They wanted to spare their children and those who knew little about the holocaust from listening to their terrible stories.” In the efforts to save people from having to hear about the gruesome past, the survivors also lacked the resources to mentally recovery from the tragedy. People like Helen’s mother grew tired of the stories she’d try to tell to have her mother understand what happened. Her mother once said “I cannot understand why you always come back with those old stories. Forget those ties and what has happened. Nobody wants to hear or talk about this anymore.” In a way, I feel that Helen’s mother did not mean to sound as brutal as she did to Helen, but rather tried to tell Helen that life has to continue on and she cannot dwell on the pain of the
In an even more dysfunctional twist, Precious’s mother confesses to their social worker that she has hated Precious since the first time that her boyfriend expressed a sexual interest in their daughter, rather than her. Despite all the ways that Precious was victimized, she is hesitant to come clean. She is fearful of telling her teacher or social worker the truth about her home life or her children. This can be one of the most difficult phenomenon of child psychology to understand. Having been a victim of maltreatment for as long as she would be able to remember, Precious would have a diminished view of what she should have been able to expect from her parents.
For many characters it is challenging to see through Yanna’s false appearance, but that was not the case for Sol. Sol “saw, a broken life, a frightened woman, a marriage that would bind him-however briefly-to grief” and therefore, regrets, agreeing to marry Yanna (Richler 7). Sol’s consent for marriage to Yanna causes him greater regret as his brother’s and niece’s lives are ruined as a result of this arrangement. Yanna pretends to be a loving mother and wife but truly she is not. Years later, when Ruth finally meets her mother Yanna, she finds out that her mother is also apologetic for the way her false appearance affected her first family.
I do not blame you, young Lily … forgive me for not being in your life…bring justice to my daughter’s death… she tried to be the best mother she could… sorry you didn’t know sooner… Be safe… They just kept flooding in, and even through the fear of the men she had to escape, she had to pause to take in her startling realization. Had that truly been her grandmother?
She wants to end her life because she is miserable and feels she is making her family miserable. Although she believes this will end her life the cardiologist and primary care physician know that is not necessarily true. This could be a much longer process than she may think. Now the ethics consultant has been asked to meet with Dorthea and her family regarding the ethical/moral issues and medical rules about this dilemma. Examining the Facts Dorthea is a 69 year old woman who until about 5 years ago was healthy.
This story made me think about bullying and how it can really affect the life of many people. Precious was never educated the right way her whole life she was scared and hurt, she soon just gave up. When she went to Miz Rains class she felt like there she could finally be herself and people there actually cared about her. Being that she got pregnant with two kids by her father was horrifying and the fact that her mother treated her even badly is was sorry. I think the moral of this story is that you should never give up on life because there’s always a breakthrough.
Poor Emily received little attention when attention was needed, allowing us to condemn the mother for her actions. At the same time we understand her because in the past 19 years there were certain situations that they endured where she had no control, leaving her helpless. What we see in the mother from the beginning is guilt, guilt about neglecting Emily. After a concerned phone call about her daughter, anger caused by guilt buried within herself emerges “who needs help…you think because i am her mother I have a key...there is all that life that has happened outside of me, beyond me.” The mother is defensive and outraged about this phone call at first but shortly after we see the guilt. We find ourselves asking why does she act this way and how is guilt associated with the way she acted?
She continuously struggled since who she once was had changed in certain physical aspects leaving her to start from a lesser version of what she expected to be. Clara reveals that she often felt alone and incapable of doing more because of the way she was viewed as well. Her family would pick up her slack or assume that she couldn’t handle many situations giving her no chance to grow. She was often embarrassed but turned this research process into a therapeutic process that helped her see the light at the end of the tunnel. It took a long time for her to believe in herself again, against what others may see her as.
A powerful statement within the article reflects this in a way few people understand. Libby the mother of Amanda says is always expecting “her daughter to die, sacrificing her sanity to save her, and doing most of it alone. She rarely talked to her ex-husband about Amanda’s addiction; her current husband was patient and supportive, but sometimes, as Amanda’s mother, Libby felt that the responsibility was mostly hers.” (Saslow, 2016). Some many American families suffer through loved one’s addiction. Addiction is not easy to cope with when you are the parent, spouse, sibling or a friend of the addicted person.
I was torn by Harry’s negative thoughts. Harry (2010) states, “You are beautiful, but if you’re going to hang around and give me trouble, I’d rather you died (p. 4). In addition, she did not see her daughter for the first 24 hours! A mother’s love for her daughter should always be unconditional. Riding along Harry’s roller coaster of emotions, I was sad and mad at first but then I became understanding of her feelings.