Alice Walker Research Paper

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Muriel Rukeyser said "The universe is made of stories, not of atoms", it 's true. Perharps it 's not true for scientist, but Alice Walker has proved the power of stories. I believe we can know it from her stories, "Everyday Use" and "The Color Purple", and also her autobiography. They are very impressing for readers. According to New Georgia Encyclopedia, Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton. During her childhood, She has precocious spirit that vanished when her brother blinded her right eye with a BB pellet when she was 8 years old, bullied by her classmates, and misunderstood by her family. She became a reclusive shy girl. Six years later, a doctor removed the scar, then she turn out became high school prom …show more content…
The main character in "Everyday Use" is Mama. She is an African American woman who has an occupation like a man and two daughters. She milks cows and she can do men 's jobs better than being a feminine woman. She sings in the church though she does not have a very beautiful voice. She bought a house that looks similar to her previous burned down neighbor 's house in her former house. Her two daughters are Dee and Maggie. Maggie is a shy girl who always gives in to her sister and adores her sister so much. She lives with her mama. Her family thinks that later on in her life, Maggie will marry John Thomas, a not good looking guy. On the other hand, Dee does not live with her mama. She moved out of her house because she did not like her family that much. Dee prefers to have a more luxurious life. One day, Dee suddenly came back to her family 's house. She brought a guy called Hakim-a-barber and she changed her own name to be Wangero because she does not like her former name - Dee - as Dee comes from a dead lady. Dee (Wangero) came back to her family 's house just to get more furniture for her new house. She was fighting over some quilts that her Mama has planned to give to Maggie, instead of Wangero. Maggie gave in but her Mama, finally, took those quilts from Wangero and kept it for Maggie until she gets married to John …show more content…
This short story is good enough for illiterate people who is learning the grammar and vocabulary, but I think the story could be better than this one. Sometimes, the story jump to another story that confusing the reader, and sometimes, it looks like there is a missing part of it. Such as the attitude changing of Maggie and the period of time that the story happened. I believe there is a missing part that should be explained when Maggie’s attitude change when Dee wanted to take the quilts. We can look it from paragraph 57, “I heard something fall in kitchen, and a minute later the kitchen door slammed.” And suddenly, jump into Maggie’s new attitude, “/She can have them, Mama/ she said, like somebody used to never winning anything ...” in paragraph 74. This makes the story leave us many questions as the reader. It could be better if the story tell about the inner conflict of Maggie first. Before, it jumped to another character. I think the other missing part is the period of time. We could not find any time period in this short story. Another story will tell us about the time, the place, and many information that related. On the other hand, this story doesn’t have it. The only period, we could find is “1973” at the bottom of the last page (page 321), which is not good for an information, reader don’t know what that means. It should be better if the writer put about the year, like 1945, 1964, or another period inside the

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