| Driving in First Gear | 1969/17 | At dinner, the whole family discusses Lil Bit's breast size and her Grandfather says she doesn't need college. Lil Bit gets upset and Peck consoles her. | Shifting Forward from First to Second Gear | 1970/18 | Lil Bit confides in the audience that the real reason she got kicked out of college is because she had a constant companion in her room. | You and the Reverse Gear | 1968/16 | Lil Bit and Peck are at a celebration dinner and Lil Bit gets drunk. | Vehicle Failure | 1968/16 | Peck takes Lil Bit to the car.
Christina describes her mother’s primary concerns centralized around how she wished to be perceived by others and the public image she wished to project 74-75). Her false displays of intimacy, excessive vanity, egocentricity, lack of empathy, and attention seeking behavior are evident in her interpersonal relationships and emotional neglect of her children. Her career as a film star exacerbated these negative personality traits (27, 83). Any affection she showed toward Christina usually took the form of a shallow nod of approval or pat on the head for performing tasks such as mixing alcoholic beverages for Joan and her guests or when in the presence of others, but in private her treatment of Christina was very cold and her parenting style was excessively rigid, strict, and authoritarian. She relied primarily on punishment (particularly corporal) and negative reinforcement to gain compliance and desired behavior.
She lives in her mind, barley speaks to anyone. She spends most of her time analyzing all the things around her life. She wants to tell someone how she feels but is scared that she might get rejected or no one will believe her. “I can’t believe you, you’re just jealous.”(184) when she finally tells one of her former friends from the party who is now dating Andy Beast, what happened and the reason for her calling the cops she lashes out and does exactly what she was afraid of. In reading and studying “Speak” By author Laurie Halse Anderson , my character analysis has taught me how Melinda dealt with her problem and what she went through to get her life back…it also taught me to choose my friends carefully and that keeping your anger and pain bottled up can hurt you more than you know.
For many years women have been trying to gain more respect from other women but mostly men, so that they can be equal to them. This happens in work, schools, and in the home Cool For You portrays a lot of patriarchy situations. For example when all the students prepare to go to the Arsencia Beach party, they chose a male rather than a female to pick up the liquor for them. This displays male dominance because they are taking control of getting the liquor. Another situation is When the mother feels that her son terry got suspended for drinking because he was suppose to play a male figure in the house since they have no father and he disappointed the family by getting drunk.
She discovers some dysfunctional traits in her family (primarily caused by her father), and observes how her family deals with these issues in order to learn. Eve Batiste, the young girl, is the daughter of a beautiful mother, Roz, and a successful and prominent doctor, Louis. Her father is a skirt-chaser, albeit a good breadwinner for the family. Eve discovers this unfortunate truth one night at a party when she encounters her father fornicating with another woman, to which Louis unconvincingly explains that he was not participating in anything improper. She shares the information of what she has just seen with Cisely, her sister who is at a mid point in her adolescence and is not aware of how to cope with her feelings.
In his essay, Staples recalls several experiences in which he unintentionally frightened passersby because of his age, gender, and most importantly, race, and what struck me was the effect it had on him psychologically. Despite being completely innocent in the stories he goes on to tell, Staples opens introduces the first woman who felt threatened by him as his “first victim,” and after the experience he describes feeling “surprised, embarrassed, and dismayed all at once” (221) for something he could not control. It is almost frightening how influential others’ perception and expectations of us can be on our own behavior. He mentions friends and relatives who took advantage of the “tough guy” image and ended up being locked away or buried (222), thus setting an example for Staples not to do the same and learn to break away from the misconceptions gathered from his
So I cannot really relate to how she feels. What I can relate with is the feeling of jealousy she feels about Doug knowing things about her father that she didn’t. I too get jealous need It be with my siblings instead of a boyfriend I know how jealously feels. Ruth did a good job of showing the pain, jealously, confusion she felt throughout this chapter by emotions she had and things she said throughout this chapter. Ruth realizes life isn’t all about her and cooking.
When she is called to the stand she is “fragile-looking” and “looked as if she tried to look clean”. This agrees with the readers theory that Mayella is wanting be good, yet she is tainted by her father who “had a scalded look” due to “an overnight soaking”. Again we see that she is different from her despised family as she wants to be clean and noble. As the reader begins to feel that Mayella doesn’t want to punish Tom Robinson we see her “burst into tears” as begins to be questions. This would make some readers feel pity for Mayella as she is lamenting due to horrific flashbacks she may encounter, others may think that this is a cover up as she knows what she is doing is wrong, and she is trying to get the judge and the jury to side with her.
In Munro’s story, while a teenage girl is babysitting for her neighbours, she decides to try some of the liquor that is left out on the counter. Foolishly, the girl drinks too much, too fast, and gets very sick. She then calls her friend to come and help her who brings another girl and 3 boys along for the ride. They do help her by cleaning up the mess she made from throwing up and giving her coffee to get her upright again. The unfortunate part is that they are still there when the parents arrive home early to discover their, still very drunk, babysitter with some extra people in their home.
The Brownie’s plan of attacking the other troop falls through. It’s on the way home from camp that the girls are discussing the things that happened on the duration of their stay. They are poking fun at the girls who were different from them, making wise cracks and poor imitations of Troop 909. After her fellow Brownies bore of the subject of Troop 909, Snot tells the story of a Mennonite family who once did work for her father. She remembers her father saying “it was the only time he’d have a white man on his knees doing something for a black man for free.” Though she doesn’t agree with what her father did, she begins to understand his reasoning behind it.