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Am I Blue?

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Claudia Sehl

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Transcript of Am I Blue?

Am I Blue?
by Alice Walker
Companionship and interaction by those willing to find a deeper meaning, are the only means through which isolation and misery can be conquered.
p.222
"As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And I spit it out." (Walker 225)
Introductory Method
Walker starts the essay with the imagery of her house that she lived in with her companion.

She also uses background information to paint a picture of the setting and give an overall feeling to the reader.

"... and I rented a small house in the country that stood on the edge of a large meadow that appeared to run from the end of our deck straight into the mountains." (222)
Concluding Method
Walker's concluding statement reveals significance of how Blue has changed her perspective of the world


"As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out."
Blue vs. Humans
* Blue is able to connect to Alice of how he feels
* Human-like features, "...he looked at me. It was a look so piercing, so full of grief, so human, I almost laughed (too sad to cry) to think that there are people who do not know that animals suffer" (224)
* Struggle to have a soul mate and companion to fill his loneliness
Thematic Significance of the Title
* Blue- depressed in spirits; dejected; melancholy
* Alice is the only person to see the sadness and mourn in Blue, as her neighbors see freedom
* Therefore, Alice is the human representative of the horse's feelings
"'And it would have to be a white horse; the very image of freedom'".
Summary
* First person
* Comparative
* Blue's family is taken away and deals with isolation and depression
Purpose

Tone
* Solemn
* Sombre
* Concerned
* Erratic then Despairing

* Provokes thought about isolation and human morals
Rhetorical Devices
Symbolism- Blue's eyes demonstrate the connection between his feelings, and Walker's insights

Distillation- The horse is used as a model on a smaller scale of the bigger issues of human morals

Analogy- By comparing the slave trade to Blue's isolation and despair

Rhetorical Question- Provokes the readers interest and enforces their belief in what Walker is saying about Horses' expressing themselves

Sentence Fragment- Creates suspense of the true meaning behind the haunting look in Blue's eyes

Allegory- In this case blue is used to teach a lesson about the human feelings of isolation and about human morals surrounding slavery and animal rights
Context
written by Alice Walker
born in 1944 and grew up in Georgia
wrote, "The Colour Purple"
writes about racism, violence, isolation, poverty and portrayals of the lives of African American Women
Written between 1973-1987
takes place in a large meadow surrounded by mountains with scarce towns
within a three year span
Type of Essay:
Comparative / Narrative
Connections
We can connect this essay as a large portion of the class is doing their ISU novels on the topic of slavery and suffering therefore by reading this essay we are receiving a taste of what is to come
Freedom...?

Images Used:
Black Slave . Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Servant_or_slave_woman_in_Mogadishu.jpg>.
Assorted Apples . Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://cache.tokyotimes.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2013/08/APPLES.jpg>.
House in Field . Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://cache.desktopnexus.com/thumbnails/1331616-bigthumbnail.jpg>.
White Horse Freedom . Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://wakpaper.com/large/Equestrian_wallpapers_3.jpg>.
Steak on Plate . Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/04/20/steak276.jpg>.
Let freedom ring. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://officialmlkdream50.com/august-28/>.
Dove. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://releaseadove.com>.

"A look so human..."
" I can't understand these Negroes, these blacks. What do they want? They're so different from us" (223)
"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred" (Martin Luther King).
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