Eliza's children were not fond of Betsy and she did not care much for them either. Those children watched out for each other and Elizabeth, Mary's oldest sister, took on her mother?s role. Mary started to become more independent just like her older sisters.Soon the Todd family moved into a new home in Lexington, which was yet another difficult change for Mary. Mary found an escape from the family problems in 1836. She was 18, and had completed boarding school and was now leaving home.
Kathryn White said, “The Bronte children felt the loss of their mother keenly, for though they never really remembered her. Her absence in their lives is reflected in the number of orphaned and motherless children who were featured in their early writings and novels.”(21) Despite the fact Emily never knew her mother; she characterized Catherine Earnshaw as having a similar sentiment about being more attached to the earth than to Heaven. (White 19). In November 1824, Patrick Bronte felt that his daughters needed a proper education so he sent his girls to Clergy’s Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge. This school was rigid, had poor hygiene, and lack of a good diet.
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 has two older half-siblings on her mothers side that she has never met. Almost immediately after giving birth, Gladys Mortensen brought Norma to live with Ida and Albert Bolender, who raised her until she was seven years old. It isn’t clear why Gladys had someone else raise her little girl, but being a single mother working in the Great Depression wasn’t easy. Others believe she simply didn’t have the interest or commitment to raise a child. In 1933, after Norma’s 7th birthday, her mother took her back from foster care and decided that she would try raising her on her own.
Sarah Grimké struggled against the dictates of her family, society and religion. Sarah grew up in a large family, her father was a Jurist and her mother overlooked the home and yard work. Sarah had a certain standard which she was expected to mold into the perfect Southern Belle who marries a well off lad from a respected family, but Sarah had issues filling the mold. It all began when Sarah witnesses Miss Rosetta, a family slave, get whipped. This experience scared Sarah in one of the worst ways it made he go muted for several weeks, and once she got her voice back she had a stutter.
Hurston and her step mother were constantly fighting and she decided she had to leave. Her dad john made her work for whit people in the neighborhood. None of it worked out so well for Hurston she said she "I wanted books and school.” (Lawless, Elaine J.) In Their Eyes Were Watching God she lives in the headship of her grandmother and in the story her grandmother is referred to as Nanny. Her grandmother is a slave for this white family.
With his co-workers, Ashley gave in to the governor's demand to dismiss the letter. Hannah Ashley on the other hand was known for her unpredictable temper, once throw... ... middle of paper ... ... the court costs. The brief court records do not reveal the legal arguments or evidence presented, but later Sedgewick descendants boasted that Theodore Sedgewick had invoked the Massachusetts constitution to argue that slaver could not exist in the state. Bett chose a new name to go with her freedom, and that was Elizabeth Freeman. She left Colonel Ashley’s employ and became a paid housekeeper in the Sedgewick family, eventually raising his ten children when the mother developed a mental illness.
“A New England Nun” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman’s struggle with the commitment of marriage after waiting fourteen years for her fiancee to return from Australia, where he stayed to support her. Freeman’s character, Louisa, constantly works on domestic house activities alone in her home. Joe’s entrance caused disruption in Louisa’s organized life. Louisa discovers that life is not what is seems and decides to become a nun. Although many feminists at the time rejected domestic house chores as a way to free themselves, Freeman shows her character embracing her domestic chores as a way to indulge in her solitude.
Similarly Anne Shirley a young orphan who arrived at the door steps of her new foster home was rejected by Marilla a well-respected women “You don’t want me!” she cried “You don’t want me because I’m not a boy” (L. Montgomery, 25). A boy was needed in Marilla and Mathew’s point of view for the help of care taking of the farm due to Mathew, Marilla’s brother becoming old and awfully sick. However finally Marilla and Mathew accepted Anne and began teaching her the role of a civilized w... ... middle of paper ... ...(Campbell, 33). She has passed many stages in her life where she would want to end her life and die in piece but due to what her father had said she struggles to recover her life. On the other hand, Anne is a childish girl who cannot control her tears; she cries out all her feelings which Marilla her foster mother puts it as going against her gender role in the society.” I’m afraid you both cry and laugh far too easily” (L. Montgomery, 49).
Her father, didn’t have enough love in his heart to hold on to his daughter, she was casted out of the house by her estranged father; in addition, to being neglected Hurston, dealt with the periodic moving, against society expectations Hurston survived her harsh childhood. At the age of thirteen, Zora Neal Hurston’s life came to a halt. The woman who she would look to for understanding, support, protection and encouragement, her mother, died. From that point she had no direction in her life. She started writing just to keep herself from emotional and physical loneness.