Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, introduces and explores the extent to which compassion can stretch, in the trying times of the Great Depression. Mayella Ewell, a caring character, is reviled for her untruthful and hurtful accusations against an innocent black man. When looking at Mayella’s family life, as the oldest of eight children, caring for her poor, unprivileged family becomes her sole responsibility, a burden she must bear on her own. Mayella’s lonely lifestyle later leads her to kissing, Tom Robinson, an African who took pity on her situation. To Kill a Mockingbird, published during the Civil Right’s Movement, illustrates the pitiful life of Mayella Ewell, a character worthy of compassion, despite her immoral actions.
The narrator states the mother’s resentment of Connie’s beauty because “her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie.”. Connie doesn’t make the situation between the two any better by instigating her mother with curt answers and rude responses. “Her parents and her sister were going to a barbecue at an aunt’s house and Connie said ‘no’, she wasn’t interested, rolling her eyes to let her mother know exactly what she thought.”. the only time Connie fully admits that she truly did love her mother was when she was crying in the phone for her. Connie’s father is a quiet bystander when it came to his wife and daughter heated arguments.
The main characters in these stories had their values imposed on them at a young age, and helped to shape who they’ve become and how they behave in society. Religion is a cornerstone for the characters in both stories. They are taught what is acceptable in their religion, in this case Christianity, and realize certain actions could alienate them from their social groups. In “Girl”, the girl is given specific instructions on how to behave, including “don’t sing benna in Sunday school” (Kincaid, 120). She is taught that singing folk music on the Lord’s day is improper, and even though she “doesn’t sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school” (120), she is explicitly told a few times not to do it.
Her “journals,” in other words her autobiographical narratives such as Killing Chickens, “Shunned” and “Without a map” all reveal specific different bitter portions of her life that she has faced and overcame and reassures readers like me, that we can too. Ha Hall writes about overcoming many daunting situations, the earliest hardship that she writes about encountering is getting pregnant at sixteen. In “Shunned” Hall shares her experience of receiving rejection from everywhere she turned including school, church and even family when she accidentally got pregnant. A reader can see how unfairly she was punished how nobody should be treated that way. Hall uses emotional appeal to show how much it hurt her for example.
“My Madonna cried.” This is the line that opens the story and sets the theme of depression throughout the story. The Madonna doll in the story is used to represent death starting with the first sentence in the story. Josephine instantly thinks that her mother has died when she sees the tear rolling down her doll’s cheek. The doll is also the one thing that the mother holds onto as she tries to cling to what little life she has in prison before she is executed. The doll has been passed down from generation to generation in Josephine’s family, and seems to represent the tragedy of each woman’s demise.
I continued practicing till I was maybe about 9 years old. At this point I started drifting away from the Church and used to see one of my Aunt worship or pray, I was not sure what exactly she was doing at that time, but she had many saints and there were many rituals. At the age of 15 my father was definitely not practicing anything my mother had started to attend a Pentecostal church where my other aunt was the Pastor. I witness some changes in my mother’s behavior and the one that I was most grateful for was my brother’s behavior. Now at this point in my life I met my beautiful wife that was brought up Catholic.
They are immediately in shock and fall into a state of depression and mourning, and tend to think of how this individual’s death will change they way they live their life. In the heartbreaking, yet realistic novel ‘The Book Thief’, a young girl amidst World War II is the only one safe from the bombs on her street in Germany. When she walks out into the trashed and rubble-filled street, she finds the bodies of her family and best friend. She immediately fears that death has taken them, and that it is a horrible fact she must face. “Don’t make me happy.
16) * “Please, God, see my need, help me! She prayed in fear…” (ch.3, pg.23) * “god looks down on us and writes down every tear a child sheds…” (ch.6, pg.55) * “O God that looks down upon man, what am I to do?” (ch.6, pg.57) * “She had told God, if he saw her child safely back again, she would take half of Kicker’s plumes in August and give it to the church at the village. And when the ostriches had mated, she would take the three strongest chicks, sell them and take the money to the church as well. God knew her, He would know that she would not make promises just because she was worried.”(ch.6, pg.64) * Fiercely protecting of her family compared to a tigress * “She had the
But in this case they prayed to God, they didn’t take her to the doctor even they knew that she is seriously ill. Amy could have been saved if her parents took her to the hospital even a few hours before her death. She had a chance to live and she deserved this life instead of her parents. Why she died because of Hermansons religion and stupid concepts?! They just ignored alternative medicine knowing that it will save her life. I think that parents of Amy should be punished for their frivolity.