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.
Walker does this by using characterization, symbolism, and theme. In the beginning of the story the narrator who is the mom is waiting for her daughter named dee. She waits in the garden with Maggie. She knows that Maggie and dee do not get along. She imagines a big nice family reunion in her head.
“Snapping Beans” expresses the conflict between the granddaughter and the grandmother are not as close as they were prior to her leaving for school. She longs to tell her everything but cannot for she is afraid the closeness will be gone. The grandmother’s perspective of the world is very religious versus the new experiences she is having at school but yet she likes it. The narrator of poem is the granddaughter, who is home from college located in the North to visit her grandmother for the weekend. (5 & 6) The poem is 46 lines, one stanza and flows like a song or is conversational.
We cherish tradition because it is cyclic and familiar, and that is comforting to us. In Oliver’s poem, “The Black Walnut Tree”, such ideas are reflected through the narrator’s and her mother’s reluctance to get rid of their tree. Through emphasis and imagery, Oliver conveys the all too familiar conflict between the struggle to have money, and yet still honor our spiritual ties with the past. This story is being told in first person point of view, which makes the tone of this poem is serious, heartfelt, and nostalgic. Family means much more than blood, it is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
In other words, she is performing the duties of an “at home wife”, while falling in her childless void. Not only does she take care of the chrysanthemums as if they were her own children, she nurtures and fosters them with her life. The chrysanthemums are acknowledged throughout the story as a symbol of Elisa’s life and happiness. In the story, the chrysanthemums functions as Elisa’s children. The author states, “She took off a glove and put her strong fingers down into the forest of new green chrysanthemums sprouts
The author particularly appears to be a person growing up in the first half of 20th century when the family values, ancestral connections, and the intimate norms were the things to be preserved. The author connects with her audience on the value and preciousness of the ‘family’ and ‘home’. She writes the essay right in the center of the setting that she is describing and possess a strong sense of connection with her surroundings. She also writes as a mother of the young daughter who wants to transmit the love and knowledge of family values to her daughter, but she knows that these values have become oblique and her daughter would never understand their true
Nature was one major thing that changed her life in a good way. Margaret Atwood 's family being involved in nature caused her interest to be discovered and later interpreted into poetry by impersonating humanity into society in “Siren Song.” Throughout Atwood’s life much of what she has experienced and who she has evolved to be is interpreted into writing that is mainly inspired by nature and the way society perceives women. Nature was a big part of Atwood 's life as she practically couldn’t escape from it. Atwood lived in the woods in Quebec most of her childhood (Athabasca University). She was isolated from the world so she decided to explore nature and learn more about it.
She comes with a new attitude and news she has changed her name form Dee to Wangero. She changed her name because she thinks her family doesn’t value their heritage, so she changed it to keep it alive. She also comes back to ask her mother for quilts when it had already been promised to Maggie. Dee thought Maggie can’t appreciate the heritage behind it, but their mother hopped that Maggie would use it for everyday use, exactly what Dee didn’t want. In the end of the story Maggie and her mother sits outside on the yard watching Dee drive away.
I was born because of the community garden on Gibb Street. My mother, Maricela, was a pregnant teen who thought everything would be better without me, but while working in the garden she met my godmother, Leona. Leona talked with my mom and she started thinking about not wanting me dead. She realized I could be the good person I am and how I could help other lives just like just like Leona did for me and my mother Some time ago, when I was going to the garden, I met a gorgeous lady, dark hair, a red lipstick, beautiful Asian eyes and a sweet perfume. She was familiar, her name was Kim.
Ellen Toliver changed a lot throughout the book from beginning of the book to the end.One example was that in the beginning of the Ellen wants to be invisible. The evidence for this claim is when on Page 27 Ellen Says”I wish I could be invisible.I wish I could watch everything and nobody can see me.”However,at the end of the book Ellen is fine with not being invisible.On page 163 ,Ellen tells her mother and her grandfather about how she perservered through all her problems.You can tell that she was happy to be home and she was not as shy and timid as she used to be.Also that she probably did not want to be invisible too.This was how Ellen Toliver changed one way throughout the book.One other way that Ellen changed in the book was that she gained courage before and after the mission.In the beginning of the book Ellen did not have enough courage to stand up to Dicey near the water pump.On page 26 after Dicey was making fun of Ellen and telling her to go to another water pump.Dicey said”Get your water out of the gutter!”.Ellen