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    After reading and analyzing The Century Quilt by Marilynn Nelson, the reader can interpret that the author is telling a story about her cultural background and the significance of a family heirloom that has been passed down for generations. The narrator was sharing her feelings on how she felt about not getting a family heirloom over her older sister and she related that to her grandmother. Nelson used theme, symbolism, and point of view to showcase her feelings about being an outcast in her own…

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    Toni Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye, reflects the feminist theory throughout the novel. Characters narrate the novel from different point of views to help understand the story of the protagonist, Pecola Breedlove, and the hardships of growing up as a young black girl. The eleven-year-old fails to get help because of the suffering from other characters, which eventually contributes to her fate. The feminist theory is presented by Pecola’s desire to be beautiful, black women resisting…

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    Family are the friends we do not pick by ourselves, but are born into. “The dress” by Julia Darling is a short story about the sisters Rachel and Flora, and their mother. The story focuses on the deterioration of the sister’s relationship but also on their relationship to the mother. The story also focuses on what happens to a family when it is missing love and communication. Throughout the story, the main topic is a certain dress, and this leads to a dispute having immense consequences. In the…

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    In the novel "The Bluest eye" by Tony Morrison, Morrison attempts to explore the meaning of beauty through the point of view of adolescent black girls as they tackle poverty, racism, sexism and the transition to adulthood. Morrison accomplishes this, through her writing she scrupulously decides which rhetoric devices to use in order to do so. Throughout her writing Morrison uses Scesis Onomaton to emphasize particular aspects she deems vital to the storytelling, while using symbolism to…

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    In the track “God Help the Outcasts,” Esmerelda sings a song of prayer, asking God for help. It shows us how helpless and desperate Esmerelda is, how hopelessly trapped she was in the cathedral and how hopeless the situation of the gypsies seems like. The composers made this song into a prayer, metaphorically describing how no one on earth will have helped them. The part of the song where the other characters in the cathedral sing shows how genuine Esmerelda’s prayer is. The others ask for…

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    The autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings works by singer, poet, writer, and actress Maya Angelou, it is one of the most widely read and taught book by an African American woman. The title of the book comes from Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem, "Sympathy." The connection of the poem with the novel is where a little persistence bird (Marguerite) struggles against the bars of the cage life barriers , but she gets up, she rises and pushes forward. Although I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings covers…

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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her book, Purple Hibiscus, through the eyes of a teenage girl, Kambili. Papa’s two children, Jaja and Kambili start out as extremely sheltered and structured children. As the novel progresses the two of them go to live with their aunty Ifeoma for a couple of weeks. As soon as they arrive, they begin to change drastically as they both begin to find themselves. Both Jaja and Kambili start to become more independent because their aunty Ifeoma allows them to have…

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    pursue a freedom of her own. Sofia also takes a “looking glass” (Walker, 67). Mirrors are very important when it comes to hoodoo and conjure. Mirrors can protect one from spells and may be used to reverse spells and hexes that one has been placed under. This mention of a mirror may symbolize and foreshadow the protection Sofia may need in the future. Also in this chapter, Sofia’s sisters are described to be “big strong healthy girls” (Walker, 67). And these girls deliver Sofia to her new found…

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    Shug Avery is a pivotal character in Alice Walker's the color purple due to the affect she has on Celie and Albert. Shug helps Celie define who she is as a person and change her outlook upon life and the current situations that she's facing. She also has a very special relationship with Albert spanning back many years into both their youths. Shug is used in the book as a character designed to further move the plot and show the mentality changes in Celie and Albert over the course of the book.She…

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    Throughout history there have been many depictions of the struggles that black women face and how those struggles are overcome. Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” showcases Celie’s journey of self-discovery and the struggles that must be overcome in order to find one’s self. Celie has many different relationships with the minor characters, such as Mr._, who shows Celie that people can change, Sofia & Harpo, who reverse gender roles and show Celie the error in her ways, Nettie & Shug who…

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