Analysis Of Alice Walker 's ' Search Of Our Mother 's Gardens ' Essay

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Much of Alice Walker’s work, including ‘In Search of our Mother’s Gardens’ is an expression of her thoughts and ideas on the subject of black history and with it explores racism, oppression, slavery, self-identity, freedom, enlightenment and independence. She writes about the scope of her history as a black woman, both personally and through the past experiences of her ancestors. In an interview with John O’Brien, when asked what determines her interests as a writer she responded stating “I am preoccupied with the spiritual survival, the survival whole of my people. But beyond that, I am committed to exploring the oppressions, the insanities, the loyalties, and the triumphs of black women...For me, black women are the most fascinating creations in the world.” Alice Walker’s ‘In Search of our Mother’s Gardens’ essay draws some comparisons to the work of English writer Virginia Woolf, specifically ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Virginia Woolf spoke of inequality between the genders and the restrictions imposed upon women throughout history and expresses the concern that the societal limitations placed on women - such as financial instability and dependence on their male counterparts was a hamartia in the character of women and would forever hinder their societal progression and their ability to write fiction. She is famous for the statement “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. While I believe that the essays of both Alice Walker and Virginia
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