Her parents meet at a social gathering in town and where married shortly thereafter. Marie’s name was chosen by her grandmother and mother, “because they loved to read the list was quite long with much debate over each name.” If she was a boy her name would have been Francis, so she is very happy to have born a girl. Marie’s great uncle was a physician and delivered her in the local hospital. Her mother, was a housewife, as was the norm in those days and her father ran his own business. Her mother was very close with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. When her grandmother was diagnosed with asthma the family had to move. In those days a warm and dry climate was recommended, Arizona was the chosen state. Because her grandma could never quite leave home, KY, the family made many trips between the states. These trips back and forth dominated Marie’s childhood with her uncles and aunts being her childhood playmates.
Marie, who is a product of an abusive family, is influenced by her past, as she perceives the relationship between Callie and her son, Bo. Saunders writes, describing Marie’s childhood experiences, “At least she’d [Marie] never locked on of them [her children] in a closet while entertaining a literal gravedigger in the parlor” (174). Marie’s mother did not embody the traditional traits of a maternal fig...
Anne Gray Harvey Sexton was a famous poet and playwright of her time. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts. Her father was Ralph Harvey who was a successful woolen manufacturer. Her mother was Mary Gray Staples. She was an unwanted third daughter in the family. She was raised in a middle-class environment. Her life remained uneasy due to the fact that her father was alcoholic and her mother has been frustrated by family life. Fighting with her tough family environment, Anne found peace in tying a close relationship with her maiden great-aunt, Anna Dingley, whom she used to call ‘Nana’. Whatever Anne could not share with her parents, she used to discuss with Nana. Anne went through difficult situations because of her parents. She faced a hostile behavior from them and feared that they might abandon her. Later, Nana’s death also gave Anne a big trauma (Sexton 3).
In her strikinglywell-kept yard, Mama Johnson and her daughter Maggie await the arrival of Maggie’s sister Dee, who went off to become successful in a big city. Dee’s always been the daughter to shine brightest considering the fact that Maggie was severely burned and scarred in a house fire. The fire scarred Maggie physically andhad “likewise scarred her soul” (Velasquez).Maggie’s scars caused her to feel self-conscious and inferior to hersister Dee. Mama expects Dee’s visit, to be like those reunions she sees on shows including the show with a “sporty man like Johnny Carson” (Walker 715).To Mama’s surprise her daughter’s visit happens to be a tragicmoment when Dee becomes greedy and asks for items from the house to use as decor in her city home. Dee’s lack of understanding family heritage causes Mama and Maggie to be faced with family
Being essential to the characteristics of a few of the main characters, Evelyn Couch, Ruth Jamison, and Idgie Threadgoode. While during one of Evelyn’s usual nursing home visits, she happens to strike a conversation with an old kind card of a woman (Ninny Threadgoode) who happens to brighten her day with the telling of stories from the past. As she begins Ninny recounts tales of her sister-in-law Idgie a young free spirited girl who always seemed a cut above the rest, but however, differed from others in the sense that after her older brother Buddy’s untimely death she began to close herself off to others around her. While before then was always different as she was a girl who enjoyed rough, noisy activities traditionally associated with
“When you were white, you could do anything in Alabama,” says Ann Lyons with shrug as she responds the our question of whether or not racial problems affected her family directly. She goes on to explain that the only real resistance came from her more distance relatives who were embarassed by her family's very public stand against segregation. Alabama wasn't an intimidating place for a young, white girl to grow up, and as a young Durr, Ann was part of an affluent family that stayed very involved in the community. “I was very blessed to have wonderful parents,” she says with a smile. Her father, Clifford Durr, was a successful lawyer at a firm in Montgomery, and her mother, Virginia Durr, was a well known activist during the Civil Right Movement. Because of his frustration with executives in his firm, Mr. Durr resigned and moved his family north to Washington D.C. after an invitation from his brother in-law, a senator in Alabama.
The relationship between Sethe and her mother was virtually nonexistent, which has her compensating for it at every turn. She didn't see her mother "but a few times out in the fields and once when she was working indigo" (72). Nan, a one-armed wet nurse, tells Sethe of her and Sethe's mother's voyage across the middle passage and about how her mother "threw all of them away but you" (74). She killed all of her children that were of white fathers, but kept Sethe because she was of...
In the 1840’s, the Perkins’ family worked in the brick-making factory, and they were wealthy for a short period of time. Many businesses collapsed and were bought out, so the wealth didn’t last long. In 1870, the Perkins’ turned to dairy farming to get their money. Shortly after, Frances’ father, Frederick married a woman by the name of Susan Bean. On April 10th, 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts Fannie Coralie Perkins was born. In 1884, when Fannie was four years old, Frederick and Susan had a second child, Ethel (Downey 7). Fannie was very close to her family her entire life. She often spoke of ancestors, she adored and their ways of thinking helped her when she had to make big decisions later on in her life.
From a very young age, Bone was sexually abused by her step-father, Glen Waddell. Like Bone, Dorothy Allison also suffered abuse from her step-father, starting at the young age of five years-old. During the time of the novel, and until recent years, it was unthinkable to speak of any sort of abuse outside the household. Throughout history, children have been victims of abuse by their parents or other adults, and fo...
Myrtle’s ambition proves to be her fatal flaw in being the tragic hero. The goal of her ambition is to lead her to a higher social status. In pursuit of her ambition she expresses that her husband, George Wilson, serves as an obstacle since he is in the opposite direction of where she wishes to be. She expresses disgust in George for committing actions that are considered lowly by her standards. She was particularly unenthused with her husband after it is revealed that “he borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married” without telling her. (35) She expresses her marriage as regretful, which illustrates her ambition to strive for better, being Tom. Essentially it illustrates that she would rather be treated with little respect to achieve status, rather than to be treated with respect without status. Myrtle not only exudes her ambition through her pompous attitude, but also in the manner in which she carries herself. She is a young woman in her “middle thirties, and faintly stout, but (carries) her surplus flesh sensuously,” and although she is not attributed with beauty she is somewhat charismatic. (25) The way in which she carries herself may be considered sexual, and her persona is alluring for men such as Tom. Her seducing persona illustrates her ambition in being a temptress in order to move up the social ladder.