Compare the ways the poet presents ideas about relationships in Sister Maude and Farmers Bride. In Sister Maude Rossetti presents a quarrel between the two sisters. This is shown when she says ‘but sister Maude shall get no sleep’; this suggests that she thinks her sister will go to hell because of what she has done. The fact that she doesn’t use a personal pronoun for her sister suggests that she has disowned her and believes that she is no longer part of the family. The phrase ‘no sleep’ is a euphemism for death and suggests that she will pay for what she has done.
Twyla says that “my mother won’t like you putting me here”. Then Twyla is talking about that her mother has told her “that they never washed their hair and they smelled funny. Roberta sure did. Smell funny, I mean,” the assumptions one might make from this is that Twyla’s mother have a racist view about the other race, however this tell very little about which race the protagonists has. On the other hand during the first meeting between the protagonist’s mothers, it is Roberta’s mother who acts in a racist’s way; instead of shaking Twyla’s mother’s hand she looks down at both Twyla and her mother then grabs Roberta and walks away.
“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.
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.
Bob felt the tears trickling onto his cotton shirt. They started talking about how she’s coping without him. She was so wretched, so distraught. Cecelia told them that a young impregnated girl had appeared on her doorstep looking for Andy. She had a good idea who she was, and by the way she talked about Andy.
Sarah, a woman from England with a quiet family and an affair on the side, and Little Bee, a Nigerian refugee seeking asylum in Sarah. During their first encounter, Sarah cut off her own finger when her husband, Andrew, would not, to save Little Bee’s life. Despite everything that happened in Nigeria, Sarah didn’t end her affair with Lawrence and this caused Andrew to spiral into a depression leading to his demise. Being an illegal refugee fresh out of detention camp, Little Bee fled to Sarah’s house to find a safe haven. Throughout this story, difficult choices were made by Sarah, Andrew, and Lawrence all revolving around Little Bee; some made selfless choices and some made selfish, morally wrong choices.
When sent into the house she scorned the house and took the stones that were saying take me again disobeying the woman’s orders. As Paula left the old woman told her that her reward would be like her nature. In the ending Camille ended up with a wheelbarrow filled with gold, a bundle of fine clothing and a house with orange, grape and lime trees. Paula ended up with a sore body from being beaten by fierce-looking winged creatures, stings from swarms of bees and large winged creatures and her encounter with an endless oily emerald-green pool. In the ending Paula ended up at home with her mother and Camille had a house,money and clothes, which she then invited her Mother and Paula to dwell with
Anja is the mother of Art and the Wife of Vladek. Being a fragile character right from the beginning, when Anja was in the Holocaust, she became increasingly ill, both physically and emotionally. Hence, even if Anja survived through all the insanity in the concentration camps, the depressions and breakdowns might have made her commit suicide. In Maus I, Spiegelman showed the reader that Vladek and Anja already developed a strong bond and this was evident throughout their time together in World War II. The couple hid in a cellar house where there was no food, Vladek said “Here Anja, chew on this.
A gleam of evil escaped her eyes as she realised that this was her chance to escape and leave her horrid, penniless ‘husband’ for good. George lifted his sad, hurtful eyes up at his beautiful wife and said solemnly, "I'm sorry." With those two words, he walked out of the room. Myrtle stared out the window and watched the man she has wanted to escape from her entire life walk away from her. She placed her arms on the windowsill and slowly rested her chin on her arms.
Blanche blames her sister for leaving her alone to take care of things herself in Belle Reeve which is emphasized by the short sentences used when she says ‘I let the place go! Where were you! In bed with your –Polack!’. The repeated exclamations also further reiterate her feelings of betrayal and loneliness caused by Stella’s absence in her life when she left their home. ‘Polak’ refers to Stanley and his mention here foreshadows the conflict soon to follow between Blanche and him.