This paper analyzes the song “Coat of Many Colors” written by and sung by Dolly Parton. Born on January 19, 1946 the fourth child of 12 to a farmer and a stay at home mother. Given this time period and her father’s profession, her family grew up “dirt poor” (Zahn, ?) on a farm and experienced the struggles faced by countless others during this era. Motivated by an experience in her youth, she wrote a song about when her mother stitched together a coat for her to wear from pieces of rags they had been given and the other kids laughing at her.
Karin tells of the clothing she has made with her mother and how her mother taught her to knit as well: “...when Mutti taught me how to knit. ...make little hats and booties. Next came a simple sweater for Vati. Then a pair of socks for my baby brother.” (Ingersoll pg 26-27). Karin is remembering the time before she was taken to the concentration camp.
Grandmama adored having the title of the so called “merchant”. In spite of the title, Grandmama made no profit for she only presented her merchandise as gifts to those close to her or kept them as personal treasures. Grandmama commenced the metier of crafting wind chimes after a poorly made wind chime that was gifted to her, broke. That wind chime had been gifted to her by a now lost friend and was the only physical representation of their friendship. To Sek-Lung’s young mind, the wind chimes that were created with Grandmama demonstrated the impact that a role, even from a prior stage in life, can have and how it affects your identity.
In the short story” Everyday Use” by Alice Walker who tells a story about black women who have two daughters Maggie and Dee. She has to have the decision to give the quilts of one of her two daughters. Dee her oldest daughter who has been away at college and comes to visit her family and she wants the quilts as popular fashion and show them as part of their heritage. Maggie, her youngest daughter, who lives with her mother at home and understands the family tradition and heritage.her mother has been promised to give the quilts for her. The quilts mean for Maggie communication with family and culture.So there are two different meaning of heritage because The two sister has a very different attitude toward their heritage.
Generation gap and heritage In the short story “Everyday Use”, Alice Walker has tried to show us the gap between our generations and the importance of our heritage. The story focuses on a small family consists of Mama, sister Maggie, and sister Dee. They all grew up together in the same house and was raised by their mother who was the father and the mother for them. There are conflicts and struggles that clearly shows the gap between different generations, the importance of our heritage, and the educational status. One of the main important symbols that represents the whole story is the quilt which I will take about later and explain what it symbolizes exactly.
June rescued Johnny from his drug addiction and helped him rediscover his Christian faith. John R. Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932. Music was a fundamental part of his everyday life. His mother sang folk songs and hymns. There were sing-alongs on the family porch.
The night that Governor Winthrop died and Dimmesdale stood upon the scaffold, it was said that a faint A could be seen lighting the sky. Finally, as Hester lives out her final days in her cottage so many women look to her for advisory help. Starting on the scaffold so many years ago, stood a woman clutching a baby close to her with a bright letter distinctly upon her breast. Hester withstood this punishment as well as her scarlet A, she was grateful they had not put her to death. The scarlet letter representing her sin and the evil within, she raised her child to be a free thinking spirit.
Mama even discusses the use of “scraps from dresses that Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago” (1193). Each piece of fabric represents the life and struggles of Mama’s ancestors. The quilt is a piece of history passed down from generation to generation, which embodies long lasting memories and legacy. Wangero asked, “Can I have these old quilts” (1193). Mama was not happy about the request and suggested other quilts.
Harriet Jacobs, referred to in the book as Linda Brent, was a strong, caring, Native American mother of two children Benny and Ellen. She wrote a book about her life as a slave and how she earned freedom for herself and her family. Throughout her book she also reveals countless examples of the limitations slavery can have on a mother. Her novel, also provides the readers a great amount of examples of how motherhood has been corrupted by slavery. A Moment is defined as “a very brief period of time” (Google.com).
This exemplifies to the readers that through the mother's eyes, Maggie was so extremely upset that Dee was once again going to win by taking the quilts because Maggie truly understands the meaning of the quilts and deserves to not be defeated by Dee. The author also reveals Maggie through her mother's eyes and how she already was going to give Maggie the quilts. While the mom was talking to Dee she fortifies that ,"I promised to give them quilts to Maggie"(Walker 64). This depicts how the mother grasps the fact that Maggie is particularly familiar with the family's heritage and culture that surrounds the meaning of the quilt. The mother believes Maggie recognizes the quilt's importance to the family by it symbolizing the family's heritage and the pride and memories it
Beatrice Ricke, one of eleven children, was born in Spearville Kansas in 1920. Not long after she was born, her family moved to the Zenda Kansas area where she would live the rest of her life. The Great Depression caused her family to give up their farm and move into town. Beatrice was the third oldest of the eleven children. There were five boys and seven girls.
Her mom would teach her about women 's rights and her father taught her about serving her country and helping others. When she was alive women were treated unfairly by men and people were still judged by the color of their skin and the South had slaves. Clara was born on December 25, 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts. She lived on a big farm, went to school in a one-room school house, and she helped around the house by doing her chores. Her parents were Sarah and Stephen Barton, she had two sisters Dorothea and Sally, and two brothers David and Stephen.Before Clara went to school she was tutored by her brothers and sisters in subjects such as spelling, arithmetic, and geography.
But even thow it was rough Parks still tried to make a good life for herself. Parks was born in 1913, February 4, in Tuskegee, Alabama. When Parks was a little girl her parents got divorced and Parks and her brother lived with their mom. They moved in with their grandparents on their farm where Parks spent the rest of her childhood. The was a time in Parks childhood where Parks grandfather stood outside of the house with a shotgun as he watched as the Ku Klux Klan members marched down their streets.
He was the son of Robert and Zerelda James, he was the third of four children. His father robert was a slave owning farmer who was also a Baptist Priest. Jesse had three siblings a brother named Robert who sadly died in infancy, an older brother named Frank and a younger sister named Susan. His family owned a hundred acre farm. Jesse helped his family in the fields and on the farm, after Robert Jesse’s father left, Zerelda his mother kinda took over everything, she had to raise all of the children including helping the slaves with their children and also taking care of the slaves.
Walker based this short story on a poor family in Georgia. The main characters were Maggie, Dee, and Ms.Johnson(Mama). Maggie was portrayed as a shy girl whereas 'Dee wanted the nice things.A yellow organdy dress t wear to her graduation to high school;black pumps to match a green suit somebody gave me (Mama). "(White) After being severely burned