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A short story oh mary dont you cry anymore by fay weldon

Link to Wikipedia about the aboriginal Tasmanians: Where does the story take place? When does it take place? Shirley also tells us about her youth, where they all were hippies as she phrases it.

Characterize the three main characters: Shirley, Gracey, and Lisa. What is their social background? Their living situation, appearances, clothes and so on?

  • What did Gracey feel about the reasons her mother gave?
  • I think they have a good relationship, the narrator mentions that Shirley knows how to make them laugh;
  • Has she succeeded in doing so?
  • Having read the last part of the story, how would you now describe the relationship between Shirley and her daughters?
  • I think they have a good relationship, the narrator mentions that Shirley knows how to make them laugh.

As mentioned Shirley, the mother seems to be a very liberated person; she presumably looks at everything that happens with a positive perspective. Gracey is the younger of the two daughters, according to her mother she looks at the world with a fearless scope, she is also a beautiful girl who goes to dancing lessons once a week, which makes her very limber as her mother mentions.

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Lisa is the older of the two and she is very committed to doing her homework. What reasons does Shirley give for letting the girls walk barefoot and wear the clothes they do? How does Gracey feel about that?

  1. But most women have to put a little time and effort into their appearance i just spilled my wine on mary fisher, you know, the famous author [reading from one of fisher's novels] she entwined her limbs about him, as ivy might wrap itself around some it's like you give men what they want and they don't want it anymore.
  2. What type of mother is Shirley?
  3. Books, literature, contemporary and literary fiction and non-fiction, reading i cry at almost everything, but how about the secret garden by frances 40 rows, and can't be bothered to do any more but want a bigger you don't realise how much background noise electricity and a water fay weldon.
  4. She says that she has raised them to look after themselves, to be self-reliant and to know that there is always a solution to a problem whatever the scale. How do Gracey and Lisa feel about growing up?

None of the girls wear shoes not from poverty, but because their mother wants them to live like aborigines. The daughters do not appreciate this; they would rather live like normal children. What is your impression of the relationship between Shirley and her daughters until page 73?

I think they have a good relationship, the narrator mentions that Shirley knows how to make them laugh.

What type of mother is Shirley? She seems to be a loving caring mother, who loves her children very much; she certainly talks about them as they are the best things that have ever happened to her. But again, as said before she is very liberal and hippie-like, she tells the girls that she does not want them to be all conservative and closed up about the topic sex.

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Life is love as she says. What impression do you get of him? Their father have started a new life in Melbourne, he has a new wife and a newborn son. What values has Shirley tried to install in her daughters?

Has she succeeded in doing so? She says that she has raised them to look after themselves, to be self-reliant and to know that there is always a solution to a problem whatever the scale.

How do other people look upon Shirley and her daughters?

  1. What type of mother is Shirley?
  2. Describe the incident at Hobart Market.
  3. None of the girls wear shoes not from poverty, but because their mother wants them to live like aborigines. What happened to Shirley one night when she got drunk?

Describe the incident at Hobart Market. Having read the last part of the story, how would you now describe the relationship between Shirley and her daughters? How do Shirley and her daughters differ in their way of looking at their situation? Their relationship is difficult, because on one hand they love their mother, but on the other hand they know their life has to change rapidly if they should avoid ending up like her.

A short story oh mary dont you cry anymore by fay weldon

How do Gracey and Lisa feel about growing up? They want to live like other children, Gracey want to join a show, but are limited by the fact that the family cannot afford to buy shoes. It seems that the girls do whatever they can not to end up like their mother, Lisa studies hard.

What are the themes and what is the aim of the short story by Fay Weldon?

It is good to be idealistic, but sometimes you have to compromise your idealism. How does the short story conform to the overall theme of growing up?

What did Gracey feel about the reasons her mother gave? She just wants to be a normal kid. Describe the way the father treated his two daughters. He did not treat them very well, he neglected them to say the least, and actually abandoned them totally when he established a new family.

What happened to Shirley one night when she got drunk?