Summary. This story is about a little girl who describes a portion of herchildhood by depicting certain events that occur regardingher mother, the next door neighbors, and the way she always anticipates the worst of things due to her mother. The girl is faced with many crazy stories that her mot
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1. “The Voice From The Wall” By: Amy Tan Presented by Alen Alic
2. Summary This story is about a little girl who describes a portion of her
childhood by depicting certain events that occur regarding
her mother, the next door neighbors, and the way she
always anticipates the worst of things due to her mother.
The girl is faced with many crazy stories that her mother
tells her which lead to her developing a big imagination.
The narrator struggles with her mom’s weird ways,
especially after the new born baby dies right after birth. Her
mother goes into a deep depression where she remains in
bed leaving the girl to listen to the neighbors on the other
side of the wall and compare who has it worst.
3. Characters The narrator - a half Chinese, half English-Irish decent girl who lives with her parents and recalls the struggles she faced and how she developed through childhood.
Betty St. Clair - the Chinese born mother of the narrator that seems to be very complex. She has a very big impact on what the narrator feels and how she develops.
Teresa - a girl that stays on the other side of the wall in a different apartment that fights with her mother all the time and helps the narrator realize the “worst thing.”
Mr. Clair - narrator’s father who is very loving and understanding.
4. Title The title is very significant because it represents
three meanings of the story. The first meaning the
title implies is the voices the narrator hears from
Teresa and her mom from the other side of the
wall. The second meaning may be found when the
characters realize “the worst” and get pulled
through the wall for the truth as the narrator’s
great-grandfather did and the mother at the end of
the story. The third interpretation may be that the narrator’s
mother is putting forth a wall that keeps her family from
being able to help her with her grief.
5. Narration This story is told in a observer narration
although it closely resembles an
autobiography. It is told by a young girl in a
first-person point of view with a very
descriptive tone. The narrator is not reliable
since her imagination is very big and drifts
off from reality very often.
6. Focus The narrator opens and ends the story on
the same subject. At the beginning the
narrator is analyzing the “worst possible
thing” through the story of her great-
grandfather and the beggar which lead her
to come up with a new way of looking at
things and not concentrating on the worst.
7. Character Transformation The narrator transforms through the story in
the manner that she overcomes fearing the
worst out of situations. For example, hearing
the neighbors fight, the narrator assumes
that Teresa is being killed, but at the end of
the story she learns and accepts the fact
that that is just the way she communicates
with her mother and expresses her love.
8. Theme The theme of the story is that one should never
focus on the worst possible outcomes of things,
but they should try and take care of the things they
have. For example, the narrator’s mother was so
focused on something bad happening that she did
not concentrate on taking care of herself while
being pregnant, but instead she went around
bumping into things, which most likely led to the
death of the newborn baby.
9. Symbols Sword – used to show the thing that triggers
emotional outbreak and helps a person
release the pain they feel. Realization.
Wall – represents the barrier between
communicational and cultural differences.
10. Purpose The purpose of this story was to show the reader the kind
of life the narrator lived through and the type of mother she
had. She wants the reader to never expect the worst of
things and always keep a reasonable sense as she later
learns to do with the arguments she hears coming from
the neighbors. Also, the pain a person goes through at a
certain point is going to go away and that many other
people may be much worse of than you.
11. My Reaction I think that the narrator’s mother has gone
through a very tuff past that has altered her
mind and way of thinking that lead her to
influence her daughter in a very negative
way. She basically makes her daughter
paranoid and frightened of the world. She
puts crazy images in her daughters mind
that haunt and disturb her.