While her mother was concerned more about the economical aspect of life, the father was preoccupied by the spirituality of his family, about conserving customs and traditions: ‘ Father pushed his hand from his arm.’ (Yezierska, 63) In fact, this conservative attitude of her father and the constant differences they had concerning social and moral values is what made Sara more and more determined to leave home and become an American. Running away from home was Sara’s first step towards becoming a ‘person’. But in order to complete herself as one, she knows she first must be educated. She succeeds in getting herself into college, but she soon finds out that there are many discrepancies between her – an immigrant, and her colleagues – genuine Americans. She finds herself longing to be one of them: ‘Even in school I suffered, because I was not like the rest.’ (Yezierska,
One cannot simply assimilate into the crowd without first having some sort of knowledge on how to do so. This is a prime feeling for new migrants, as seen in The Namesake. The differences between American and Indian society are a barrier to belonging for Ashima and Ashoke, as they realise that belonging to society involves an understanding and compliance with collective traditions and beliefs. Lahiri uses their consumption of American food products as a symbol of how they compromise their Indian lifestyle in order to establish belonging. However, this proves to be not enough, as Gogol becomes “aware… of cashiers smirking at his parent’s accents, and of saleswomen who prefer to direct their conversation to Gogol, as though his parents were incompetent or deaf.” This negative lexicon in this passage reveals how members of society alienate those who do not comprehend or “fit in” with their culture and practices.
The Other Wes Moore In the The Other Wes Moore, the author, uses a specific moment to expand on what could have been the primary moment in which develops his character into his new better version of himself. Attempting to run away from valley forge provides a humbling experience for the author Wes Moore, and also demonstrates his carelessness, and lack of seriousness for all what his family did for him by sending him here. After an attempt to run aways, he has a meeting with his mom in which he begs for her to let him come home but all she says is “Wes, you are not going anywhere until you give this place a try...too many people have sacrificed in order for you to be here”(95). The author wes moore realizes at that precise moment that his grandparents had given his mother money in order for him to be at military school. Through this newly gained knowledge it immediately has an effect on his perspective on he views Valley Forge.
The poem begins with Peter’s mother longing for him to belong and be accepted into society. Motivated by false social climbing (status conscious) values, his mother has made sacrifices in order for him to get ahead. Double use of the possessive in the first line: “impressed by the uniforms / of her employer’s son” indicates his mother’s hopes and ambitions. Use of alliteration represents conformity, whilst creating an initial impression of superficiality. This idea is continued in his mother “wanting only what was best,” an anecdote symbolising ignorance and sacrifice.
What we see and hear can really deceive us all. The immigrants came to America for a chance at a better life. They came to America to escape the harsh conditions of their native countries. To there surprise, immigrants got the exact opposite of what they thought America was going to be like. Politicians and entrepreneurs did what ever it took to better their lives.
2007 AP English Language and Composition Immigrants usually move in order to have a better life. Many come for economic and social reasons or just to get a fresh new beginning in life in a new place. Scott Russell Sanders author of Staying Put: Making a Home in a restless World responds to Salman Rushdie for the effects of mass migrations that changes human beings. Sanders writes how about immigrants moving to different places for their own benefit. Salman Rushdie left India for England because of the war that was going on between Pakistan and India being a Muslim he did not want to pick side in which he migrated to England.
She also strives to reconcile her two selves as “like many immigrant offspring, I felt intense pressure to the two things loyal to the old world and fluent in the new approved of on either side of the hyphen” (478). The author’s main point is that she felt that she was under pressure to have “two lives” because she could not focus on one side or another. And reality doesn’t allow her to do that. Lahiri, as a young girl, had trouble balancing her American life with the Indian life at home. She explains how her parents had grown up in Calcutta, and they tried to continue practicing the same culture in America.
Regret because it made me think how much different my life could be right now if I would still live with my parents, and guilt because well I'm guilty of doing exactly as the author had mentioned is a problem in America. Before reading this I've had some thought that I made a bad life choice leaving so early, but Natadecha-Sponsel does such an immaculate job at connecting this cultural difference to me personally, I think I'm going to have to run home after reading it and give my mom a hug! The author showed me that just because as a society we're brought up to be so individual doesn't mean that other people don’t still appreciate your company, or need you. Along with that I also feel sort of curious to how different not only me, but my family would be if we were brought up in Thailand rather than
In 1830, John Downe, a weaver traveled to the United States from England and took a job so that he could earn money to be able to make his wife and children to join him. In the letter that john Downe wrote to his wife to persuader her to immigrate to the United States, with him he explained to her the benefits she and her family will have if they move to the America. To convey his persuasion Downe reflects his strategies through emotional appeals also called pathos, and repetition to show the advantages of his wife to make such am important move. Downe left England to travel to America in pursuit of a more wealthy life to his family. In his letter he emphasizes America’s qualities to get his wife to come to live to America with him.
Many first generation parents immigrated here foreseeing a better chance of material success, especially for their children. This however, also comes with a distrust of American family and community values, and this fear leaves the parents in a strange dichotomy: how to raise their child to still hold on to the Japanese cultural values beset in themselves, while raising their child in America, with high hopes and demands for success higher than their own. The children meanwhile must find their own identity between these two countries, and their decision is shaped by a multitude of issues, especially prejudice or racism, and their expectations of such biases. Such discrimination has a direct effect on self esteem, aspirations, and can be a major point of conflict between parent and child, and thus these four issues have a wider effect on the expansion or narrowing of the goals of the second generation child. Thus, the