Jenna’s mother and her get into arguments over Jenna asking her mother to watch her son. Jenna has to pay for daycare after school for him while she is at work and has little money to pay for additional daycare when she would be at college classes. Her mother says that she has raised her children and does not believe that she should have to help her daughter because she received no help with her children. Jenna has a 17 year old sister who does help with watching her son, but Jenna also feels guilty always having to ask her and has no money to pay her to watch her son. Jenna and her sister are close, her sister plans on attending college at the end of her senior year and wants to study to become a doctor.
As Ruth made her new life she married twice to two African Americans and had twelve kids. As her kids grew Ruth had many expectations towards them, she wanted them to graduate college and have a better life then she did. Ruth had so many expectations for her kids because she never had the chance to finish school because of her selfish dad who only wanted her to take care of her sick mother and the store they owned. Ruth never told her kids that she was Jewish or about her family she didn’t want them to know she would always ignore the question when her kids would ask her if she was white. Ruth would always tell them “mind your business” especially
In the beginning of the book, when Dave talks about when the family was once good, he calls his mom, “Mom”. He later on calls her “Mother” when she becomes abusive. He does this because he became distant from her when the abusive started. He didn’t feel safe referring to her as mom anymore because she wasn’t the nurturing mother that she once was. Before the abuse, Mother would’ve done anything for her family.
The townspeople didn’t call her crazy at first; they thought she was sheltered, unhappy. Miss Emily was from a family of high stature and wealth in their small town. She had a certain social upbringing that put certain pressures and stress upon her. Her father drove all her potential husbands away, leaving her never to marry. This emotional stress had caused her mental stability to weaken and crack.
Because they were both blood brothers, they decided that was good enough, and ended up living together with Derek’s mother and sister. At the start it was very hard for Derek and Morso. Derek’s mother did not readily accept morso into her home, nor did she treat him as an equal. She essentially neglect Morso and made it so much harder for him to settle in. She was very rude to him and would not even speak to him.
I have managed to learn nothing at all After the tragic death of Kate Morrison’s parents in the novel Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, she lives with her siblings where her older brothers take charge of the family. Her oldest brother Luke tries to find jobs and sacrifices his own education to support the family. During the time when he works in McLean’s family store, he and their daughter Sally develop affection towards each other. Consequently, Sally tries to seduce Luke to have sex with her; however Luke rejects the offer for the sake of their family. Similar story happens to Kate’s other brother, Matt, but the way they handle are the opposite.
She understood that her father only wanted the best for her, but she was discomforted by the idea that her dad was promoting her around and trying to recruit a husband for her. As if she couldn’t find a husband herself. These types of things showed Sayeed that women in her culture did not have much say in who they married or when they were ready to be married, because the father usually sets everything up for them. This was a big inequality between men and women because the women were not even allowed to choose who and when they wanted to marry. Also, women in her culture had to cover themselves up, in order to show modesty and self-protection, which she thought to be an unequal hierarchy.
Poor John has never met his dad. His mom sometimes calls him “the fling”. I feel really bad for john because there’s nothing more that he wants then to meet his father. John would always vent to me how he wishes his mother would just tell him who his father is. He also felt as if his father was hiding from him but I’d often tell John “your dad can hide from you, but he can’t hide from God.” I felt bad for john at times, but he didn’t have to live as a dwarf his whole life.
Seventeen years later, when he comes face to face with his daughter, he is shocked then confused and angry about the situation. He later tells Josie that he had a lot of problems back then and even if he had known about the pregnancy he may not have come back to help Christina. He appears as the independent, successful barrister. At first he says to Christina he wants nothing to do with Josie but when Christina tells him to go and forget them both, he doesn’t. Looking for Alibrandi conveys belonging in a negative way at the start of the novel as Josie feels like she doesn’t belong with her family and with the people at school. She’s still trying to discover her cultural identity and she’s in confusion about where she stands in life and who she belongs to.
Addie wants to be a strong, independent woman but society prevents her from doing so. Addie is the most important character in this novel because she is the reason her family comes together but at the same time she is the reason why her family isn’t a close knit. She made known that she regretted her life, her children rivaled against each other for her love and she had hopes that were never meant to