‘Are you all right, darling?’ she asked over and over as she worked me free. The reader also sees a definite change to Auntie when she hands Scout her overalls, ‘the garments she most despised.’ She blames herself for the attack and shows care and tenderness in the final crisis. Both Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra are important role models to Scout and Jem at the end of this novel. Especially Aunt Alexandra as she shows the children that there is hope in Maycomb for people to alter their ways and views like she’s started to achieve in the last few chapters to this book. Jem and Scout don’t have a mother figure in their lives but Miss Maudie acts as a feminine role model, helping Atticus to guide them towards the right understanding of life.
Dee thinks she is better than the rest, she wants to leave her family and heritage behind because she feels like they aren’t as sophisticated as she is. She tries to force "other folkways habits" on Mrs. Johnson and Maggie. In the story, you see how mama narrates that she pressed them with the serious way she reads, only to shove them away at the moment they seemed about to understand(10). Dee acts superior to her mom and Maggie and also treats them like dimwits because of their illiteracy. I think its best that one is intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy because they are different.
Not only did the mother’s good intentions bring about failure and disappointment from Jing Mei, but rooted in her mother’s culture was the belief that children are to be obedient and give respect to their elders. "Only two kinds of daughters.....those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind!" (Tan1) is the comment made by her mother when Jing Mei refuses to continue with piano lessons. In the end, this story shows that not only is the mother-daughter relationship intricately complex but is made even more so with cultural and generational differences added to the mix. Work Cited Tan, Amy.
Keeping this in mind, Lee does illustrate one character in TKAM as extraordinarily anti-women’s equality, Aunt Alexandra. Alexandra has a strict interpretation of southern society and wholeheartedly believes that a good woman is a housewife who fulfills her duties to her husband. However, Scout is generally impervious to her aunt’s views and retains the personality seen throughout the novel, a tomboy. Consequently instead of viewing both gender’s as respectable, which Scout would not have done under Alexandra’s instruction either, young Scout views femininity as a weakness. This ill view of her own biological identity is further strengthened by Jem, another evil male in Lee’s mind, who convinces Scout, “that girls ... hated them…” ( Lee 54).
When she does not find it, Joy begins to believe that she is unworthy of anyone's admiration. This basic premise allows for Manley Pointer to easily win Joy's trust. Flannery O'Connor includes this string of events in order to show the significant role parents play in developing their children's self-esteem, as well as reveal that even though Joy Hopewell begins to believe that she is not beautiful, she continues to long for unconditional love. In this story, Mrs. Hopewell constantly criticizes the way her daughter looks and acts. Even to her, Joy is not beautiful.
Madame Ratignolle, Edna’s friend, maintains quite a different air about her. She possesses the dependent attitude which the Creole society seems not only to encourage, but in some aspects requires. Although Edna loves her children dearly, and in spells needs them with fervor, she was more accustomed to leaving them with the nanny or a friend rather than looking after them herself. She would give anything for her children, but she would not give of herself. In an age of expected domestic dependence, Edna’s rejection of her obligations as a mother and a wife go against the tacit rules of the world in which she lives.
Encourages empathy Empathy is essential to maintaining healthy relationships and to developing a deep understanding of people's needs. Those who do not empathize may seem narcissistic and have an inability to form strong bonds. A mother who shows no empathy cannot make sense of her daughter's unique perspectives and the two are sure to clash. The daughter may in turn give in to her mother's insatiable sense of control and feel devalued and worthless. An empathetic mother demonstrates her love by listening to her daughter's needs and not condemning her.
The short story Girl written by Jamaica Kincaid is a mother’s compilation of advice, skills, and life experience to her daughter. The mother believes that her offer of practical and helpful guidance will assist her daughter in becoming a proper woman, and gaining a fulfilling life and respectable status in the community. Posed against the mother’s sincere concern for her daughter’s future is Sir Walter’s superficial affection to his daughters in the novel Persuasion written by Jane Austen. Due to his detailed attention for appearance and social rank, Sir Walter has been negligent to his daughters’ interests and fails to fulfill his responsibility as a father. Throughout both literary works, the use of language and tone towards persuasive endeavors reveals the difference in family dynamics and the success of persuasion on the character’s transformation.
Dee explains that the other name did not suit her. Now even though Mother reluctantly goes along with this new name, it is obvious that she is not used to changing names, especially if it is one of great family importance. Another character that that has a hard time changing along with Mother is Maggie. When Mother sent Dee to a good school where she could get a very good education, Dee used to come back and try to teach her lowly, uneducated family members. Maggie and her Mother were not used to this, and they were happy with the education that they had.
During their short-term superficial friendship Maureen does not fail to point out that Pecola looks like a movie character that “hates her mother because she is black and ugly”(Morrison 57). Karen Carmean in her book Toni Morrison’s World of Fiction makes the point that Maureen has succumbed to the “traditional white associations of darkness with ugliness”(Carmean 21). This means that Maureen has accepted the American standards of to be black is to be ugly. Maureen’s true reason for being Pecola’s friend is revealed when Pecola does not give in to Maureen when she asks personal questions of Pecola's life. It is at this point that Maureen does like all the other children do and taunt Pecola with “I am cute!