An Analysis of the Themes that Illustrate the Unsuccessful Parent-Child Relationship in “Write me Sometime” When relationships fail or they are on the path to failure, people attempt to restore them through old habits. This can happen in any type of relationship, but there seems to be more effort when the unsuccessful relationship is between a parent and their child. There is never one specific reason for this failure, but there are usually a variety of problems that build up over time. In Taien Ng-Chan’s short story “Write Me Sometime”, a girl is having trouble connecting with her father. As an adult, she is reminiscing about her childhood lunch dates with her father, which she enjoyed.
She was planning on returning to law school after taking a break from school. She started a job at Bloomingdale’s as a manager in training, which she excel in that she was promoted to a job at the I. Magnin stores. Jung then became the Executive Vice President in charge of merchandising for women’s apparel, cosmetics, and accessories at Neiman Marcus. The new position made her change the career path she had in mind of going to law school; it was the career she was currently in that she liked much more. Jung went looking for a new challenge and she found it when she started working for Avon Products as a consultant in 1993.
The Writer by Richard Wilbur: A father hears his daughter writing a story, and the daughter is an adolescent. The daughter possibly has a severe illness that is threatening her life. The father then realizes that you cannot be a good writer if you have an easy life; hardships and life lessons are what make a good writer. The father wishes his daughter not an easy passage through life, but struggles that she will face to later become a better writer. The Watcher at the Gates by Gail Goodwin: The “inner critic” is a common problem among all writers.
Reader Response Analysis of “Suicide Note” The poem “Suicide Note” describes the emotions and true feelings of a young girl student who thinks that suicide is the only way left for her to please her parents and others and escape the pressures of student life. The note has an apologetic quality to it, which is her way of acknowledging her imperfection and not fulfilling her parent’s expectation of a perfect 4.0 grade. Whatever effort she puts in, she can never satisfy her parents for their expectation are unreasonably high. Her parents’ words repeat in her mind – “not good enough not pretty enough not smart enough”(Mirikitani 750). At that moment she genuinely wishes she were born a son, which would have equipped her better in dealing with the challenges of her life.
In the Newsweek article “A Liberating Curriculum,” Roberta Borkat offers an example of a new grading program. Students now want to receive higher grades, but not do any homework or participate in class. Borkat writes how she has wasted over twenty years of her life grading papers and preparing lessons. She regrets how she has caused in convenience to over a thousand students. Borkat was enlightened on this when she was verbally attacked by one of her students.
The parents, who live together but are unwed, struggle over finances, decision-making, and conflict management. The couple’s relationship becomes toxic to the point of splitting up, which leaves Maisie confused and scared. As she relies on grownups that are undependable and unpredictable, Maisie eventually ends up living with her father’s ex-bride and previous babysitter Margo, and her mother’s new runaway husband, Lincoln. Maisie’s journey of finding a safe home and loving parents is a heartbreaking film which gives an in-depth look at what a child must feel when he or she is bounced between dysfunctional biological parents. The cause of Maisie’s suffering is the result of a heated communication climate between her parents, which builds into an escalatory conflict spiral.
To a Sad Daughter A poem by Michael Ondaatje To a sad daughter is a poem in which the father is trying to create a steady relationship and find a common ground with his daughter through a variety of different ways. The daughter is growing up, therefore is ignorant towards her father and is more focussed on how she feels personally. The father doesn’t understand the feelings of his daughter although he tries his best to maintain it. Eventually the daughters feelings run to deep as she decides too take her own life. Some insights and ideas that I have are that while there have been countless father-daughter poems written over the decades, not many include hockey goalies, purple moods, and Creatures From the Black Lagoon.
Richard was at a struggle with his language, he recalls when he couldn’t speak English and he nuns would ask him to speak up or also when the nuns visited his parents to advise them to speak to Richard in English more often so he could pick up on the English and speak it better. (pg.20). It was a big transition fro Richard being that his “Private” language was to be spoken in English now. Feeling not at home with his language Richard had to adjust and speak to his family in English now. At first it was different for Richard because he didn’t feel like he could talk like before with his family, all those tex-mex words, and those newly invented words that sounded correct but didn’t mean anything were no more.
Sometimes, I used to cry after coming back home from school because I did not know what the homework meant. My teachers would try to explain it to me, but it never worked because they were explaining it in English. Although, I was the best math student in my class, I would stand in the border of passing and failing for the word problems would take me down. In addition to my problems in school, when I came to US with my family in 2008, they city was firing workers exceedingly. The biggest unemployment rate was probably
Language can be used to express emotions, thoughts, history, reality, and identity. We use language to interact with each other as well as talk about the past, present, and future. Language is directly linked to individual culture. Word usage and meaning are learned, and differ among the