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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From a literary standpoint, it makes sense for Ashes to choose her mother. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Short Stories for Strong Gi rls. Posted by Eli Hecht at 1: On the other hand, Ashes’ dad makes Ashes feel special and wanted. Is she strong beyh to go against her father? Often times we will overlook things about people and either take them for granted or put them on too high of a pedestal.

When her father mentions this, she tries to find an alternate way to fix his problem. Ashes by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Throughout the ashfs story, there is a reoccurring theme about Ashes father using her, and never fulfilling his promises to her, as a real father would. In your second paragraph you should ask yourself “Is this worded correctly and does it make sense? So, he told Ashes to steal from her mother because then Ashes will get in trouble, not him. For much of the story, her mother is portrayed very adversely, but in this quote it is finally clear that Ashes understands that her mother will keep her from unwanted feelings.

One of the symbols that is introduced in the story is the star necklace.

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This story has an important message to teens that they should take advice and help from others, but in the end the decisions we make should be our own. Because you simply cannot raise the hopes of a child by lying to her. With very little communication or interaction, both of Ashes’ parents find ways to fight for her affection.


She felt like her dad was still with her and loved her as much as she loved him. View the Study Pack. A Personal View by Judy Blume. The very first sentence in the introduction makes no sense, maybe you should reword it.

On the moon we had gold spoons. Toward the end of February, Dad finally returns to his apartment where Ashleigh is waiting.

In the Unlikely Event. I feel that many others in the same situation as me empathize with Ashes in that no child wants to disappoint their parents, but sometimes we feel that the decision we’re making isn’t honest with ourselves. Meeting the Mugger by Norma Fox Mazer. This story will hopefully clear many kids judgment, and cause them to consider all the complicated facets of people in their lives.

The Red Dragonfly by Katherine Paterson. In this quote, the father was able to both give Ashes false expectations and put down Ashes’ mom.

Her father keeps complimenting her, and it makes him seem warm and loving. Throughout the story, Ashes faces the dilemma of choosing between her parents and their attempts to gain her affection. This shows how Ashes is confusing what she wants and what she needs.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Ashleigh enjoys 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.

In the story, Ashes’ father asks her to steal from her mother to pay off a debt.

As Ashes has shown us, while she craves the affection of her father, Ashes requires the reliability from of her mother. Ashes felt special when her dad said it to her. A real father would never owe anyone money, and then have his daughter steal from her own mother.


Ashes, the main character, is asked by her father to take money from her mother in order to settle his own financial difficulties. If she leaves her mother’s money and leaves her father in debt, she clearly favors her mother. In the end when Ashes makes her decision she is by herself but looking for advice or anything to help her. Love and Centipedes by Paul Zindel. However in the quote it is unclear whether the weather is only nicer in her imagination, and that Ashes is feeling what she wants to.

Ashes enjoys the constant compliments and promises from her father and finds her mothers realistic attitude unsatisfying. Ashes visits her dad every Tuesday and at first, Ashes describes the weather as making it feel special and different than other days.

I like your introduction sentences in each paragraph; they are worded really well.

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It all depends on how courageous Ashes is willing to be. If she chooses her father then she would be choosing the character that is the root of this conflict, not resolving the story. Parental rivalry often confuses young people suszn what they want.

I think that the father believes the more he makes her feel special, the more she’ll love him and in the end, the more Ashes will be willing to steal for him or do other favors when he needs it.