Imagine!" She held the quilts securely in her arms, stroking them… Maggie can't appreciate these quilts!" She said. "She'd probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use."' (423-424) Mama decides to give them to Maggie because she thinks she will use them as they were intended.
Her grandmother continues by saying black women are “de mules uh de world so fur as Ah can see” (Hurston 14). Janie’s Grandmother exposes the truth that black women have a truly unique perspective. African-American women struggle with both racism and sexism. At this point in the story, her grandmother was urging to Janie to settle with a secure husband instead of chasing after men on here own. Janie’s grandmother believes it is very difficult to succeed alone as a black woman, and she wants Janie to live a good life.
Following Atticus’s decision to defend Tom Robinson in Part Two, Aunt Alexandra takes it upon herself to relocate to Maycomb to help look after the children during the trial. She does not approve of Atticus’s involvement in the trial, nor does she believe he is doing a good job of raising his children to the standards becoming of the, “fine folk’ the Finches are. We quickly learn that Aunt Alexandra is a woman of her time and settles into the town, “as if she had always lived with us… Maycomb welcomed her.” At this stage Harper Lee is presenting Aunt Alexandra as a typical southern lady. The use of Scout’s naivety as a narrator, allows Lee to be subtly critical of many of the characters, including Aunt Alexandra.
On one side of the argument, Dee is fighting to preserve the quilts so they may be passed down through future generations. On the other side of the argument, Maggie would like to put the quilt to everyday use. Maggie is right in believing that heritage should be used in our everyday lives, that it should be accepted and appreciated, and that your heritage is something to be proud of. It is obvious that Maggie deserves the quilts, not Dee. Maggie deserves the quilts because they were hers to begin with.
The women of the time made quilts that were put to "everyday use" that were then passed down from generation to generation. The quilts during this time were used to symbolize the love of the slave’s mothers and the things they had to go through just to make the quilts. A lot of times every square in a quilt symbolizes something of its own. One square may symbolize the love of a person and the other may symbolize the death of another. Each quilt is prepared differently which gives it a since of purpose.
Appointing a character with so much interest and involvement to her family heritage as a narrator of the story, Walker’s hints on the theme of the story is obvious. Without Mama telling us the true value of the items, Maggie and Dee’s conflict on the quilts might become a meaningless fight between sisters. If the focus of the story is
While their childhood was very much different they shared one dream in common, they both wanted freedom. Freedom to live their lives freely and without restraint. As the paper unfolds it will examine the similarities and differences of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglas as they made their journey to freedom. Harriet Jacobs was a female slave born in Edenton, North Carolina, and for six years of her childhood was shielded away from slavery because her father was a very successful carpenter. It wasn’t until her mother had died that she actually became exposed to the cruelty of slavery.
Janie’s mom and her Nanny gave her the wisdom to go hand in hand with reality to search for her true identity; accepting her existence based on the experiences in life. Nanny believes that the purpose of marriage is the security and protection of your identity, so she confess to Janie that marriage is the importance of her social status. Since Nanny lives through the years of slavery. African American were living under pressure of working for the rich white masters, so they were in the search for freedom. Sadly, lives were much difficult for African American women because they were victimize by their race and sex-based discrimination.
“Parallel Lives” My opinions, feelings, and thoughts on this article is that i think people all over the world should get the word out about slavery. i think that it should be instantly stopped right away and there should be no more to this. If i were to put myself in Frederick and Ayaan’s shoes, i would feel very sad knowing that I’m away from my family for a period of years and that i have to wake up every morning knowing that i would get beaten for no reason. As for Frederick, it seemed as if he was born into slavery but Ayaan was beaten by her own mother. if this was me, i would feel so torn knowing that my own mother would do this to me and we, her children did nothing.
The last character I feel is important in this story is Nanny Crawford, she is Janie’s grandmother. Mrs. Crawford raised Janie, she worked as a slave and the things she experienced made her a strong black woman. She wanted Janie to be responsible and understand everything she needed to know about money, love, and just being responsible. Janie didn’t’ like the way her grandmother tried to raise her because she independent and wanted to love who she wanted to love. She didn’t want to marry because of money but because she loved him.