Alice Walker

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Alice Walker goes in-depth between the stereotypes of black women with their realities and beliefs. The mama in this story is looked at like a stereotype by the ways she lives in society as a poor black farmer in the south. Walker compares how the yard as a comfort place by "It is like an extended living room. When the hard clay is swept clean as a floor and the fine sand around the edges lined the tiny, irregular grooves, anyone can come and sit" (77). Her yard describes as filthy and actually finds it normal and relaxing. Her two daughters look down of her as if her lifestyle is wrong. Dee's character apparently feels some type of way about her mother. She kinds of hate her mother for giving her a lifestyle she regrets. As mama explains her …show more content…
Dee was able to craft a new life by identity and financially. Dee's newly found sense of black heritage also reflects the ways she dress. For example, Walker explains Dee's clothing as "a yellow organdy dress to wear… black pumps to match a green suit" (79). Dee would consider herself as a normal and civilizes woman. She would use her education to hidden her past living in poverty. Dee also made a decision into changing her name to help her, find her identity. Which would misguide her into the worst. The irony in this story is how Dee would use her own different heritage to shape her story. A quilt that was crafted by her grandma Dee, Big Dee, and mama were in their family for years. Dee wanted the quilt as her own, without any of her family's context of values. Mama didn't want to give up the quilt to Dee because of her reason for using it. Mama believed that she wouldn't continue the family tradition in what the quilt was intended for. Mama suggested she would give the quilt to Maggie after she would get married. Dee wanted to use the quilt as a display in her place. She wanted to show the quilt as a historical piece in her culture. Dee was highly upset with mama and her decision in giving the quilt to Maggie. Giving Dee the quilt would have brought more drama to the family. But, Maggie would continue the family tradition in the future by putting it to everyday use. In the end, Walker explains the connection between African Americans heritage, style, and

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