The Taxi Ride

Topics: Marriage, Family, Short story Pages: 2 (693 words) Published: May 22, 2008
I’ve decided to base my Oral Presentation on “The Taxi Ride” (by P.E.R.) on the main character and on some of her characteristics. My presentation will try to focus on a sort of recapitulation of the reasons Helen Jones’ life appears to be significantly praiseworthy. Having so much to grief about, Helen’s behaviour was commendable since she was loving in all her roles (as a mother, as a wife, as a grandmother, as a housewife) and, despite her routinary life, she would not complain but keep her pains to herself and try to make the best of such difficult situation. The purpose of this OP is to explore these characteristics and to establish a connection between them and the reason I think this makes her attitude towards life seem laudable.

To prove my point, I’m going to briefly summarize the characteristics that are related to each of her roles in life and to how she’s portrayed as an applaudable woman.

As it can be seen in the short story, Helen Jones had many roles in her life, all of which were carried out successfully by this elderly woman. As you all know Helen was not only a wife, but also a mother, a grandmother and a housewife. As a wife, Helen was seriously committed to her wedding vows. Despite Jimmy’s health, as Helen had promised to be there for him in sickness and in health, it never crossed her mind to abandon him when they learnt he had such a serious disease as sugar diabetes is. On the contrary, Helen led an impeccable life in which she was a companion and a nurse to Jimmy. As a loving wife, this job was easy for her, but as an elderly woman it created great difficulties for her since she did not get to rest as much as she needed and had to continually make physical efforts in order to care for Jimmy. As a mother, Helen was always concerned with what her children were going through. Since Lance would not trust her with his problems, Helen would always have him on her mind; she would be preoccupied for his son and for whatever issues were...
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