4. The story portrays the pressure on people to conform to societal expectations.(5)
4.1. How does the behaviour and speech of the narrator’s parents differ from that of Aunt Sal? Quote examples from the text and explain the differences.
4.2. What effect does this have on the way the narrator remembers these three family members? Focus on how the narrator talks about Aunt Sal and about her parents.
5. Consider the following quotation from the story: “I would have loved gold if it wasn’t for Aunt Sal” (Isaacson 2007: 793). Briefly explain the respective literal and figurative meanings of this statement within the context of the story. In this regard, you should contrast how the narrator remembers her parents, on the one hand, and Aunt Sal on the other.(5)