Conflicts and Religion in "Roselily" Essay

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This short story "Roselily" by Alice Walker is written as thoughts between reciting wedding vows. A paragraph will go by, and then a short wedding sentence will spawn the next paragraph. For instance, "We are gathered here..." and then the new paragraph begins. The central character is a woman named Roselily and the setting is in Mississippi during her wedding ceremony in an open house wedding. The central conflict involves the emotional dilemma that she is having about getting married and leaving everything that she has ever known. Other conflicts are race, having to give a child away (has 3 others), and religion. The whole time she talks about leaving childhood friends. Nervousness is one of her character traits and a good quote to…show more content…
One of the supporting characters in the story was the husband. The husband is a dark figure who is wearing a black tuxedo and also drives a gray car. He is never put to a name, which leaves him very mysterious. His religion does not match Roselily's and she obsesses about that often. He wants to take Roselily and her children to Chicago where they can start a new life. He represents Roselily's future and what is to come. His religion makes her say this quote, "His place of worship. Where she will be required to sit apart with covered head." This means that she is changing religions and is going on a different path. This husband is the new unknown future Roselily will have to face, but it should be her best chance at a better life. Her fourth child's father is also another vital role into discovering more about Roselily. He went to Harvard so he was a very educated man. He could not live with her because she was not as educated as him and he had a wife. His function in the story is that he still has her son and she wonders if the son will ever come to Mississippi someday. The father was a good man who had a good job and money. During that son's pregnancy the father began skin and bones and had nightmares and this resulted in an attempt to take his own life. He represents her sad past and what she wants to avoid in the future. Roselily has always known what her

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