Analysis Of The Flowers, By Alice Walker

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Growing up in the South and living life by working every day outside, and growing crops was how Alice Walker grew up. She has written stories about her life, and stories that have had an impact on her life based on how she grew up. The two short stories The Flowers and Everyday Use have a common theme of feeling comfortable, safe, and at peace when one is home. Walker uses diction, syntax, and characterization to develop this common theme in her writing. A house is a safe comfortable place where one can feel at peace and in The Flowers and Everyday Use, the author Alice Walker develops the connection of home in the two texts by using symbolism and imagery. In The Flowers, the main character Myop is having a very merry and joyful time in…show more content…
As Myop is far from home the character learns and matures. Myop learns that the world is not protected by walls and roof. She also learns that the outside world is a dangerous place. Walker also does this in Everyday Use, the main character Mrs. Johnson has two daughters named Dee and Maggie. Dee who is the only one educated in the family is coming back home to visit her mom the narrator, and her sister Maggie who has been working with her mother. As Mrs. Johnson narrates the scene that goes on between her family she emphasizes how she and her daughter feel about their home. “I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon. A yard like this is more comfortable than most people know. It is not just a yard. It is like an extended living room” (Walker 1). Mrs. Johnson speaks like she is proud of how she and her daughter cleaned the yard, and she continues explaining how it is a part of her home. In The Flowers Walter also symbolizes Myop’s family cabin as the main character’s safe place, and in Everyday Use she does the same thing “The two of us sat there just enjoying until it was time to go in the house and go to bed” (Walker 83). In this scene, Maggie and Mrs. Johnson are in the yard celebrating the fact that Mrs. Johnson was able to make Dee deal with the fact that she has to accept who she is and everything can’t go her way. Maggie and Mrs. Johnson accept the way they live and accept
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