Kathleen 1 Victoria Kathleen AP English 4 30 September2012 Janie’s Journey Through Spiritual and Emotional Development In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, the protagonist, Janie is on a journey to find true love and self awareness. In the beginning of the novel Janie is a sixteen year old living with her grandmother, Nanny who wants nothing but stability for Janie and arranges a marriage for her. Janie is not content with just stability, Janie wants the passion, love, independence and to truly live. Through the harmony in nature, the use of hair to show her power and identity, the debate of love and independence as well as the interaction in the community, Hurston shows how Janie’s emotions and spirituality evolve. Janie’s search for love begins with the harmony she finds in nature.
Ever since her mother died, she has longed for a maternal touch. Although Rosaleen loves Lily, Rosaleen’s somewhat insensitive, personality prevents her from providing Lily with the kind of compassion that Lily thinks a mother should provide. August, however, can and does provide Lily with what she considers to be “mother’s love” total and complete understanding, firm guidance, and the ability to gently criticize. But August believes in a different kind of motherly love that supplied by the mother of God, the Virgin Mary. For much of the novel, August teaches Lily about the kind of undying, universal, hidden love that exists everywhere in the world but which is actually manufactured by the Virgin Mary.
This is shown by her actions and speech. Curley’s wife is lonely because of the way she acts, what she says, and who she talks about. One way that shows that Curley’s wife is lonely is because she acts very flirtatious. For example, right after George and Lennie arrived at the ranch she went into the barn and asked if anyone had seen Curley. “Oh!” She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward.
The book full of symbolism and hope, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, reveals a story of a young girl, Lily, searching for answers in Tiburon, South Carolina. Throughout the novel Kidd shows the feelings, emotions and personalities of each character. The whale pin, the Our Lady of Chains statue and the bee hive all symbolize something important to the people in the novel, which impact their everyday lives. The bee hive was one of the most symbolic features in this novel because it shows three things. One, the struggle the bees go through after their queen dies.
It was because “Everybody worried about her. Everybody loved her.” (5). Her attitude gives the family members, in this case Kai, more of a reason to walk away from her and make her a memory only. Faye has grown so much into her conflict that she doesn’t think she will come out of it. So her response is to quickly give up the dream husband that she has and give up a life with
But, she had a helpless air and a poverty of spirit that augured an uncertain future for her.” This is a simile and shows that she has a strong character. Angela had been “reared to get married,” I believe the purpose of this quote is to clarify what is expected of the women in the community, whilst portraying their culture and upbringing in a society where honour of the family is paramount. The effect of this is the reader acquires a feeling of esteem towards the female characters because they are reared to get married and reared to live with the sacrifices of marriage and domestic life. Irony is mentioned when one learns to, “write engagement announcements.” It is ironic that Angela is an expert at declaring others’ engagements, yet she finds it difficult to obtain a husband of her own. The narrator repeats, throughout this passage, “her” and “she.” This emphasizes that the focus is on Angela Vicario and her character in the story.
Hughes and Johnson create an aspect of a mother’s love and protection for her children. This poem represents the fear of the times of black women bringing children into the world. The discontent, the racism, the violence and the pain that black people had to endure just to live in America were seen as too much for a child. In this poem also, they refer to white men/ police as monsters and try to protect the children from them. Though the overall mood of the poem is of fear for her unborn child and resignation to the way the world is.
Statistics of teen pregnancies, bullying, and depression among girls are heartbreaking. Pam and Doreen say, “Every girl deserves a mentor, a mom, and a memorable blessing—a rite of passage to womanhood—and a chance to be a woman who reflects God’s character and lives it out to leave a positive imprint in a world that desperately needs it.” Pam and Doreen’s new book, Raising a Modern-Day Princess (Focus on the Family/Tyndale House Publishers, January 2010), provides parents, mentors, and youth leaders with the tools they need to help the young women in their lives cross over into womanhood with a healthy self-image and a true understanding of who they are in Christ. Central to this process is the rite of passage ceremony—a defining moment in which girls can be blessed by significant adults in their lives when their family and community celebrate and support them as they enter womanhood. The book includes a step-by-step guide to creating this unique rite of passage ceremony and a special chapter for dads or father figures on writing a blessing for that special young lady. “Mentor Moments” at the end of each chapter reinforces the importance of supporting and encouraging adolescent girls during the most formative years of
The attitudes of society and Torvald Helmer ultimately leave Nora vulnerable to Krogstad’s blackmail. Finally, Nora abandons not only her marriage but her children. Another example of self-sacrifice is her love for the children as displayed through her interactions with them and her great fear of corrupting them. She believes that the Nanny will be a better mother. Nora not only sacrifices herself in borrowing money to save Torvald, but she loses the children she undoubtedly loves when she decides to pursue her own identity.
The pear tree also refers to Pearl and Harry’s relationship, Bertha can clearly, as clear as the pear tree in through the window, see is having an affair but just sits around like the blossom flowers, pretending what's going on below her (Harry and Pearl’s relationship blossoming, the tree roots intertwining) isn't really happening. After Bertha witnesses the intimate moment between Pearl Fulton and Harry she runs to the window to look at the pear tree she finds that it is “as lovely as ever and as full of flower and as still.” Despite the plummeting of Bertha’s perfect life, the pear tree (Harry and Pearl’s affair) is still blossoming and full of life. It also represents her sudden sexual desires with her husband whom she claims to be "madly in love with" suddenly blossoming, which in real life is a symbol of sexual maturity. The flowering