The intriguing texts, “My Mother Pieced Quilts” by Teresa Palomo Acosta, and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker contain two main ideas that explain how everyone’s culture has a direct influence on the way that we view the world. In other words, each of our backgrounds are full of experiences and knowledge, and we use what we know in every aspect in life. Specifically, Acosta expressed in her poem, “... how the thread darted in and out / galloping along the frayed edges, tucking them in / as you did us at night.” This passage is suggesting when the author remembers her mother mother making quilts, she remembers the memories that she associated with the quilts, making the quilts have a special meaning to her and her culture growing up. Additionally, Walker had a similar idea in her narrative about quilts but she includes another example where she writes,”... you could see where thumbs
As I read the title I found myself delighted that the daughter could possibly be the narrator along with appreciation the daughter has for her mother then I thought to myself how cute that is. I’m convinced that the message through the text but mostly through the art is no matter what circumstances or tragedies a family may go through, together a family can hope for better and brighter days. The art which is definitely appealing to me in A Chair for My Mother illustrates with warm, bright and sadly a few dark colors. In any picture book it’s very important to realize the art that the illustrator is interpreting. Many illustrators convey messages in their art in many ways whether it’s through color, lines, or shapes.
He does this by introducing the idea of the “golden thread.” In the context of this passage, this thread symbolizes the knot of purity and love that ties Lucie and her family together. Dickens first introduces the golden thread by saying, “Ever busily winding the golden thread which bound her husband, her father and herself.” (page 161) By including this line, the reader is able to decipher that this golden thread has a great amount of meaning associated with Lucie’s life. During this time, there was so much uncertainty regarding the French Revolution and the repercussions they would face. The one dependable factor of Lucie’s life was her family and the stable connections she felt with them. Dickens compares the loved ones in Lucie’s life to gold because that is how valuable they are to
Louise Erdrich, winner of the National Book Critics Circle is a popular contemporary American author. When first published, Louise was writing poetry, but she gained popularity from her work on the Love Medicine. Being a self-proclaimed storyteller, Louise knew that she wanted to start writing stories with more to them. Louise being of dual cultural background writes the stories not as autobiographies but with the experiences that were lived along the way. The writing which depicts the struggles in the Native American cultures particularly the relationships of both family and love within the white community.
In the poem “The Century Quilt” by Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Waniek is able to craft a complex, contemporary poem using a variety of literary devices. Through enjambment, imagery, and chronological succession, Waniek describes the complexities of her quilt and reflects on it’s beauty and uniqueness. In lines 1-2 of “The Century Quilt” Waniek uses enjambment to start her poem with ambiguity and suspense. In addition, her use of enjambment slows the pace and forces the reader to digest each line as an individual thought, rather than a cohesive statement. In turn, the slowed pace and ambiguity of the opening couplet offers a preview to Wanieks unique style and syntax.
Every piece of this quilt represented pieces that may have been important in her life. For example, “Oh how you stretched and turned and rearranged, your Michigan spring faded curtain pieces, my father’s Santa Fe work shirt, the summer denims, the tweeds of fall” (Palomo). This explains that Teresa will remember where every single piece of the quilts came from and how they trace back to it being important to her. To add on, everyone will have a different way of expressing their culture and explaining it to others. To Teresa those pieces of the quilts reminded her of her home, how she grew up with them and it explained her culture and the stories behind
In Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Legacy”, the speaker shares a message through the eyes of a grandmother and a granddaughter who have thoughts about the role of legacy, family bonds, and respect, but do not openly share them as they talk to each other. The poem is a short arrangement of sentences which depict one interaction between the 2 characters, but is meant to set the stage for establishing the pattern of communication between generations. The setting is probably a fall day before a holiday where the children are outside playing and the grandmother is inside baking some items for an upcoming family gathering. The grandmother has a history of baking and these rolls are an example of something that she prepares for the family that they enjoy and are part of her identity. The grandmother has great pride in the rolls and wants to make sure that the family continues to be able to enjoy them long after she is gone by passing it down to her granddaughter: “I want chu to learn to make these rolls” (line 3).
Good Country People written by Flannery O’ Conner has symbolism and metaphors that are used and that reinforce the major ideas of the story. O’Conner uses Mrs. Hopewell’s daughter Joy and her name change as a symbolism. A few others that add to the main idea is Joy’s wooden leg, her last name Hopewell, the Freeman’s, Manly Pointer, his briefcase, the hollow bible, and even the gate to the Hopewell’s house is symbolic to the story. Metaphors that take place are Mrs. Hopewell’s saying Good country people are the salt of the earth and many other sayings that Mrs. Hopewell believes to be true about life. Joy changing her name is symbolic to Good County People, she finds herself superior to those who are less fortunate than her or what her mother calls good country people.
The country girl who Melia comes across in town reminds her of her past life using words such as “tatters,” “paws,” and “hag-ridden,” to describe the harshness of the country life that Melia once knew (lines 5,13,17). Furthermore, the country girl also uses the words “prosperity,” “bright feathers,” and “delicate” to illustrate Melia’s glorious new life in the city (3,7,14). Though Melia’s life may seem better to the country girl, Melia replies, “Yes: that’s how we dress when we’re ruined” when the country girl comments on Melia’s new “gay bracelets” and “bright feathers” to reveal that even though girls like her dress well, they do not feel well inside (7,8). Although the reader is not certain on the tone of her voice, one can infer that Melia uses a sarcastic tone when she says, “One’s pretty lively when ruined” to make the country girl see that the “ruined” life is not as grand as it seems (20). Hardy ends his poem with Melia saying, “You ain’t ruined” to the county girl to show that she still carries a part of her country past with her even though she left it behind (24).
One of the many matters of the Quilting Bee was to aide other women by donating quilts for others’ hope chests (Johnson). The event often includes a dance towards the evening and was also combined with a dinner served for all the families to participate in. Quilts are comprised of smaller blocks that are stitched together to eventually form larger blocks. The various amounts of blocks include the nine patch, the shoo fly, the churn dash the prairie queen, the hourglass, the contrary wife the letter X and lastly, the variable star (Johnson). Each design is repeated or alternated with just a simple block which eventually creates the overall