Culture and Women In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, and “How to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl or halfie” by Junot Diaz, both authors elaborate on culture, and how it shapes the outlook on women. In Jamaica Kincaid's “Girl” a mother enforces her cultures strong beliefs on appropriate female behavior onto her daughter. To do so, she displays her parental authority with a series of short commands influenced by her culture. A sense of naivety can be seen in the young girl after questioning her mother's request. The culture associated with “Girl” has a definite attitude towards women, believing they should live a modest, conservative lifestyle.
Anys and Mem provide Eyam with the “physic” that the villagers need, as well as the “best chance our women had of living through their confinements with healthy infants in their arms”. While her manner can be sharp, the sensitive care shows towards her patients is comforting. This is evident when Jamie is dying, and she effectively soothes his distress with her “tender and rhythmical” touch. Similarly, she brings “a calm kindness” to the task that few can match. Anys’ indifference to the opinions of others and emphasises that her freedom is more important to her than any relationship.
As we go through life, certain people and surroundings will have an impact on the way we develop our understanding about life that influences us for a lifetime. The influence of family and culture in our everyday lives has been a repetitive cycle in every generation. Jamaica Kincaid’s poem, “Girl”, provides clear insight of a mother’s lifelong advice to her daughter to guide her on becoming a commendable woman. In the poem, a parent appoints her daughter what to do and how to do it. Based on the mother’s tone in the text, she wants to create a mirror-image of herself to her daughter.
In The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd conveys the message that Lily learns to admire the little things in life and the people around her. With the loss of a mother at a young age a person’s life can significantly change, not always for the worst but also for the better. It can change the way someone thinks, handles problems, and control their emotions. This is the case with Lily Owens which loses her mother in a dreadful accident when she was only four years old. During her life journey she discovers many women to aid her and help her find herself.
Lisa Parker compares the simple touch to how the grandmother holds tomatoes under a spigot. This gives the idea that the grandmother knows how fragile the younger girl is and that she is very loving and understanding of the girl. Even when the girl is at college, she yearns to be home because she misses her grandmother. The younger girl cries into a quilt that her grandmother made her. An obvious love exists between the two characters, and the relationship is expressed throughout the entirety of the
Close Reading of a Poem Celissa Brooks Eng125 Karen Lawler March 26, 2007 Close Reading of a Poem Julia Alvarez’s poem Woman’s Work is about “the relationship between mother and daughter through the work that each performs.” (Barnet & Burto & Cain, 2011). Julia Alvarez tells a story from the point of view of the daughter, now a grown woman remembering her childhood. After reading this poem there are a few interpretations that one can make of Julia Alvarez’s thoughts and feelings about the relationship she had with her own mother, or the relationship between a mother and daughter, as the mother instructs her daughter. To communicate the meaning of the poem, Julia Alvarez uses several literary conventions and poetic devices, such as simile, imagery, alliteration, irony, and rhyme. Julia Alvarez was born in 1950, in a time where most women did not work outside of the home, and woman raised their daughters to be housewives.
Riley Walters October 26, 2014 “Everyday Use” Character Analysis The Character of Mama in “Everyday Use” Mama, the narrator of Alice Walker’s story, “Everyday Use,” is a strong, loving mother who is sometimes threatened and burdened by her daughters, Dee and Maggie. Gentle and stern, her inner monologue offers us a glimpse of the limits of a mother’s unconditional love. Mama is brutally honest and often critical in her assessment of both Dee and Maggie. She harshly describes shy, withering Maggie’s limitations, and Dee provokes an even more pointed evaluation. Mama resents the education, sophistication, and air of superiority that Dee has acquired over the years.
There is an example of each in the stories “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, and “Sex without Love” by Sharon Olds (Patick). In all three if these stories, there is a relationship between two individuals who seem to love each other but somehow one or both of the individual’s feelings change and there is no longer love in the relationship. Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” is an internal story told by the mind of a mother who reflects on choices that she made raising her now struggling daughter, Emily (Shmoop). Like all parents, Emily’s mother is infatuated with her daughter in the early stages of her life. Emily’s mother describes her as “a beautiful baby.
Women's roles in society have been drastically changing in the last hundred years. Gone are the days where women are regarded solely as mothers and wives. Nowadays a woman can be anything she wants to be, and do anything she wants to do. Yet this has not ended the typical expectations for women to be a beautiful, obedient wife and wonderful mother. This theme has been examined through poetry by Dorothy Livesay, Robert Browning, and Adrienne Rich, who all adapt different attitudes towards this subject.
I believe the author’s point of this story was to make the readers value their culture and traditions of their family and to understand how meaningful it is. In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to the older sister, Dee. "Dress down to the ground, in the hot weather. A dress so loud it hurts my eyes… Earrings gold, two, and hanging down to her shoulders. Bracelets dangling and making noises when she moves her arm… The dress is loose and flows, and as she walks closure, I like it.