Alice Walker's Poetry

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During the civil rights movement many women and minorities were suppressed from being able to be true to themselves and what they believe in. Civil rights advocate and “womanist”, Alice Walker, in her poems, “Burial,” “Be Nobody’s Darling,” and “While Love is Unfashionable,” analyzes the importance of breaking away from the stereotypes set by society in efforts to prevent struggle. Walker uses a variety of parallelism, allusions, and metaphors to persuade readers to break free from the crowd and embrace the outcast found within the truest version of oneself. Background Alice Walker was born on February ninth, 1944 in Eaton, Georgia. As a child, Walker was shot in the eye with a pellet gun leaving her partially blind. Being African…show more content…
"While Love is Unfashionable" Walker not only stands as a light in the lives of women, but in the black community. She saw a life for African Americans that evolved from the struggle they endured. According to Walker there are five main causes of struggle: equal opportunity, class placement, standard of living, spiritual belief, and racism and suffrage. During the 1950s, when Walker was growing up, many African Americans had doors shut in there face because of their race, whether they were qualified or not. They were considered lower class, usually living in rundown parts of town. Blacks were given the left overs of whites and were excepted to be grateful for what they were given. Many whites saw themselves as superior to blacks so much so that they believed that it was Gods will for races to be segregated. For black women, struggle came twice as hard being judged by both race and sex. While society tried to create struggle to bring blacks down that same struggle caused a heavy reliance on spiritual faith as an uplifting motivation. Furthermore, Walker analyzes her personal experiences with struggle in her poem “While Love is Unfashionable.” In the poem, Walker describes her marriage with her white husband. Many did not believe in her marriage. It was often seen as incorrect to marry outside of your race. However, Walker’s opinion was different as she stood by her decision, willing to pay the consequences she had to endure for doing so. Her ability to
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