Thought Provoking Stories

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Thought Provoking Stories “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin are great examples of various literary elements. The authors’ use of these elements creates reliability of information, a deeper meaning beyond the plot, and in-depth development of characters. As we look at the differences in the use of the elements point of view, symbolism and character in these two stories, we will find that the use of different elements can provoke thought within the reader outside the main plot or beyond the entertainment value of a story. The point of view of a story can significantly change the types of information relayed in a story and whether it is reliable or not. In “Everyday Use” and “The Story of an Hour” the information appears to be reliable. Even though the points of view are different, the narrator is able to convince the reader that the information is real or true. "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker is told in first person narration, from the point of view of the main character, "Mama" or "Mrs. Johnson". She tells us a story about a visit from her daughter, even though her view is one sided and her second grade education limits her ability to understand the thought process of her educated daughter, the reader believes what she says. This knowledge allows the author to effectively create dramatic irony. When Dee finds the quilts in the trunk and rubs her hands over the fabric we as readers can connect with Dee in the sense that she is educated and her perceived value of the quilt is different than that of her mother and sister, yet we can still honor Mama’s emotions those of protecting Maggie from her sisters’ callousness. Mama is naïve to the world outside of the rural south; Dee on the other hand is in living it. Mama does not understand where Dee's perceived values are coming from so the educated insight into Dee's
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