Alice Walker an African American novelist and feminist born on February 9

Alice Walker an African American novelist and feminist born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, the eight and last or youngest child for the family (Walker). At the age of eight when her sibling blinded her right eye with a BB gun while they are playing, her classmates attempts to provoke in a playful way and she misunderstood by her family. Because of it she became shy, lonely young. “A scar of white tissue was left and she developed a negative self-image from this scar (Walker).” However, after six years following a specialist take away the scar tissue from her eye, Walker eventually become high school prom queen and class valedictory. “The episode changed her life forever, and the evolution of Alice Walker as womanist, activist, poet, and writer began. She submerged herself into a world of isolation after this traumatic event (Robinson 294).” After earning her undergraduate degree in 1965, she moved to Mississippi to teach and continue her social activism, and she met and married Melvyn Leventhal, a Jewish civil rights lawyer (Walker). Walker`s most known stories include: The Color Purple (won both Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1982), Everyday Use, In Search of Our Mother`s Gardens, The Temple of My Familiar, Anything We Love Can Be Saved, and so on.
In “Everyday Use” the story teller is Mr. Johnson, a mother of two youthful girls (Dee and Maggie). The story rounds in her own daughters conflicting perceptions and perspectives about their heritage comprehension, rehearsing, and acknowledgement. Dee in the story represents the urban black women who moved to a place where many country`s culture centered and she shows ultimate superficiality with better education, magnificent physical appearance, and different way of accepting and respecting her family heritage as a strategy of modern African Americans to survive an oppressive society burdens (Mullins 40). The other sister Maggie, displays inferiority and self-low esteem but amazingly recognizing, remembering, respecting and acceptance of family heritage very well as another way to encounter the depressive society (Whitsitt 449). Walker used portrayal, imagery, and nonexistent clarifications to light up the distinction concerning the understandings, illustration and in the end to reward one of the best confirming boldly knowledge of culture and respecting of heritage is the most successful door to defeat all the countered challenge in that specific historical period.
The story “The Color Purple” concentrate upon the growth and improvement of a young black lady during early 20th century named Celie, raped by her own particular father at the age of 14 and also forced to a marriage with a brutal old man Mr._ without her feeling. “Mr._does not love or respect Celie causing even more rifts in her sense of self (Martin 28).” Following unwanted marriage Celie starts taking care of his kids and working for him. At the same time Mr._ (Albert) is in love with another lady Shug Avery. One-day Shug Avery became sick and Mr._ took her to his house (this is where Celie lives too). With the continuous help of Celie, Shug recovered from illness and the two women become best friend. Shug promises Celie that she will stay and protect her from the abuse of Mr._.” Celie longs to get an education. In her limited experience, she sees education as a form of empowerment. For Celie, it is the only form of power she sees as obtainable in her life (Martin 28).” Throughout the time Celie got consciousness how to stand for herself and got respect from others. Celie starts searching the letter hidden by Mr._ and able to find it with the help of Miss Shug. Once she got the letter she leaves Mr. house and learn how to take care of others, living a life without abuse or neglect, most importantly she starts enjoying a life of freedom. Mr._ and his son Harpo also learned how to take care of each other as well as with other people. In “The Color Purple”, Alice Walker is able to illustrate the abuse, neglect, and oppression a black woman had to go through in the early twentieth century, but she also illustrates how a woman must fight back to regain the self-esteem and confidence lost way back in the early adolescent years.
“Everyday Use” symbolizes the period from 1960 up to 1970, African Americans were struggling for equivalent opportunity and acceptance on living conditions like all other white American people and started to be proud of their African root and history. “Alice Walker selected the quilt as a strong metaphor in “The Color Purple” and “Everyday Use” to show sisterhood. The rich history of bonding through quilting provides logic behind the choice she made to include it as an integral part of her work (Martin 33).” Both stories of Walker have a theme of sisterhood, nature and women empowerment. The character Celie plays a big role in the theme sisterhood from the beginning to the end of the story, she forgot everything happened before and able to learn from that and she live a life she wants and deserve.
In conclusion novelist, writer, and feminist Walker, in her work of “Everyday Use”, “The Color Purple” examined and emphasized about African American women struggling for sexual as well as racial equality and emerging as strong, creative individual. Alice Walker, her life poetry, and all her works speak to the oppression of women, especially African American women, and offer insight and advice to women from all cultures who have been oppressed by abusive men.