Analysis Of ' The Meal ' And ' Everyday Use '

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One’s appearance is the first thing people judge when they come into contact. Some people immediately wonder about his or her status, weather that person comes from wealth, what their job is, are they married, do they have children, are the not wealthy. In the poem, short story, and drama being analyzed, the appearances of the characters and families are not what one may think. In fact, they are the complete opposite, one may say even deceiving. “Their minds shift and ready, like dunes” (Berger) is an interesting phrase used in Suzanne Berger’s “The Meal” to describe the state of the children. Berger’s “The Meal” along with Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Wendy Wasserstein’s Workout use carefully selected words, tone and imagery to portray a pertinent theme of deception in appearances. Suzanne Berger, Alice Walker, and Wendy Wasserstein all have some sort of family relationship and the woman of the family seems to bear the troubles and struggle. Throughout their literary works these problems help built the story. Alalysis, Oates-Indruchova Libora notes that women in today’s society are not as relevant as their counter parts. They do as much, if not more but do not receive the credit.
Suzanne Berger’s “The Meal” uses a variety of wording to exhibit the amount of deception depicted in the perfect family being described in her poem. A stanza from Berger’s poem reads “Their minds shift and ready, like dunes” (Berger), meaning that the children have been participating in
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