Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Connection

An Occurrence at Owl Greek Bridge, and Going to Meet The Man

Through my reading to both stories, I found a connection between them, even that each one was written in a different time. Hanging the man on the bridge in Bierce's work, and burning the black man in Baldwin's work looks somehow a like. In both stories, dominance was obvious over people. Mr Farquhar was hanged because he disobeyed the orders of the dominant authority over him and over all his people. We don't know what the black man did to be burned in Baldwin's work, but we know that white people had dominance over the blacks. The killing in both stories is ugly; which reflect the hate inside the dominant one over the other part. Hanging the man on the bridge, waiting for the captain's commands, falling into the stream, and the head shot at the end were all torturing the hanged man and humiliating him, like the black man who was burning and experiencing the most kind of humiliation in front of white people. 
Dominance over people and humiliating them are the connection that I found between An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Going to Meet The Man.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spring's Beauty 

Today was a very nice day. My husband and I did an interesting activity for our kids. We went swimming, the most lovely thing for them. After we spent a joyful time there, we came back and ate our dinner, and I prepared my kids to go to sleep.
Grandma is here. My mother in low stayed with my children, and my husband I got the chance to go for a walk in this beautiful spring. 
We went to a park near our home. The time was during the sunset, and the weather was awesome. We walked between the lovely trees. We smelled the spring; roses everywhere, fresh green grass, and cardinal birds. 
Every week normally, I go to this park. But today, it seemed different to me. It was full of love. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Birthday Boy

My Son is Three Years Old

Today, May 6 2013, my little son Bara become three years old. I can't believe that three years has passed since his birth. I still remember that long day of labor, I still remember his first look, it was awesome. That day was a great day. My son's birth remember me of his sister's birth, when I first become a Mom. 


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

The Quilt

The quilt symbolizes the heritage of the family. It is made from "all pieces of dresses Grandma used to wear"
It is very important because it shows the difference in understanding the heritage between Dee, and her mother and Maggie. 
Dee is an educated woman who studied in college. She doesn't care about her family, her mom said: "she washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn't necessarily need to know". 
Dee wants the quilt because it's handmade, she wants to hang it, while the mother promised to give it to Maggie when she'll marry John Thomas. Maggie, will not hang the quilt, but she is going to put it for everyday use. In top of that, Maggie knows how to quilt, she learned that from her mother and grandmother. 
Maggie never went to college, nor her mom. They understand their heritage in the same way Grandma and ant Dee understand. Dee went to college not just to educate herself, but to became a different one. She doesn't like her family, she changed her name to "Wangero" because she was named after Big Dee.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Going to Meet the Man by Baldwin

Killing the Man

Mr. Jesse's father had took him to a picnic that he will never forget, when he was a boy. He saw the show of killing the black man, he felt joy that he had never felt before, "He watched the hanging, gleaming body, the most beautiful and terrible object he had ever seen till then". 
At the beginning of the story, Jesse is unable to do a sexual relationship with his wife, at that moment, an "image of a black girl caused a distant excitement in him", he wasn't able to ask his wife to help him "the way he could ask a nigger girl to do it". At the end of the story, he succeeded  in arousing himself, he told his wife, "Come on sugar, I'm going to do you like a nigger"
Jesse interaction with the black people give him the power of superiority over them. He finally become able to do sexual relation with his wife, but it was after remembering the superiority of his race over black people, and it was after taking the black man's masculinity. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Keeping up With Children

Children, the most precious thing in our lives, need every body around them to keep up with them. 
From the moment that the mother has her child, both of the parents start the process of "taking care".
Nursing, feeding, sleeping, changing diapers, visiting pediatrician, giving shot, potty training, sending to preschool, finding friend, and more and more many obligations the parents have to keep up with to bring up their children. 
I am a mother of two children, four and a half years girl, and three years boy. My children and my lovely husband are my whole life. They keep me busy, but they are the best thing I love to be busy with. 
I think that keeping up with children is a symbol of successful life for the whole family.