Breslin believes that a family needs to share one last name because, to her this symbolizes togetherness. Williamson, on the other hand, believes families do not need to share surnames and chooses to give her children her maiden name. I agree with Breslin because I think that people should follow the tradition, family unity, and history. When couples decided on starting a family, something they will need to consider is if they would like to follow the tradition of taking the male’s last name to be their family surname. Many couples end up deciding that the woman and the children will take the males last name, because that it just how it has always been and why change the tradition.
She desperately grasps on to this idea that she might some day be a “normal girl”. Finally, through the help of her new friends Jean comes to terms with the fact that she will never be what society considers “normal”, but that doesn’t matter, as long as she is comfortable and confident within her own skin. On her first day at Camp Courage Jean meets Sara, a young activist with two professors as parents. Sara forces Jean to question authority, and recognize mistreatment of people with disabilities from the condescending camp staff, and society as a whole. Sara is a camper in her 8th year, and it is revealed in the end that she has returned this year to act as “Samson” and take down entire establishment by playing on the idea that she is weak due to her disability.
It didn’t seam like a very good idea at first, but Lily was smart and mature enough to find out a way to stay safe and find what she was looking for. So together, Lily and Rosaleen hitchhiked toward a town called, Tiburon, S.C, that Lily had found written on the back of a picture of a black Mary that once belonged to her mother. On the way, Lily feels free, as if a new life has begun for her. She might not have knew it, but she was right from the very beginning. Also at the Boatwright house, surrounded by the Boatwright sisters, by the Daughters of Mary, by Rosaleen and by Zach, Lily at last becomes a part of a supportive “family” she can trust.
Janie sees the horizon as a mystery of the world and she feels the need to connect with it. She follows these two ideas throughout the novel. Janie’s hair is a symbol of power and independence used throughout the novel to show her identity. In the community it is viewed as rebellious to wear your hair down at her age, Janie does it anyways showing that she will not live by everyone else’s standards, instead she will make her own. She doesn’t just follow everything society says she should, Janie is her own self.
Shyamoli, like Dee, is also pressured into the idea that she is obligated to be a part of the modern day American culture, which is the community she lives in. To conform she must reject her heritage and adopt new behavioral patterns and attitudes or else she will be an outcaste, just as Mrs. Dutta is by the neighbors when she hangs her clothes over the fence joining the neighbor’s yards. Alice Walker and Chitra Divakaruni stress the importance of not abandoning one’s heritage due to peer pressure or just to avoid conflict, but embrace it because the importance of heritage and carrying on family traditions are far more rewarding than temporarily pleasing a certain social group or individual. As America continues to strengthen its metaphorical cultural assimilation, deemed the melting pot; cultures and traditions continue to weaken while becoming absorbed into or lost to American trends. The Black Power movement during the 1960’s and 1970’s is a prime example of how cultures can become apart of trends and
It shows how her age and her views matured during a time where you’re own identity was hard to create. It is important because it sets her story up to a sudden realization that freedom is not given. Freedom is from within one’s self. 2) “Freedom is not a gift but a right. Officials did not, could not, award “freedom.” It had to be something that I wanted, craved, demanded.
Her desire for the finer things seems to still exist, but in a more passive capacity. She is going there to rid herself of her cares for the week, so it would seem that Matilda is still the restless daydreamer that we saw earlier in the story. She is no longer concerned with looking lower class in public. The Matilda we knew at the beginning of the story would not even think of going to the ball unless she was donning the finest dress and jewels. You could argue that she is more comfortable in her own skin now, but the argument could also be made that this is pathetic; she is dreaming of a life that she can’t have, and previously, she at least had the dignity to not want to stand out as someone who does not belong.
In my opinion specifying that I am American does not hold any importance to me, but to a variety of people, such as my mom, it is imperative. To many immigrants it is important to emphasize the fact that they are also American, because it gives them a sense of belonging, Hwang’s mother in “The Good Daughter” she says to Hwang, “You are American.” I also believe that just because we live in America does not mean that we should lose any sense of heritage. Many immigrants wish for their families and future family members to have the same freedom as Americans, but they also want them to remember where they come from. Many of the new generations, those who were born in America tend to lose a sense of where their family originated. As a young Filipina born and raised in Los Angeles I feel that I am more in tune with my American side, rather then my Filipino side, just like Hwang from “The Good Daughter” who states, “[…] my cultural identity is
And as a women, it is okay to survive on your own without the help of a man. If I could go back in time and have a conversation with myself about how committed I am to my education, I am sure my answer would not be anywhere near a 10. I had a different mindset then. I was recently married, expecting my daughter shortly after that, and the house wife of a soldier. My main concern was is the house clean?