby.
As the years kept going by, my father had moments of sobriety and converted to Christianity; however, it was a vicious circle. I was a teenager, and to me it was very embarrassing going to school and seeing my dad walking drunk around the school area. There was a time when a friend of the family went home to tell my mom that my dad had fallen asleep in a corner of a sidewalk between a car that was parked. My mother had told me to go running and wake him up, since I was younger and faster. So I ran and saw him there… to my surprise, the moment I went to wake him up, there was a man in the car getting ready to take off; as he saw me helping my father he couldn’t believe how he didn’t realize that there was someone laying there and he could’ve ran over him.
Enough to help someone who wants to commit suicide, or someone who’s been sexually assaulted, or abused, and for those who’ve lost a loved one. You can see me at school with a smile on my face and a bunch of friends surrounding me, but there’s more to me. This is my story. How I was lost, sexually assaulted, hurt, depressed, went through grieve, and finally how I recovered. I was the first born and was the only child till I was six, but during those six years I witness my mother getting hit by my father and him being drunk every day and never home.
In “Little Women: Alcott’s Civil War” (1979), Judith Fetterly argues that the four sisters of Alcott’s Little Women (1868) are denied their dreams because “Little women marry, however, not only because they lack economic options, but because they lack emotional options as well. Old maidhood obliterates little womanhood and the fear of being an old maid is a motivating force in becoming a little woman” (377). I conclude that these strong women chose their life outcomes due to their own maturation. Maturation is realizing things we wanted before aren’t always what we will want in the end, a trait Meg exhibits when she comes to realization about loving Mr. Brooke. Meg’s dream was to be rich so that she would not have to work, with “a lovely house, full of all sorts of luxurious things; nice food, pretty clothes, handsome furniture, pleasant people, and heaps on money”(140).
Charlie’s Aunt Helen was his “favorite person in the whole world.” However, she died after a terrible car accident. Charlie’s dad, who Charlie describes as “a very proud and strong person”, inhibits the attitude of whatever he says goes. Charlie describes his mom as “emotional, but loving.” His brother plays football at Penn State and hardly comes home unless he must. Charlie never gets along with his sister. She dates a boy secretly due to an incident where Charlie saw her boyfriend hit her.
Maggie’s mother was also older and better suited to be a mother because she was older and more experienced however, Maggie’s father also left the family. Maggie turned out to be shy and refrained from social life since she did not leave the house after being burned. “She stoops down quickly and lines up picture after picture of me sitting in front of the house with Maggie cowering behind me” (Walker 746). Too much attention leads to Maggie clinging to her mother and not enough attention drives Emily to not seek out a close relationship with her mother. Both mothers are concerned with the status of their daughters.
Lucky seems happy to be working for Dove as well as living with him and there seem to be a light ahead for him. Yet after a couple of deals gone wrong, and the breaking of a rule Dove had made, Lucky is shot in the head. Firstly I want to discuss if his lifestyle was chosen by himself or if it just was a path he was set upon. Lucky is only fifteen years old. He’s living at home in the beginning, but gets kicked out by his parents because of his drug addiction.