Most black women quit school to work so they could support their families. There were some black maids who felt that the discrimination was wrong and rebelled and wrote a book on the experiences in the white’s home. Even though the stakes were high knowing the consequences they still wrote the book. However, the white
Two sisters experienced this struggle at separate stages, which has been experienced by their mothers,’ mother. Mary exposed the inhuman methods of the school through a newspaper they called the Red Panther. As Mary progressed to the next grades, she identified the undercutting line of racism. Her experience
Alisa Key August 16, 2010 AP English 11 The Scarlet Letter The progression of Hester throughout The Scarlet Letter was dramatic and varied greatly. In the beginning of the book she was feeling ashamed, isolated, and shunned by the townspeople. To her, the “A” stood for more than adultery, it stood for “ashamed.” She was being imprisoned by the judgment of others; the lock was a simple scarlet letter. She was living while being haunted by her past. Even seeing her own daughter, Pearl, would sometimes bring up the emotion of her sin all over again.
Emma Yeatts English 2-1 Mrs. Anderson 10 April 2012 Gertrude VS. Absalom’s Girlfriend Have you ever judged a book by its cover? People in Johannesburg are judged every day, but some of them actually are looking for help and family. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country, both Gertrude and Absalom’s girlfriend are lost and broken people because of Johannesburg; however, Absalom’s girlfriend is willing and ready for a serious change in her life. Gertrude is a single mom struggling in the wicked city of Johannesburg; Likewise Absalom’s girlfriend is living in the same area trying to escape her horrible lifestyle. In the book it dialogs about what Johannesburg can do to a person’s life.
It also focuses on the points of guilt and regret in her life as a mother and how she feels that there is guiltiness within her because of the absence she has made within her daughters’ life. “Everyday Use” is written in the same point of view as “ I Stand Here Ironing”. Its’ themes include dealing with what to accept as her true heritage because she chooses to go on her own and change things as though she feels they should be and also her education and how it is creating a separation between her and her family. Both themes are based of a motherhood relationship, and showing how there are many obstacles with growing up. In “I Stand Here Ironing” the story starts out stating, “ I stand here ironing, and what you asked me moves tormented back and forth with the iron” (607).
Society has also played an important influence on both these Authors as Tanya Barrientos explains in Se Habla Espanol. Because of her families desire to have English to be the only spoken words in the home, she tells of how she grew up around few Latino’s. And that speaking Spanish reflected your social status of being poor, and that you where limited to a meager life of housekeeping and waiting tables. That even ambitions for ones future was frowned upon because of the language that her family denied to speak. This very thought by society is reflected in (3rd paragraph 489). “Your children are always behind, and you have the nerve to bring them
Peggy Orenstein proved this in her essay, "Learning Silence: Scenes from the Class Struggle," in which she did field research in junior high schools interviewing and observing the interaction of teachers to their students. I think the reason teachers unknowingly give more attention to a particular gender is because of the way that the teachers were brought up to think. The roles of each gender have already been laid out and embedded in the minds of the teachers from their own teachers and parents while growing up. I think that teachers have many preconceived notions of the gender relations of their students. The teachers unknowing pass the ideas that they learned as a child onto their students, who also do not realize that it is being done to them.
Miss Strangeworth wrote this letter to Helen and Dan Crane because she didn't agree with their parenting skills, so to Miss Strangeworth they were wrong. Throughout the whole story, Miss Strangeworth showed symbols that related to her malicious ways and how she felt she was better compared to the rest of her town. A symbol in the story that relates how Miss Strangeworth feels empowered in her town, was when she would always write her cruel letters. Miss Strangeworth would write the anonymous letters in her trimmed quill pen, although she had a gold-frost fountain pen. This is a symbol because Miss Strangeworth feels as the people who she is sending these letters to are not important enough to her to use the gold pen.
She comes across as showing high opinion and unfeeling, but Mamma sees even her admirable qualities as extreme and annoying. Her lack of knowledge concerning her family is symbolic of the black power movement's. She is embracing her roots where she come from, look down on her surroundings and believes herself to be above them. She is educated because she went to school in Augusta. When she return from school, she had a new identity and she change her name to Wagner.
This kind of treatment makes me feel powerless. I had no control over my parents teaching me Spanish but I suffer the consequences. I have had people question me and expect an explanation. It angers me that society feels like I need to explain why I do not speak another language. Then at times, I feel ashamed.