Her word choices “remembered” and “were in love,” Waniek emphasizes a sentimental memory. Waniek’s diction allows the reader to relive the memory through the speaker’s perspective. The speaker describes how she remembered "play[ing] in its folds and be chieftains and princesses" (11-12). She uses these lines to demonstrate how the quilt represented her youthful and energetic days with her sister. Through the descriptive use of colors, Waniek creates a vivid picture of the quilt: “Six Van Dyke brown, squares, two white, and one square yellow of Meema’s cheek” (lines 15-17).
The black American literary tradition and the black woman’s litetary treadition started with one woman whose name was Phillis Wheatley. She expressed herself as a poet at the time when people in America were still practicing slavery and more importantly she influenced the way of thinking. She was expressing her own thoughts and she was talking about her own experiences as an enslaved person who was taken from her parents in Africa and brought to the New World to be a servant. She also had the luck that the majority of black people at that time did not, she was educated by the same educators as the children of her owners, and this fact allowed her to express herself as a very influental poet later on. What classifies her as an American poet are many uniquely American themes in her work.
The word ‘stab’ used reminds readers of blood and shows how bright that red shirt is compared to pale sky. Second example of imagery is shown in line, “The beach glows grainy under the sun's copper pressure, air the colour of tangerines” (Woman on a Beach, 7). This is an example of figurative imagery. Michaels is making the comparison of the colour of the air to that of the colour of tangerines describing the sunset. Readers are able to visualize the intensity of the sun’s heat with the word, “glow”, because sun’s rays are radiating against the sand and creating a “glow”.
It does not have a rhyme pattern because written in free verse. In this poem Thretaway writes about a little African American girl that tells lies that may really don’t matter, but in some point they do. The author describes every image of the poem so that the reader can imagine everything clearly. The first stanza uses lot of color imagery; it uses six colors to describe the lies the little girl, who is the author, told (J. Sirkant). In this stanza the author is also using these colors to describe her skin tone as she was growing up in a black community.
Literary Analysis “Everyday Use” In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, there are three main characters. The mother, youngest daughter Maggie, and Dee, the oldest daughter who is trying to leave her past behind while attempting to find herself and her African heritage as she thinks it should be. There has always been an unspoken jealousy between Mama and the oldest daughter. Dee is seeking a way out of the poverty and oppression of the times, so much, that while she was away at school she had changed her name to one that has an African meaning while omitting any trace of her current true history. Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo is Dee’s new name.
Culture and Women In “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, and “How to date a browngirl, blackgirl, whitegirl or halfie” by Junot Diaz, both authors elaborate on culture, and how it shapes the outlook on women. In Jamaica Kincaid's “Girl” a mother enforces her cultures strong beliefs on appropriate female behavior onto her daughter. To do so, she displays her parental authority with a series of short commands influenced by her culture. A sense of naivety can be seen in the young girl after questioning her mother's request. The culture associated with “Girl” has a definite attitude towards women, believing they should live a modest, conservative lifestyle.
Lastly, she goes on to argue how sexuality is not a fixed label or identity and uses two case studies to make her point. The article first talks about mummy-baby relationships within the country of Lesotho in Africa. The mummy-baby relationship is something that young girls have with older girls. This is similar to our cultures “Big Brother/Big Sister” programs where a younger child or teenager spends time with an older person who is suppose to act as their role model. The difference between the mummy-baby relationship and the Big Brother/Big Sister program is that the mummy-baby relationship is more intimate.
Truth speaks in plain language while asking a fair question to her mostly white audience: “Ain’t I a woman?” If the audience recognizes that she is a woman, they are left to ponder the role of women in the early feminist movement as well as the role of African American women in an equal society. This appeal is helpful as it speaks directly to an audience that is predisposed to believe that women have human rights; therefore, an extension of these rights to African American women becomes an imperative that Truth’s speech makes difficult to
It created a pretty good image of Hawaii to everyone who watched it. This show consisted of beautiful people, beautiful scenery, positive attitudes and an overall wonderful place. Since Hawaii was one of the states of America, she also expected freedom. She pictured Hawaii to be a place filled with opportunities. With these
3rd Hour 3/13/12 Copper Sun This book really changed my perspective on slavery, especially slavery in Africa. The Author, Sharon Draper really in depth of how it would have been like to be a fifteen year old girl in slavery. It is impossible for me to even put myself in the position that she was in. She went from her normal, everyday life, too being a slave in the Americas. She had to watch her family die right in front of her.