June feels so pressured she decides to give up even before she really tries because her mother’s standards are so high. Also, because music is imposed upon June like a school assignment, she derives no joy from practicing. Suyuan believes she can bully her daughter into becoming the woman she would like her to become. In contrast to June, Waverley seems to have had an actual, instinctive interest in and gift for chess, which is why the exhibition of her prowess is so much more natural. For June, anxious to create her own, independent ‘American’ identity, resisting music and her mother becomes a potent source of self-definition.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read” Critic and editor, Francine Prose in her argumentative essay “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read” strives to encourage high schools to give more difficult books to students so they can learn and grow. “Given the dreariness with which literature is taught in many American classrooms, it seems miraculous that any sentient teenager would view reading as a source of pleasure”(Prose 89). Prose embraces an abrasive attitude towards her topic in order to introduce her purpose, and she uses ethos and logos to convey her message. Prose's essay begins with her giving background knowledge about herself to her audience. By being a parent, as well as a teacher this develops a sense of credibility and allows her audience to believe what she has to say.
Laura, Braggioni, Braggioni’s wife, and Eugenio are all guilty of betrayal. Starting off, Laura betrays her students who she teaches. The students in her school love her and are enthusiastic about learning from her teaching. “Children [write] on the blackboard, ‘We lov ar ticher’” (Porter 1695). However, Laura does not put all her commitment and passion into her teaching.
Character: Rose Mary: It is hard to take pity on Rose Mary because at this point in the novel she becomes very self-centered. Determined to be an artist, she declines paying jobs even when her family needs the money for survival. Rose Mary’s character also introduces larger concerns about occupations. She does not want to be a teacher or have a “real” job because she delights so much in the creativity and spontaneity of being an artist. This trait is extremely alarming, and is embodied in her own quote when she expresses that she’d rather spend money on paints to create a beautiful painting that could last forever instead of buying food that will only last fifteen minutes.
Her family is the only Korean family in Plainfield, and she doesn’t want to stand out as being “weird and Asian.” She wants to do “a nice, normal, All-American, red-white-and-blue kind of project.” Patrick knows that Julia is upset, but he doesn’t know why. Instead of telling him, she is hopeful that it will be very difficult to raise silkworms where they live, and they won’t be able to do the project. Julia continues to argue with her brother. Chapter 3-B Julia complains to Ms. Park about all the terrible things that are happening to her. Ms. Park points out that the main character has to have a problem or two, or there wouldn’t be a story.
For instance, Penelope was the pretty popular girl who had many friends, but Junior was the lonely kid everyone picked on in school. Therefore, she did not take the time to know who he really was. Furthermore, she has no idea that he was poor, so that particular stereotype did not color her opinion of him. Finally, another difference between them is that they both have different types of Parents. For example, her parents were racists because they did not allow their daughter to date Indians while he comes from an open-minded family who loved him dearly.
Journal Entry #1 I believe that the best character that symbolizes a mockingbird is Scout. I think that she best symbolizes a mockingbird because she is an innocent child yet all the adults want to make her more mature since they feel like she does not act like a woman. Scout only wants to play in the dirt and act like a kid but people in the town, especially Aunt Alexandra who moves into the their house to give Scout a feminine influence, do not believe girls should act that way even if they are a child. Scout does no harm to anyone yet the adults are killing her innocence and like Harper Lee wrote, “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The mockingbird symbolizes the innocence that Scout has and the fact that adults are trying to make her
As she suffers from finding a stable income and house for her family, Moody’s mother Toosweet encourages Moody to do well in school. However, her push to ensure Moody to succeed in school is only to prove to her husband Raymond’s family that her daughter is as smart as his family, not encourage Moody to attend college and fight for her rights. As a child, Moody was unaware of the oppression and inequality that African Americans had suffered. As she constantly questioned her concerns to her mother about the incidents that occurred, her mother always told her, “Just do your work like you don’t know anything” (Moody, 123). She realizes that her mother ignores the racial acts against her community and becomes alienated within her family as well as her community when she fights for her rights.
In paragraph four, Esperanza used a synecdoche to show that even though she inherited her great grandmother name, she did not want to follow the same path as her. Esperanza stated, “I have inherited her name, but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window “ (110). Her great grandmother was trapped in a compulsory marriage and longed for an escape. Esperanza was also teased at school she said, “At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth” (110). Meaning the kids at school had a difficult time pronouncing her
Se habla Espanol The most important part in this essay was when Ms.Barrientos was scared to be herself and scared to acknowledge her Spanish background because when she came to America, it was frowned upon. When she and her family came to America when she was three, her parents automatically started teaching her and her sibling English and never spoke Spanish to them. Ms. Barrientos didn’t like to be called Mexican. She felt it was an insult because all she wanted to be was white. She said that when she spoke her native language to help her friends and other people it didn’t matter if she messed up because they didn’t look at her differently, but as soon as she stumbled over a word while speaking to a Spanish person in Spanish she was looked down on.