...Literary Analysis Essay – Who’sIrish?
Diction and syntax are used in literature to give the narrator a certain atmosphere or to portray the narrator in a light other than the common person. Diction is defined as the choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, or effectiveness (Merriam-Webster). Syntax is defined as the way in which linguistic elements are put together to form constituents, as phrases or clauses (Merriam-Webster). Gish Jen use both of these literary tools very effectively in her story “Who’sIrish?” to display the narrator as a foreigner in America who is unaccustomed to the way Americans live.
The author uses broken English to cement the feeling of not being at home with the environment around you, including the feeling of being out of place. This accentuates the distance between the narrator and her daughter, helping the reader to understand that there is little connection between mother and daughter in this story. This makes understanding the actions of the mother in regards to disciplining Sophie easier.
The missing articles and simple words changes the image of the narrator within the reader’s mind, forcing them to see the vast differences between her and the other characters. The narrator is very traditional in her views about what should and should not be valued in life. The narrator sees more value in the strictness of her home country...
I had several different thoughts while I was reading “Who’sIrish?” My first thought was that the grandmother did not do anything wrong in trying to teach her granddaughter to listen. My second thought was that I’m not surprised that Sophie, the granddaughter, is essentially completely Americanized. As the author, Gish Jen writes the story so that the reader may agree with Sophie’s mother and father that the grandmother is out of line.
There are obvious cultural and generational differences throughout the story. The first cultural difference is when the grandmother says that “otherwise daughter complain mother is not supportive. I tell daughter, we do not have this word in Chinese, supportive” (Jen 396). As a reader, I am able to see that there will probably be other cultural differences throughout the rest of the story. This helps me to understand why the grandmother does what she does and why she gets so upset when Sophie, who is three years old, doesn’t listen. An example of a generational difference is when the grandmother says, “When Sophie go shu-shu in her lap, Amy laugh and say there are no germs in pee. When Sophie take off her shoes, Amy say bare feet is the best, even the pediatrician say so” (398). As the grandmother describes Amy, she seems appalled with how she cares for Sophie and even more so with the thought that Natalie, Sophie’s mother, thinks that Amy is creative. This contrast...
This story ¡§Who¡¦s Irish?¡¨ was written in 1999 by Gish Jen who is a second generation of Chinese American. As a daughter of Chinese immigrants, she deeply perceived the culture difference. ¡§Who¡¦s Irish?¡¨ is also based on her identity. Told by an immigrant Chinese grandmother, this story is full of thoughts and feelings of being a grandmother. Through the perspective of the grandmother, we can understand the inner thoughts and emotions of the protagonist.
The point of view focuses on the grandmother. The story begins by talking about her background. It is arranged in chronological order. First, the narrator¡¦s granddaughter is introduced and then her family background. The narrator describes herself as ¡§fierce¡¨. Everyone is afraid of her. Her daughter is somewhat like her mom at least she is also ¡§fierce¡¨ because she is a bank vice president, but her granddaughter is wild, not like her daughter or herself. In the grandmother¡¦s opinion, if her granddaughter Sophie does not act like other Chinese girls, she is wild. In other words, the narrator seems to think people coming from a different culture are weird. After that, the narrator talked about her son-in-law. She thought she did not understand him because he could neither find a job nor look after Sophie. Grandmother said,¡¨Plain boiled food, plain boiled thinking. Even his name is plain boiled: John¡¨ (206). At this point, she somewhat despised her...
...In “Who’sIrish”, Gish Jen demonstrates a family that has Chinese root and American culture at the same time. The main character is a fierce grandmother who lives in with her daughter’s family, and then ironically forced to move out because of her improper behavior during she raises her granddaughter. The author uses some unpleasant language and contents to describe the situation, which are effectively demonstrate how difficult and how struggle for people who lives in the gap between two different cultures. I can’t say who is right or who is wrong, but feel sorry for the grandmother.
The grandmother of Sophie is an old lady who has worked very hard her whole life. She and her husband own their restaurant although they have no money and do not speak English when they first have come to the U.S. Because of her personality, her husband, people who work for her, and even gang members afraid of her. She doesn’t like her daughter’s in-law family, whose name is Shea, because they have Irish root, because four sons in this family are not working, and mostly because her own stereotype about them. She doesn’t understand these people’s behavior, especially her son in-law, John Shea. He doesn’t work and still have some problems constantly even though he already has beautiful wife,
beautiful daughter and everything he needs.
Her daughter, Sophie’s mom, Natalie, is the vice president in the bank. She supports her husband...
...University of Santo Tomas
Department of Psychology, College of Science
Theories of Personality / Marc Eric S. Reyes, PhD, RP, CCLP, CASP
Teatro Tomasino’s De Cuatro
Name (Surname, FN): Martinez, Jeric Bueno
Instructions: Write a 2-3 page paper, about a character from the Teatro Tomasino play entitled “De Cuatro.” Describe and examine the character from a psychodynamic or humanistic-existential perspective (except Freud). Description and examination of this person shall be based on the theory’s structure, process (motives, defenses etc.), and psychopathology (if applicable). Include citations and references in APA format for any sources used to support your ideas.
In watching the said play, I observed one character that portray the key concepts of Karen Horney's psychoanalytic social theory in the way she interact with others. She was the perfect example and was the obvious one for me. Even others can actually agree with me when it comes to this particular characteristic, "neurotic". This particular character holds a philosophy that anything that is foreign is superior and anything indigenous as inferior. She is an elderly woman who is desperate to become a Spaniard, Doña Victorina de los Reyes de Espadaña. She represents the colonial mentality of Filipinos during the Spanish era.
She actually has this basic anxiety because of the fact that she has this feeling of insecurity...
4 March 2015
Bartleby the Unknown
Bartleby, the scrivener, perhaps one of the most interesting characters to be read about. This short story takes place on Wall Street in New York City and it takes place in the year of 1853. Bartleby is hired to be a copyist for a lawyers firm, in fact the lawyer is the narrator of this short story. Bartleby is the newest employee to the lawyers firm, his fellow scriveners are referred to as Nippers and Turkey. Bartleby starts of as an excellent employee to the firm and all seems well for the newest scrivener. As the story goes on Bartleby’s work takes a complete three-hundred sixty degree turn and from there that’s essentially the story of Bartleby.
The debate is whether Bartleby has good or bad traits, as you read the story you can easily go out and say Bartleby is an awful individual with no work ethic and is very disrespectful. All I think can easily be misunderstood as true, but through all this I think Bartleby is utilizing a skill of his. All throughout the story Bartleby gets his own way and does as he pleases. He doesn’t talk to anybody, he stays isolated in his own corner, he sleeps in the office and he goes to work and is disobedient. Those common occurrences of Bartleby would seem like enough to get the boot from any job, at least you would think. The lawyer had a small task for Bartleby, all he wanted Bartleby to do was examine a small paper for him. When asked...
February 9, 2013
In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use", the three main characters are black females with varying personality characteristics. 'Mama's house' is where the story occurs. The time period is one of increasing freedom and idealism among not only the African American population but multiple populations of people. The story is full of symbolism and meaning. I think one of the primary ideas the author was attempting to convey was that African Americans experienced significant struggles, internally and externally, during this particular period of time.
Mama is shown to be an uneducated but hard working practical woman. Alice Walker reveals Mama is proud of her accomplishments in life - her children, her heritage, her home and her ability to work like a man and care for herself and Maggie. Mama may not fully understand heritage but Mama loved and respected her ancestors as evidenced by Mama's description of the quilts: "They had been pieced together by Grandma Dee and then Big Dee and me had hung them on the quilt frames on the front porch and quilted them...in both of them were Grandpa Jarrell's paisley shirts. And one teeny faded blue piece... that was from Great Grandpa Ezra's uniform that he works in the Civil War. (Walker)“The butter churn is another piece of symbolism that Alice Walker uses to represent Mama's understanding of heritage: ..."you could see where thumbs and gingers had...