Everything is a Human Being' and 'Wrath of Grapes Boycott Speech': A Comparative Analysis

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In "Everything is a Human Being," Walker contends that she wants to restore balance between herself and the environment, but comes to realize that balance cannot be restored unless others are also determined to change their behaviors. Walker writes, "Being an individual doesn't matter 名e are judge by our worst collective behavior, since it is so vast; not by our singular best" (661-662). Thus, Walker establishes that it is necessary to become aware of the environment and take steps to prevent further destructive practices, which she references through her interactions with the woods. Walker believes, "We must absolutely reject the way of the Wasichu that we are so disastrously traveling," which has been destroying the environment since the 19th century. In this context, Walker uses the term Wasichu to describe the white settlers who decimated the bison population and destroyed a way of life for Native Americans that depended on the animal. In what can be considered the essay's most poignant statements, Walker writes, "The United States, the country, has no doubt damned its soul because of how it has treated others, and if it is true that we reap what we sow, as a country we have only to recognize the poison inside as us the poison we forced others…
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