Alice arrived in the courtroom and saw the King and Queen of Hearts on their thrones with the knave chained up in front of them. The White Rabbit, who was serving the court as a herald, read the accusation that the Knave had stolen the Queen’s tarts. The king called the Mad Hatter and the Cook as witnesses. The king asked the cook what the tarts are made of. ‘Pepper, mostly,’ said the cook. (Page 50) When they were done interrogating the cook, they called Alice to the stand as she was the next
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The author shows the reader what she wants them to think, feel, and do with the information through the structure. In the story there is a shift of setting and time. The Flowers begins in a bright morning adventure, but as Myop continues with her adventure, she ends up in a dank part of the woods. This structure is parallel to the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Myop is a pure girl who wanders among the vibrant foliage, “...bouncing this way and that way, vaguely keeping an eye out for snakes” (Walker para. 4). Eve is also tempted by a strange plant, an apple, as is Myop. In The Flowers, Walker wrote that Myop was drawn by blue flowers. Such parallels to the snake and apple symbols of the Genesis story will lead the reader to sense that
An author’s positioning of details in a story can make or break a story. Many aspects of revealing details can go wrong, but those details can be used to build suspense when they are placed in the correct space. Characterization is a huge part of Walker’s piece, and the way in which she used imagery and past events builds suspense and provides only needed information. The suspense created by Walker creates a sense of uneasiness in the reader, and adds to the overall message of the story. Through foreshadowing, Alice Walker was able to build up her characters and her plot, while at the same time not giving away too much information too soon. Stories can easily be flooded out with too much nonessential information, but all the information
In her short story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker focuses on a rural family and their different interpretations of the African- American heritage. The story begins when Dee, the educated older daughter, comes to visit her Mama and younger sister, Maggie. The two sisters are completely different physically, mentally, and emotionally. Dee lives an educated and financially stable life with her boyfriend in the city, away from her family; while, Maggie lives an uneducated and poor life at home with her mother. Some may argue that there is no difference between Dee and Maggie’s Interpretations; however, Alice Walker uses characterization and different types of symbolism in her short story to show the difference between Dee and Maggie’s interpretations
Walkers essay is great of getting her audience to reminisce on the past by describing some childhood memories of life on the farm with the use of her beautiful language to share an image in Walkers memory.
Still Alice (Genova, 2009) is a captivating debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden decline into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The book is written by first time author Lisa Genova, who holds a PH.D in neuroscience from Harvard University. She’s also an online columnist for the national Alzheimer’s association. Her other books include Left Neglected and Love Anthony. She lives with her husband and two children in Cape Cod.
If you ask twenty people to define beauty you will receive, in all probability, twenty different definitions. Beauty, being as ambiguous as it is, leaves room for interpretation. Alice Walker, in “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self”, attempts to demonstrate that perception is subjective, and she successfully does so. Albeit, our perceptions do change as we go through life, experiencing and learning. By taking the reader on a sequential journey throughout her life and establishing a sentimental and sympathetic tone, Walker is able to portray that accepting and loving yourself is greater than being considered “beautiful” by society.
From the moment she sees the White Rabbit taking his watch from his waistcoat pocket, Alice tries to understand the logic of Wonderland. None of the rules that she has been taught seem to apply in Wonderland. The characters in Wonderland have no sense of manners and respond to her questions with answers that make no sense. For example, the Mad Hatter asks the questions, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” (Alice 51). Alice assumes he is asking a riddle and she begins to try to answer it, thinking the Hatter would not ask a riddle without knowing the answer. When Alice is unable to figure out the riddle, the Hatter explains that there is no answer. He does not explain why he asked the riddle, he simply says, “I haven’t the slightest idea” (Alice 53). In which Alice replies, “I think you might do something better with the time, than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers” (Alice 53). The Hatter then responds with a lecture on Time, which he depicts as a person. Time being depicted as a person makes no logical sense to Alice. In the end, Alice rebels during the trial scene when the King said “Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court” (Alice 88). Alice objects to the absurd nature of the trial saying, “Who cares for you? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” (Alice 91). This final scene is the end of her dream, and she wakes up with her head in her sister’s lap.
A feather landed in a splatter of yellow paint on the dusty concrete, and was trampled by the passersby as they hurried past in their haste to get to the highlight of the fair: the prized bird judging. Ellie sat in a corner perched on the edge of her stool, cheered by the queue of people waiting for her to paint their portrait. As an Art student, she used the money she earned from selling her paintings at the local markets and fairs to pay her tuition fees, her rent and feed herself.
To the average reader, the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland may seem nonsensical and absurd. However, Carroll was incepting a much bigger picture than just of peculiar characters and poems of a stammering college professor. Indeed, the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a political satire filled with scenes that ridiculed the government or a legal process. Interestingly, in a scene from the book, Alice attends a trial judged by the King of Hearts whereby the Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen’s tarts. In the jury-box she sees 12 creatures, comprising of animals and birds, putting their names down on slates for fear they might forget their names at the end of the trial. Furthermore, the King of Hearts, at one point, starts demanding for a verdict from the jury but one never
Alice Walker is a very well-known and well respected author, she worked as a teacher, social worker, and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Alice Walker’s life greatly impacted her monumental writing style, many of her stories have a young female character who is learning and maturing through different experiences such as the concept of death. Taking part in the Civil Rights Movement shows her bravery and that she will fight for what is right under all costs. This shows in her writing because her protagonists and usually very brave and strong through difficult times. Two famous short stories of Alice Walker are “The Flowers” and “To Hell with Dying”, although these stories have developed different
Throughout their lifetimes, children discover themselves within their own realm; in their home, neighborhood, classroom, etc. as shown in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey. The young, fair-skinned, blonde Alice and the young, good-tanned, brunette Natasha, are both plagued with society’s definition of their identities, as they travel through a fantasy wonderland and the rural south of Mississippi. In a struggle between class and physical appearances and its outcome because of the differences in growing up in an era of peace, prosperity, and national pride (Victorian era) versus an era of muddled civil war, inequality, and the struggle to find national credence (Civil rights era).
Alice Walker’s “The Flowers” is a compacted short story that contains an explosive and unexpected secret in the midst of a rose garden, Walker’s detailed and quick paced plot leaves the reader with no idea about the dark climatic scene at the end of the story. Walker’s quick paced plot develops an unusual structure where the exposition and rising action occupy most of the story while the climax, falling action and resolution hastily occur within the last two paragraphs.
Why is it often said that looks don't matter, when society ironically seems to be contradicting that very idea? Throughout history, every time period has had their own idea of what defines beauty. Today, media has successfully created the ideal image of what a "perfect woman" should be. This image has created impossible expectations of beauty for girls and women, and has ultimately taught them to constantly compare themselves to others, giving them the mindset that they are not good enough. Luckily, actions are starting to be made regarding this issue. For example, the Dove Beauty Campaign is a worldwide marketing campaign designed to exemplify the variations of physical beauty seen in all women. This campaign has helped many women see that
Alice Walker is a story about the bonding of her family. Family bonding is a huge when it comes to family, because that’s what keeps families strong. Walker informs mothers and daughters that bonding between family members is important, by her tone, the symbol of the quilt, and relationship between mothers and daughters. The narrator in the story will show examples of the way family bonding can keep a family strong.
The Turtle is sad, so Alice and the Gryphon sing for it. Trial started when Alice was dragged in. The trial is for the Jack of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen’s tarts. Judge of the trial is the King, with some animals as the jury and the White Rabbit as the court herald. The Mad Hatter is called as a witness and Alice starts to grow in her seat. When she gets up, she knocks the jury off the box and has to put them back in. When the King and Queen try to condemn the Jack, Alice yells at them. Then The King and Queen are very rude to Alice until she loses her temper. She yells at the cards and gets into a fight with them. Suddenly, they all leap on her. Alice then finds herself lying on the riverbank with her sister helping her. Her sister is told all about Alice’s dream and then Alice has some tea. She thinks about weather she will remember her adventures when she grows older and has her own children.