Alice Walker And Flannery O Connor Comparison Analysis

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In a world full of connections, there are always relationships that often affect one another. The writers Alice Walker and Flannery O 'Connor, even though, born in different time periods, base their novels upon the growth and development of the main characters throughout the course of their stories. Alice Walker and Flannery O’Connor’s lives influenced their writings. Alice Walker 's biography states “Of the two daughters at odds over family heirlooms in the story ‘Everyday Use’, Alice Walker resembles each one” (Bayme and Levine 1530). In this statement, there is a resemblance between Alice Walker’s stories and her life. Flannery O’Connor also reflects back to her characters in "Good Country People". Flannery was limited due to her disease. …show more content…
Dee and Maggie are two different young women who both share a strong connection with their mother. Maggie is dependent towards Momma Johnson due to a fire that almost burned her to death. However, Dee is the exact opposite of Maggie. Dee is a strong independent woman, who shows no mercy towards the world. Two extremely different women and two very different opinions momma portrays towards her daughters. The action Momma portrays in the story towards her daughter 's brings the reader to question both relationships. Does the accomplishments of a daughter have an affect on the mother 's treatment towards the daughter? The reader, sees in the story Momma Johnson begins to become nervous knowing Dee will soon arrive. Momma Dee portrays Dee as a young lady who is rebellious, sophisticated and insubordinate. Momma Johnson continues to be nervous when her daughter finally arrives with a changed culture and great accomplishments. Momma remains nervous due to Dee’s insubordinate attitude. Within the reading “Everyday Use,” Momma Johnson creates a Johnny Carson television fantasy. As it states in the …show more content…
Flight: a re-evaluation of Dee in Alice Walker 's ‘Everyday Use,’” written by Susan Farrell, the writer compares the complex relationship between mother, rebellious daughter and compliant daughter. In the this source, Farrell argues that Momma does not have an accurate perspective towards her daughters, Maggie and Dee. Susan Farrell states in her written source a
Such a reading condemns the older, more worldly sister, Dee, as "shallow," "condescending," and "manipulative," thus as lacking a "true" understanding of her heritage. Several readers have pointed out that Mama 's view of Maggie is not quite accurate--that Maggie is not as passive or as "hangdog" as she appears. Might Mama 's view of her older daughter, Dee, not be especially accurate as well? Dee obviously holds a central place in Mama 's world

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