Alice Walker Essay

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Noor Ghreiwati Alice Walker Alice Walker is truly one of the prominent female writers that always succeed at leaving the readers with a sense of awe. Her essays are rarely forgotten as they possess a strong image difficult to leave one's memory. Walker's overall purpose in her writing is to reveal how much suffering African American women endured and how they always overcame the obstacles; she reveals this purpose with narration. Some of her most known pieces of writing are "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," "The Color Purple," "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self," and "Everyday use." Throughout every piece of writing, one could easily view Walker's perspective on ideas, her way with words, her stylistic tendencies, her intellectual stance, and her emotional temper. Alice Walker's essays all revolve around the same issue: the issue of African American women being prominent in the American society regardless of their oppression. She always shows how these women never lost hope and always remained optimistic throughout life; in other words, Alice Walker glorifies African American women in most of her writing. For example, "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," she demonstrates how her mother always was creative with her garden and blooming plants even though she was burdened with work. The admiration everyone held for the garden shows what women were capable of doing at those time—that they never gave up. Another example where Walker praises women is in the essay "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self." In this beautiful piece of writing, she describes a childhood experience she had when her brother shot her with a BB gun and wounded her eye; this bought down her self-esteem and destroyed her confidence. At the end, however, Walker opens up her eyes and sees that she truly is beautiful no matter what. Her purpose is to show that every woman is beautiful
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