"She came to a fork in the road, one she remembered well, but now she could not tell which path was the way home. She looked to the east and thought she heard her mother call, "This way. This way." She looked to the west and thought she heard her father call, "This way. This way." Confused, she did not know how to choose. Then she thought that perhaps she had imagined it all, for suddenly the voices were gone and she was afraid to venture down either path and be lost.
Better go back, she thought. She had come too far. No telling whether the voices were fox spirits, imitating the voices of loved ones, out to entrap her."
-In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
During class we dicussed that Shirley is having an internal struggle about being pulled in two different directions. Shirley is in the process of going through her "naturalization" process as most immigrants do upon entering their new land. In addition, we also know that she wants to please both her mother and her father but she is contemplating whether this is actually possible. (Remember the fork in the road visual I drew on the board to help remember our discussion).
Use RASC format and your inference skills to explain why Shirley is afraid to venture down either path and "get lost". Does the term "lost" have a deeper meaning in this paragraph? Make a connection between our earlier blog post about "Pressure on immagrant children" as you type your response. CITE THE TEXT!