Hurston and her step mother were constantly fighting and she decided she had to leave. Her dad john made her work for whit people in the neighborhood. None of it worked out so well for Hurston she said she "I wanted books and school.” (Lawless, Elaine J.) In Their Eyes Were Watching God she lives in the headship of her grandmother and in the story her grandmother is referred to as Nanny. Her grandmother is a slave for this white family.
The first ideas that Janie was exposed to was those of her grandmother, Nanny. Nanny saw that Janie was entering womanhood and she didn't want Janie to experience what her mother went through. So Nanny set out to marry her as soon as possible. When Janie asked about love, she was told that marriage makes love and she will find love after she marries Logan. Nanny believed that love was second to stability and security.
Walker uses their grandmother’s quilt as the piece of their family’s past that brings to light the best and worst qualities in the girls. Once she finally sees Maggie’s generous nature, compared to Dee’s spoiled and arrogant nature, and Mama cannot stand to see her youngest daughter lose one of the only things that is only hers, because of the self-centeredness of her older sister. As the short story comes to a closing, the reader can finally be at ease knowing of Mama’s appreciation for Maggie’s kind heart, and her worthiness of being able to keep a piece of their “heritage”. Works Cited "Womanist." About.com Women's History.
Although she achieves a somewhat satisfying life, Janie’s quest is for dependence rather than satisfaction. The first two people Janie depended on were her Grandmother, whom she called Nanny, and Logan Killicks. Janie’s marriage to Logan Killicks was partially arranged by Nanny. Nanny had felt the need to find someone for Janie to depend on before she died and Janie could no longer depend on her. At first, Janie was very opposed to the marriage.
Their Eyes were Watching God is the story of Janie’s search for unconditional, true, and fulfilling love and she spends forty years o... ... middle of paper ... ... masters or to end their lives. The tragic end of Clotel shows how in spite of finding momentarily love in her life there is no hope for a slave woman and death is the only way for her out of that life of slavery. Hurston, on the other hand, in her book opted to represent Janie as tough, courageous, and independent woman and not like the most African-American women of nineteenth-century. Janie’s character in Hurston’s work shows how even though the continuing legacy of slavery affects the love and marriage lives of African-American women but prospects do exist for them and they just have to wait for the opportunities and embrace them. Works Cited Hurston, Zora Neale.
Esperanza also sees the economic dependence that marriage creates for many women. While one woman cries everyday because her husband left "without leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come" another is miserable because the husband gets kicked out and is always let back in, regardless of the abuse she suffers at his hands (Cisneros 29, 85). Both domestic and physical abuse is also rampant in the lives ar... ... middle of paper ... ...duate with a higher education and found something that she could focus on rather than gaining a husband. Esperanza decided early on that she would not take on the burden of her mother and the women before her, merely caring for a husband and raising children. She wanted a house all her own and realized that she could get it autonomously if she strove hard in school and continued to write.
Sarah Grimké struggled against the dictates of her family, society and religion. Sarah grew up in a large family, her father was a Jurist and her mother overlooked the home and yard work. Sarah had a certain standard which she was expected to mold into the perfect Southern Belle who marries a well off lad from a respected family, but Sarah had issues filling the mold. It all began when Sarah witnesses Miss Rosetta, a family slave, get whipped. This experience scared Sarah in one of the worst ways it made he go muted for several weeks, and once she got her voice back she had a stutter.
Emily is taught that women stay in the house and iron; she is not encouraged enough by her mother early on. The mother regrets her failure to teach her daughter that she can make her own path through life, claiming her “wisdom came too late” and that she can only hope that Emily “ know[s]- that she is more than this dress on the ironing board, helpless before the iron” (Olsen 298). The narrator failed to guide her daughter through life and to help her avoid some of the mistakes she made. Emily will likely fall down the same path the narrator has taken, because of the perpetual nature of
Another example from Everyday Use “You know as well as me you was named after aunt Dicie, Dicie is my sister. She was named after Dee. We called her Big Dee after Dee was born” the mother knows Dee cannot cherish her quilts if she cannot even cherish her own generational name. In the story, Dee changing her name symbolizes how she has grown from her family and has grown closer with the society and their views on heritage and generations. We can determine the frustration the mother had about Dee and how she has forgotten everything that the family went through to even enable her to become who Dee is
She says: “I gave Anse Dewey Dell to negate Jewel” (60). Her statement refers to Addie’s no relationship to her daughter. With the birth of Dewey Dell Addie seems to compensate the illegitimate brother Jewel and Dewey Dell becomes rather a release of Addie’s sin than to be a real beloved part of the family. The fact she... ... middle of paper ... ...gnorance and she felt rather motherless. This reflects on her attitude to her pregnancy, when she should become a mother for her own child, but also replaces a mother-figure for her brother Vardaman.