Gwendolyn Brooks has pin pointed a few of the many life’s challenges and recreated the emotion that comes along each one. In the kitchenette building, the hopes and dreams of a young lady seem to vanish before they are even able to develop. In the mother, a mother goes back and forth with her struggle of her recent abortion; she deals with the heavy emotions of guilt, and blame by acknowledging the existence of her unborn child whom she loved. In a song in the front yard the struggle a young girl has with herself to want what the other kids have.
The short story “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is an example of a mother daughter struggle. From what I took from the story, the young mom herself had an extremely rough life. She had her daughter Emily at a young age and it did not end up picture perfect like she might have thought it would. Her mother had to work to support them, so she always sent Emily off to be cared by others. Sometimes she was sent far away and for a long period of time.
When Oprah lived with her mother in a poor, high crime neighborhood where her mother worked odd jobs and did not have time for her children. Oprah had been molested by family ‘’friends’’. This made Oprah behave poorly and she was sent back to her father where she started to be an intelligent young lady. Secondly, Oprah began to thrive with the help of her father.
Ruth describes LuLing’s death threats as “earthquakes” where she will be “upended and flung about, unable to keep her balance”(Tan, 2001, p.59). Even when Ruth grows up, her mother still threatens her “never ceased to grab her by the throat” (Tan, 2001, p. 111). Parallel to how mother’s shape their daughters, LuLing still has a huge influence on Ruth’s identity formation. Enduring her mother’s erratic behavior makes Ruth a reserved person who usually opts to keep her feelings to herself. In addition, Ruth’s relationship with Art deteriorates due to her over- accommodating, causing Art to take Ruth for granted.
Emily’s mother is just a teenager when she had Emily. She did not have the money or resources to take care of her, so she had to let Emily live with her grandparents for a couple of years before she could get Emily back. When Emily was two, her mother finally got her custody of her, but Emily is not the little girl she remembered. When the mother first had Emily, she described her as a beautiful baby (302), but it changed when Emily became sickly and got scars from chicken pox. The mother said, “When she finally came, I hardly knew her, walking quick and nervous like her father, looking like her father, thin, and dressed in a shoddy red that yellowed her skin and glared at the pockmarks.
I thought about my parents divorce, my aunt’s extremely abusive marriage of eleven years and why women, like me, tend to seek that silver lining when it comes to broken relationships. Cleofilas Engriqueta DeLeon Hernandez is the protagonist, the story is centered on her and how she handles life in a broken and abusive marriage. I get the impression that she is fairly young because Cisneros used the word chores to describe her duties around the house she would never return to after saying her vows to Juan Pedro Martinez Sanchez. Cisneros wrote, “…dream of returning to the chores that never ended, six good-for-nothing brothers, and one old man’s complaint” (246). This passage also shows a stereotype of some Spanish households without a wife or mother, the eldest female of the house has to assume that role.
Didion reflects on the quote at the time of impatience and frustration to refrain from blaming others for her husband’s death. The sudden death of her husband along with Quintana’s myriad health issues left Didion in an ultimate abandonment of the hope is reflected in Didion’s citation of Delmore Schwartz poem “Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day” when she has trouble solving the puzzle that leads to her self-pitiful wail “a motherless child.” Since
Imagined Lives in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is representative of how modern home life is perceive in many modern works of literature. The home is broken, and each family member survives only because of their dreams, which lie in a fantastic world. Amanda, Tom, and Laura's fantasies significantly affect how they interact with each other, and foreshadow the type of disappointment that each character faces at the end of this tragedy. Amanda, while living in the Depression, is still caught up in her youth. Her days are filled with dreams of Gentlemen Callers, multitudes of servants, and all the benefits of being a planter's daughter.
Events continue to occur where T.Ray proves he’s not a good fit for a father position in her life, and they eventually lead her to build a hatred for him, which will lead her on her journey to discovering more about her mother. “When T. Ray gives Lily a hard time about bird droppings on the floor, Lily realizes Rosaleen must lover her ‘beyond reason’ when she stands up to T.Ray and defends Lily’s pet.” (Hebert, 14). Rosaleen is a black woman who cares for the Owen’s household; she is the first character that acts as Lily’s mother figure. “At the beginning of the novel Lily perceives Rosaleen as a protector – someone who is willing to create a safer environment – something Lily desperately needs for her emotional growth.” (Herbert, 14). Rosaleen is portrayed as Lily’s defender against T.Ray.
The Glass Menagerie is based on a mother and her two children who live in a dream world away from society. Williams' play is drawn heavily upon his family life and experiences; they are very much parallel to the events that occur in Williams' life. Tom is modeled after Tennessee, an ardent poet who works in a shoe factory; Williams was passionate about writing, "He[Cornelius] saw that Tom devoted to his writing as unnatural for a boy his age… worse, Tom did not have companions among boys of his own age, not did he participate in sports. "(Leverich, 82). Tom tries to support his mother and sister by working in a shoe factory even though he dreams to become a poet.