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Big Mama's Funeral

- Big Mama's Funeral Gabriel García Márquez story, Big Mama's Funeral, is a story filled with fantastical scenes and events much in line with Don Quixote and Candide. The introductory paragraphs of Big Mama's Funeral and Candide sound so similar in voice the two authors could be mistaken for the same. In Candide, one finds a series of episodes that are so far from the truth and yet perfectly explainable. The story of the fate of Dr. Pangloss, the death and resurrection of Cunegund and of her Jesuit brother, and the story of the old woman with one buttock are farcical in the same way as the episodes in Big Mama's Funeral....   [tags: Mama Funeral]

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Gloria Naylor's Mama Day

- Gloria Naylor's Mama Day In 1988 Gloria Naylor wrote the novel Mama Day in hopes to show the world that one can either accept the hand they are dealt and make it come out to the advantage of themselves and others, or one can hide from their pain and live a life scared of what may come in the future. Mama Day is set on an island off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia that is inhabited by the descendants of a slave population. The main characters in the novel; Ophelia, Abigail and Miranda, also called Mama Day, all experienced a lot of pain in their lives; it is how they chose to deal with their experiences that sets them apart from each other....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day]

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Gloria Naylor's Mama Day

- Gloria Naylor's Mama Day It is impossible to interpret Gloria Naylor’s 1988 novel, Mama Day, in one way. There are multiple standpoints that a reader can take in explaining various events that occur throughout the book, as well as different ways that the characters in the book interpret these events. The author never fully clarifies many questions that the story generates so as to leave the readers with the opportunity to answer them based on their own personal experiences and beliefs. The multiplicity of perspectives in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day is embodied in the legend of Sapphira Wade and the dynamics between logic and the supernatural and between George and Cocoa....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day Essays]

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Gloria Naylor's Mama Day

- Gloria Naylor's Mama Day George and Ophelia grow up in significantly different environments with exposure to vastly dissimilar experiences; their diverse backgrounds have a profound impact on the way they interpret and react to situations as adults. George and Ophelia both grow up without their parents, but for different reasons. George grows up at the Wallace P. Andrews Shelter for Boys in New York. The Shelter’s strict surroundings did not provide the warm and inviting atmosphere that a mother strives for in a home....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day Essays]

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Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

- Mama Day by Gloria Naylor The comparisons--North vs. South, city vs. country, technology vs. nature--are numerous and have been well documented in 20th century literature. Progress contrasts sharply with rooted cultural beliefs and practices. Personalities and mentalities about life, power and change differ considerably between worlds... worlds that supposed-intellectuals from the West would classify as "modern" and "backwards," respectively. When these two worlds collide, the differences--and the danger--rise significantly....   [tags: Mama Day Gloria Naylor Literature Essays]

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Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

- Mama Day by Gloria Naylor Mama Day by Gloria Naylor is a fantastic novel filled with vivid imagery and intriguing characters. Naylor weaves a realistic tale, despite the fantastic events that she describes. Her characters are believable and behave like "real people". However, Naylor's greatest asset is her descriptive powers, which not only sets the scene, but enraptures readers into Cocoa's dual worlds of New York City and Willow Springs, imprisoning us with her words. The plot centers around the three main characters: Ophelia/Cocoa/Baby Girl, George and Mama Day....   [tags: Mama Day Gloria Naylor Literature Essays]

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Gloria Naylor's Mama Day

- Gloria Naylor's Mama Day Gloria Naylor's Mama Day takes place in two distinct environments, each characterized by the beliefs and ideologies of the people who inhabit the seemingly different worlds. The island of Willow Springs, comprised solely by the descendants of slaves, is set apart from the rest of the United States and is neither part of South Carolina nor Georgia. As such, its inhabitants are exempt from the laws of either state and are free to govern themselves as they see fit. Only a worn-out bridge built in 1920 connects the inhabitants to the mainland, but the people of Willow Springs are entirely self-sufficient....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day Literature Essays]

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George’s Life Sacrifice in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day

- George’s Life Sacrifice in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day George and Ophelia, two characters in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day, have a complex yet intimate relationship. They meet in New York where they both live. Throughout their hardships, Ophelia and George stay together and eventually get married. Ophelia often picks fights with George to test his love for her, and time after time, he proves to her that he does love her. Gloria Naylor uses George as a Christ figure in his relationship with Ophelia to eventually save her life....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day]

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Ethnics and Heritage Destroyed George in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day

- Ethnics and Heritage Destroyed George in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day It has been said before that opposites attract when it comes to love. In Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day, two people who would seemingly never end up together somehow find a way to form a relationship that eventually leads to a marriage. George and Cocoa, the two lovers featured in this book, come from backgrounds that could not be more unlike the other. How they end up falling in love is close to a miracle, but because of their huge difference in background, they bring to each other what they wish they could have in themselves....   [tags: Gloria Naylor Mama Day Essays]

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Mama Charlotte Hill O'Neal

- When I first saw "Mama" Charlotte hill O'Neal I could tell this is going to be very interesting assignment, I just did not know how interesting and or inspiring. Being the wife of a former black panther, Peter O'Neal, she dealt with challenges that were not her own. She inherited Peter challenges and political dilemmas. However, her love for Peter, allowed her to look past these challenges and dilemmas. The love between Peter and Charlotte did not exist only between them, but it also spread throughout the communities in which they resided....   [tags: Biography, Analysis]

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A Close Look to Mama Elena's Personality

- The antagonist, Mama Elena, in the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, written by Laura Esquivel, is portrayed throughout the novel as an authoritarian woman. She is a widow, and the mother of three daughters: Rosaura, Tita and Gertrudis. All three of them fear Mama Elena, because of her personality. Mama Elena's characteristics, of being intimidating, commanding, and cold-hearted, prove that her true nature is to be authoritarian. Mama Elena's characteristic, of being intimidating, enable her to induce fear among those near her, her daughters, the people who work for her, and even a person who just have meet her, like the captain of the Mexican Revolution....   [tags: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel]

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Prescription and Mama Told Me by Wale

- The songs Prescription and Mama Told Me by Wale are a golden example of lyricism in Hip Hop culture today. Wale is known in today’s culture as a poet who raps over a beat. His rhythm scheme and use of words in his songs bring music to the soul and the mind. Wale is currently a part of a music group called MMG (Maybach Music Group), which was founded by Rick Ross. Personally, I have been listening to Wale as an outlet. An outlet for emotional and spiritual means. Wale is considered a true modern day hip hop artist, who combines poetry and rap to create art that can transcend educational boundaries and also economic boundaries....   [tags: lyricism, hip hop, ]

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The Role of Mama in A Raisin in the Sun

- In the 1950’s through the 1960’s women were not respected in there everyday lives, in the job field or in general. They did not have the rights they deserved, so during this time the “women’s movement” began. Women fought for their rights and fought for the self-respect that they thought they deserved. In the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the character Mama, expresses her feelings of pushing or extracting a new side for a woman. Her role explains that woman can be independent and can live for themselves....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry]

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The Symbolism of Mama's Plant in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

- Analyzing the Symbolism of Mama’s Plant The play A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is about the Youngers, an African-American family, who receive a $10,000 life insurance check as a result of the death of Mama Younger’s husband. The play takes place in the 1950’s making race an important factor during the process of buying a house due to the "red lining system”. The red lining system was a way to define the value of a neighborhood after World War II based on the dominant race in an area; when the dominant race of the neighborhood was white, the value of the neighborhood went up and categorized as green lining....   [tags: play analysis]

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Daughters of the Dust and Mama Day

- Daughters of the Dust and Mama Day Although their plots are divergent, Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” and Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day possess strikingly similar elements: their setting in the islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, their cantankerous-but-lovable matriarchs who are both traditional healers, and stories of migration, whether it be to the mainland or back home again. The themes of the film and the book are different but at the same time not dissimilar: Dash’s film emphasizes the importance of retaining connections to the ancestral past, while Naylor’s novel focuses more on love, loss, and reconciliation with the past that is part of the present and will contin...   [tags: Julie Dash Gloria Naylor Literature Essays]

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Mama Day and Daughters of the Dust

- Mama Day and Daughters of the Dust For emigrants of any country it is difficult to maintain the individual culture of their homeland while assimilating to the ways of the new country they have entered. For slaves of the 19th century, the acculturation process was a necessity. If they did not conform to the Western way of life, they would perish. However for some slaves, their geographic location sequestered them enough from the European worldview that they could continue to practice their own culture and religion....   [tags: African American Culture Literature Essays]

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Mama Day

- The entire structure of Mama Day is fitting to the telling of multiple love stories entertwined. Like the most heartfelt episode of Seinfeld ever Gloria Naylor doesn’t tell a love story, but rather lays out in detail the events of everyday life for all of the central characters. In the process the love stories of the characters are all told at once. The most obvious example is the relationship between George and Cocoa (arguably the main love story). Through the book we see them meet, fall in love, and go through excitement and hardship; all that love is....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Mama Lola

- Philipa Kerckerinck 11.7.01 Prof. Nasrallah CSP 12 Prophetizing- Peaches and Cream Philipa Kerckerinck 11.7.01 Prof. Nasrallah CSP 12 Prophetizing- Peaches and Cream All religions are very specific with the details which set that religion apart from others. However, when all the little details are melted away, there are only a mere handful that are different in essence. When looked at closely, even the religions which are perceived completely dissimilar at first glance are surprisingly similar....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dear Mama

- Dear Mama By the same token I leave you, I leave myself (with you) Wong May, "Dear Mama" Wong May, poet extraordinaire, transnational writer, post-colonial female subject, unphotographed, barely reviewed, past unknown, present undocumented, and for all intents and purposes disappeared after 1978 somewhere in Western Europe. Things I do know about her, mostly from an entry found in Contemporary Poets, edited by Thomas Riggs: She is Chinese by birth, born November 16, 1944 in Chungking, China....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun – Mama

- A Raisin in the Sun – Mama Mama has dreams for her family to rise from poverty and live in a better and bigger place and also for them to continue to grow together as a family. Mama has a plant that she also cares for. She takes care of this plant as if it was one of her own children. Mama's children also have their own dreams and their own plans on how to attain those dreams. The family's competing dreams are emphasized by Hansberry's recurring use of the motif--Mama's plant. In the opening scene of the play Mama goes to her plant and nurtures it....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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George Stevens' I Remember Mama

- George Stevens I Remember Mama Beautifully realized, exquisitely detailed film directed by George Stevens I Remember Mama tells of a Norwegian family living in San Francisco during the beginning of this century. It is an old classical movie, based on Kathryn Forbes' novel titled Mama?s Bank Account. The film is rendered and it is a moving act of memory about how an immigrant family copes with poverty and how they try to overcome the odds of living in a foreign country. I could identify with almost every scene in the movie and not because of the era but because of the feelings it provoked....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Mama’s Character Traits in Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

- In the novel Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a character named Beatrice also known as Mama, has many dynamic traits. Mama is a religious woman who respects and highly prioritizes her family. Mama’s husband Eugene becomes more abusive toward her children and herself which causes her to lose her unborn baby. In Mama’s mind and heart, she knows she has to protect her children so she makes the decision to poison Eugene. Mama’s character changes throughout the book, as she first starts as a very quiet and caring character but as Eugene’s abusiveness increases, it develops her into becoming a perpetrator that caused her to be very depressed....   [tags: abusive, perpetrator, poison]

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Appreciation from Son to Mother in Tupac Shakur's Song, Dear Mama

- Throughout the emotional lyrics of Tupac Shakur’s song “Dear Mama”, he constantly reveals trial and tribulation. Shakur sympathetically expresses the obstacles he endures due to the undying support of his mother who displays sacrificial love. He explains the abnormal circumstances in which his family undergoes such as poverty, single parenting, and even feelings of hopelessness. Shakur characterizes his mother as a heroic figure, who outshines the negative aspects of his life by providing the essentials only a mother could both physically and morally instill in her child....   [tags: music]

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The Character of Mama in Alice Walker’s Everyday Use

- “I am a large, big boned woman with rough, man-working hands” Mama describes of herself in the short story Everyday Use by Alice Walker. Mama, who additionally takes the role of narrator, is a lady who comes from a wealth of heritage and tough roots. She is never vain, never boastful and most certainly never selfish. She speaks only of her two daughters who she cares deeply for. She analyzes the way she has raised them and how much she has cared too much or too little for them, yet most of all how much they value their family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbolism in Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- When an object is being expressed or represented by different ideas it is called symbolism. Symbolism is used everywhere. For example symbolism is used in physics when you have this equation W=Fxd. The letter W represents how much work is done by force, F represents the force on the object when it’s in motion, and d represents the distance the object is moving while force is acting on it. Another example is the traffic light each light symbolizes something, red is to stop, yellow is for precaution, and green is to go....   [tags: dee, mama johnson, maggie]

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Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun - Mama as the Ideal Mother

- Mama as the Ideal Mother in A Raisin in the Sun       W. S. Ross once said “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”  As simple as this quip may sound, its complex implications are amplified through the life of every person born since the beginning of humanity. What attribute makes a mother such an extraordinary influence over her young. One such attribute is the ability to nurture. Beyond the normal challenges of cooking, cleaning, schooling, singing, feeding, and changing is the motivation by which such sacrifices are made possible....   [tags: Raisin Sun essays]

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I Remember Mama a Production by The Baton Rouge Little

- I Remember Mama a Production by The Baton Rouge Little Theatre left much to be desired in my mind. The real flaw in this unsuccessful production wasn't so much the occasional annoyances and quirks by the cast and director, it was the play itself. I felt that the local talent of The Baton Rouge Little Theatre was wasted on such a droll work. I found it difficult to stay focused on the play and instead found myself slightly annoyed and bored by the production and poor decision making process of the director....   [tags: Papers]

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New York vs. Willow Springs in Mama Day

- New York vs. Willow Springs in Mama Day The soft island breeze blows across the sound and the smell of the sea fills the air in Willow Springs. Meanwhile, a thousand miles away in Lower Manhattan the smell of garbage and street vendors’ hotdogs hangs in the air. These two settings are key to Gloria Naylor’s 1988 novel Mama Day where the freedom and consistency of the Sea Islands is poised against the confinement of the ever-changing city, two settings that not only changes characters’ personalities but also their perceptions....   [tags: Comparing Compare Contrast Essays]

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Y tu mama tambien by Alfonso Cuaron

- Analyzing/ Evaluating a Movie Y tu mama tambien Y tu mama tambien by Alfonso Cuaron is the movie evaluated in the next paragraphs. The movie is starred by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and the Spanish Maribel Verdu. The movie starts with the typical two best friends Julio (Garcia Bernal) and Tenoch (Luna) whose girlfriends are about to depart for summer vacations. As they leave the airport, after their take off they continue to their own world of irreverence and over stimulated hormones. So despite of their promise of the loyalty sworn to their women, they go on to look for other girls to spend the night....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Life Lessons Learned from my Grandmother

- In life many of us experience what it is like to be hurt by those we hold dear. As a young girl I saw this first hand that generally the people we hold the closest actually end up being the people that hurt us the most. You expect more from them and their actions affect you on a deeper level the people you hold to a different standard from your loved ones. My grandmother taught me through the hardships she experienced what it mean to be a genuinely selfless person. My grandmother showed me the best way to live is by ensuring the happiness of loved ones even when they have wronged you My great grandmother, Mama, cared for all her children including her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and g...   [tags: Mama, Loving, Family]

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Mama’s Gone

- Mama’s Gone She had been sick for a year, at least. The reason for her illness went undiagnosed, that is, until three days before she went away. A doctor finally said, “Osteoarthritis-- it’s treatable.” We blew a sigh of relief. Three days later relief was nullified-- forever. I discovered my mother gone, and her leaving left a hole in my life, heart, and soul. Saturday, July 25, 1998, started out with a drive to Eckerd Drug across the city of Norman to pick up more prescriptions for my mother, who had been throwing up and suffering from diarrhea all night long....   [tags: Personal Narrative Death Dying Family Essays]

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The Theme of Heritage in “Everday Use”

- In her late twentieth-century short story “Everyday Use,” African-American writer Alice Walker contrasts the struggle between the main characters involving the recurring theme. The story takes place in a rural Georgia setting during the 1970s. The plot circulates around Mama, Maggie, and Dee. Throughout, heritage develops and remains a central theme revolving them. Each of these women in the Johnson family tries to stay true to heritage value. But different roles of heritage exist between each woman, so their ways of achieving this mission differs....   [tags: Character Analysis, Mama, Maggie, and Dee]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker: A Look at Symbolism and Family Values

- Alice Walkers “Everyday Use”, is a story about a family of African Americans that are faced with moral issues involving what true inheritance is and who deserves it. Two sisters and two hand stitched quilts become the center of focus for this short story. Walker paints for us the most vivid representation through a third person perspective of family values and how people from the same environment and upbringing can become different types of people. Like most peoples families there is a dynamic of people involved, although all from the same environment and teachings, it is ultimately an accumulation of personal experiences that shape us and defines how we perceive our existence....   [tags: dee, mama, african american families]

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The Power Struggles in Jury of Her Peers and Mama Come Home

- The Power Struggles in Jury of Her Peers and Mama Come Home The issue of dominance and subordinance is addressed in the short stories “A Jury of her Peers” by Susan Glaspell and “Mama Come Home” by James Tiptree, Jr. In the stories the subordinates are harmed by the dominants, but the subordinates overcome the suppression to triumph in the end. The groups with the power control the laws and the positions of the weaker group. To begin with, “A Jury of her Peers” is about the way women in 1917 were treated by men....   [tags: Comparing Compare Contrast]

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Soar: A Narrative Fiction

- ... It now collides into my face and flys away once more. The wind is like water splashing into my face and then flying off again. As I lift my wings into the air, I call every feather to flicker. I pivot my eyes to the hollow for one last look at the place I know as home. Fate only knows if I will ever see my birthplace and my childhood. The memories roll through my brain, and a drop escapes my tear duct. Over and over again, I say to myself, "I will find mama" louder and louder every time. With all the will in my body, I separate from the cliff....   [tags: mama, wing, frozen, feather, warmth]

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Literary Allusion in Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day

- Literary Allusion in Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day       Gloria Naylor has endeavored to overcome the obstacles that accompany being an African-American woman writer.  In her first three novels, The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills, and Mama Day, Naylor succeeds not only in blurring the boundary between ethnic writing and classical writing, but she makes it her goal to incorporate the lives of African-Americans into an art form with universal appeal.  Gloria Naylor explains this struggle by stating, "The writers I had been taught to love were either male or white.  And who was I to argue that Ellison, Austen, Dickens, the Brontes, Baldwin and Faulkner weren't m...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Stereotypical Black Women

- When I lived in Atlanta approximately 1 year ago, growing up as a child I would hear the term black queen. To my understanding a black women and a black queen are one in the same, but growing up the two words became different meanings. People began to change and no longer were they practicing their queen ways. People were now becoming ignorant and began following the crowd instead of being themselves, setting them apart as just black women. Black women have been around for several centuries and in that time we were vigorously known as black queens all over the world such as in, Africa....   [tags: black queen, baby mama, ratchet]

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Spanish Chronicles and the Andean Culture

- Spanish chroniclers of the same period also collaborate the importance of maize in Andean culture. During harvest time, their were large celebrations were maize were carried to homes, while people sang and prayed for the longevity of the plant (Bonavia, 2013, p. 224). They had a three day ceremony were they ate and drank and watched over what they called Mama Zara which translates to Mother of Maize (Bonavia, 2013, p. 224). The best of the ears where said to be wrapped in the finest blankets that the family had (Bonavia, 2013, p....   [tags: Maize, Corn, Harvest Time, Mama Zara]

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Susan Glaspell's Jury of Her Peers and James Tiptree Jr.'s Mama Come Home

- Susan Glaspell's Jury of Her Peers and James Tiptree Jr.'s Mama Come Home “Jury of Her Peers” and “Mama Come Home” are two very different stories but yet they still are very much alike. The authors even have their own similarities and differences. Both authors are women, James Tiptree Jr. is a pseudonym for Alice Sheldon, who are writing from the feminist perspective. “Jury of Her Peers” was written by Susan Glaspell in 1917 and “Mama Come Home” was written in 1968. The characters in each story make some kind of change in the way they act, both show the feminist views that they believe in, and also each story takes place in a different time period with different groups in dominance....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]

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City Boy versus Country Girl

- City Boy versus Country Girl Gloria Naylor’s novel, Mama Day, shows how two loving people can unite in marriage, while being from two separate worlds. The way that Naylor creates the anxiety between these two characters is by the differences in their backgrounds--including their families, traditions and their geographical origins. Cocoa and George are extremely different; however, this is what makes their marriage so strong. Raised by the two most respected women in the town, Cocoa grew up on a small southern island with a loving family, while George grew up in a boys’ home without a family in urban New York....   [tags: Mama Day Gloria Naylor Essays]

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Do the Sounds Surrounding Fertilized Eggs Affect Who the Hatchling’s Mama is?

- Introduction: The chicken, which was said to have been first found “by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the fifth century B.C,” have been sacred animals in many cultures (Alder). Since then, chickens have grown to be known as Gallus Domesticus and have been placed in the Animalia kingdom under the Chordata phylum (“All About Chickens”). Like all birds, chickens are classified as Aves; although, more specifically, they are also known as a Galiform or even Phasianidae (“All About Chickens)....   [tags: domesticated chickens, eggs]

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Culture in Alice Walker’s Story, Everyday Use

- The courage to be expressive and unique in your own ways without being influenced by the criticisms of the external environment and society is not very easy to do. This is because you’re in an environment that has established their own culture for you to adhere to and for you to stand out and distance yourself and follow what you believe, is very hard and difficult and it also takes a great deal of courage to do so. This is an issue that is present in Alice Walker “Everyday Use.” Dee and Maggie conflict stems from different ways of seeing their culture....   [tags: custom, society, Mama and Maggie]

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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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Portrayal of an African-American Family in Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansburry

- A Raisin in the Sun is set in the South of Chicago in the 1950’s and portrays the lives of an African-American family, the Youngers, who like many other African-American families migrated from the South to the North to leave behind the social, economic and educational oppression. Unfortunately this is no different in the North. In the play it is seen how Mama solely believes that the meaning of life is freedom and Walter, her son, believes that money is life. Both these characters have conflicting ideas on what they perceive life’s meaning to be....   [tags: slavery, freedom, dream]

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Symbolism in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- There are many examples of symbolism in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.” Whether it’s representing Mama Johnson, Dee or Maggie. Even everyday household objects. Symbolism is used to express or represent ideas or qualities in english, art, mathematics, science,etc. In many ways symbolism can be used to represent an idea that means more than the literal meaning. In “Everyday Use” Mama Johnson and Maggie are awaiting for Dee’s arrival after several years of not being able to see her. Dee had left for college a while back and had wrote a letter saying she was coming to visit....   [tags: dee, household objects, the scars]

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Conflicting Ideas about Identities and Ancestry in Everyday Use

- In “Everyday Use”, Alice Walker conveys the story of a mother and her two daughters’ conflicting ideas about their identities and ancestry. Mama is a simple woman that values culture and heritage for its usefulness but also its personal significance. However, her daughter Dee represents a materialistic way of life where culture and heritage are to be valued only for their artistic appeal. Walker displays how Mama’s perception of her two daughters changes regarding how they view the importance of heritage....   [tags: superficiality, heritage, alice walker]

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Everyday Use: Alice Walker’s Writing Style and How It Helps Tell the Story

- By looking at the last couple pages of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” the reader can determine a certain style Walker uses to tell the story of a culture gap between an African American family. By using slang and incorrect word usage with Mama and proper, almost eloquent English with Dee, Walker is able to paint the perfect picture of how truly different the mother and daughter are. Also, Walker alternates between simple, often incomplete sentences with incorrect run-on sentences to depict Mama’s lack of proper education....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Misfortunes of Dreams in Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

- ... Maggie lacks any drive or ambition and feels inferior to Dee. In short Mama describes Dee merely by saying “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nice hair and a fuller figure” (61): “She would always look anyone in the eye: Hesitation was no part of her nature” (60). But she does refer to Dee’s proclivity to be materialistic: “Dee wants nice thing …. At sixteen she had a style of her own: and knew what style was” (61). Mama’s dramatic description of herself leaves nothing to the imagination: “In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands....   [tags: resentment, relationships, irony]

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Florence by Alice Childress

- ... Mentally, she behaves respectfully while talking with this character with familiar warmth and friendliness through the time they know of each other. It is evident that this is a safe conversation for her, and not a kind of conversation that brings her any sort of pressure. On the other hand, the third and most conflictive character: Mrs. Carter makes it possible for us to appreciate Mama at her most mentally engaged side. The racial conflict that is carrying along the lines of this play is the most significant aspect of it and how it affects Mama mentally from Mrs....   [tags: literary analysis, civil rights, discrimination]

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Symbolic References in the Short Story Every Day USe by In Alice Walker

- Symbolism is a technique used by many author’s; Alice Walker was one who used the Techniques on many objects. Symbolism is an object used to represent something greater than what it is. “The quilts represented important people”, but the character “Dee” doesn’t realize it. Instead wanted the quilts to use as a piece of art. Heritage is meant to be passed from generation to generation but Dee (Wangero Leewanika kemango ), who is daughter of Mama Johnson, didn’t understand the true Meaning of heritage....   [tags: the quilts, scare, slavery]

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Symbolism in Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- In “Everyday Use” Alice Walker used symbolism throughout the story. Symbolism is an object that has a special meaning for person. For example, Puerto Rican flag have one star and the star represent one colonies of United State. It also has three stripes. The stripes represent when you United State freedom us from Spain. The Egyptians use symbols to communicate by writing. Symbols are use in math equations, shape and sets of numbers. In the equation 1+2-4=-1, the symbols - is use for subtraction or to show a negative number, and the symbol + is use for addition....   [tags: maggie, dee, black power movement]

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Symbolism References in Everyday Use

- Symbolism the use of symbols to ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different meaning. For example, there are different varieties of flowers like the roses stand for romance, violets represent shyness, lilies for beauty and temptation, and chrysanthemums represent perfection. Symbols are also used in colors to symbolize on what they represent. For instance, black is used to represent death or evil, white stands for life and purity, red can symbolize passion, purple is a royal color, yellow stands for violence or decay, and blue represents peacefulness and calm....   [tags: semiotics, sociological analysis]

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Time and Intergenerational Conflict in A Raisin in the Sun

- In this essay I will be discussing the first performance of the play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ in 1959 (A Raisin in the Sun [Performance] 1959) as the socio-political context of the play. The socio-political context of that time, then in turn influenced the characters. Firstly, I will discuss the socio-political context, then the characters of Mama and Walter. This will reveal how the nature of the society influenced each of the character’s views, morals and values. These differing ideals leads to the intergenerational conflict between Lena Younger (Mama) and Walter Lee Younger....   [tags: Lorraine hansberry, racism, great migration]

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Everyday Use, by Alice Walker

- Everyday Use, written by Alice Walker is a short story narrated from the eyes of the character Mama. The author uses cultural symbolism throughout her work to tell the tale of struggle between a mother and her two daughters. The tale unfolds at Mama’s house during the Civil rights movement in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when African Americans were struggling to define themselves and their heritage, the dialog shows conflicting views of how their culture should be appreciated as Mama and Maggie enjoy a visit from Dee....   [tags: Cultural Symbolism, Heritage]

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The Yew Tree Woman

- When I was just a boy there was an old woman who lived in a small cottage on Downy Hill. The townspeople called her the Yew Tree Woman. In those days I was sure she was a witch or an enchantress of sorts. Surely she must have been. There was no one in town who knew more about plants and herbs than she did. She could brew them into concoctions for nearly any use. The older boys used to tease that she conjured spirits to do her bidding and that she brewed the bones of children into stew. In those days I would not go near Downy Hill in fear that I would find myself on her dinner plate....   [tags: personal narrative]

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Love Despite Dominance in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca

- Literature often words complex phenomena, which otherwise possibly remain ignored. One example of such complex phenomena is the coexistence of two contradictory elements, dominance and love. Dominant personalities in Like Water for Chocolate and The House of Bernarda Alba, Mama Elena and Bernarda Alba respectively, do not explicitly display love towards their daughters, but it is revealed by their behaviour and uncharacteristic actions. Some elements of characterization or narrative mode in both the works try to limit the reader’s perception of the dominant personalities to their static characteristics....   [tags: Compare and Contrast]

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Valuing and Understanding One’s Heritage Article Summary

- In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker one can see that a person’s heritage is very important and sacred. Dee and Maggie grew up in the same household reared by the same mother. The sisters were exposed to the same values but matured to express them differently. A person’s values and heritage of their culture are cultivated by the way they are taught and what they value important and sacred. A person’s values originate from their exposures growing up. Mama is telling (narrating) the story. She has no education....   [tags: Article Review]

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Valuing and Understanding One’s Heritage Article Summary

- In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, one can see that a person’s heritage is particularly important and sacred. Dee and Maggie grew up in the same household nurtured by the same mother. The sisters are exposed to the same values but matured to express them differently. A person’s values and heritage of their culture are cultivated as they are taught and what they value important and sacred. A person’s values originate from their exposures growing up. Mama is the raconteur. She has no education and in in 1927, after second grade the school closed down (110)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

- Personal freedom is an inalienable right that everyone deserves. It is a powerful idea that provides courage for those who are afraid, infuses hope to those who are desperate, and grants strength to those who are oppressed. However, for the idea to come to reality, one must be mature enough to embrace and act upon it. The novel Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel tells the story of Tita, a young girl who lives under the iron fisted rule of Mama Elena. From a young inexperienced girl, to a full grown and independent woman, Tita fights against Mama Elena’s rules before and after her death, in order to make her own choice about herself....   [tags: personal freedom, tita, pedro]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- Victor Hugo once said “There is nothing like dream to create the future”. In Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, the Youngers, an African American family struggle against economic hardship and racial prejudice. The family of five, Mama, Walter, Beneatha, Ruth, and Travis, live in a run down apartment in the South Side of Chicago during the 1950s an era of great prosperity for most. They receives a life insurance check of ten thousand dollars after the passing of Walter Sr.. Each member of the family has his/her own plans for the money....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lorraine Hansberry]

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Mother-Daughter Relationships in Everyday Use, by Alice Walker and Two Kinds, by Amy Tan

- No two mother and daughter relationships are alike. After reading “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan I realized that the two stories had the same subject matter: mother and daughter relationships. These two stories show different cultures, generations and parenting methods. Although the two mothers act differently, they are both ultimately motivated by the same desire: to be a good parent. In addition, while researching related articles, I realized that there were two recurring themes of mothers and daughters: respect and diverse ways of parenting....   [tags: Everyday Use, Two Kinds]

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The Significance of Lena Younger’s Dream Plant in A Raisin in the Sun

- Lena Younger’s Plant of “Dreams” In the story A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger cares for a small house plant. This plant represents dreams. Mama has dreams for her family to rise from poverty and live in a better and bigger place, and also for them to continue to grow together as a family. Mama wants to keep her dreams alive and keep her family close to her heart. Mama’s plant that she cares for represents this dream by “looking at her plant and spraying water on it” (52) in a small way showing she will try to keep her plant and their dreams alive....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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The Importance of Personal Identity in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Author Alice Walker, displays the importance of personal identity and the significance of one’s heritage. These subjects are being addressed through the characterization of each character. In the story “Everyday Use”, the mother shows how their daughters are in completely two different worlds. One of her daughter, Maggie, is shy and jealous of her sister Dee and thought her sister had it easy with her life. She is the type that would stay around with her mother and be excluded from the outside world....   [tags: heritage, perspective, family]

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True Inheritence in Alice Walker’s Short Story, Everyday Use

- In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” an object becomes the cause of conflict between Maggie and her sister Dee. The object of conflict between these two polar opposite sisters is a handmade quilt passed down from their ancestors. They both associate the quilt with their heritage but it is obvious their views on heritage are quite different. Dee, the older daughter, represents a misconception of heritage as material while to Maggie heritage is both knowledge and form which is passed down from one generation to another through learning and experiences....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Symbolic References in Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Symbolism is the taking of an object big or small, and giving it something to stand for. It could be your everyday math symbols for addition, subtraction, division, and etc. Although math symbols are perfect examples of symbolism, there’s also objects that can be more than what they are. For example animals, Lions are known to be symbolized as strength, aggression, and assertiveness. Birds like doves are symbolized as love and peace. Colors are also held symbolically, for instance the color black resembling death, and depression....   [tags: dee, maggies, understanding, compassion]

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Understanding One’s Values and Heritage

- In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, she describes a person’s legacy as particularly useful and sacred through quilting. Walker is an American writer who is best known for her novel The Color Purple, which won an Academy Award in 1985 after it was made into a movie. Dee and Maggie grew up in the same household nurtured by the same mother. The sisters’ exposure to the same values aided in their expressions of maturity differently. A person’s values and the roots of their culture evolve incidentally as they are taught and by what they value historic and sacred....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Keeping the Family Together in A Raisin In The Sun

- Keeping the Family Together in A Raisin In The Sun      What a loving mother. Lena Younger, or Mama, is nurturing and supportive when it comes to raising and maintaining a family. Personally speaking, being nurturing means to love, care for, and show concern over someone. Analyzing Mama’s relationships with family members can show us her view on parenting and ultimately show us her devotion to her family. In A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Mama is a nurturing mother who cares for and protects her family in her struggle to keep them unified....   [tags: Lorraine Hansberry]

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- In a house with five people, everyone has different dreams. With a ten thousand dollar life insurance check on its way, which dream will come true. Due to so many different dreams and ideas, tensions are high in the Younger household. Everyone wants he money to go towards their dream. Along with the power to crush a dream, Mama has the power to choose whose dream will "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (Hughes 2-3). Mama has the power to choose if she will honor what her husband, Big Walter, wanted what she wants, and what is best for the family, or if she will choose her son, Walter Lee's, dream....   [tags: dream, walter lee]

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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 Role of Motherhood in Blood Wedding and Like Water for Chocolate

- How do the mother and child relations, in the books, Blood Wedding and Like Water For Chocolate reveal the characteristics of the mothers. Mother and child relations are portrayed in our factual life, which affect the child, and it’s up bringing. Some relations are very solicitous and create a greater bond between each other, while some do not. The authors Federico Garcia Lorca and Laura Esquivel implement characters with relations of mother and child to show the characteristics of the mothers through their relations with their children, and form the plot....   [tags: Motherhood]

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Use of Imagery in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Theatrical dramas breathe life into the words of a playwright by pulling together characters, setting, sound and imagery. Some playwrights provide a high level of detail to the setting so the reader or audience member can envision what the writer is trying to convey. However, writers also make use of imagery as a means to complement the setting, providing the reader with a deeper experience of the story. In the play “A Raisin in the Sun” Lorraine Hansberry uses imagery as a way to supplement the setting of a small apartment in Chicago by transforming an ordinary household plant into something that intertwines with the overall sense of hope and oppression felt throughout the play....   [tags: Writing, Setting, Play]

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The Pursuit Of Happiness in A Raisin in the Sun

- Throughout Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, we see the positive and negative effects of chasing the American Dream. Hansberry expresses her different views on the American Dream through the characters and she portrays the daily struggles of a 1950 black family throughout A Raisin in the Sun. In this play, she is able to effectively show the big impact that even small decisions can make on a family. Hansberry shows the many different attachments that come with the fulfillment of this American Dream....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun]

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Symbols found in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- On a daily basis, symbols are encountered everywhere. Symbols can be used to identify colors, objects or people. It can have a different meaning to what it really stands for. For example, yellow can symbolize sunshine and happiness and black can symbolize sadness and isolation. Like in the book Divergent, each faction had a symbol that symbolized what they were. The Dauntless symbol represented bravery and force while Abnegation stood for peace and happiness. Symbols are everywhere and are very useful....   [tags: semiotical and literary analysis]

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Acceptance and Denial in Alice Walker's Everyday Use

- Mama, the protagonist in Alice Walker's short story, Everyday Use is a woman with a solid foundation and tough roots. The qualities that society would find admirable within Mama are the same qualities that Dee, Mama's oldest daughter, would spurn, thinking them only the qualities of a down home, uneducated, country bumpkin. Dee, the story's main antagonist, is proof that children are not necessarily products of their environment. From the beginning of the story we see that Mama, who describes herself as "a large, big-boned woman with rough, man working hands" (68) has no illusions about the type of woman she is; however, she still has enough depth to dream about being reunited with her dau...   [tags: Walker Everyday Use Essays]

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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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Symbolism used in Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- Symbolism is a literary technique used by a manifold of authors. Symbolism is using an object, person, place to represent something greater than what it actually is or means. For example, the crucifix symbolizes the honor and sacrifice and love off all men. Symbols also represent suggestions for ideas, like traffic lights, red symbolizes stop, yellow symbolizes slow down, and green symbolizes to go. Symbolism is even used to celebrate, in the Hispanic culture a quincenera is used to symbolize a female child becoming a young lady....   [tags: guilts, crucifix, african-american women]

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The Steps of a Good Man

- The Steps of a Good Man Lena Younger (Mama) had put a down payment on a new house, the moving men were on the way, and the packing of Mama’s dishes had begun when the horrific news came. Although the house has a down payment, Walter has loss $6500 dollars and the family is devastated. “One of you better call the moving people and tell them not to come,” says Mama (1892). As soon as Walter comes into the house and explains his ghastly plan, she goes to tears. Walter, a young black American man, feel a person can bring about all the dreams in his head and heart through money....   [tags: Success]

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A Little of Each Other

- The trials and hardships one overcomes in a lifetime shapes who that person becomes. Yet, at the same time, the people that that person surrounds him/herself with have an even greater impact on that person’s character and personality. In her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou is influenced by people who have qualities she aspires to have. Bailey, Vivian, Mama, and Mrs. Flowers are all either beautiful, mentally fortified, or both, and they all greatly help transform Maya from a weak, self-conscious young girl into a strong, independent African American woman....   [tags: Literature Review]

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A Raisin in the Sun

- A dream is a wish that someone hopes to fulfill in their lifetime, or in the near future. The American dream is interpreted in multiple ways, and even though this is true, the structure of the American Dream is the same. When talking about the American Dream, most people think of families thriving together and succeeding in what they want to do. The American dream is based on freedom, justice, success, and in socioeconomic terms. In A Raisin in the Sun, the Younger family have different dreams and all of them felt that their dream is more important than their families’ dreams....   [tags: Character Analysis, Walter]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker

- In Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use”, the narrator is the mother who is uneducated, but loving and hard working. Dee and Maggie are her daughters, whom she cares for deeply. Maggie, the youngest daughter, shares many outlooks on life the way her mother does. She has never been away from home and she and Mama are very close. She learned valuable traditions and their history from her family members. In contrast to Maggie, Dee is in college and couldn’t wait to leave home. She always had ambition and goals that she had set high....   [tags: Short Story, Literary Analysis, Review]

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