Compare and Contrast Essay

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Compare and Contrast Essay

The setting of a story is the time and place in which the story takes place. The author may include a specific date or time period, or leave it up to the reader to determine a time period by suggesting certain events. The author may choose to give specific examples and clues as to where the story takes place or may suggest certain things to clue the reader to where the story is taking place. The theme of a piece of fiction is its controlling idea or its central insight. It is the unifying generalization about life stated or implied by the story. The theme of a story supports a view of life or reveals some insight into life. Another element of literature is the narrative voice and is told in what is called
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This aids in revealing the theme because you get to hear what goes through her mind, you understand her reactions to what she sees, and to what Miss Moore shows and tells them.

Alice Walker's Everyday Use takes place in rural Georgia. It was written during the black power movement, a time period when blacks rejected the change through peace doctrine that Martin Luther King Jr. preached to his people. During this movement blacks would commonly dress in African dress, and change there last name in hopes to connect to their past heritage and forget what the white man "forced" upon them. The theme could be described as: a person connects to there past through many different ways, in hopes to better their future. The setting helps reveal this because Georgia obviously has a large black population and this movement stemmed from Georgia and Alabama. Along this those things, references to the neighbors down the road by the mother in the story help shape the theme intended by the author.

Everyday Use is told in first person point of view, this helps to amplify the theme by letting you into the narrators mind, and you understand what she feels and how she is desperately wants to find herself. It allows you to be the narrator and to experience what she is going through. For example Dee has a hatred for the "old house" because it links her back to her past that she is longing to forget and how she feels when her boyfriend Hakim sates

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