Somehow caught in a never ending battle of how to survive. For April Raintree, her battle was both hiding and finding her identity- spiritually, emotionally and physically. Even though April Raintree had so many defining moments in her life, the three main factors that shaped her identity was living with the DeRosier’s, the rape, and the death of her sister. When April Raintree was living with the DeRosier’s, they changed her identity drastically. By living with the DeRosier’s April was taught to hate her people, her family, but she also learned to stay strong.
As the Qing dynasty came to a close, the lives of many Chinese people in Northern China were very difficult. The transition to the 20th century brought many challenges for the lower-class, including Japanese imposition, poverty, and wide-spread opium addiction. These difficulties were especially demanding of the Chinese women, who were forced to deal with the challenges of child bearing and matched marriages as early as 14 years old. Ning Lao Tai Tai is an example of a working class woman who had to fight for her entire life just to survive. She deems the misfortune of herself and the women in her family on 'fate' and 'bad destiny', however I believe there were real concrete factors and choices that contributed to the depressing lives of these women.
Personal life capabilities helps one to overcome the obstacle of loss by facing similar situations and getting used to a new environment. In fact, losing a loved one helps an individual to prepare to face similar situations in the future. For example, Addy loses so many people throughout the novel that she eventually gets used to it. To handle the death of her first baby, Addy decides to leave Detroit and find another home: "The wind shook the windowpanes and the house on Chestnut Street groaned at the loss of yet another soul. Addy was still weak from the efforts of her labour, and still sore and bleeding, but she knew she had to leave and she had to leave today" (Lansens 271).
The author tells us more about Evelines life and it reveals why she wants things to change so badly. Her relationship with her father isn’t very good, she works hard for not much money, and doesn’t even get keep the money she makes. How she feels about the view out her window changing ironically reveals how she wants her life to change as well. Eveline
This suggests that her limb troubles her to a huge extent. Gertrude Lodge discloses to Rhoda, that she does not know how her limb was injured. Due to her injury, readers are aware that Gertrude suffers a great amount of pain from her withered arm. Another reason that Gertrude suffers in the tale is because she couldn’t produce a child for her husband. Her arm caused martial problems between her and her husband, Farmer Lodge.
His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children.” This demonstrates the fear his family feels towards him. Later in chapter three his anger gets him in trouble when he disobeys the village and beats his wife during the week of peace. This is demonstrated in the book when it states, “And when she returned he beat her very heavily. In his anger he had forgotten that it was the Week of Peace.” After this event his fellow clansmen began to think less of him. Additionally, the novel continues to tell the story of Okonkwo and his family.
This informal form of education places constraints upon Jane, as the authority of her aunt and cousins restricts her. Jane is indoctrinated, and is made to feel inferior to the Reed’s. An example of the verbal abuse Jane receives is when John Reed calls her the derogatory name “Rat!” She is extremely class conscious and is constantly reminded of her dependency, this indoctrination makes Jane know her place and her rights. Bronte uses this informal education that Jane endures to convey the harsh treatment that Jane goes through mentally and physically. Jane suffers social exclusion at Gateshead, and is ostracized by the Reed family; this segregation contributes in educating her to become a passive character, as she
One of the biggest problems that divorce imposes on children is the sadness of their family breaking up and having to adjust to one parent no longer living in the home. Usually it hurts all the family members, including the children that are very young and do not understand what is happening, but they still feel the loss of one of the parents not being around. Divorce, in any circumstance, rips a child apart limiting time spent with his/her parents, and confusing him/her. In Matthew 19:8-9 it says, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
Moreover, Pecola’s misery is forced upon her through the corruption of her family. The corruption of the Breedloves ultimately proves to be damaging to Pecola. Throughout the novel, Pecola is abused and violated. The most profound reason for this is her family. Initially, Morrison describes how the family is marred with corruption.
This family law was very hard to obey and a trail of tears followed gravity toward the tip of my feet. I could not disregard this law because everything that I have done for my family, school, and community would have been abandoned. Yet, I longed to change this fact, and remove it from my obligation. One of the most important factors that brought me to this decision was losing my best friend; we will not be able to see each other again often. Because of this, a question developed in my mind: Is the core value of a culture more important than personal value?