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The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

- The Color Purple by Alice Walker is an epistolary novel criticized for its immoral and sensitive issues, such as incest, rape, and physical abuse. The story takes place in the early 1900's in the South, and symbolizes the unmerciful social, emotional, and economic hardships that African American women faced. The protagonist of the story is Celie, a woman who has been abused since her youth and documents her struggles through letters written to God and eventually to her sister Nettie, who is a missionary in Africa....   [tags: literary anlysis, alice walker]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... She does this when she gives examples of standing up for herself. In letter 33, Celie wanted to see Shug perform at Harpo’s juke joint, but Mr.___ would not let her go, saying “Wives don’t go to places like that,” (page 64) and “My wife can’t do this, my wife can’t do that. No wife of mines...” (page 64) Shug then snaps at Mr.___ “Good thing I ain’t your damn wife.” Mr___ then gets very quiet, and allows Celie to see Shug perform. This event shows Celie that she can be assertive and speak up for what she wants, rather than have all of her choices be dictated by another person....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... Shug Avery’s significance in Celie’s life is that she becomes a catalyst who assists with Celie’s metamorphosis into an independent woman. Celie’s first confrontation with Shug is the night that no one within the rural Georgia community would take Shug in. In the novel, the first depiction of Shug’s care of Celie is seen when Shug announces to Celie that she would be leaving Mr. ______’s home. Celie becomes upset and admits, “He beat me when you not here… For being me and not you” (Walker 74-75)....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... She scream at me.” (2). On top of everything else Celie already endures she now knows that her own mother disliked her so much that she would die angry. Celie’s younger sister Nettie is a smart girl and while everyone is fond of her, Celie is pushed to the background. Never-the-less Celie loves her sister very much, she never let her personal feeling and degradement affect her relationship with her sister; Nettie is all Celie has. Celie becomes pregnant by her “Pa” twice and her children are taken away from her....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Marriage]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... But he ain 't” (197). Shug knows that if Celie understands that man is not God, she will be able to understand that men who try to act like God are no more superior than her. In Costa’s academic essay about Shug’s importance, he says, “Shug is free and doesn’t allow herself to be submitted by any man. That’s what Celie learns from her. Then she reacts to Albert for the first time during a quarrel at a dinner” (Costa, 2005). Just by being herself, Shug is able to prompt questioning of authoritative figures....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Thing]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... Walker’s character is seen to be that which is so hospitable and every individual would want to live around despite her traditional way of living. She is a mother who feels so burdened by her daughters despite being such a loving mother and this shows that she is a very strong woman. She has an inner monologue which is a good prove of a mother’s unconditional love. She is never critical between her two daughters and always honest to both of them. Her character is mainly in the relationship between the physical surrounding and herself....   [tags: Family, Fiction, Character, Alice Walker]

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Heritage in Everyday Use, by Alice Walker

- Heritage is one of the most important factors that represents where a person came from. In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, this short story characterizes not only the symbolism of heritage, but also separates the difference between what heritage really means and what it may be portrayed as. Throughout the story, it reveals an African-American family living in small home and struggling financially. Dee is a well-educated woman who struggles to understand her family's heritage because she is embarrassed of her mother and sister, Mama and Maggie....   [tags: everyday use, alice walker]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... She won it in 1983 for her renowned novel The Color Purple. The novel also won the the National Book Award for Fiction and was later adapted into a film and musical by the same name. On the 30th anniversary of the book’s publication was set mainly in rural Georgia in the 1930s, the book tells the story of a young, poor African-American woman named Celie and her struggle for empowerment in a world marked by sexism, racism and patriarchy. In 1985, The Color Purple was adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- “If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it”(Walker Quotes). In The Color Purple by Alice Walker there are many characters that stand out, however, the main focus of the entire story is Celie and the progression of her as a person. Walker at first portrays Celie as this innocent, incompetent little girl that can not stand up to anyone or anything, even if it meant saving her life. However, as time progresses, Celie, with the help of some friends along the way becomes this strong, independent woman who learns to stand up for herself....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, The Color Purple]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... (196) (Lambert). Lambert says “In The Color Purple is purely adventurous: men are brutes; therefore women became lesbians.” (Lambert). Lambert said “Walker rewrote the life of her Grandmother on whom the character Celie is based .” (Lambert). The Color Purple is a fairy tale type of novel. In The Color Purple it has a lot of feminization in it. Lambert says “Some have interpreted Walkers treatment of female homosexually as equally expedient as Celie’s homosexually come across as resulting from men’s cruelty.” (Lambert)....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, The Color Purple]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- In The Color Purple, Alice Walker explores the life of a beaten, black woman who triumphantly finds her way in life, Celie. She writes letters to God, then transitions into letters to her sister Nettie throughout the course of the story. The book begins with Celie at age 14 and ends with her at an estimated age of 55. At a young age, she is raped by her ‘father’ then is forced to marry a man named Mr.___, or otherwise known as Albert. Celie is a sensible woman who learns to deal with the curveballs that are thrown at her....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Self-esteem]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- Alice Walker was born in 1944, she grew up in the racially divided South. She attend segregated schools, which she was the valedictorian of her class. After high school she received a scholarship to attend Spelman College in Atlanta. She switched colleges and then went to Sarah Lawrence College in New York City Living. She decided to study abroad in Africa. She graduated in 1965 which is also the same year that her first story was published. She then went on to publishing her novel the color purple in 1982....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- In this paper the author analyzes the contents of the color purple. He attempts to answer the question of what makes Alice Walker’s most popular literary work a feminist novel. First he points out the stigma that involves nearly all of the male gender depicted throughout the story. He takes the time to address the rape that was involved and the manner in which it was implemented. Then the paper discusses how in the color purple women are depicted as being oppressed. And also it talks about how Celie grows as a woman thanks to the aid of two strong female companions....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Gender, Man]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... She raised money for her eldest daughter, Dee, to go off to college and soon realizes that she becomes envious of her daughters natural beauty and new found intelligence; she had to sacrifice both in order to ensure that Dee didn’t have to suffer through the hardships of not being educated or growing up in a poverty stricken household. Despite Mama’s understanding of her figure and unladylike characteristics, she feels ashamed of the way her daughter sees her. Her daughter would like to see Mama how she would be “show[n] on television” (Walker 1312), omitting all the aggressive edges and masculine actions....   [tags: Short story, Family, Alice Walker, Fiction]

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Familial History Throughout Alice Walker´s Essays

- History History shapes and molds us by teaching lessons that later we are either rewarded or punished depending on the outcome of these lessons. Through those punishments and rewards, we learn what is wrong, what is right, what is expected of us, and what most likely going to happen in different situations. These things that are learned become different forms of history such as personal, family, cultural, etc. Each of these has a different significance to each person based on his or her own experiences....   [tags: Alice Walker, Every Use]

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The Color Purple And Meridian By Alice Walker

- ... Kilt it out there in the woods. Kill this one too, if he can” (Walker 2). The “it” Celie is referring to is her unborn child. Celie was impregnated by her father on multiple occasions and she became used to her children unborn or born being taken away from her. Once Celie’s father was done with her he tried to sell her to men, “But I can let you have Celie. She the oldest anyway. She ought to marry first. She ain’t fresh tho, but I spect you know that. She spoiled. Twice. But you don’t need a fresh woman no how” (Walker 7)....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Woman, Abuse]

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Alice Walker : An American Author And Activist Of The Information Age

- Alice Malsenior Walker Alice Walker is one of the most famous African American author and activist of the Information Age. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. As a child Walker blinded one of her eye from playing with her sibling. Walker was also bullied in school due to her eye. Her childhood experience was in racism, and poverty. After completing high school, Walker attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Walker’s mother worked very hard to send her to college. While she was at Spelman College, she met Martin Luther King Jr....   [tags: The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Georgia]

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The Transformation of Celie in "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

- Events in history have influenced writers’ style, and the importance in their stories. Alice Walker wrote a novel which was very much subjective by the time period of the 1940’s. There was a great deal of bigotry and tyranny during that time, particularly for Women of color. Women were mentally and physically abused and belittled by man purely because of their race and femininity. Women were considered as ignorant individuals that simply knew how to handle housework and care for the children. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker in 1982 and later made into a movie in 1985 directed by Steven Speilburg tells the story of a young women of color named Celie who endured countless hardships in the...   [tags: Color Purple, Alice Walker, sexism, ]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Everyday Use by Alice Walker Through contrasting family members and views in "Everyday Use", Alice Walker illustrates the importance of understanding our present life in relation to the traditions of our own people and culture. Using careful descriptions and attitudes, Walker demonstrates which factors contribute to the values of one's heritage and culture; she illustrates that these are represented not by the possession of objects or mere appearances, but by one's lifestyle and attitude. Throughout the story, Walker personifies the different sides of culture and heritage in the characters of Dee and the mother (the narrator)....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- In "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, Walker shows differences in human character, just by the way they act towards family members. The main character in the story, Mother, has two daughters that she treats very differently, and they treat her differently. One daughter looks down on Mother in a condescending manner, and the other is obedient and kind. In "Everyday Use", Walker shows that in relationships between a mother and daughters, adaptation to change can sometimes be very hard, which leads to pride and protecting what one has accomplished, and finally shows how un-appreciation can hinder these relationships....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use]

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Language and Male Supremacy in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"

- Andrea Dworkin devoted her life to supporting feminism. In one of her speeches, she states, “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.” Andrea’s quote shows that male supremacy is so common that it is practically part of human nature. In society, men feel entitled to abuse their wives whenever they feel discouraged or depressed. For example, when husbands do not treat their wives with the respect they deserve, it can lead to violence or divorce....   [tags: Male Supremacy, feminism, Alice Walker, Color Purp]

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Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- In every family there seems to be a child that is bestowed with all of the positive aspects of her parents. Unfortunately, for every perfect child there is, it seems that there is one child that is less talented and less beautiful. In the short story, "Everyday Use", these two character descriptions fit perfectly in relation to the characters of Dee and Maggie. Dee is the gifted and beautiful child, whereas Maggie seems to have been left behind by the gene pool and luck. In her short story, "Everyday Use", Alice Walker utilizes language, the tragedy of the fire burning down Maggie's family's house, and her portrayal of Dee to pain an extremely sympathetic portrait of Maggie....   [tags: Everyday Use Alice Walker]

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Alice Walker's In Love and Trouble

- Alice Walker's In Love and Trouble Stories from In Love and Trouble, like other Alice Walker’s works, are the portrayal of black women. I would interpret the term “black women” as women who have gone through all sorts of hardship and struggles, but not all women in the world or only those with black skin. I strongly argue that Walker’s characters are better represented as women who suffer the way African American women do, than as women with black skin. I will justify my argument by referring to specific examples from two short stories in the book, namely Roselily and Everyday Use....   [tags: Alice Walker Love Trouble Essays]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Everyday Use by Alice Walker In the story 'Everyday Use', by Alice Walker, the value of ones culture and heritage are defined as a part of life that should not be looked upon as history but as a living existence of the past. Walker writes of the conflict between two Black cultures. Dee and Maggie are sisters whom do not share the same ideals. Mama is torn between two children with different perspectives of what life truly means. In the story, Walker describes the trial and tribulations of one daughter whose whole life is tormented by fear, failure and weakness; while the other "has held life always in the palm of one hand"(61) and moves to a better lifestyle....   [tags: Every Day Use Alice Walker]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- Everyday Use By Alice Walker In Alice Walker's short story "Everyday Use" Mama is the narrator. She speaks of her family of two daughters Maggie and Dee. Through the eyes of two daughters, Dee and Maggie, who have chosen to live their lives in very different manners, the reader can choose which character to identify most with by judging what is really important in one’s life. Throughout the story three themes consistently show. These themes show that the family is separated by shame, knowledge, and pride....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Everyday Use by Alice Walker “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, is a story of a black family composed of a mother and her two daughters: Maggie and Dee. Walker does an excellent job illustrating her characters. There are all types of characters in this short story from round to static. Dee is a flat character, yet Walker uses Dee’s character to warn people of what might happen if they do not live properly. Walker describes Dee’s character as arrogant and selfish, and through Dee’s character one is allowed to perceive the wicked effect of an egotistical world....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Everyday Use by Alice Walker In the short story Everyday Use, by Alice Walker, is narration by an African American woman in the South who is faced with the ultimate decision to whom she should give away the two quilts. Dee, her oldest daughter who is visiting from college, perceives the quilts as popular fashion and believes they should undoubtedly be given to her. Maggie, her youngest daughter, who still lives at home and understands the family heritage, has been promised the quilts. The two daughters each have opposing views on the value and worth of the different items in their lives....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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Symbolism in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Symbolism in Alice Walker's Everyday Use History in the Making Heritage is something that comes to or belongs to one by reason of birth. This may be the way it is defined in the dictionary, but everyone has their own beliefs and ideas of what shapes their heritage. In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, these different views are very evident by the way Dee (Wangero) and Mrs. Johnson (Mama) see the world and the discrepancy of who will inherit the family’s quilts. Symbolism such as certain objects, their front yard, and the different characters, are all used to represent the main theme that heritage is something to always be proud of....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use]

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Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the author portrays opposing ideas about one’s heritage. Through the eyes of two daughters, Dee and Maggie, who have chosen to live their lives in very different manners, the reader can choose which character to identify most with by judging what is really important in one’s life. In Dee’s case, she goes out to make all that can of herself while leaving her past behind, in comparison to Maggie, who stays back with her roots and makes the most out of the surroundings that she has been placed in....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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Alice Walker's Literature

- Alice Walker's Literature “Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence” -Alice Walker (Lewis n.pag) Walker is considered to an African American novelist, short story writers poet, essayist, and activist. Most of her literature are mostly from her personal experiences and are morale to numbers of African American all over the world. Walker defines herself as a “womanist” which means “The prophetic voice concerned about the well-being of the entire African American community, male and female, adults and children....   [tags: Author Writer Alice Walker]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- The story of The Color Purple begins with a fourteen year old girl named Celie who was raped repeatedly by her step-father. The only one she was told to speak to was God, so she did this by writing him daily letters. The book starts out in the first letter with Celie describing how and why she is pregnant with her second child. This child was the result of her getting raped by her step-father, Alphonso. At the time, Celie believes that Alphonso is her real father because that is what her mother has always told her....   [tags: Color Purple Alice Walker]

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Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"      In the story "Everyday Use" the narrator is telling a story about her life and two daughters, who are named Dee and Maggie. The narrator is very strong willed, honest, compassionate and very concerned with the lives of her two daughters. Her daughter Dee is not content with her lifestyle and makes it hard on Maggie and the narrator. The narrator is trying to provide for her family the best way she can. The narrator is alone in raising the two daughters and later sends her daughter Dee to college....   [tags: Alice Walker Every Day Use Essays]

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The Themes and Narration Techniques of Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- The Themes and Narration Techniques of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker "Everyday Use," by Alice Walker, was first published in 1973. The story opens as Maggie and her mother, a black farm woman, await a visit from Maggie's older sister, Dee, and a man who may be her husband--her mother is not sure whether they are actually married. Dee, who was always scornful of her family's way of life, has gone to college and now seems almost as distant as a film star. Maggie, who is not bright and who bears severe burn scars from a house fire many years before, is even more intimidated by her glamorous sibling....   [tags: Alice Walker's Everyday Use]

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Point of View in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Point of View in Alice Walker's Everyday Use Alice Walker is making a statement about the popularization of black culture in "Everyday Use". The story involves characters from both sides of the African American cultural spectrum, conveniently cast as sisters in the story. Dee/Wangero represents the "new black," with her natural hairdo and brightly colored clothing. Maggie remains traditional: the unchanged, unaffected bystander. Nowhere in the dialogue do Walker's characters directly mention their feelings about the Americanization of African tradition....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use]

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Analysis of Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- The story 'Everyday Use', written by Alice Walker, is a story of heritage, pride, and learning what kind of person you really are. In the exposition, the story opens with background information about Dee and Maggie's life, which is being told by Mama. The reader learns that Dee was the type of child that had received everything that she wanted, while Maggie was the complete opposite. The crisis, which occurs later in the story, happens when Dee all of a sudden comes home a different person than she was when she left....   [tags: Everyday Use Alice Walker Literature Essays]

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A Psychological Analysis of Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- A Psychological Analysis of Alice Walker's Everyday Use      The human mind is divided into three parts that make up the mind as a whole. These parts are necessary to have a complete mind, just as the members of a family are needed to make up the entire family. The use of components to equal a whole is often exercised in literature. Alice Walker's short story, "Everyday Use," contains the idea of family and of the mind, therefore her work can be evaluated through psychological methods. Through their actions, the characters symbolize the three different parts of the mind: the id, the ego, and the superego....   [tags: Everyday Use essays Alice Walker ]

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The Character of Dee in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- The Character of Dee in Alice Walker's Everyday Use Alice Walker skillfully crafts the character of Dee Johnson in the short story "Everyday Use." From the first paragraph, Walker begins to weave the portrait of Dee, who at first seems shallow in many aspects. Dee becomes a more complex character, however, as the story unfolds. Blessed with both brains and good looks, Dee emerges as someone who is still struggling with her identity and heritage. Dee's physical beauty can be defined as one of her biggest assets....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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The Meaning of Heritage in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- The Meaning of Heritage in Alice Walker's Everyday Use     Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," is a story about a poor, African-American family and a conflict about the word "heritage." In this short story, the word "heritage" has two meanings. One meaning for the word "heritage" represents family items, thoughts, and traditions passed down through the years. The other meaning for the word "heritage" represents the African-American culture. There are three women in this short story, two sisters and their mother....   [tags: Everyday Use Alice Walker essays]

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Alice Walker's In Search of Our Mother's Gardens

- Alice Walker's In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens      The essay “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” by contemporary American novelist Alice Walker is one that, like a flashbulb, burns an afterimage in my mind. It is an essay primarily written to inform the reader about the history of African American women in America and how their vibrant, creative spirit managed to survive in a dismal world filled with many oppressive hardships. This piece can be read, understood, and manage to conjure up many emotions within the hearts and minds of just about any audience that reads it....   [tags: Alice Walker Search Gardens Essays]

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Symbolic Analysis of Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Symbolic Analysis of Alice Walker's Everyday Use Alice Walker?s ?Everyday Uses (For Your Grandmother). is a story about a woman?s struggle with the past and her inability and unwillingness to accept the future. The three main characters in the story are Dee, her younger sister Maggie, and their mother. The story is narrated by the mother in an almost reminiscent manner, and it is on her that the focus of the story centers. Her eldest daughter, Dee, is the first in her family to embrace modernization and to attempt to improve her way of life....   [tags: Alice Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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Celie's Growth in The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- Celie's Growth in The Color Purple by Alice Walker  The Color Purple is an award-winning novel written by Alice Walker. Originally published in 1982, the novel tells about a black woman's life struggles. Celie, the main character, is a dynamic character and changes from an abused, insecure character to a strong, loving woman. She learns to love and fight for the things she needs and desires. Most importantly she fights back against the cruelty by Mr. . In the beginning, the reader is immediately engrossed when Celie is forcibly raped by her father and forced into an incestuous relationship with him, resulting in the birth of two children....   [tags: Color Purple Essays Alice Walker Papers]

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Struggle and Growth in Alice Walker's Color Purple

- Struggle and Growth in Alice Walker's The Color Purple The Color Purple depicts the struggle and growth of Celie, an uneducated slave of the South who became a victim of racism, sexual roles, men, and social injustices, in numerous letters that she writes as a diary. Walker uses Celie's uneducated grammar to help the reader perceive the pain that she thinks and feels in order to become a mature, twentieth-century woman.             As Celie writes to God for guidance and strength asking that she may carry on, her letters subtly shift to be intended for her intensely loved sister, Nettie, whom separated from Celie at an early age....   [tags: Color Purple Essays Alice Walker Papers]

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Analysis of Alice Walker's short story, Nineteen Fifty-five

- Analysis of Alice Walker's short fictional story, "Nineteen Fifty-five" Alice Walker's short fictional story, "Nineteen Fifty-five", revolves around the encounters among Gracie Mae Still, the narrator, and Traynor, the "Emperor of Rock and Roll." Traynor as a young prospective singer purchases a song from Mrs. Still, which becomes his "first hit record" and makes him rich and famous. Yet, he does not "even understand" the song and spends his entire life trying to figure out "what the song means." The song he sings seems as fictional as certain events in this story, but as historical as Traynor's based character, Elvis Presley....   [tags: Alice Walker Nineteen Fifty-five]

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Nothing Must Spoil This Visit by Shauna Singh Baldwin and Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Nothing Must Spoil This Visit by Shauna Singh Baldwin and Everyday Use by Alice Walker In “Nothing Must Spoil This Visit” by Shauna Singh Baldwin and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, two pairs of sisters are you’re average loveable sisters. Sisters can be blood related or by marriage. “Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?” Many sisters do feel this way about each other. However, Chaya and Janet in "nothing must spoil this visit, who are sister in laws, but are not the best of friends....   [tags: Alice Walker Singh Sisters]

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Family From The South By Alice Walker

- Family is forever. As it’s said blood is thicker than water but it is not always the best, because sometimes the people closest to us can do the most damage. Family members bring pressures and sometime standards to live by, and this can often can be selfish to try to live by another’s standards whether they want you to be like themselves or be like someone they know; they will always expect and compare you to the best “Everyday use” by Alice walker is a story about family from the south, the narrator is a mother of two daughters who are driven by opposing forces; one shrouded in beauty and praise while the other lives neglect....   [tags: Family, Amy Tan, Walker Island, Audience]

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Alice Walker: The Voice of a Nation

- Alice Walker is a modern day writer whose writing style depicts the trials people have gone through, especially in America. I argue that Alice Walker is one of the world’s best authors because her writings tell you a story about some major event in history, while giving you an insight into her life and experiences. In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, she portrays all of the women with different characteristics. Celie is shy and timid in the beginning, believing she is ugly, but in the end she overcomes her fears and gains a confidence in herself....   [tags: women's characteristics, the color purple]

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Autobiography in the Fiction of Alice Walker

- When reading Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and “Everyday Use,” it is evident that she writes about her life through her use of allegory. Alice Walker uses the events of her childhood, her observation of the patriarchy in African American culture, and her rebellion against the society she lived in to recount her life through her stories. Alice Walker grew up in a loving household in the years towards the end of the Great Depression. Although her family was poor, they were rich in kindness and perspective and taught Walker a lot about her heritage and life....   [tags: Literature, Race]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- ... Gray, We Alone, Expect Nothing, I Said to Poetry, before you knew you owned, She Said, Love is Not Concerned, Listen and walker are only few examples of her poems about love. For example I will quote from one of the poems named Gray from the book “Horses make a Landscape look more beautiful”. “ I have a friend/ who is turning gray/ not just her hair/ and I do not know/ why this is so/ Is it lack of vitamin E/ pantothenic acid or B-12?/ or is it from being frantic and alone.” Or in poem walker in the same book she quoted “when I no longer have your heart/ I will not request your body/ you or presence or even your polite conversation/ I will go away to a far country/ separated from...   [tags: racism and misogynists]

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The Sociological Criticism of Alice Walker

- The definition of sociology is the study of society. Social criticism is the practice of analyzing a literary work by examining the cultural, political and economical context in which it was written or received. Alice Walker’s work demonstrates this type criticism very well; from The Color Purple to Everyday Use, or any of her earlier short stories. The majority of her work reveals the struggle of African Americans in society, especially women. Furthermore, her stories mirror a lot of the social characteristic that were taking place in America, from the 1940’s on; thus, making Alice Walker the epitome of sociological criticisms....   [tags: Black Culture, Civil Activism]

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The Life and Writings of Alice Walker

- Alice Walker is an American author, novelist, short story writer, poet and political activist. She was born in Eatonton, Georgia on February 9, 1944, the youngest child of eight. Her parents, a sharecropper and a maid, had little money. At the age of eight, her right eye was scarred and caused her partial blindness because her parents were unable to take her to the doctor for a week. The blindness left her to become teased and bullied by classmates; she became withdrawn and began writing to escape daily ridicule....   [tags: Authors]

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`` Everyday Use `` By Alice Walker

- Skimming through Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” one might presume the story is about an African-American mother who doesn 't truly grasp her heritage. After further analysis, it’s easy to see that’s not the case here at all. “Everyday Use” is a beautiful short story that captures a battle between materialism and heritage. Alice Walker, an African-American woman herself, does an excellent job portraying this battle between the two, and showing her readers what truly matters when it comes to family and heritage....   [tags: Family, African American, Short story]

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`` Everyday Use `` By Alice Walker

- The traditional society condemns men to bread-wining responsibilities. However, with modernity, comes the change in roles. Women have an equal share in role taking. The modern society not only permits women but also gives them an opportunity to provide for their families among other responsibilities. However, this drastic change is a factor towards competition, a need for supremacy or pride. Therefore, regardless of their different struggles, conflicts or challenges they face, every woman has a zeal towards success....   [tags: Fiction, Family, Sociology]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- Alice Walker is the pride of African Americans, who are considered as the most suppressed community within United States. She was born on 9th February 1944 in Georgia. She started her career as a social worker activist, followed by teaching and writer. She has secured many awards for her unprecedented works. The third novel of Alice Walker “The Color Purple” was published in 1982, which gave the real flight to her publications; as she received massive credits from around the world. Her works basically include short stories, novels and essays that are always evidently centered on the struggles and adversities of black women particularly in United States....   [tags: African American, American Civil War, Family]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- The Color Purple, written by a black woman Alice Walker, tells the story of an African American woman who faced racism and sexism and how this woman transformed and found her self worth. Through the protagonist – Celie’s inner transformation journey, Alice Walker tries to inform the readers about womanism, how a female can overcome the fate of oppression and discrimination with consciousness, and the black communities. First of all, the novel illustrates the harsh lives of African American women at that era....   [tags: African American, Black people, White people]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- Paradoxical to popular belief, traditional gender roles are not something one’s taught but rather something one learns. At a very young age, children are infused with the mindset that they must act a certain way. Likewise, in Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple, the protagonist Celie, believes that she is obligated to do what men tell her to. She starts writing letters to God since she has nobody else to share her secrets with. Soon she meets a woman named Shug, who makes her realize that there is more to life than she really thinks....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Gender Roles, Novel Review]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a confessional novel in which the main character Celie tells her story throughout a series of letters she writes to God. Celie is a poor black woman who lives in Georgia in the 1930s. Walker uses Celie’s voice to tell the history of black women during that time. She is a victim of racism, and sexism throughout the novel and these are the major themes of the novel. The author emphasizes the role gender plays in the lives of the characters. Employing the gender roles of the characters daily lives through the theme of important female relationships and the power that is derived from these relationships....   [tags: character and story analysis]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- Abuse, particularly when it comes to black women, often occurred in the early twentieth century. The novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker touches on the abuse Celie endures as a child, and expands upon the struggles she continues battling throughout her adult life. With a husband who carries on an ongoing affair with the mother of his children, Celie comes to the realization that her husband had been hiding letters addressed to Celie written by her sister Nettie from her for years. Shug Avery and she rescue the letters and read the fascinating story that unfolds....   [tags: abuse, celie, netties]

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

- Women can often experience suppression in their daily lives due to people including husbands, co-workers, or peers. Many of these people will underestimate the capabilities of women and treat them in an unjust manner. The women in the novel initially symbolize a wrinkled piece of cloth. A person tramples on a smooth piece of cloth and wrinkles appear. Just like in the novel, the men overpower and show authority towards the women and cause them to become fearful and scared. But when someone comes around and irons this piece of cloth it can become smooth again....   [tags: African American literature]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- Writers of all genres uses symbolism as a way to introduce objects or ideas that will expand and deepen the meaning of their writings. The title of Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” could be considered a symbolism. Purple is the color that is said to represent imagination and spirituality. It helps the individual to get in touch with their deeper thoughts, feelings and inspires them to have high standards about themselves. Purple is said to be associated with the transformation of the soul....   [tags: Meaning of life, Writing, Literature, Genre]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- As we are all imperfect humans, we thrive and face a sense of self determination by the expectations of those around us, whether distinguished by close family or society, expectations molding us to conform to the roles that have been set forth for us to play. However, the view that society has on these roles that each gender is supposed to play is not always what society should expect from individuals. Throughout the book The Color Purple by Alice Walker, several characters do not follow these stereotypical roles that their genders are assigned; because of this, they break through the stereotypical walls that have traditionally been directed at their genders....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, The Color Purple, Man]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- The novel of “The Color Purple by Alice Walker describes an illegible black girl named Celie grows up under poverty in the Deep South of United States, who, undergoes a major change in her life from a victim of gender discrimination and prejudice to a successful woman by the end of the story. According to the “The Color Purple”, Celie is the narrator of the novel and her story begins with her struggle to resist her free wills against male dominance world. Her youth and early adulthood describe herself under controlled by the stepfather and the husband....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Family]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- In the novel The Color Purple Alice Walker uses men to push Celie to the attraction and affection of women. Celie’s abused by the two men in her life that should protect her, her stepfather and husband. The women in Celie’s life provided her with a sense of life and motivation to continue with household duties such as taking care of her stepchildren. Sexual and physical abuse that Celie encountered pushed her to the attraction and affection of Shug Avery. “You gonna do what your mammy wouldn’t.” “He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it” (3)....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- Introduction The movie I have chosen for this assignment is “The Color Purple.” In this film, we follow the story of a young black woman, Celie, as she endures racial profiling and gender expectations during the early nineteen hundreds. This is a film, based off a novel written by Alice Walker, that portrays not only the oppression of one group, but also three (women, blacks, and black women). I have seen the workings of status, gender stereotypes, body image, and sexuality within this film as I watched this woman mature in mind as well as spirit....   [tags: Marriage, Woman, Family, Gender]

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The Color Purple By Alice Walker

- ... By passing and marrying a white man, Clare Kendry Bellew knew her life was made significantly for her. In that era, if you were not white, the struggle of having a normal life was inevitable. In the same fashion concluding “Color Purple”, Harpo beats Sofia after his father implies that Sofia” resistance makes him less of a man. Celie also does the same because she is jealous of Sofia’s strength and assertiveness. Sofia fought all her life to earn respect and to be acknowledged as a woman of her own....   [tags: Race, African American, Black people]

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Alice Walker's The Color Purple

- Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel The Color Purple narrates the story of two sisters in the form of letters. Separated early on, Celie and Nettie live their lives continents apart, maintaining hope that one day they will be reunited. While Celie remains in the rural American South, Nettie becomes a missionary in Western Africa and spends most of her life with the Onilak tribe. Africa plays an integral role in The Color Purple because it shows that patriarchal oppression is a diasporic problem that affects black communities worldwide....   [tags: Black Females, African Identity]

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Maya Angelou and Alice Walker

- Two well regarded and recognized poets, Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, wrote lots of different renowned poetry that is appreciated for its beauty and its truth. Both poets are African American woman, although in different times, many of their words rang true to one other. Their work can be compared and contrasted by understanding the poems as two separate pieces of work, and then looking at how each are similar and different in their own respects. Alice Walker grew up the youngest of eight children....   [tags: Phenomenal Women]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- In the 1970s, many African Americans tried to find their roots in order to understand their families’ background. In her short story, “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker chronicles the expectations of the African American tradition through the uneducated narration of Mrs. Johnson, the mother of Dee and Maggie. Dee and Maggie Johnson are sisters who have been raised separately and have distinctly individual appreciations of their heritage. Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” conveys heritage and different points of view about one’s roots through the contrasting sisters, Dee and Maggie; however, Walker most effectively presents the importance of keeping traditional customs to stay true to oneself....   [tags: Family, African American, Short story, Quilting]

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“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

- In its simplest form, a child is a product of a man and a woman but Alice Walker one of the foremost authors during the twentieth century, adds depth to her black American women by focusing on the role that race and gender played in their development. Family reunions can be times of great anticipation, excitement and happiness but for Dee, a young, beautiful, African American and our leading character, it was a reunion with underlying, unspoken tensions. Dee was Dee but Dee had changed; a new husband, nice clothes, and a college degree to boat....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- Every member of every family in history has a distinct personality, which can often calls forth a tension that is unlike any other. Many people have a hard time understanding that someone that is related to them could be so drastically different. Throughout “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, there are many examples explaining the qualities and mentality of each character, as well as the themes represented in the story and noticeable symbolism. The most notable theme in the story is jealousy, which the reader gets a sense of the further down they read, as well as in the way they describe each character, the interactions between each one, and the symbols used in the story....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, My Chemical Romance]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- As we go through life and learn, a story is never one sided. It always has two different sides and two different perspectives of what actually happened. This same concept can be applied to the stories we read. Just because someone is the narrator does not make the protagonist. They could be the antagonist, but they are trying to get you on their side. As you read Alice Walker’s Everyday use, we are taken through the mind of the mother. She takes us on an adventure through her thoughts as her daughter, who is different from her mother, visits....   [tags: Fiction, Want, Family, WANT]

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Everyday Use, by Alice Walker

- ... Through-out the beginning of the story, Mama sings her daughters praises, speaking of her education and her beauty. She compares Dee against her younger sister Maggie, “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and a fuller figure” (Walker par 10), but her praises remain only on superficial good qualities that Dee possesses. Although Mama speaks highly of her daughter, the tone that Walker writes Mama’s attitude gives the reader an understanding that Mama was slightly resentful toward her daughter, and had hard feelings for Dee’s materialistic love for the finer things in life....   [tags: maggie, dee, materialistic love]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... She explains to her mother, she discarded the name Dee because it is a slave name, whereas, her new name Wangero reflects her choice to claim Africa as the only relevant strand of her current heritage. Her mother tries to point out that the name, Dee, in fact, can be traced back several generations within their family. Big Dee contributed by making the quilts that new now suddenly wants for herself. Mama feels that the rejection of the name Dee is disrespectful to her foremothers. The irony within the short-story is Dee is willing to give up her name given to her by her grandmother....   [tags: Black people, African American, Black Power]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... Dee 's saying that even though Maggie and her mom lives in a crappy place she will still come back to visit them. However, she 's doubting them and disrespecting her mom, not to mention she’ve forgoten where she had come from. She believe that she 's at a higher level just because she went to school and has a education. Dee don 't want to bring her friends along with her because she’s embarrassed by the lack of wealth in her family. She do not value her home and the way she grew up. Dee 's mom, on the other hand, appreciates the simple pleasures their home has to offer....   [tags: Family, Quilting, Value, Appreciation]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... During the visit, while Dee is rummaging around the house, looking for stuff that she wants, she comes across two quilts that she is set on having. To Dee, family heritage doesn’t mean the same as it does to Maggie. Dee doesn’t appreciate where she comes from, doesn’t like anything that she is given, and has very high expectations on how her life should be lived. While Maggie shows fear and amazement to her sister Dee; she knows what she wants and what she believes in. She shows the true meanings of her family heritage and where her family has come from....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, Greatest hits, Sibling]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- In the short story, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, is written in manner to inspire the reader to show them how deep some family traditions can go. Walker, in her writings, tend to talk about issues that she had experienced in her life, and being an African American, she has learned the value of certain things in her life that her parents and grandparents had taught her. The quilt is so important to Dee because it is something that tells a story of the previous generation; the quilt actually consists of pieces of material that the family once used....   [tags: Short story, Family, Quilting, Fiction]

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Alice Walker and Epistolary Writing

- When an author writes a novel, a narrative method must be chosen which will effectively and uniquely convey the plot and characters to the readers. Epistolary novels are written as a collection of documents which are usually in the form of letters. This method of using letters to present the plot adds realism to stories by mimicking real-life letters and allowing the voice of a specific narrator to be experienced more intimately. This method of storytelling is most exceptionally presented in The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker, as the novel is made up of letters written by Celie, the protagonist and her experiences in an era when women had little power....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Mama describes both the personalities and relationships of the two sisters Dee and Maggie. Although the sisters spend a lot of time together throughout the story, they are portrayed as total opposites of each other. Both sisters highly differ from one another throughout the story. Dee is seen more as a static character, whereas Maggie goes through changes, thus making her a dynamic character. Mama says that Maggie isn’t very confident in herself due to the burns that she has on her face and arms because of a house fire that happened about twelve years ago....   [tags: dee, maggie, family]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- ... She is described as a light black person who feels as though is higher than everybody else and is educated somewhat. While reading this there were some animosity toward Dee because of what type of character she was. The animosity was caused by the numerous comments and actions that occurred in the story. She was very selfish, uneducated, and very unappreciative of where she came from. Dee carried herself in a very ridiculous way. Among Dee’s family she is the object of jealousy, awe, and agitation, meanwhile she searches for her purpose and sense of self....   [tags: Family, Sibling, Narcissism, 2003 in film]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- In the world of literature nothing is more compelling than reading a story and feeling as though you yourself are witnessing firsthand the events and character’s struggles unfold, due to the interactive language and intricate details the author incorporates into their writing. It is through Alice Walker’s conversational style of writing, and vivid use of symbolism that she is able to give an elaborate description of the family culture gap in the story allowing the readers to explore the concept of African- American heritage....   [tags: Fiction, Style, The Reader, Writing]

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Everyday Use By Alice Walker

- Wendy Davis stated, “I am proud of where I came from, and I am proud of what I 've been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn 't walked a day in my shoes” The short story “Everyday Use” shows the reader how easily it is to forget where you came from, and how easily it can affect your family. The short story, Everyday Use by Alice Walker. It is about a mother of two, whose husband has passed on. She is a colored women, which makes living as a single parent even more difficult due to taken place deep in the South in 1960’s-70’s....   [tags: Short story, Family, Prince, Fiction]

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