Analysis Of A Woman On The Wall

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¨A Woman on the Street¨ Walls describes her mother scrounging through a Dumpster in New York City (1). She mentions, "I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster."(1). The writer is a witness to her mother looking through a dumpster. "She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill and was picking through the trash." (2). Jeannette also describes her mother, by being able to recognize her mother 's body language (2). "Mom 's gestures were all familiar—the way she tilted her head and thrust out her lower lip when studying items of potential value that she 'd hoisted out of the Dumpster, the way her eyes widened with childish…show more content…
Jeanette mentions that her mom is homeless, and digs through dumpsters. On the other hand, Jeanette has Persian rugs, and a leather armchair in her apartment (6). The writer wears pearls, while her mom is searching for something to eat (6). Jeanette and her mother are extreme opposites because Jeanette 's mother enjoys being homeless, and Jeanette worries about her parents being homeless. It is difficult for the writer to enjoy her apartment, without worrying about her parents being homeless (6). Jeanette 's mother tells her not to worry about them, and to tell people the truth about her parent 's situation (26). The author mentions that her mom had grime on her neck and that she made an effort to fix herself up (9). The title, "A Woman on the Street," is an effective title for this selection because Walls does not mention who the woman is. Jeanette wants the audience to figure out who the woman on the street is. A title is a name given to a story to identify or describe it. I think the writer should have a title that describes the story better. I can offer alternative titles, including, "My Parents by a Dumpster," "My Homeless Parents," and "I 'm Ashamed of My

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