All characters in The Grapes of Wrath bear moment's of deep self disappointment; however, Ma does not create a chance for them to stumble. Instead, she protects her family from people who would try to break their spirit. For example, Rose of Sharon is approached by a religious woman, who panics her into believing that the baby she will have will be ruined for life. Ma Joad understandingly knows how easily ones spirit can
In the book Bread Givers we are given an insight of a father and daughter relationship that starts deteriorating because of the similarities and differences they possess. Azia Yezierska writes this novel in order to empower women and to give the reader an insider’s look of what it was to be an immigrant during the 1920’s. The main character of this novel, Sara Smolinsky, is a young girl in the beginning of the book, from an early age she shows her drive to gain more from life instead of moping around for charities. Even when she is the youngest in the Smolinsky family she shows great courage and never fails to give people her piece of mind. Later on in the book she discovers that in order for her to feel like a fulfilled person she needs to
As Alice had to grow up basically looking after her self and her younger siblings she learned that even if you do not have support you still need to follow your dreams and live you life. This is a large aspect to how Alice discovered herself. Alice's parents get extremely angry at her and blame her completely for the accident. This circumstance is a critical one on Alice's journey to self-discovery. Alice learns how protective and careful she has to be while looking after her brothers and sisters.
For example, in this passage we understand that Norah is struggling with the grief of her lost daughter and doesn't want to let go of her memory, "Phoebe she would keep alive in her heart." (88) It helps us understand the reasoning behind her actions of drunk driving, dreams of lost things, and escalated emotion at random as well as other actions the character demonstrates through out the novel. The deception of her daughter effects Norah and explains why she bought the camera,"...So he'd capture every moment, so he'd never forget. "(88) Norah doesn't want her husband, sister and not even neighbours to dismiss her daughter as unimportant. Norah's great pain because of the "death" of her child causes her to be scared of change, she wishes she could capture a happy moment, and stay in that moment-perhaps forever. "
She does not think about the evil man behind the gun but only that she needs to protect her papa. Many grown adults would never jump in front of a gun, even for their parents. They would be too scared and afraid to die, causing them to freeze. The courage that Lara shows, gives an example of her innocence in what is happening around her. As each one of us grows it seems that the courage that comes along with a child’s innocence is lost.
He was able to help bring my mother back to her children. In the beginning it was rocky getting to trust him, but eventually I began to trust them both. Today, I have back my nurturing, loving, and God fearing mother. In conclusion, a memory of heartache and tragedy no longer has a hold on my life. Witnessing my mother going through her struggles and overcome her addiction crack to gain her life and family back has helped me to see there is a future.
After taking all the actions from the grandmother and the Misfit into consideration, readers view that the grandmother naturally obtained grace and has given grace to the Misfit. As the grandmother continues to talk to the Misfit, she doesn’t realize how selfish and self-centered she is, all she wants to do was to save herself from danger. Throughout the whole story, there has been details about the cruelty and selfishness of the grandmother. She is a manipulator, she uses indirect actions to get satisfaction for herself. There's a part at the beginning of the story where the grandmother uses the kids to convince her son to turn back and go visit the old house she mentioned.
It not only changes our view on Addie, but our view on the novel as a whole. Addie's voice is imparative to the reader's outlook and while we can sense it through the voices of others, her chapter best sums up her mind. So, what if Addie's chapter did not exsist? For one, we would never have comprehended her mind and the way it twists around things like how she feels about her children and husband. We would have all thought of her as still the same loving mother who watches her son, Cash, methodically build her coffin not because she is ready and wanting soon to be in it, but because he is her son and she loves to see him work.
Silence becomes ordinary when courage is forgotten. The courage to speak up and the courage to live life the way one wants for him/herself is what breaks the silence. Most of the time, silence is learned and passed on by following the footsteps of a role model. From the stories we have read in class, every protagonist fights a battle of how to live their life outside the norms of their society. The character of Isobel in “Precious,” by Nalo Hopkinson, loses her voice, one of the most valuable treasures in her life, because she never stood up for herself.
The reader assumes that they are what they represent themselves as, only to learn that no one is how they seem. The transformation of each character provides the reader with an indication of the true character. Each character evolves from what seems flat into a three dimensional being with faults and strengths. While Mrs. Hopewell continues to live her life with blinders on, and Mrs. Freeman continues to interfere everywhere but neglects to see her own daughter’s faults, the characters of Manly and Hulga provide the reader with the sense that no one is as they seem. Hulga enters the relationship with Manly to teach him the ways of the world, and ends up learning an important lesson herself.