For example, as custom of Bengali women, women must where the traditional formal wear called “shalwar kameez” to formal gatherings. Usha feels isolated when she must where this formal dress to Deborah and Pranab Kaku’s Thanksgiving event, saying “I was furious with my mother for making a scene before we left the house and forcing me to wear a shalwar kameez. I ... ... middle of paper ... ...an traditions, such as Thanksgiving, which was the last event he held before his divorce from Deborah. The divorce came about from a reversion back to his native way of life, where he cheated on Deborah with a married Bengali woman, which might not have been coincidence looking back at how he stalked and went out with the married Aparna. As characters from the same country, many of their borders held the same relations.
When Dee starts asking to have the items that her Mom and Maggie need for everyday use with the intent to appreciate it as art, it only furthers how much she irritates her Mom. Dee had been offered one of the quilts before she went to college Dee thought they were, “old-fashioned, out of style.”(490). It’s after Maggie agrees to give Dee the quilts that her Mom realizes that she has always given Dee everything she wanted even at Maggie’s expense. Mother had an epiphany about how to handle the situation, shown when she says, “Something hit me on top of the head”, “just like when I’m in church and the spirit of God touches me”(492). Dee’s attitude had annoyed the Mom so much she had this realization.
Maggie has been promised the quilts, but does not think that they are worth fighting for because she knows she can remember her grandma without them. Mama finally stands up to Dee, and tells her that she promised Maggie the quilts so she could not have them. The story is told in first person point of view through the eyes of Mama.... ... middle of paper ... ...acters through Mama so that each daughter is portrayed in an accurate way. Using the symbol of the quilts deepens the characterization of the daughters because it shows how each character feels about her family and it’s history. Dee is characterized as a shallow person who will go with any trend that comes about while Maggie comes across as a reserved and quiet girl.
Now, Dee wants the quilts as a material possession for remembering her grandma. Instead of putting the quilts to everyday use, Dee would hang them to honor her grandma and the hand-craftsmanship of her work (477). Upset by Dee’s reasoning and seeing the disappointment in her daughter Maggie’s eyes, Mama puts her foot down and takes control of the situation to preserve her integrity. “[I] hugged Maggie to me… snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero’s hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap,” (478). This quote is important for two reasons: the first is that Mama had done something she had never done before and that was love Maggie in the way she has tried with Dee over the course of her life.
She feels that Hatsuko is stealing away her youth and her own unique traits that make up who she is. When the guest is over at their house there are to instances where it is apparent that Hatsuko is stealing away Aki... ... middle of paper ... ...o take” (13) her grandchild rather than accept it with open arms. Hatsuko forces Akiko to take her child, which is one of the reasons as to why Akiko is defeated in the end. Akiko is also in a sense forced to the role of a mother and grandmother due to family. When Akiko is holding her grandchild, she remarks that her “blood ran through [Hatsuko]…continued to run even in Misako” (13).
Ed. Michael Mayer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2012. 626.
I think education is vital in life; therefore, we all should have a right to receive it. Being able to convey our families, our friends the knowledge we have acquired is definitely something my our drive. However, this does fault into the standard of living in my family. The established law for women in my family is to adopted a good last name after marriage. This created a materialistic society, in which your life should be based on what how you look despite not having the financial needs have this lifestyle.
10th ed. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin's, 2009. 542-43. Print. Mujica, Mauro.