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We Alone by Alice Walker

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Shania Fleming

on 2 June 2014

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Transcript of We Alone by Alice Walker

We Alone by Alice Walker
Introduction
The poem is by Alice Walker an African American who made history as the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature as well as the national book award in 1983 for her novel "The Color Purple".
Summary
"The sea shells, stones, and feathers are plentiful".
Meaning of poem
The meaning of this poem is that we should appreciate everything we have and be thankful. To love and take care of the people or things that you have and stop focusing on the things you don't have.
Theme
The theme of this poem is that we should not get attached to trivial things or things that have little importance.
Connotation
Alliteration "Feathers, shells, and sea shaped stones are all as rare".
Prezi by Shania Fleming
"We Alone" is about how humans put value on objects. Even though gold is just as rare as feathers and shells, People get attached to things like money instead of other important things that have value. A revolution is an overthrow or a new system. Alice Walker is saying that there should be a new way that humans act and they should not only treasure things that have high value.
We don't seek the beauty and wealth in the simple things in life.
"This could be our revolution to love what is plentiful as much as what is scarce".
Maybe this means love, family the things that aren't tangible, but plentiful and rare.
Extended metaphor "gold".
Symbolism "Love what's plentiful".
We Alone
can devalue gold by not caring if it falls or rises in the market place. Wherever there is gold there is a chain, you know, and if your chain is gold so much the worse for you. Feathers, shells, and sea-shaped stones are all as rare. This could be our revolution to love what is plentiful as much as what is scarce.
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