The article “Maya A Precious Prism” by Maitefa Angaza states that at the age of eighty-six Maya Angelou still believes that everyone needs to be satisfied with everything in the world. Maya was nominated with a Treasures National Literary Resource and poetic visionary in the year of 1993 also receiving the National Medal of Arts. Maya was known for her poetic voice, wisdom, confidence, and leadership making her one of the best writers. Angelou is a very well-known woman. She went from having nothing to becoming an artist, dancer, madam, teenage mother, poet, a queen a multimillionaire and becoming nominated for Tony and Emmy as well as receiving a Grammy. A lot of places have been named after her such as streets, schools, and children.
When Winterbourne first meets Daisy, he is willing to accept her for the vivacious young American girl she is. Although Daisy's customs are not what are expected of young girls in European society, Winterbourne is charmed by Daisy and her original ideals. He defends Daisy to the aristocracy, claiming that she is just "uncultivated" and is truly innocent. As the story progresses, Winterbourne finds himself questioning Daisy's true nature in comparison to the standards of European society. Winterbourne's opinion of Daisy changes from acceptance to condemnation as his tolerance of cultural standards is clouded by the prejudices of the European aristocrats.
"Why can't you dress like a woman?"... "...What are you trying to make me look like in this town?" He trembled with the thought of the white men in the bank- the men who helped him buy and mortgage houses- discovering that this raggedy bootlegger was his sister. That the propertied Negro who handled his business so well and who lived in the big house on Not Doctor Street had a sister who had a daughter but no husband, and that daughter had a daughter but no husband. (20)
Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy is a Bildungsroman centering on the self-invention of the title-character, who is a young immigrant woman from Antigua. As part of this process, Lucy, as a character, struggles against the various forces of her mother, her past and her even her femininity at a very personal level, thereby setting up a series of conflicts seen throughout the novel. Lucy as a text, however, adds another layer to these conflicts. By grounding these widely different conflicts in Lucy’s overarching struggle to assert her individuality by differentiating herself from the masses, the text sets up these conflicts as a struggle against the blurring of boundaries between Lucy and others, which then becomes the principal force Lucy must struggle against to re-invent herself as an individual.
The natural landscape and the winter storm in “The Painted Door” serve as a metaphor for Ann`s sense of isolation. The prescription of isolation upon an individual can prove to cloud one's view of the realistic world. Ann is not pleased with her life. She and her husband John live in a remote surrounding distant from populated settlements in which creates a sense of complete isolation. This separation mirror reflects the emotional and physical distance presented between Ann and John. “ In the clear, bitter light the long white miles of prairie landscape seemed a region strangely alien to life”...” The indicated proves to have only intensify Ann`s state of mind. “He was a slow unambitious man, content with his farm and cattle…”. John is
She later goes on to make a new friend named Greg who is a newly open homosexual and goes to a gay club and dances with him and takes note of “what it is like to act sexually in the world”(P. 202) and then later goes on to become friends with a grouble of transvestites and again helps her gain another view of the world to continually shape her identity and her sense of beauty and love in the world through many different
... separate from her home, a situation Relph called “existential outsideness,” as she goes through therapy at the inpatient rehab facility. As the intervention plan is developed, and tailored to Martha’s environmental demands, goals, and routines, she will begin to regain her sense of existential insideness. This will fully be restored when she returns home. The value of place to Martha, physically, socially and autobiographically, requires an Occupational Therapist to understand her home environment, keep her meaningful occupations in mind, and remember her roles as an occupational being.
She uses imagery to juxtapose her conflicting viewpoints about her home and her current life as described as, “mango trees fruited in the rough asphalt of upper Broadway” (6). This is used as a paradox to fully understand how she carries on her home in India to her home in Manhattan.
One can achieve happiness by living their dream. In the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes, Hughes describes what happens to a dream that is not seized. “What happens to a dream deferred?” is the overall idea that Hughes wants to be understood from his poem; his choice of syntax, describing the dream as “[dried] up like a raisin in the sun” (Hughes). In order for someone to be happy and thus successful, Hughes feels that they need to live their dream. To Hughes, a dream not lived is wasteful and ultimately adds to the negativity in life. Additionally, in the story Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris’s whole life culminates into the brief time he spends in Alaska; however, Chris’s short experience in the wild is what he feels made his life enjoyable.
The short story, What I Have Been Doing Lately by Jamaica Kincaid, in my perspective was a representation of two cultures. This story focuses on the two cultures that Jamaica Kincaid came from and also the change in location. What I Have Been Doing Lately, I believe, is a story about how Jamaica feels about the change of scenery when she moves from Antigua to Vermont. The story talks about how the cultures are different but it also captures what it feels like to be homesick.
She describes her current world as cold and gray compared to her warm and colorful memories. The cold air and the weak sun, “trying to shine” (21) emphasize her unpleasant first impression of her new situation. She had put on a “gay dress made out od madras cloth‒the same sort I would wear if I were at home” (24-25), and her tone implies her excitement in finally being able to live in a better place. The change in mood from the dreary January weather to the gay sundress from the Caribbean highlights her discomfort and conflict with her
Comparatively, her father’s worries make her “nervous” and fearful of change, clinging on to the comfort and familiarity provided to her by her former home. The author’s usage of first person narration allows us to visualize the internal conflict that exists between Mona wanting to accept this change, and her sheer hesitation at the thought of becoming and adult. Mona’s transition from a state of reluctance into a state of acceptance is paralleled by the setting. Initially, “the blank walls” of her new home are “white and empty,” once she is “all settled in,” each “drawer ha[s] a purpose.” Similarly, upon moving in to her new home, Mona feels a sense of emptiness and longing, as she misses her parent’s home; this sense of longing is most clearly signified through Mona’s repetitive “knock[ing] on the trunk” of a tree gifted to her by her
The idea of a person “transforming” can be interpreted in numerous manners: the transformation of someone’s personality, the physical alteration from a child to an adult, or even the change in a person’s perspective of life. When an object transforms, it morphs from one figure into a completely different shape. Similarly, when a person undergoes a transformation, he or she unequivocally alters from one type of person to a different one. In Mary Oliver’s poem, “Singapore,” the traveling woman can be interpreted either as a woman who merely obtains an unimportant discovery or as a woman who is transformed by her encounter with a janitor who unearths a profound discovery regarding the beauty of every life. Though at first readers might assume that the poem simply recounts a story of a woman in an airport, after a complete analysis one can perceive the internal transformation of the speaker as she contemplates her views of both the world and herself.
The selected passage from Jamaica Kincaid’s novel Lucy: A Novel emphasizes an explicit conflict between the narrator’s immediate and expected joy over being able to experience relative luxury for the first time against the implicit force of her inner schock and realization of her past situation as it ties into and shapes her identity and perspective of the world at large. The first paragraph details the specifics of her past situation through direct thoughts of the reader and her way of describing the luxury she’s in as presented through slightly clumsy, almost uncomfortable syntax, whether she “got into an elevator, some [she] had never done before,” (1-2) or when she was “eating food just taken from a refrigerator.” (3) She says that the experience in the apartment, compared to her home, “was such a good idea that [she] would grow used to it and like it very much.”