Unfortunately, her mother nagged at her all the time about how she thought she looked and a constant comparison to her older sister. Per in the short story, “Her mother, who noticed everything and knew everything and who hadn 't much reason any longer to look at her own face, always scolded Connie about it. "Stop gawking at yourself. Who are you? You think you 're so pretty?"
The stepmother is not at fault here, her only intentions were to make sure her daughter stays happy and for that she kept ignoring and treating Beauty poorly. And before she could realize it she had turned into an ungrateful stepmother who did not like her stepdaughter at all because she was so involved in her daughter 's happiness. Since the entire neighborhood knew about Beauty and Pock Face it was evident that one was looked upon as pretty while the other addressed as ugly. Any mother cannot tolerate the consistent rejections of proposals that Pock Face got. Therefore the stepmother took this step and chose Pock Face over Beauty in
However, even Joy's mannerisms prove unsatisfactory to her mother. Mrs. Hopewell thinks that her daughter is rude. Consequently, she feels obligated to offset Joy's poor behavior by being extra hospitable and courteous to visitors. Also, Mrs. Hopewell refuses to take any pride in her daughter, even though Joy has become an extremely accomplished woman by going to college and earning a degree in psychology. As a result, the relationship between Joy and her mother beco... ... middle of paper ... ...omeone, whoever it may be.
In the first place, her egocentric and her superficial attitude, which she seems to have because of her fragile and instable adolescence, is one of Connie’s weak traits. Connie blindly believes in herself. She is not conscious of her mother’s and her sister’s attitudes toward her. The relationship between her and the rest of the family suffers as a consequence of her megalomania. For example, when Connie’s mother notices the excessive way she pays attention to her appearance and attractiveness, she points out her concerns to... ... middle of paper ... ...arie Urbanski believe that Connie leaves with Arnold Friend because she is, ‘’bowing to absolute forces which her youthful coquetry cannot direct-absolute forces over which she has no control’’ (Clifford).
Her mother gives the impression that Maggie is ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs that the fire left her with. Maggie is the younger of the two daughters. It seems as though she is still very naive and gullible. Maggie is uneducated like her mother and her lack of education has a lot to do with her character. Mama is able to persuade and control Maggie because she does not know any better.
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty presents Wanda Fay on the surface as selfish, manipulative, insecure, thoughtless, shallow, spoiled, and flighty as well as thoughtlessly and carelessly cruel. On the contrary, it wasn’t difficult for me to see Fay as a victim of her family and her upbringing, the elite class of Mount Salus, and her own personal aspirations. Throughout the novel, even though I despised Fay and her weaknesses I did feel sorry for her. Her apprehension discovering that her family was downstairs when she finally decided to leave the bedroom to see her husband, the Judge’s, body for the last time showed me that she had probably hoped to escape her family by marrying the Judge, only to discover that she was forced to confront them when the Judge passed away and no longer ‘belonged’ to her. The Optimist’s daughter is a deliberate metaphor for society.
In the second stanza, Piercy describes the girl as healthy, intelligent, and strong (7-8). Yet these positive equalities alone, could not keep people from criticizing her, so the girl feels inferior. “She went to and fro apologizing,” which demonstrates her collapse of confidence with the people she is surrounded with, who kept putting her down (10). She gives in to the hurtful things people say about her: “Everyone [kept] seeing a fat nose on thick legs” (11). The girl thus lets people push her in the direction of society’s standard of beauty, instead of affirming her own unique beauty.
Everyday use is a story about the relationship between a mother and her two daughters. In the story we find out that Mama (the narrator) has a certain distaste of her daughter Dee. This dislike probably stems from the fact that Dee shuns her family. Because of Dee`s lack of respect toward her family, Mama favors her other daughter, Maggie, over Dee. Maggie is regarded as a little less brighter than her sister, but is shown to be more humble.
Jing Mei cannot begin to understand what an ideal mother is, because of the complexity of humans. Is a perfect mother someone who is overworked and thus absent or someone overbearing and a perfectionist or easily persuaded and thus unfair? In the stories: Two Kinds by Amy Tan, I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen, and Everyday Use by Alice Walker, the notion of reconciliation between mothers and daughters is explored. Forgiveness made through both daughters and mothers being able to understand and accept the reasoning behind a mother’s actions, which, as young girls, the daughters unfortunately misunderstood. In the story Two Kinds by Amy Tan, Jing Mei’s mother’s obsession with making Jing Mei a prodigy is the cause of destruction in their relationship but, once Jing Mei begins to understand her mother’s reasoning, the enabler for their reconciliation.
Her behaviors throughout the story allow her to be rewarded at the end, permitting her to live a happy life in a castle filled with clothes. Likewise, in the story, the step-mother was stated to be a woman who “…was never satisfied…” with anything the young maiden would do for her. She was shown to give the young maiden tasks only because she wanted to see how far she could push her step-daughter. Due to her behavior, the step-mother ended up with a... ... middle of paper ... ...d that the mother wasn’t, she fell down a trap door and died. Moreover, the use of wishes was shown as a way of wanting something to come true.