Shadasia BellED 312Dr. CooperJanuary 22, 2015Tending to GraceCornelia is neglected by her mother, so that her mother and her mother’s boyfriend can go to Las Vegas to get a fresh start. Cornelia really wants to be with her mother and she hopes that her mother will return for her. Cornelia also feels resentment towards her mother, “I think about my mother and try to rock my anger out”. She also feels lonely without her mother, “That’s when the loneliness settles deep. I open Oliver Twist and lose myself in its pages. Oliver survived without his mother. I wonder how.” Cornelia longs for her mother, but her mother is notthere for her and is more worried about her boyfriend.Cornelia also has some psychological issues that stem from her unhealthy relationship with her mother. Cornelia has cut herself off from emotions to help ease the hurt and resentment that she feels towards her neglectful mother, “Turning to stone is hard work. First you have to let the anger climb up from deep within you and as it turns over and over and rises through your chest, you have to clamp your teeth over it and push it back down. Then you sort of imagine yourself getting real heavy, folding over onto yourself, getting thick so nothing can reach the spot far inside that hasn’t turned hard yet. And you know that if you get it right, you’re not so afraid”. Cornelia does not want to be hurt again by anyone else, so she refuses to let anyone in orout, nor does she let any emotions in or out.
Cornelia is very intelligent and has already read many of the books that her class is currently reading. Although Cornelia is very intelligent, she is in a lower level English class, in which the class reads “watered-down literature.” The reason why Cornelia isn’t in a higher level class is because her teachers don’t know how intelligent she is because she doesn’t talk. She doesn’t talk because she stutters. Cornelia will do anything possible to avoid talking. When Cornelia goes to the library in Agatha’s town, she really wants to check out To Kill a Mockingbird. When the librarian asks her if she would like to check it out, she shakes her head