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Alice Walker


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Alice Walker

  1. 1. Alice Walker<br />"Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength -in search of my mother's garden, I found my own."<br />
  2. 2. Famous for..<br />American author and poet<br />Wrote The Color Purple, which one the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book award.<br />Most of her work is about race and gender.<br />
  3. 3. Early Life…<br />Born at home in Eatonton, Georgia on Feb. 9th, 1944<br />She is the youngest of 8 children.<br />Comes from lovely and supporting family.<br />Accidently shot by brothers in the eye.<br />Voted valedictorian and queen of her senior class.<br />
  4. 4. Personal Life and Activism<br />Attended Spellmen College in Atlanta<br />Walked with Martin Luther King and credits him for her decision to return to the solve and become an activist. <br />Walked in the 1963 famous march on Washington.<br />Transferred to Sarah Lawrence College near NYC<br />Wrote a letter to Obama and considers him “Brother Obama”<br />
  5. 5. Writing Career…<br />Wrote her first poetry book in college.<br />Joined Ms Magazine editor<br />Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, was published in 1970.<br />Walker has published several short stories, including the 1973 Everyday Use.<br />
  6. 6. Summary of Story…<br />The story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, starts out with the narrator, who we later found out is the mother of two daughters, Dee and Maggie.<br />Dee and Maggie are the complete opposite of one another. Maggie – shy, in hand-me-downs, and has several scars on her. (There 1st house burnt down). Dee very educated women – went to school because of mom and sister – writer describes her as a “hippy”.<br />The mother describes each of their relationships, she has a strong bond with Maggie (because she still lives with her) and she feels that with Dee, she doesn’t live up to her expectations.<br />
  7. 7. Summary Continued..<br />Contrasts to that, the narrator brags about her ways on her property – she compares herself to a man pretty much, because she’s “a large, big-boned women with rough man-working hands” & has killed a calf with a sledge hammer as one of her manly ways.<br />Which this can tell you that Dee and her mother have different morals and ways of thinking.<br />The narrator goes back to a memory of her house burning down..<br />The mother and Maggie are trapped in the house, while Dee was standing outside of the house (which she thought it was hideous) by a tree, watching it burn down. Which made me wonder if Dee burnt the house down on purpose.<br />
  8. 8. Continue..<br />The mother also looks back when Dee would read Maggie and her stories – but now it would have educated thoughts built into the stories.<br />This shows that Dee finds everyday use for her education and Maggie/mother sees hard work as being useful.<br />With all the memories said in the story, the two sisters and mother finally meet. Dee drives from college, to visit.<br />They start talking and the mother stats her name, but Dee corrects her and says she changed her name to “Wanger”<br />
  9. 9. Continued..<br />Throughout dinner Dee/Wangero acts as though all of the things she hated growing up (butter dishes, butter churn) are all charming somehow and she shows interest in them.<br />She asked her mother for a butter churn that was handmade by a relative because she thought they were neat conversation pieces.<br />She still rummages around for unique objects she might want to take with her and stumbles upon two old quilts. (which is important to the family/hand made and significant) Wangero asks her mother if she can have them and her mother says she is saving them for Maggie.<br />
  10. 10. Continued..<br />Wangero says that Maggie can’t appreciate the quilts and will not use them in everyday bases. But Wangero would hang them up on a wall.<br />Her mother thinks this is a silly way to use them, so she all of a sudden is filled with strong feelings and hugs Maggie (which was never thought of from her). She then snatches the quilts away from Wangero.<br />The story ends with Wangero making several comments to her family and leaving.<br />