Excerpt from book review on "Without a Net" by Michelle Kennedy
The first point I would like to make is that Michelle did not come from a bad family with any negative experiences as a child. She states in her memoir "I wish I could say that there was some event, some trauma, in my childhood that would not allow me to ask my parents for money, but the truth is, there is nothing. They are not mean or selfish. If they had it, they probably would have lent it to me-OK, given it to me. The fact is that I was tired of having to ask for their help. I was tired of admitting that maybe my inspired decisions at the age of eighteen were the wrong ones. I just wanted to do it by myself. I wanted to prove to them, to the world, and to myself that I didn't need my parents, or a husband, to bail me out all of the time. I was also tired of feeling like a fuck-up" (Kennedy, 2007, p.91). Oftentimes society has trained us to assume that if you are homeless you came from a bad background or family. According to our text, "while many women and adolescents from middle-class backgrounds who are fleeing difficult environments become homeless, in all subgroups people usually come from poor backgrounds and thus share many characteristics with the larger population of poor people" (Levinson, 2007, p.38). Michelle was raised in a well off middle class family, but she made poor choices because she thought she was in love.
Excerpt from A Critical Analysis of the film, Ever After
Later throughout the film, Danielle's stepmother finds out that she is the one who the Prince has fallen so deeply in love with and tries to keep her from ever seeing him again by locking her up in a dungeon. Leonardo Da Vinci, Danielle's fairy god-mother of sorts comes to her rescue. He is able to open the door and the servants prepare Danielle for the royal ball. Once she finally arrives at the royal ball the Prince immediately notices her. He meets her and then she tries to tell him that she is only a servant, but he still does not listen. So her awful step-mother loudly tells the world that she is only a servant. After hearing this the prince becomes infuriated and he begins to treat her just like the others.
Excerpt from paper topic "Rethinking the Maternal"
According to the passage "Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman.....which were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels" (701). This was not true for Edna. She seemed to be searching for her own identity throughout the story. Edna had a strong desire for self realization. As Chopin indicates, "Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her" (704). This goes totally against the definition of a mother-woman. Edna did not spend her time constantly talking about her children or loving her husband; instead, she was pursuing another man and allowing a nurse to care for her children. To sum it all up, her need for individuality caused her to forget her family and to put her own needs first.