She soon learns that her grandmother had washed them the night before, but they were still wet, and Mina fears she will not make it to Mass without wet sleeves. There is a mention of Father Angel not giving her Communion with bare shoulders. Mina is quite upset with her grandmother, the blind woman warns her “It’s a sacrilege to take Communion when one is angry”. This seems to make Mina move faster, and she is out the door soon after, without even washing her face. This is the first interaction where “God” is mentioned, along with a sense of guilt that the grandmother puts upon Mina, after Mina had put guilt onto the grandmother for washing the sleeves.
I never understood why they all hated me, at first I thought it was because my mother abandoned me when I was a baby with my grandmother, I found out later that they feared me for my po... ... middle of paper ... ...to face the stares and the whispers, like every Sunday. None of them knew why my grandmother was so adamant on me coming to the church so often, causing rumors to circle around her and I. But, I knew I had to make it into the church. I rubbed my eyes and tried my best to suppress any residual sobs, and crawled over the seat to get out of the car. With my feet on the ground I looked up and saw a group of mourners in all black huddled by the door.
I find this “reverse ancestor worship” troubling and conceivably damaging. Maxine’s mother sternly lectures that the little girl must not discuss the past of her aunt with others, but now she must wrestle with trying to comprehend what lead to the woman’s death. Unfortunately for Maxine, she suddenly became a part of the punishment and had no way around this when she was young. Why would Brave Orchid tell this story to her young daughter at such an innocent age? An unnerving, fogged story like this does not essentially help an innocent child guide herself through a moral decision.
In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Dee becomes angry with her mother because she won’t allow Dee to take quilts that she had already promised she would give to Maggie. I do not believe this feeling is justified one bit. The mother sent Dee to a school in Augusta for her to be happy since their house burnt to the ground, that must have been expensive; when Dee comes to visit is seems as if she has changed. Dee seems to be very unappreciative. Mama tells Dee that she has already promised Maggie they could be hers then asks “Why don’t you take one or two of the others?”(Walker160).
She goes down to get supplies for the Coffeehouse, hopefully seeing her childhood crush, Nathaniel. Matilda’s mother doesn’t approve of Nathaniel because she believes that he is going nowhere in life and won’t make enough money to support a family. Returning to the Coffeehouse, Matilda’s mother gets an invitation from the Ogilives, wanting them to join her for tea. Matilda can either stay home and do chores the whole day or go with her mother for tea. Matilda’s mother wants Matilda to go so she can set Matilda up with Mrs. Ogilives’ son, Robert.
One of the main things that Dee does to distance herself from her family, and tarnish part of her family’s tradition is the changing of her name Dee Johnson, to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, because she feels that it comes from “the people that oppressed me” (Walker 411). This act comes to Mama... ... middle of paper ... ...and Mama are indifferent to her rude remark. Maggie smiles though, in a way that lets the reader know that she has finally found a place in her mother’s heart. She does not feel as though she has lost out to Dee, but rather that Dee is the one missing out, because she has no concept of what really matters in life. Maggie and Mama do not have to go out and try to prove to the world how far they have come and cover up for their past like Dee.
Mt. Carmel Baptist is the mother church and she would feel separate from her connection to god if she does not have her attend to the school. T... ... middle of paper ... ...hat she does not obliges to what she said to her daughter on about staring to other people. She stared and looked at the teacher twice, which would demonstration that the mother does not like something about her. “Her lips are quivering,” said the daughter showing that her mother had tremble when she was talking to her.
This irony conjures up the readers’ curiosity about the following stanzas of the poem. Responding to her daughter, the mother tells the girl to go to church instead, for she fears that protests and violence will harm her daughter: “No, baby, no, you may not go/ For I fear those guns will fire/ But you may go to church instead/ And sing in the children’s choir” (lines 13-16). As an adult, the mother knows severe dangers of racial hatred outside her safe home, so she tries to protect her daughter from foreseeable risks. However, ironically, she suggests her daughter going to church, which eventually becomes the girl’s funeral anyway.
“Connie's mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over.” (Oats pg.1) She doesn’t really want to die, she just wants to get out of the situation of her mother constantly picking at her. Connie wants to get out of her parents house. “This place you are now—inside your daddy's house—is nothing but a cardboard box I can knock down any time.” (Oats pg.9) Connie doesn't live in a cardboard box it is referring to how shabby and small it looks. Connie’s mother feels that Connie is a nuisance. “Sometimes, over coffee, they were almost friends, but something would come up—some vexation that was like a fly buzzing suddenly around their heads—and their faces went hard with contempt.” (Oats pg.2) Even when they are trying to be civil and friendly her mother doesn’t care for her.
When Najin’s mother wants she to go to school in the church, her father does not really like her mother’s idea because he thinks the education girl cannot have a good marry. So when her father chooses a husband to her, he considers the conditions of his daughter, he states, “As his father and his father’s father would have wished, it was also his desire that his daughter be attached to an appropriately scholarly family. But damage had been done. He’d need a family liberal enough to accept a missionary-educated girl, yet traditional enough to subdue his daughter’s ambitions for more” (Kim 101). Her father decides to arrange the marriage for her to control her education but her mother disagrees to her father’s decision; therefore, Najin’s mother sends her secretly to Seoul to continue her education.