June Jordan Essay, Research Paper
How is your relationship with you mother? A mother to daughter relationship is very important. In both passages the daughter admires their mother, but they don’t want to become them. In passage A prose-poem by June Jordan and passage B an essay by Carol Saline, both daughter discuss their admiration for their mother, but do not want to becomes their mothers.
In a prose-poem by June Jordan, a daughter tells how her mother’s dream is to be an artist, but she becomes a nurse. The daughter is then afraid that she will make the same mistake. Jordan uses literary elements and techniques to show the daughters admiration for her mother but does not want to become her. One technique that the author uses is repetition. Repetition is the repeating of a word to show emphasis. The author uses “Ah, Momma” to show that she feels bad that her mother did not become an artist and lets her mother down easy by telling her mother that she will follow her own dreams and stick with them. Another technique that the author uses is imagery. Imagery is a technique that helps you picture the events that are being described. “Thick long, black hair with a starched, white nurse’s cap when she went on duty” makes you picture her leaving and getting ready for work. This shows how the daughter admires the way she looks but still does not want to become her.
In an essay by Carol Saline, the relationship between the daughter and mother is acontradiction. Meaning at one time they love each other, next minute they hate each other. Saline uses literary elements and techniques to show the daughters admiration for her mother but does not want to become her. One technique the author uses is metaphor. Metaphor is a comparison between two things. Saline writes “love and hate are flip sides of the same coin” to show that the mother and daughters relationship is divided into love and hate just as heads and tails are on a coin. This shows that the daughter fights with her mother to show that she does not want to become her. Another technique the author uses is simile. Simile is a comparison using the word like or as. “It is like she had a sign on her head that said: Keep off; don’t touch me” shows that the love the mother would like to give to the daughter, but the daughter does not want to accept because she doesn’t want to have the same childhood as the mother.
In conclusion, A prose-poem by June Jordan and an essay by Carol Saline, both daughters discuss their admiration for their mothers, but do not want to become their mothers. I believe that a daughter should look up to her mother and learn from her mothers mistakes so they do not make the same. Though my life I have seen my sister ask my mother questions and my mother tell her stories that teach her and make my sister make the right decision. Me myself, I do the same. Just towards my father.