The story ends with the girl socially positioned and accepted as a girl, which she accepts with some unease. The young girl in the story is struggling with finding her own gender identity. She would much rather work alongside her father, who was “tirelessly inventive” (Munro 328), than stay and work with her mother in the kitchen, depicted through, “As soon as I was done I ran out of the house, trying to get out of earshot before my mother thought of what to do next” (329). The girl is torn between what her duties are suppose to be as a woman, and what she would rather be doing, which is work with her father. She sees her father’s work as important and worthwhile, while she sees her mother’s work as tedious and not meaningful.
It leaves you questioning if this young girls mother is having a talk with her daughter about how to represent herself as a classy lady because she hasn 't done so in the past. Her mother states many times throughout the text that she 's trying to help “prevent you from looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming” (Kincaid 120). The text ends with the girl simply asking “but what if the baker won’t let me feel the bread”? (Kincaid 120). In which her mother scolds her “You mean that after all you are really going to be the kind of woman who the baker won’t let near the bread”?
Womanhood was a strong theme in the two essays as well. In My Mother Never Worked she understood the expectations as a lady to marry and raise a family. She even confronted the worry she felt towards this future for herself in the letters to her fiancé. She wrote, “ I have told you a dozen times I won’t be afraid of married life, but when it comes down to setting a date and then picturing myself a married woman with half a dozen or more kids to look after, it just makes me sick... I am weeping right now.” Later on in the narrative all the examples of hard work and sacrifice she does, like learning to garden and care for farm animals, sewing new cloths from scraps of cloth, and carrying buckets of water up and down miles
Make up with her, apologize, speak to her!” (Williams 938). Laura wants them to be talking again because that fight makes her mother anxious. Laura also feels a lot of pressure from her mother because she wants Laura to behave in a desire manner. Laura expresses that when she says to Amanda “Mother: I’m just not popular like you were in Blue Mountain….Mother’s afraid I’m going to be an old maid” (Williams 928). Amanda pressures Laura in many occasions and she tells Laura to be successful; this something that every mother wants for their children.
Women were discouraged to work outside of the home and often judged by the rest of society. Bobbie Ann Mason gives great examples of the duties expected by women of the time period and her grandmother is a perfect model of domesticity. At one point Mason talk about a conversation between her grandmother and mom. Mason’s mom, Christy, decides to go back to work, but her grandmother disapproves and says she should be home taking care of her girls (Mason, 116). Christy on the other hand is an example of the modern woman.
Maggie and her Mother were not used to this, and they were happy with the education that they had. Instead, Dee "read to us without pity; forcing words, lies other folks' habits, whole lives upon us two, sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her voice" (413) and tried t... ... middle of paper ... ...daries and what belongs to her. She seems to think that objects that are important in Mother and Maggie's life are just aesthetic pieces of art instead of real life tools. Her idea of reality became warped around the lack of respect she showed the rest of her family. The turning point in the mother/daughter relationship came at the end of the story, when Mother realized all of the horrible things her daughter was doing; not even necessarily doing intentionally.
When her and her mom got into a fight, she was thinking about how she wanted to yell at her mom and the next minute she was over at the table comforting her. This showed that she did care about her mother, even if her mother was kind of strict. She would go along with a lot of things that John said just because she didn't want to stand up to him. This showed that she didn't really have a backbone, and that she was easily pushed around. Lorraine can also be a comedian.
She is mad at her mother, her sister, and especially Pedro. She is the first one who rebelles against her mother; her mother was tries to get Tita to break, but she will not show any weakness when her mother is around. Since her mother has arranged Pedros and Rosaura’s marriage, t... ... middle of paper ... ..., in love etc, the people who eat her food will be affected by it. This book talks about how a young women named Tita who rebels against her mother, Mama Elena , for the better. She was the only person who was able to stand up to her.
As her children Ezra, Cody and Jenny grow up, they realize the relationship they had with their mother. Jenny regrets not standing up to Pearl and has grown up with an eating disorder. The eating disorder represents Jenny trying to make her own decisions, that of which she could not do when she was living with Pearl. Cody states, “You think we’re Family?” You think we’re some jolly, situation-comedy family when we’re in particles, torn apart, torn all over the place, and our mother was a witch,” (Tyler, 301). Pearl showed her family that love was not appropriate.
I was more of a rebel to what my community wants me to be. My mother focused on teaching her three daughter how to talk, walk, dance just to impress our future spouse the only problem that our community doesn’t allow women in presence of oth... ... middle of paper ... ...hysiological and health issue that they started and they can stop too. The article Fat is a Feminism Issue by Susie Obrach just assured to the will- power is in being who I am and fitting to my own standers. As Susie says “my fat says ‘screw you’ to all who want me to be the perfect mom, sweetheart, [and] maid. Take me for who I am, not for who I’m supposed to be.