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The First Day

The first day. The first day, by Edward p. Jones. born 1951 is an American novelist and short story writer. His 2003 novel The Known World received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Jones was born and raised in Washington, D. C. , and educated at both the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Virginia. His first book, Lost in the City, is a collection of short stories about the African-American working class in 20th-century Washington, D. C. In the early stories are some who are like first-generation immigrants, as they have come to the city as part of the Great Migration from the rural South.

Setting: – Point of View: 1st-person narrator, unreliable – Story is a: flashback to the narrator’s first day in school in her childhood, memory included Dialogs (direct speech). – Time: The present tense could happen nowadays, written in 1992. “the first day”, by Edward P. Jones is a pretty simple story to read. It is not complicated if only the reader understand the concept of how adults who don’t have ability to read or write have to get through their lives harder than ones who have that kind of ability.

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Author want to give reader an idea of how a girl feel when she find that her mother struggled in placing her daughter in a school only because she cannot do what other people normally can do. But that doesn’t stop her mother from putting her daughter an opportunity to find her own path ahead in her life. In the beginning of the story, author wrote “ on an otherwise unremarkable September morning, long before I learned to be ashamed of my mother…” it have the reader an idea of how she feel after she found out more about her mother.

When mother and her daughter completed with all of preparation for school. When they went out of the house, it appears that environment around the house is not as decent. It must be around in a ghetto urban areas according to the name of the streets. Most inner-towns have all streets ordered up in alphabets. Also name them up after states like New York Avenue or New Jersey Avenue. The climax of the story did came up when the mother appeared to be very confirmed to her daughter that she’s going to a small school across from the church, Seaton Elementary School.

As when they arrived to the school, the woman who worked there had told the mother that they are living outside the boundary where Seaton serves. The mother disagreed and still want her daughter to attend to that school. The woman is very friendly, she acted like she’s close with mother and the daughter. It could be why mother prefer this school instead of the other school, that is capable to serve her daughter. It appeared that people around in that school fit up in the mother’s community.

Unfortunately, the woman insist that her daughter have to attend Walker-Jones Elementary School. The mother is not in the stubborn enough to arguer, she came up with some frustration but she insist that she’ll send her to a other school. The Daughter asked her mother if she can go to any schools, the mother had told her a positive quote “one monkey don’t stop no show” it turns out that monkey represent a woman who told them that Seaton cannot serve her daughter. The mother doesn’t want to give up just because of this conflict.

They arrived in Walker-Jones Elementary school, seemingly, the mother don’t feel fit in this community, but she determined to send her daughter in a school. I’d award her this one. However, when she faced the woman who works in that school and asked her where the place is to register her daughter Everything finally made sense when she came up to the registration place, the mother started to feel uncomfortable when she found out that she have to write out the forms to register.

Finally, she reveals that she cannot read or write to a woman who stood in the line front of her. Daughter found it as not normal, even though she is very young, she could identify that her mother doesn’t have that ability to read or write like rest of the people. As a reader, I can understand why the daughter feels ashamed about her mother on the beginning of the sentence. The mother’s language – misspelling, slang and abbreviation.

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