In Ashes, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Ashleigh’s parents have been divorced for the last two years. She loves both of them but has a special soft spot. Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers by Judy Blume – Ashes by Susan Beth Pfeffer summary and analysis. When people change, they become better as a person or their thinking worsens. In the short story Ashes, Susan Beth Pfeffer shows that it isn’t.

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If she chooses her father then she would be choosing the character that is the root of this conflict, not resolving the story. Original Stories by Censored Writers from Amazon. Ashes enjoys the constant compliments and promises from her father and finds her mothers realistic attitude unsatisfying.

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And not even that, he could have bought her a necklace at the very least- or made one, sahes plastic stars on it, just so that he technically kept his promise, and it makes Ashes smile to know he cared enough about her to make an effort to make her relived that he loves her.

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When people change, they become better as a person or their thinking worsens. Many families living in the U. They offered me no advice on what I should do. After bragging on her intelligence and beauty and claiming she is one in a million, Dad suggests going to a diner to celebrate because he has a chance to make some ashe if he can get the financing together.


Her father is also incredibly manipulative. With very little communication or interaction, both of Ashes’ parents find ways to fight for her affection. It all pfeffeer on how courageous Ashes is willing to be. Throughout the short story, there is a reoccurring theme about Ashes father using her, and never fulfilling his promises to her, as a real father would.

View the Study Pack. This is especially true for teenagers, whose feelings about people often cloud our ability to think clearly and ashds about their positive and negative attributes.

Dad seems to be Through Ashes’ relationship with her parents, Susan Beth Pfeffer shows the struggles of teens to make decisions that may impact their lives. Short Stories for Strong Gi rls. Ashleigh pfffer visiting her father every Tuesday that winter, but she knows that he is a dreamer who cannot keep his promises, unlike her mother who is the most practical person she knows.

Throughout the story, Ashes is learning from her bbeth and evolving her emotions. One of the symbols that is introduced in the story is the star necklace.

After realizing what her father is really capable of, she came to the awareness that he father isn’t reliable. So, he told Ashes to steal from her mother because then Ashes will get in trouble, not him. Ten Andrew Jacksons stared right back at me. In this quote, the father was able to both give Ashes false expectations and put down Ashes’ mom.


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pfwffer Throughout the story, it shows how her father is the one who is less reliable and manipulative. Is she strong enough to go against her father? He has never been there for her, but she always forgives him, and forgets. Ashes uses the weather to portray her feeling towards her father. Ashes visits her dad asbes Tuesday and at first, Ashes describes the weather as making it feel special and different than other days.

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In Ashes, the idea that teens have a hard time being decisive is shown using Ashes, her parents, and their influence on her. If she leaves her mother’s money and leaves her father in debt, she clearly favors her mother.

In the Unlikely Event. Ashes yearns for a caring, emotional parent, one that will promise her the stars and dreams as her dad does.

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