As well as being a mother, mama is focused on her children by giving up everything. The last stereotype is presented as being protective of family. Mama can relate to this as she takes care of her family just like she takes care of her plant while also protecting
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is about a family of three women who have a weak relationship due to jealousy, burdens, and insensitivity. The characters are the narrator, Mama, Maggie, and her eldest daughter, Dee. The setting is the Deep South in the early 1970s. Dee, the antagonist, comes back home to pick up a few items she wants for her new home and wants the quilts Mama’s family has passed down for years, but Mama refuses. Dee believes her family is not intelligent enough to understand their family heritage and thinks she would be better off with the quilts and use them as an art piece.
“To the Ladies”, written by Lady Mary Chudleigh, is a poem that expresses feminism, and gives women a taste of how they would be treated in a marriage. Chudleigh displays this poem as a warning to women who are not married yet, as she regrets getting married. She uses such words that compares to slavery, and negative attitudes toward future wives to warn them. Back in this time period when the poem was published in 1703, women were known as property of men and you won’t have an opinion or a say so. The poem expresses a life of a naïve woman, who is bound to marriage by God, and she cannot break the nuptial contract.
Women’s freedom of expression and independence is deniably the theme of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Hastily the narrator says, “There Comes John, and I must put this away, - he hates to have me writing a word” (Gilman 649). Particularly, John would rather her not have her own thoughts about things, rather his own. Allowing her to sit in boredom of the resting cure away from any excitement. However, the narrator feels as though journaling gives her a way out and the
“Poem for My Sister” written by Liz Lochhead, is a poem describing the relationship between two sisters and their experiences. As with almost all siblings, the younger sister looks up to her older sister and strives to be like her whereas the older sister in this poem has been through numerous hardships and troubles in her life and warns her stubborn sister to not follow in her footsteps. The reader can relate to the poem as they are either an adult or a child and both ages apprehend the feelings and emotions that the characters are experiencing. A deeper meaning this poem suggests is that the experience of adulthood should be seen as advice for the upcoming generations.
presents various symbols that connect to characters and themes. Similarly, so does the metafiction story of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Actually, without symbolism in these two stories, the meaning of the story would be lost to the reader. Summary and Symbolism in “A Rose for Emily”
In the poem “Nikki Rosa” written by Nikki Giovanni depicts what it was like growing up in a black urban environment. The Nikki Rosa portrayed in the poem is reminiscing about her childhood experiences, which she believes would not be understood or valued by those who did not share a life that was parallel to her own. In her poem Nikki is able to juxtapose different events from her youth with how she believes someone, who had not experienced something similar, would misconstrue them. She believes a white biographer would take notice of the struggles, but miss the love that was present. Essentially she feels whites and blacks fundamentally have contrasting ideas about happiness and wealth.
Isabel is gullible. The first example shown is at the start of the story where slave sisters Isabel and Ruth are at the funeral of their former master, Miss Mary Finch. Miss Finch was good to the girls, she treated them well, was kind and caring, and most important of all taught them how to read and write, which slave were not allowed to learn how to do. Her will stated that when she died the girls would be free without an owner. In this scene they are asking the Pastor where they would be able to find a place to sleep.
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a story told by an African American woman who receives a visit from her daughter Dee. Mama, along with her other daughter Maggie, live a poor life in the South while Dee has created a successful life for herself. Mama and Maggie clinch to their roots and heritage while Dee would rather get as far away as possible. Upon her return home Dee draws her attention to a specific quilt. The particular quilt and the title of the short story are the centers of what it means to encompass one’s culture into their everyday life.
Poetry Commentary - End of Unit Assessment Losing an important person, for example a father, is not something you get over; it is something that stays with you your entire life. “Poem at Thirty-Nine” written by Alice Walker describes these feelings from the view of a forlorn 39 year old woman, pondering about the loss of her father. She talks about the things she regrets, and the wonderful relationship they had. Through this, she tries to convey the message that remembrance can be positive and negative.
Sunday Greens - Rita Dove In Mr. Maples’ class, we had to do a project on a poem. Me and my group had to describe what was the universal truth about human beings (otherwise known as a theme). The poem that I, Shania, Jaylen, and Gurlyn worked on being “Sunday Greens” by Rita Dove. The poem basically states that there is a woman thinking about living in calm Sunday, feeling luxurious. But in reality, the woman is poor.