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Analyzing Literature Essay

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How does your past affect your future? Should having a hard life give you an excuse to treat others with less dignity or respect? "Everyday Use", written by Alice Walker, is an emotive story that tells of a mother with two daughters, who had lived a very arduous life. Her older daughter, Dee, resented her upbringing and couldn't wait to get away and live a more refined lifestyle. The younger daughter, Maggie, severely scarred in a house fire, was content to continue to live the way she had been raised...simple and plain. I chose three literary devices that I believe Alice Walker used to create her story. The devices are imagery, satire, and irony. Alice Walker chose these devices for ...view middle of the document...

For example, " Some times Maggie reads to me. She stumbles along good-naturedly but can't see well. She knows that she is not bright. Like good looks and money, quickness passed her by" (Walker 58). Another example is where Walker describes Maggie, "Have you ever seen a lame animal, perhaps a dog run over by some careless person rich enough to own a car, sidle up to someone who is ignorant enough to be kind to them? That is the way my Maggie walks" (Walker 57). I believe Walker used this statement to make the reader feel pity for Maggie; she used these words to portray Maggie as ugly, poor, and slow. If she had just used a cold hard description, the picture of Maggie wouldn't have been as clear.The third and final device I have chosen to discuss is irony. Irony is when reality is vastly different from what is expected. I believe that the author used irony when she was telling of mama's decision to give the quilts to Maggie, not Dee." "The truth is", I said, " I promised to give themquilts to Maggie, for when she marries John Thomas." She gasped like a bee had stung her. "Maggie can't appreciate these quilts," She said. "She'd probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use." " I reckon she would," I said. " God knows I have been saving 'em long enough with nobody using 'em. I hope she will" (Walker 59).I believe...

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