What does the essay 'Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women' suggest to you about responding to personal challenges or difficulties?What does the essay 'Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women' suggest to you about...

What does the essay 'Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women' suggest to you about responding to personal challenges or difficulties?

What does the essay 'Snapshot: Lost Lives of Women' suggest to you about responding to personal challenges or difficulties?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Tan's work helps to bring to life that the condition of being a woman is one that can transcend time.  The relationship between one woman to another, mother to daughter, is something that reflects the difficulty in being a woman in different time periods.  Women of previous time periods, such as Tan's mother, experienced their own sense of challenge and fundamental social inertia to acknowledging their own voice and experience.  Although there are significant exceptions to the rule, modern women might not have to face such inertia.  They are able to enjoy the relative acknowledgment of voice and narrative experience.  However, their challenge is to fully embrace what it means to be a "woman," to be the descendant of those who have endured more than one can imagine.  The challenge of the modern woman is to construct a narrative that understands the freedom of the modern setting, the conditions of what once was, and do so in an identity that recognizes the past without being subjugated by it.

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