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Everday Use

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Transcript of Everday Use

Everyday Use By: Alice Walker Biographical Information Was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia She was the youngest of eight children. Her family's job was sharecropping. When she was eight years old she was shot in her eye with a BB gun, that nearly blinded her. It did scar her.
While she had the scars she lost her self confidence.
During this time she spent all her time reading.
After she had her surgery Alice finally got her self-confidence. High School *very popular
*valedictorian
*prom queen College Alice attended Spelman College
(college for African American women in Atlanta) After two years at Spelman, Walker learned that she had won a scholarship for a full tuition to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. After Sarah Lawrence, Walker moved to Mississippi to continue her work in the Civil Rights Movement. Famous Works! NOVELS The Third of Grange Copeland
Now is the Time to Open your Heart Short Stories In Love and Trouble
You can't Keep a good Women Down ESSAYS "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens"
"Everyday Use" Her Writings Center Around... Civil Rights Movement
Lives of A.A. Women and their experiences throughout history and in the modern world
Pride in her personal heritage
Sexism and racism By:Maggie Bell Elements Setting rural Georgia, at her childhood home Characters Dee, Maggie, Mama (author) PLOT Dee goes to her childhood home, which she left to better herself.
She is ashamed of her heritage.
Dee tries to get her late grandmother's quilts but, her mother gives them to her sister, Maggie. Conflict Dee not wanting to accept her culture and background is a conflict between Dee and herself. Another conflict is the one between Dee and her sister, Maggie. Theme To accept your culture,
background,
and to value your
cultural pride. Literary Elements 1st person point of view. flashback Introduction Rising Action climax Falling Action Resolution Dee goes to her childhood home which she left because she wanted a better/new life. She did not care about her heritage, and is not proud of her heritage/roots. When the mother gives the quilts to Maggie. Dee leaves and does not seem to be upset or bothered. Mother and Maggie are accepting of Dee's indiference. Mother and Maggie are happy with their lives, background and culture. *Maggie kept going back in the past and remembering all the times that she and Dee had. Simile "I am the way my daughter would want me to be: a hundred pounds lighter, my skin like an uncooked barley pancake." Dee tries to take the quilts that her grandma made. The Color Purple Sources *Prentice Hall Literature, The American Experience *Google.com
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