Friday, August 16, 2019
An Analysis of the Poem Dusting by Julia Alvarez
Sarah Winn 11/13/12 Literature Mrs. Wiggins Ã¢â¬Å"DustingÃ¢â¬ Julia Alvarez In the poem Ã¢â¬Å"DustingÃ¢â¬ written by Julia Alvarez, a young girl tries to leave imprints on the dusty objects in her house in which later are wiped away by her mother. Ã¢â¬ËEach morning I wrote my name / on the dusty cabinet, then crossed / the dining table in script, scrawled / in capitals on the back of chairs, / practicing signatures like scalesÃ¢â¬ (1-5) I believe that the author is trying to compare the young girlÃ¢â¬â¢s aspirations to her motherÃ¢â¬â¢s.In life, the girl wishes to leave her imprint on the world. Her goals are larger than life itself, and they refuse to break. No matter how often her mother wiped away the smudged fingerprints, they would always reappear. In the poem, the girls shows us how she Ã¢â¬Å"refused with every mark / to be like her, anonymousÃ¢â¬ (17-18). This statement shows us how the girl feels about her motherÃ¢â¬â¢s accomplishments.She believes tha t her mother achieved as much as anyone else; her motherÃ¢â¬â¢s achievements are almost transparent to her Ã¢â¬â anonymous. She canÃ¢â¬â¢t stand the thought of ending up like this, so day after day, she continues to leave her mark. As a child, your aspirations are wild. Many of us wish to accomplish more in our lives than our family members, especially some of our parents. At some point we all wish to be recognized as something bigger Ã¢â¬â something that no one has witnessed before.We have a need for appreciation. Ever since I was young, IÃ¢â¬â¢ve wanted to accomplish great things. IÃ¢â¬â¢ve hit setbacks in school and at home, but IÃ¢â¬â¢ve never let them break me. Even when I was little, whenever I received a good grade on an assignment or test, I would rush home to call my mom and dad to tell them. Seeing that look in their eyes that says Ã¢â¬Å"IÃ¢â¬â¢m so proud to call you mine. Ã¢â¬ Thats what gives a child the will to succeed. The will to never let those small fingerprints across the table disappear.