I as a hispanic I feel that I have been labeled as a person that is here to steal the american dream from those who “deserve” it. I feel that first generation american are still labeled and characterized not only by the color of our skin but by the limitations we have to overcome. What I mean is that because of the fact that our parents are uneducated and illegal they are not able to get good jobs. These types of families are forced to live in bad neighborhoods with schools with little resource. When these families immigrate to the USA they bring with them their children and because of the way they enter the country they are forced to not seek citizenship.
Poverty is the main factor that stops people from doing what they wish they can do in life. This is when people don’t really know what to do to get out of poverty if they are poor. It is limiting the amount of things that people can get which includes anything out of their reach like an education, a school with with enough resources and good teachers, school supplies, etc. Without a proper education or with an income that can’t support people then they will be in poverty for the rest of their lives. For example, in the play, The Deaths of a Salesman the father, Willy Loman was a businessman even though it sounds like a good employment his family was still poor since his son would steal and didn’t focus much in his education.
In the Republic of Ireland, on the other hand, abortions are not readily available, even when the life of the mother is at risk. (Internet ) Obviously, ethics vary in different societies, and it would be naïve not to acknowledge this. Beliefs of different societies cannot be said to be “correct” or “incorrect”, because those judgments would imply that there is a universal standard of right and wrong. But a universal standard of right and wrong is not only difficult to articulate from an objective standpoint, it is theoretically bankrupt. Any individual who attempts to formulate an objective set of values will always fail, because the prism through which they analyze the world will inevitably be marred by their own experiences and perspectives.
Then, there is the man who had to drop of out school to get a job and take care of his mother. In our society, we don’t think about the other reasons why people are in poverty or homeless. We look at them with disgust and don’t want to help them. We say it is their fault. Our society does not realize how hard these people really do work to survive, and it is still not enough.
The conflict in this book is mostly driven by racism because the male and female characters are treated unequally since they are Negroes. At the beginning of the book, Van Morrisons’ family is introduced by Bailey because Bailey’s parents work for them. Although Mrs. Van is colored, she refuses to hire colored people as servants for her family because she feels that having any colored people working for her family cheapens her family’s appearance in her neighbors, who are mostly white people. However, “none of them neighbors is about to sit down and eat with her”(Naylor 7). From this detail, we can see that even though Mrs. Van is as wealthy as most of her neighbors, her family isn’t welcomed because they are black.
He can not afford to support both his children and his self, so he chooses his children and is forced to move around from house to house. Now he is homeless and rarely gets to see his children. This is just one of the few unknown side effects of the harsh enforcement of child support laws. While child support laws were created with good intent and are in effect to help divorced parents to provide for their children, there are many cases in which these laws cause more harm than good. Parents that are present and active in their children’s lives should not be forced by law to pay child support.
The Younger’s as a whole hope to make something of themselves and rise above the unspoken cultural limitations on black family unit of the period. The main character Walter ends up fronting the majority of the strain these challenges present on the family. As a result he alienates himself from the other members of the family and overtime becomes a harsh and negative person towards every other character. This presents a conflict of authority as Walter’s mother Lena (Mama) wishes to help guide the troubled family and met with resistance from her son. With the recent death of her husband she has seen order and stability in the family plummet and is more worried than ever about the direction the family is headed.
Welfare to Work: Does It Really Benefit Single Parents? When President Clinton signed the Personal Responsible & Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in August of 1996, it ended welfare as we know it. Under this reform, wages and earnings replaced welfare, but many critics felt only problems arose from this program. Welfare to work forces poor and single parents into jobs that do not supply sufficient living wages (Albelda 1). These single parents can never work enough hours to support their families because the jobs are often inflexible which is not a match for a single parent.
Several themes emerge in the story; however they all contribute to the main theme of alienation. The effect of financial pressure on social life, the struggle to satisfy family duties and the struggle for freedom; are all “secondary” themes that contributed to generate the “primary” theme of alienation. In the average family, parents try to recognize their children and treat them all equally, but that was not the case with the Samsas, where they recognized their son Gregor no more than a source of income. When Gregor was not able to work anymore after the metamorphosis, the family rejected his existence as a bug and he was neglected and treated with cruelty. The effect of financial pressure on Gregor’s social life took place before the metamorphosis, because Gregor has devoted all his effort and time into his job to serve the family’s needs, in the meantime he ignored his social life, which lead to an extreme sense of alienation.
The “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams shows a family facing economic and social hardships due to the father abandoning them. The father’s absence forces the rest of the family to fill roles that they wouldn’t be obliged to face if the father remained. The mother, Amanda, is a strong single mother who pushes her kids to be economically self-sustaining individuals. Amanda tries to impose her desires for her kids in a very direct and controlling manner which causes them to dislike her initiatives. The son, Tom, is the breadwinner for the family, however is dissatisfied with his situation due to his increased responsibilities.