- Question One
The Chrysanthemums portrays the gender relations from a traditional perspective where the males are dominant, independent, and outgoing. On the other hand, women are expected to be subordinate to limited rights be it in family life or general social life. For instance, Elisa Allen, the protagonist, appears to be unhappy because of the societal bondage. Despite being energetic and potentially productive, her life is reduced to house chores and other wifely duties. Additionally, her attempts to reach out to her husband, Henry, for consultation about her life are futile. She is told that her demands are not right for a woman. Therefore, the responsibilities and independence of women in the traditional society were restrained.
- Question Two
Among the stylistic devices used by many authors that advocate for morality, religion, and philosophy are symbolism and allegory. This is because most often their literature can be understood from a literal perspective as well as a deeper meaning perspective. These styles are useful when they want the readers to concentrate more on deriving themes that the authors do not explicitly put on their work. More so, the literature aims at being critical of real world situations that people have experienced. As a result, they authors would want to conceal identities while delivering their synthesis about morals, religion as well as philosophy.
- Question Three
In “The Lesson,” Miss Moore is a determined woman of color whose intention is to mentor children in the slums and show them the different sphere of life they had never experienced before. In fact, she intends to encourage the kids that there will come a time they will afford the livelihood that is different from life on streets. However, she encounters five strange kids who are too stubborn to agree to anything she says. Nevertheless, the story successfully exhibits the inequalities in society; it presents the two worlds that are apart in the same country. At the toy store and through a series of lessons, the kids under her program realize that as they languish in poverty and think they know a lot, they are yet to explore and discover a different life.
- Question Four
The similarity between the two stories is that they are written in the first person. The narrators are imprisoned for the crimes of murder and burying their victims in their houses. Additionally, the narrators in both stories are haunted by hallucinations as signs of insanity. For instance, in “The Black Cat”, the narrator sees the images of the cat while in “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator feels the heartbeats of the deceased. However, the two stories differ in the intention of murder. In “The Black Cat” the narrator killed to fulfill a desire before death while in “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator had planned to kill and now is trying to prove he is not insane.
- Question Five
The Yellow Wallpaper can be interpreted from a wide range of perspectives, but the most prominent one is feminism. The literature aims at showing that women can express their feeling and be engaged productive activities. The narrator is seen to be suffering from physical and mental discomfort. Instead of her doctor husband seeking to know what’s going through her mind, he opts to take her to an isolated house where she would be alone and get rest. This step only added to her misery until she discovered the yellow wallpaper. Her imagination that women were working up the wallpaper served as a wake-up call to women. At the end of the narration, she crept over her unconscious husband, indicating her triumph over him symbolically.
- Question Six
The conflict in the story “Everyday Use” is that whether the valuables that are inherited through generations out to be integrated into daily livelihood or placed at bay just as a reminder or trophy. The story involves two sisters, that is, Maggie and Dee. Dee lives in denial of the past and believes that she can re-invent herself as a contemporary woman. On the other hand, Maggie cherishes her past and believes that learning from it is essential in pursuing current and future aspirations. Nevertheless, overreliance on the past to make future decisions may be a problem since many conditions have changed over time.
- Question Seven
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” is a religious allegory in that the character names point to some significant personalities that have shaped the Christian faith. These characters are John Wesley the founder of Methodist church and June Star, which symbolizes Lucifer from the Greek interpretation of the word. The two characters are mischievous with Wesley expressing his cruelty by shooting a person for snoring. Similarly, June is a female criminal whose main attribute is disrespect for people. The violence in the story could be viewed as a symbol of imperfection to which people are exposed. Nevertheless, God’s grace and the Faith in Him have the power to save and transform people.
- Question Eight
The Story “Battle Royal” is dominated by a racist society and the narrator has to struggle in surviving the discrimination. He is seemingly likable by the white men in the neighborhood. However, his grandfather had warned against creating close ties with whites due to their cruelty. Instead, the narrator was advised to keep fighting for fair treatment. At some point, he was invited to deliver a speech to a white audience but upon arrival, he was forced into a blindfolded fight in which he lost. Many acts of humiliation followed the fight as well as speech delivery. His grandfather appeared to him in a dream reminding him of the warning. He had accepted favors that were to advance injustice.
- Question Nine
The mother and daughter relationship in “Kincaid’s Girl” entails the advice of a mother to a daughter who is in the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. As such, the mother is primarily concerned about mannerism and upholding of cultural values. However, there is an all-consuming relationship since the mother hail from a bicultural society. She gives strict instructions of which she would not settle for a compromise. She, in a monolog, insists that the respectability of females in the society is not debatable and that the girl should be fully responsible for her actions. The mother goes ahead and prefers the European culture to the Caribbean norms since she believes that is the only way to have upward social mobility.