Quilting Essays

  • The Quilting Bee

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    of the weaver. The beginning of quilting has dated back to hundreds of years ago. It’s unique designs and patterns have evolved throughout the years to encompass one’s cultural views, beliefs, and even their lifestyles. Many trends have also gone through this process of evolvement which took an immense toll on how one would create their own individualized quilt. Not only has this practical skill benefited people around the world for

  • Symbolism Of Quilts In Alice Walker's Everyday Use

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    The Symbolism of Quilts in Everyday Use Alice Walker’s 1973 short story, Everyday Use, is about a rivalry between a mother and her daughter, and how they have a complicated relationship in regards to their heritage. The two characters named Mama who narrates the story and Dee who was the annoying, selfish one have a complex relationship. The issues both of them had was that Dee cares about her life and being smarter than caring about her family, and Mama became upset. Mama with the help

  • Everyday Use Quilts Analysis

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    In "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, two sisters wanting the handmade quilts that symbolize the family heritage that’s passed down from generation to generation. The quilt plays a major role in representing symbolism, in "Everyday Use" quilts are symbolic to the family's culture, heritage and it's values to their offspring. A symbol is when the author uses an object in the story to represent a significant explanation. The quilt is a symbol of family inheritance that can be only respected by

  • Teresa Paloma Acosta My Mother Pieced Quilts

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    “My Mother Pieced Quilts” Theme Analysis In “My Mother Pieced Quilts”, Teresa Paloma Acosta presents the idea that family can provide comfort and safety through times of hardship. To begin with, Acosta mentions that her mother’s quilts were used “As weapons / Against pounding january winds” (3-4). This quote is a very explicit demonstration of how the quilts kept protected them from seasonal weather conditions. It also exaggerates the quilt, calling it a weapon which one can infer means that the

  • Short Story: A Colonial Family's Reaction To The Stamp Act

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    A Colonial family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act. “Ma? What is happening in the town with all those men? I heard something about the French and Indian war. Are we okay ma?” Sadie asked he mother with a curious look on her face. “We are perfectly safe Sadie, The French and Indian war was a thing of the past. The men in the town are rioting about something. Pa went to town to see what he could learn.” Ma said smiling scraping eggs onto Sadie’s plate along with the plate in front of her. John, Sadie’s

  • Aunt Ida Pieces A Quilt: Poem Analysis

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    In his poem, Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilt, Melvin Dixon presents the protagonist Aunt Ida experiencing an internal as well an external dialogue with her family members. Initially, the poem starts off the mother of Junie (the departed) handing all the clothes to Aunt Ida. Automatically, the presence of disconsolate, nostalgic, and agonizing are the feelings that build up the atmosphere of the poem. However, as the poem continues the purpose to why Aunt Ida was handed down the clothes of Junie is because

  • Idealism And Pragmatism In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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    In the short story, “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker uses her contrasting characters of Maggie and Dee to show a cultural split. Dee, the eldest daughter, comes home to visit her family who lives a very traditional way of life. Dee has gone to college and lives a more modernist lifestyle, whereas her sister Maggie has not gone to school and lives a more traditionalist lifestyle. This difference between the sisters shows the division in the 1960s between a traditionalist and modernist lifestyle through

  • My Mother Pieced Quilts Analysis

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    Unique Patches In the poem “My Mother Pieced Quilts” the author Teresa Palomo Acosta writes about her mother piecing together quilts and comparing it with the environment around her. In the story “Everyday Use” Alice Walker writes about her daughter coming home and how her daughter thinks she understands heritage but really doesn't. As a quilt is stitched together using different and unique pieces, so is a family. The individuals are the unique pieces of the quilt and the stitching for the family

  • Everyday Use Heritage

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    has been used in order to represent the family past which even dates back to the time of Civil War. They are depicting the importance of their culture and these quilts not just represent the past but also depict the work of their family members. Quilting has been the customized culture in Africa which the women used to do when they had to pass their time and then it was used to keep the people warm. This is evident from the idea when Dee thinks that these quilts could be used for the decoration purpose

  • Oppression In Jane Eyre Essay

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    During the Victorian era, the ideal woman’s life revolved around the domestic sphere of her family and the home. Middle class women were brought up to “be pure and innocent, tender and sexually undemanding, submissive and obedient” to fit the glorified “Angel in the House”, the Madonna-image of the time (Lundén et al, 147). Normally, girls were educated to be on display as ornaments. Women were not expected to express opinions of their own outside a very limited range of subjects, and certainly not

  • Everyday Use Heritage Analysis

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    In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the meaning of heritage is admired differently by a family of the same background. Dee who now has an education and understands her heritage feud with Mama and Maggie who appreciate their heritage. Although they all come from the same household, their differences get in the way when it comes to the most valuable items in the house; including the churn and dasher that Mama and Maggie still use daily, the handmade quilts made by Grandma Dee, and how Dee is blinded

  • Everyday Use Feminist Analysis

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    Alice Walker in “Everyday Use” uses the symbolism behind the guilt to demonstrate character perspectives and values. In my primary source “Everyday Use” Dee speculates that Maggie doesn't even admire the quilts as she does, in the short story Dee states on page 320, line 66-67, “‘Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!’” This is an assumption that Dee makes, to make it seem like Maggie doesn't have the amount of appreciation she has for the quilts. In reality, Dee is just being selfish, and not taking

  • Ecofeminism In Animal Dreams

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    “I only feel it’s worth writing a book if I have something important to say,” the author of Animal Dreams stated (Ryan). Throughout the novel, Barbara Kingsolver chooses to include numerous subjects like parental relationships, Native Americans, U.S. involvement in Nicaragua, and most importantly, ecofeminism (Kingsolver, Barbara and Lisa See 46). Based on her book Holding the Line, which covers the great Arizona mine strike of 1983, Codi and her female town friends are devoted to the protection

  • The Help Minny Jackson Character Analysis

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    Minny Jackson’s distinctive role in “The Help” The novel “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett deals with the living circumstances in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, and focuses on the lives of two housemaids, Minny Jackson and Aibileen Clark, as well as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white college graduate, whose aim it is to write a book about the circumstances and the experiences of the “Help” in white families. The three characters take turns narrating the events happening in the novel, and

  • Mrs. Bennet In Charles Dickens Great Expectations

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    Although she may not intend to, she limits her daughters by prioritizing their social status over satisfaction with their life choices. With regard to Elizabeth, Mrs. Bennet embodies the roles and requirements which Elizabeth is meant to defy through her free-will and growth as a character. Mrs. Bennet’s image as a mother deteriorates further as she sends Jane in the rain to visit Mr. Bingley and his acquaintances with “many cheerful prognostics of a bad day” (Austen 45). The act alone is not inherently

  • Trifles Symbols

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    Susan Glaspell wrote this play in the early 1900’s before the women’s modern movement ever began. Symbolism in the story conveys a very different and significant meaning to the story. Throughout the play, Trifles, Symbolism is used so that the audience is able to see through the eyes of Minnie Wright, and determine why she killed her husband. Glaspell uses symbolic objects/clues throughout the play to help the audience get a better understanding of the characters. Such as: names, a bird, a birdcage

  • My Mother Pieced Quilts Poem Analysis

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    In many places, respect for the heritage of all people is extremely important. Some say that one's own heritage is essential to understand where one is from and who one is from. In many cases, material objects are a gateway to ignite this sense of enlightenment. In the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" by Teresa Acosta and the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, both authors use imagery and figurative language to establish a quilt as a symbol providing an example to ignite respect for one's

  • Daybed Bedding Research Paper

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    Top 10 Best Modern Daybed Bedding Sets 2016 Review Are you looking for a cover set to complete your daybed? There is a very wide variety of cover sets available to meet all your needs. This makes your task easy and fun and allows you to tailor your daybed to suit your preferences and bring style into your room. Which choice do you do you prefer? You can go for a contemporary or modern style by fitting it with simple and chic cover set, or you can opt for the prairie or the classic age feel and

  • Tie Blanket Research Paper

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    The first thing to do when making a tie fleece blanket is to go to a store that sells material, crafts, etc. such as Joann fabrics. The hardest part of making the blanket for me is picking out the kind of fleece fabric, as there are so many types of patterns, designs and colors to choose from. Once I have picked out the two kinds of fleece fabric that I want I take it to the counter where they cut the fabric for me. I want to buy anywhere from 1.5-3 yards of each fleece that I chose. After that I

  • Equality And Dee In Ayn Rand's Anthem

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    Who Am “I” Dee from the short story Everyday Use, by Alice Walker and Equality from the book Anthem, by Ayn Rand share similar motivations throughout their stories. Both Equality and Dee are motivated by their desire to discover themselves in different ways. The short story Everyday Use begins with the narrator, Ms. Johnson, and her daughter, Maggie, on the yard they have just cleaned. Ms. Johnson then introduces a new character who will be arriving at the home shortly, Dee. She is Ms. Johnson’s