• Beauty In Her Autobiographical Story Alice Walker
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    What is Beauty In her autobiographical story Alice Walker tells about how after the accident of losing sight in one eye she was never the same. At the young age of eight she was above all others in wit, looks, and talents. I think that the loss of her sight is not what blinded her most, but her unwillingness to except what had happened. Over that next six years she would not ever hold her head up, Alice found that children were mean, they couldn t live with her difference and neither could she. ...
  • Alice Walker Like Her Character Meridian
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    In this compelling novel by Alice Walker, Meridian, the main character, grows up through the eyes of the reader. The author shows us the emotional, physical, and psychological stages of resistance that Meridian goes through during the height of the civil rights movement. In fact, if one looks at the life of Alice Walker, the author of the novel, similarities undeniably exist between the two women. First let us examine the early signs of resistance in Meridian. One of the first obvious examples o...
  • Alice Walker
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    Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self The narrative "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self", represents the specific story from Alice Walker's autobiography, which had a great impact on her life. The story emphasizes how low-self esteem can effect person's life. Alice Walker used to be a cute little girl at the age of six. At six, she already memorized an Easter speech. She was pride of her family and others simply admired her. One of the major impacts of her future life played a BB gun....
  • Authors From Susanna Kaysen To Alice Walker
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    Female Authors and the Portrayal of Women In writing, each individual has a unique style; one that they can call their own. The kind of style and the quality of the story is what separates a good writer from an extraordinary writer. As part of my research process, I have read a number of books written by female authors. I chose to research the unique style of writing that each author uses and the way women are portrayed in these books. The writing styles of these women all varied and were all in...
  • Life And Times Of Alice Walker
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    On February 9, 1944, Willie Lee and Minnie Tallulah (Lou) Grant Walker gave birth to their precious daughter Alice Mal senior Walker. Who later became one of the most talented African American women in America through her short stories, poems and novels. Chris Danielle, the author of Living by Grace: The Life and Times of Alice Walker has covered some interesting points on Alice. Chris Danielle may not have any relation to Alice Walker, but has gotten deep enough in her life to give you the read...
  • Family Heritage In Alice Walker's Everyday Use
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    In Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use,' the message about the preservation of heritage, specifically African-American heritage, is very clear. It is obvious that Walker believes that a person's heritage should be a living, dynamic part of the culture from which it arose and not a frozen timepiece only to be observed from a distance. There are two main approaches to heritage preservation depicted by the characters in this story. The narrator, a middle-aged African-American woman, and her youngest daugh...
  • Color Purple By Alice Walker
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    By Jennifer Crowe Alice Walker does not like to be called a feminist. Instead she prefers to use the term: womanist. Walker defines a womanist as being a Black Feminist. The word derives from the phrase 'You " re acting womanish... ' will full or outrageous. As she defines it, it's a woman who loves other women, sexually or non-sexually and men sexually and non sexually. It's also a woman who loves music, loves to dance, and who loves her spirit. Walker states that a... ' woman is to feminist as...
  • Alice Walker
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    Many writers choose to write memoirs about terrible incidents that changed their lives. Alice Mal senior Walker is one of those writers. She was born on February 8, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. She considers her life to be very successful for several reasons. Walker graduated from high school as valedictorian. She was involved with the civil rights movement in Mississippi where she lived for seven years. During that time she also got married to a lawyer and had her daughter Rebecca. From an early ...
  • Alice Walker Alice Walker
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    Alice Walker Alice Walker, one of the best-known and most highly respected writers in the US, was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth and last child of Willie Lee and Minnie Lou Grant Walker. Her parents were sharecroppers, and money was not always available as needed. At the tender age of eight, Walker lost sight of one eye when one of her older brothers shot her with a BB gun by accident. This left her in somewhat a depression, and she secluded herself from the other children. Walker felt li...
  • Mama's Daughters In Alice Walker's Short Story
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    Mama's Daughters In Alice Walker's short story "Everyday Use", tells us a story of two daughters', Dee and Maggie Johnson, with different ideas about their identities and values. Dee a young woman who, in the course of a visit to the rural home she thinks she has outgrown, attempts unsuccessfully to divert some fine old quilts, earmarked for the dowry of a sister, into her own hands. Dee is Mrs. Johnson's oldest daughter, the one who has always been determined, popular, and successful. Maggie is...
  • Alice Walker
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    In life people face various obstacles and must somehow tough their way through them. In literature authors create characters with problems and lives that can be very difficult at times. It is up to the author to decide how the character will turn out in the end. In Alice Walker's works, the female characters often have hard lives, but they always triumph in the end. Walker takes her characters on very harsh paths throughout her stories, but she always finds a way for them to learn, grow, and sur...
  • My Whiteness The Reason Alice Walker
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    Courtney Smith Final Paper 5/11/2000 Alice Walker, in a short story called Advancing Luna- and Ida B. Wells, reflects back on her life to a friendship she had with a white girl in the sixties. She does so in a approach to which she justifies herself and her actions with still a sense of uncertainty. Through her language and descriptions it is clear that Walker is still struggling with the structure to which this friendship relied. She tells of her relationship with Luna in a state of confusion, ...
  • Symbolism Diana Wagman And Alice Walker
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    Alice Walker And Diana Wagman: Symbolism Essay, Alice Walker And Diana Wagman: Symbolism Diana Wagman and Alice Walker utilize symbols and metaphoric imagery throughout their writing in order to aid in the development of the themes. In Skin Deep, Wagmanimplements such imagery to display how the main character, Martha, struggles not only with herself in an attempt to find meaning in her own life, but also with the concept of beauty. Meridian, on the other hand, is centered around the racial segre...
  • Alice Walker
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    Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia (which is halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, I would know because that's my home state!) on February 9, 1944. She was born to Willie Lee and Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker; they were sharecroppers, which was not uncommon at the time. The youngest of the eight children she spent most of her time with her five older brothers. Walker spent most of her life in poverty and she felt lonely. On top of the daily stresses that Walker dealt with her brothers were...
  • Alice Walker
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    Blinded Alice Walker Alice Walker Blinded in one eye from an accidental gunshot wound at the young age of eight, Alice Walker realized that the rest of her life probably held many hardships and rough times ahead. Racism, oppression, discrimination, and bigotry all played great roles in all of the Alice Walker's works throughout her life. During her lifetime, Walker was accused of hating black men, of conspiring with white Hollywood to degrade the black family by portraying physical violence, inc...
  • Later Walker
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    Alice Walker Alice Walker is an African-American novelist and poet; born in Eatonton, Ga. Her parents, Minnie Lou Grant and Willie Lee Walker, were both sharecroppers. She was raised in a shack minutes from Flannery O'Conner's house, "Andalusia". Blinded in one eye from an accidental gunshot wound at the young age of eight, Walker fell into somewhat of a depression. She secluded herself from the other children, and as she explains, "I no longer felt like the little girl I was. I felt old, and be...
  • In The Short Story Roselily
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    "Roselily -A short story by Alice Walker" In the short story Roselily, Alice Walker tells two stories in one. The most obvious story is the one about the Black American woman Roselily, who stands before the alter, just about to marry a muslim, while she thinks about her past, wonders about the future and is questioning whether she is making the right choice. The other, hidden story is the story about Black American women in general, their history and their ongoing search for something better. Th...
  • Celie As Many Slaves
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    In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the format of Celie's narratives show great similarities with the slave narratives that were collected in the 1930's. Celie shows in the way the slaves talked about their situation. They were very timid about raising their voices. Celie, as many slaves were, did not express their true emotions because of the fear that they would be punished severely. Celie is a poor, Southern black girl. Celie is one of the most oppressed, silenced members of society. Her step...
  • Member Grandma Dee Without The Quilts
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    Analytical Study of Alice Walker's Everyday Use With her story, "Everyday Use", Alice Walker is saying that art should be a living, breathing part of the culture it arose from, rather than something from which to be observed from a distance. To make this point, she uses the quilts in her story to symbolize art; and what happens to these quilts represents her theory of art. The quilts themselves, as art, are inseparable from the culture they arose from... The history of these quilts is a history ...
  • Matter Of Dee's Name
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    Dees Idea of Heritage / Culture The short story "Everyday Use" is central in Alice Walkers writing, particularly as it represents her response to the concept of heritage as expressed by the Black political movements of the 60's. "Everyday Use" is found in Alice Walkers collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble, which was published in 1973 (Walker 73). This was in the prime of the Black Power ideologies when "Black was beautiful", the Afro hairstyle was in fashion and Blacks were seeking t...
  • End Of The Novel Mr And Celie
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    Freedom from Racial Barriers in 'The Color Purple' Rape, incest, sex, forced labor, and a little reefer on the side. These are all of the components of a novel by Alice Walker. All of these views are illustrated proficiently in Alice Walker's third novel, "The Color Purple". Each one of these aspects had a lasting impression upon the ideals and notions of the time. Walker's writing's helped to break the racial barrier that existed in some people's minds. One way that the barrier was destroyed wa...
  • Celie And Franny
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    The Color Purple By Alice Walker And Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger Alice Walker and J. D Salinger demonstrate how faith helps their main characters to discover their true potential. Both authors use their novels to show the readers how faith, religion, and human interventions can promote a positive and meditative change within a person. In Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple", protagonist, Celie, relies upon her faith in God and her sister to give her strength in times of hardship. This f...
  • Sexual Exploration In Celie The Book
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    Banned or Not "Just say You gonna do what your mammy wouldn't. First he put his thing up against my hip and sort of wiggle it around. Then he grab hold my titties. Then he push his thing inside my censored. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and get used to it". (Walker 1-2) If you as a parent took The Color Purple off the shelves and just opened the book you would begin by reading the quote above. As a parent who just opens the book and reads the first two pa...
  • Dee's Attitude About One's Culture And Heritage
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    ! SS Different points of view on culture and heritage!" ! SSEveryday Use!" is a literary explanation of what culture is. In! SSEveryday Use!" , the author Alice Walker confronts the question of what are the true values in one's heritage and culture. In the conflict between Dee and her mother, Alice Walker shows that one's culture and heritage are represented by neither the possession of objects or external appearances, but by the lifestyle and attitude. In 'Everyday Use!" , Alice Walker personif...
  • Zora Neale Hurston
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    Zora Neale Hurston was an astounding Afro-American author who was recognized not for being the first Afro-American writer, but rather for her ability to bring forth her cultural language and imagery. If not for Zora's pioneering effort as a female black writer, the world of modern literature would have never seen the cultural insights of the African American culture in such a candid way. Zora's date of birth is said to be in January of 1891, however her actual date of birth is debated today due ...
  • Quilts To Dee
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    Art is used, expressed and described in many different ways. With her story Everyday Use Alice Walker uses quilts to symbolize art and discovers that art should be a living, breathing part of culture it arose from, rather than a frozen timepiece to be observed from a distance. Although the story focuses on a symbolic piece of art it also involves the way in which an individual understands his present life in relation to the traditions of his people and culture. From the beginning of the story we...
  • Positive Relationships Present In Celie's Life
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    What It Takes to Overcome Suffering When dealing with hardship in one's life, people deal with it in diverse ways. One may overcome suffering through their own thoughts and ventilation, or by through their relationships with themselves, other people, or even a higher being. Alice Walker, an African American writer, narrows the scope of suffering to a single, courageous woman in her novel, The Color Purple. Through this remarkable woman, Celie, Walker illustrates that even when life can't get any...
  • Mother And Dee's Sister Maggie
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    Rebecca VanderKlootExpository Writing Section 1014 Paper 2 The Blaze of Life Picture this, a young beautiful girl smiling and standing by a big gum tree. On the surface you might think this is a pleasant picture. But then you take a closer look. She is standing there looking at a fire, but not just any fire, it is a fire of her house. But not only is her house burning down, her mother and sister is also burning in the fire. Even though her family and house is burning down to the ground, we just ...
  • First Richard In Black Boy
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    Final Book Report Toni Morrisons, The Bluest Eye, Alice Walkers, The Color Purple, and Richard Wrights autobiography, Black Boy, all represent prejudicy. The preceding novels show the characters were typical victims, not understanding the division of power amongst races. The Bluest Eye, a heart breaking story of a little back girl living in Lorain, Ohio during the 1930's, manifest the longing of Pecola Breedlove's obsession for love. In order to achieve love she would have to deny herself of her...
  • Adam And Tashi's Son
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    Four Men to Find a Cure The four main men in Possessing the Secret of Joy have roles that contradict a stereotypical male; they are the cure to Tashi's happiness. Alice Walker gives Adam, Mzee, Pierre, and Benny roles that show a softer side to men. These four men are very different from each other but they do have some resemblance of each other. These men who were all very devotedly attached to Tashi took care of her and never gave up on her. Instead of deceiving and being indolent, these four ...
  • Female Genital Mutilation
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    Alice Walker, Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1993,373 pp. Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is a practice that involves the removal of part or all of the female external genitalia. It occurs throughout the world, but most commonly in Africa where they say that it is a tradition and social custom to keep a young girl pure and a married woman faithful. But to some Westerners, the practice is viewed as...
  • Lucy's Situation
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    Paper #2 Lamott's statement about acceptance provides the writers with an understanding of being able to acknowledge who they are in the inside, as well an understanding how society views them on the outside. The experiences of Walker, Grealy, and Daum all relate strongly to Lamotts statement about surrendering to one's situation. Walker, Grealy, and Daum all encountered uncomfortable situations, which in the end, all had to learn to live with and overcome their insecurities. Alice Walker grew u...
  • Black Movement
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    Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker portrays black women struggling for sexual as well as racial equality and emerging as strong, creative individuals. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth child of Willie Lee and Minnie Grant Walker. When Walker was eight, her right eye was injured by one of her brothers, resulting in permanent damage to her eye and facial disfigurement that isolated her as a child. This is where her fem...
  • Maggie And Dee's Relationship
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    In this Paper I will compare and contrast the some of the relationships in 'Everyday Use' by Alice Walker, to Drown by Junot Diaz. Dee and maggie are sister in 'Everyday Use'. Dee is outgoing and ambitious, Maggie is shy and lazy. Maggie envies Dee, but also fears her. They act more like co-workers than siblings. In the story they don't appear to interact with each other often, which makes it difficult to develop a relationship. From the story it doesn't illustrate them ever having a close conne...
  • Dee's Visit To Mama And Maggie
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    Many times an author draws from his or her personal life and incorporates his or her past into the short story. Alice Walker is one of the most respected, well-known African-American authors of her time. Alice Walker experienced a lifetime of hardship that would influence her later works, helping her to become such an astonishing author. In her short story 'Everyday Use', Walker tells the story of her heritage and enables the reader to encounter the values in her life. On February 9, 1944 in Eat...
  • Walker's In Search Of Our Mothers Gardens
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    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 ...
  • Celie And Jean Muir
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    In an essay of not more than 1500 words, explore the theme of the creation of women's identities in The Color Purple and one other prose text from Literature and Gender, with a detailed examination of how the form of each fiction contributes to the impact of the narratives. Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple has a rich array of female characters to examine when answering the above question. I feel that Louisa May Alcott's short story, "Behind A Mask" offers an equally rich array of female cha...
  • Life's A Bitch And Then You Rock
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    Life's a Bitch and then you Rock Life is full of hardships, which is a bitch. But, if faced, they are overcome and you are rewarded, which rocks. However, if the problems are not dealt with, more problems will arise. My title is a quote by Art Alexa kis-lead singer of the band Everclear. He was presented with problems in his life, but he faced them. And now his life is much better. No one ever promised that life would be easy, and no one ever told you exactly what to expect. This is because ever...
  • Mama's Change
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    "Everyday Use" 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 got everything and had 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...
  • Walker's Everyday Use
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    Baker, Houston A. and Baker, Charlotte Pierce. "Patches: Quilt and Community in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use'". Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Gale Research Inc., 1990.5: 415-416 In a critique titled "Patches: Quilt and Community in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use' " (Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers, 1990), the authors reveal that tradition and the explanation of holiness were key elements th...