Leaving the Past Behind in Everyday Use Everyday Use by Alice Walker is a short story about how people get caught up in the superficial value of material things, and the jealousy this desire causes. In this short story Dee, the eldest daughter, was always ashamed by the way she lived during her childhood years. As she was educated more and more, her feelings of hatred for poverty and ignorance grew intensely. After she finished college her abhorrent feelings grew immensely, and she tried to take advantage of those less educated than her. Dee always hated the way she lived when she was being raised by her mother.
Amanda becomes unnerved when she finds out Laura has dropped out and spent her days strolling and wandering around by herself. Laura could not continue on with her schooling for her nerves were so bad she shook with fear and even threw up when she had to give a presentation. Laura had a case of being extremely shy and socially awkward. Ama... ... middle of paper ... ...o happen to be leading to a life both their parents aspired for them to live. In both stories Laura and Catherine's conquered what they had been holding them back.
The fact that Mary, her daughter, has gone on strike from her job drives Juno closer to a mental breakdown, as her stress is increased voluntarily as the strike is unnecessary. The fact that Johnny is unable to work adds to her workload. Juno is also a victim of politics as she loses her son Johnny for another unnecessary cause. Both of her children believe strongly in the saying that ‘A principle’s a principle’. Juno is too concerned about the stuggles that she faces everyday to worry about any principles and is annoyed that Johnny and Mary do not do the same.
Pecola consequently loses her mind and self-destructs because of her relentless want to become other than who she is.Toni Morrison tells this tragic story of a girl’s hopeless need to be accepted by her family, her peers and society using various themes including self-worth based on society’s perception of beauty, self-hatred or internalized racism and the effect that parents have on their children. The story begins with a first-person narration by nine year old Claudia MacTeer. She and her ten year old sister Frieda live with their parents who take two people into their homes one autumn season. Pecola Breedlove is made temporarily homeless after her mentally unsound father burns down their home in a violent episode. Pecola is a shy and self-conscious girl with a very rough home life where her parents are in constant battle and discord.
This story made me think about bullying and how it can really affect the life of many people. Precious was never educated the right way her whole life she was scared and hurt, she soon just gave up. When she went to Miz Rains class she felt like there she could finally be herself and people there actually cared about her. Being that she got pregnant with two kids by her father was horrifying and the fact that her mother treated her even badly is was sorry. I think the moral of this story is that you should never give up on life because there’s always a breakthrough.
In an even more dysfunctional twist, Precious’s mother confesses to their social worker that she has hated Precious since the first time that her boyfriend expressed a sexual interest in their daughter, rather than her. Despite all the ways that Precious was victimized, she is hesitant to come clean. She is fearful of telling her teacher or social worker the truth about her home life or her children. This can be one of the most difficult phenomenon of child psychology to understand. Having been a victim of maltreatment for as long as she would be able to remember, Precious would have a diminished view of what she should have been able to expect from her parents.
One of the times being when Constance thinks of someone buying her a new dress, but keeps her mouth shut and doesn’t press any further. It’s horrible that since Constance has been treated like this for so long, she’s gotten the habit of keeping her thoughts to herself out of fear for being “ungrateful”. The most terrifying part was proven at the very beginning when she did not care at all about Constance’s well being, a point made time and time again, especially when Constance was so angry with being “ugly” to her mother, that she drank Domestos, a bleach that kills germs since Constance was always told the she was just an “ugly germ” by her very own mother. It makes me more terrified and sad when Constance did not die of the bleach, that Carmen was very unwilling to go to the doctor and didn’t even want to go near her. The agonizing moments felt from this moment is only the beginning of the horrible relationship, that at some points was very emotional.
Her Aunt as well as her only cousins resent Jane. She is an outcast, but nevertheless at only the age of 10, she stays strong and endures all brutality and criticism. Her strong sense of justice leaves her high spirited and firm, which unfortunately she reveals through severe temper outbursts. Mrs. Reed is horrified by this undisciplined behaviour and therefore arranges for Jane to be sent away to a sever charity boarding school; Lowood. Conditions at this school are unjust, leaving Jane's life extremely difficult to bare at first.
Their grieving story served as an example for all iminators including myself that pretending won’t lead to happiness instead it inflicts emotional dissatisfaction. From childhood, parents raise their children to be the best versions of themself teaching them to never lie, steal or hurt. However, Amy Elliot Dunne grew up in the shadow of the literary protagonist of her parent’s children's books, Amazing Amy. Therefore, Amy had felt a crushing pressure as the only child and the inspiration for the books to live up to her parents demanding expectations. Amy admits that every mistake or wrong decision that she made left her less perfect in her parent's eyes and caused her to painfully admit her realization that“...whenever I screw something up, Amy does it right,” (Flynn 26).
The fact that her drinking and her attempt at suicide are spread throughout the whole town places a cloud of remorse and shame over her. She paid a great deal for her mistakes and learned from them. I think her mom could be considered a static-flat character. Here her daughter is trying to grow up and get a boyfriend, going to high school, and babysitting on the side and her mother still does not want to see her daughter as “gentleman material.” She has this fixed idea that her daughter will marry some person who cant make a living. By the end of the story, the narrator gets over him and goes on with her life, which I’m sure her mother is appalled.