The quilts were made by the grandmother and the two sisters mother by hand, which makes it very memorable. Moreover, the dresses are not just scraps, but they are pieces of the family's heritage. The pieces of dresses are meant to be used in everyday life. Furthermore, these quilts are more significant and serve as a symbol in the family's history of struggle and pride. Alice Walker, uses symbolism to have a feeling of deeper interpretation of the story and expresses her feelings about the quilt and her feelings
My grandmother planted these roses, and my mother tended them, just as I do. I 've watched my town grow”. Ms. Strangeworth
In a simile, she compares gardening to “boxing… The wins versus the losses” (Hudes 16). Through this comparison, Hudes conveys Ginny’s deep desire for a sense of control and success in her life. This desire is fed by the memory of her father, who was only bearable when he was gardening. Specifically, the assertion of this desire for control is evident as she recalls that her father “was a mean bastard…” but “became a saint if you put a flower in his hand” (Hudes 15). From those experiences of dealing with her father, a psychological analogy between nature and peace was instilled in Ginny’s mind at a young age, and is what she relies on as an adult to handle her emotional trauma.
There were some important examples of the plant signifying family. Lorraine Hansberry shows in many ways that it takes hard work to have a healthy plant or even a healthy family. She does a great job exemplifying family through Mama’s potted plant. Hansberry never fails to show the importance of Mama’s family. At the end of the play, in the very last lie, Hansberry show the importance of Mama’s plant, “The door opens and she comes back in, grabs her plant, and goes out for the last
By consistently mentioning Gemma’s accounts of sharing her fairy tale story of Briar Rose and the intentional attention to detail, Yolen highlights the strong intimacy associated with traditional storytelling and its power to create powerful connections. As Gemma began telling her story in the beginning of the novel, “the sisters nodded and stepped back a pace each, as if the story demanded their grandmother’s face, not just her scent” (Yolen 21). The way Gemma tells her stories to her granddaughters implies that there is a very traditional, intimate story time setting. In this way, storytelling allows not only for emotional intimacy, but physical intimacy as well. The story “demanded their grandmother’s face” implies that Gemma is looking each girl in the eye and trying to speak to each and every one’s soul (Yolen 22).
Additionally, her love for Victorian literature may be due to how real they can be for individuals like Mercedes, which connects with her role of trying to be a religious, independent female that takes care of her family. This influences Mercedes to become, and act like a ‘proper lady’, and is referred as “Miss Piper” throughout town. Mercedes becomes so encapsulated with Victorian literature, she also adopts the era’s clothing style. Lastly, is Mercedes devotion towards religious figures such as Bernadette, which she then attempts to push onto Lily in to
Christine Kerr states “The mother narrator reminisces how Dee always “wanted nice things” even as a tennager.” Throughout Everyday Use, Dee shows a pattern of wanting things, such as her heritage to be shown. This is why Dee changes her last name. Christine Kerr demonstrates how Dee has more than one perspective on things within her family. For example, Dee wants the quilts not just because she thinks her mother and sister don't use them properly, but because she wants to show her heritage, and to own something nicer and maybe has more
(COMPOUND) Gail Tsukiyama, the author of Samurai’s Garden, gives each of the main characters a garden that mends and heals each of them as much as they grow their gardens. Matsu encourages Sachi to create her own garden. Tsukiyama constructs an amazingly beautiful image of not only Sachi’s garden but also of Sachi herself. (CUM) She left her family and friends: she would not disgrace them with her disease. (COMPOUND) Sachi contracted leprosy at a young age, an age where her looks meant very much to her, but as she grew she found a greater meaning.
) The name “Rose” is symbolic in showing how Rose continues to love Troy. Rose, like the flower, is continuously caring and loving. For example, when Troy broke the news to Rose about the affair and child he is having. Rose continued to stay with Troy. She even took his daughter in as her own.
In one particular instance, she recites a poem referencing kidnappers in the tale of Briar Rose. When she is called out by a child, she says, “What do you know about Briar Rose?” (Yolen 117). This questions builds a direct connection between Gemma and Briar Rose. She is no longer simply telling a tale—she is living it. Though Gemma chooses to never explicitly speak of her experiences, it is clear from her repetition of a single fairy tale that she wants her story to be