There she participated in civil rights demonstrations and was invited to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s home in 1962 at the end of her freshman year, in acknowledgement of another invitation she had received to attend the Youth World Peace Festival in Helsinki, Finland. She participated in “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” where she heard King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Walker accepted a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in New York after two years at Spellman. She was one of the very few African Americans to go to this respected school. The poet Muriel Ruykeyser and writer Jane Cooper were her mentors, they helped to inspire her interest and talent in writing which brought forth the poems that eventually found their way into her very first first volume of poetry called Once (1968).
This can also be seen as foreshadowing of the trials that growing up faces people with. Sharon Olds’ style of writing her poem “High School Senior” is more straightforward and descriptive of her actual daughter, verses Wilbur’s thought evoking allegory. She describes aspects of her daughter to try to cope with her leaving for college. She describes things like her daughters scent and the way she breaths and while using similes, for instance when she says her daughter squatted ‘like a bright tree-frog’ within her womb, creates a more open poem that is clear and straightforward the first time you read it. After reading Wilbur’s poem multiple times the reader can notice a theme with ... ... middle of paper ... ...ewhat reserved like the narrator in “The Writer”, usually watching me and my sister and rarely speaking his feelings unprovoked.
(“Rosenbe... ... middle of paper ... ...rposes. That was not okay with Woolf, she believed if you really want an education, you should be able to have one, no matter what sex you may be. Woolf wrote this essay to express her views on feminism and also connect her life struggles with the narrator’s struggles to make the concept easier to comprehend. Woolf struggled with many problems in her life but showed great leadership to all woman. Many would not think someone who has struggled with mental disorders and suicide attempts can be a good role model, but to me someone who has struggles and still fights for what they believe in, is a true leader.
When reading literary works, one can sense the different feminist stages depending on the timeframe that the writing takes place. Two such works are ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by, Charlotte Gilman and ‘Everyday Use’ by, Alice Walker; the feminist views within each story are very apparent by the era each author lives in. It is evident that a matter of fifty years can change the stance of an author’s writing; in one story the main character is a confident and strong willed young woman looking to voice her feminist views on the world, while the other story’s main character is a woman trying to hold on to her voice in a man’s world which is driving her insane. Both authors, Charlotte Gilman and Alice Walker were and are women rights activists. Gilman was best known for her fiction, although she did write a few nonfiction pieces that captured the public’s eye.
It is great to be a famous writer and also greater if you were a woman, but here, she is a black woman born in the early 30s of the 20th century, in my opinion it is the greatest because she was a womanist not just a feminist. Toni Morrison is not the first black woman to publish a novel discussing the black community and its suffering of racism. But Harriet E. Wilson did that before her in 1859 (Reuben). Harriet was unable to put her name on her book, due to being black as well as a woman. Since then, black women authors have come a long way in proving themselves as writers.
Walker, an African American author experienced many situations in the upbringing of her life that had effects on her. She was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. Her parents were Willie Lee and Minnie Grant Walker. Walker was the youngest out of eight children in her family. Her hometown was known as a poor town and Walker’s family made their living by sharecropping cotton.
Feeling the pressures of being a mother and a wife while trying to be a poet were beginning ... ... middle of paper ... ...self-destructiveness” that fueled her writing (“Overview”) and helped her to become one of the most well known poets of her time. Works Cited Kendall, Tim. Sylvia Plath: A Critical Study. London: Faber and Faber, 2001. Print.
Alice Walker was “born in Eatonton, Georgia, on February 9, 1944, she was the youngest of the eight children…”(Source 8) Alice and her Father, Willie Grant, “… at first [had a] strong and valuable [relationship]…”(Source 10), then when she joined the Civil Rights and feminist movements their relationship became tense. “Walker attended segregated schools…”(Source 7) when she was younger and “…she recalled that she had terrific teachers who encouraged her to believe that the world she was reaching for actually existed.”(Source 7). One of Walker’s most memorable events in her childhood was when “…a BB gun accident which left her at age eight blind in one eye.” After high School Walker went to Speleman college on a full scholarship in 1961 and later transferred to Sarah Lawerence College near new York. “In 1965, Walker met and later married Melvyn Roseman Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer.”(Source 11) They got married on March 17, 1967 in New York City. “Later that year the couple relocated to Jackson, Mississippi, becoming "the first legally married inter-racial couple in Mississippi.