A Character's Perspective

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A story’s point of view can reveal the emotions of one character or multiple characters. It can also make readers construct their own image of the character if there is little information. The first person point of view only reveals the side of one character, the narrator. The reader has to question the objective truth of the narrator because the other characters’ stories are not told. I reconstructed two passages from “Everyday Use” in Dee’s (the daughter) view instead of Mama, the narrator’s perspective. I want to show Dee’s perception of her family and the situation based on her known qualities and motives. Passage 1 I open the door of the car. Unfortunately I am here. I need my family quilts. That is my only purpose for this visit. Well, I also want to persuade my family to leave the dump they call a home. I am wearing a long dress, despite the hot weather. It is full of yellows and oranges that reflect the sun. I am also wearing the prettiest bracelets that dangle every time I move. I can tell Mama likes it. Maybe if she finally leaves her way of life, she might be able to experience such treasures that I own. I have also changed my hair in two stylish long pigtails. The new black culture is here. Mama should try it. Maggie goes “Uhnnnh” at my appearance. What does that mean? Can’t she speak? I quickly call my boyfriend, “Wa-su-zo-Tean-o!” I need a distraction from this awkwardness. “Aslamalakin, my mother and sister!” He tries to hug Maggie, but she acts and looks weird. She is trembling and is that perspiration falling of her chin? Yuck! I ignore her and go back to the car to get my Palariod. I stoop down quickly and start taking pictures of Mama with Maggie sitting in front of the house. I do not exactly like the house ... ... middle of paper ... ... For example, I would not have understand the mother’s decision to give the quilt to her youngest daughter because of Dee’s dominant anger and persuasion. Dee would only focus on how the story affectes her and the narrow picture. The other family members could say what needed to be said but Dee would come back to rebuke the previous statement. However the original view does not show an in-debt analysis of Dee, since she is just a complicated character. Dee looks down on her surroundings, believing herself above them. Those feelings are more explicit in her point of view. These passages show unlike her mother, she does not want to honor and embrace her roots. Instead she remains in h Works Cited Walker, Alice. "Everyday Use". Prentice Hall Literature Portfolio Ital. Ed. Christy Desmet, D. Alexis Hart, Deborah Church Miller New Jersey: Pearson, 2007.278-283. Print.
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