Alice Walker and the Imperfect Family Analytical Essay by AZNGenius

Alice Walker and the Imperfect Family
An analysis of the portrayal of family issues in eight of Alice Walker's works.
# 108762 | 6,371 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The paper examines eight of Alice Walker's writings that show examples of the broken-family theme to illustrate the family structure changes in American society and how her personal experience affects her writings. The paper looks closely at "The Third Life of Grange Copeland," "Everyday Use," "Strong Horse Tea," "The Flowers," "How Did I Get Away With Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It Was Easy," "The Color Purple," "Poem at Thirty-Nine" and "My Daughter is Coming!". The paper shows how these writings realistically portray the African-American family structure that is incomplete or broken.

The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Everyday Use
Strong Horse Tea
The Flowers
How Did I Get Away With Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It Was Easy
The Color Purple
Poem at Thirty-Nine
My Daughter is Coming!

From the Paper:

"At the age of eight in 1952, Alice Walker (1944- ) was shot with a pellet from her brother's BB gun in the right eye causing her blindness. This disfigurement was quite distinguishable, and Walker viewed the eye as a "deformity," which had a great impact on her life (Winchell ix). Her grades suffered and she developed a sad countenance, often feeling ashamed and suicidal. Her confidence and her belief that she was pretty vanished. Believing that her eye was permanently disfigured, Walker "retreated inward, no longer wanting to explore the wide-open spaces of nature, but instead focusing more on reading and writing than on her surroundings" (Wilson 39)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bates, Gerri. Alice Walker: a Critical Companion. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005. 1-22.
  • Walker, Alice. "My Daughter is Coming!" Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poem 1965-1990 Complete. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. 360-361.
  • ---. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket Books, 1982.
  • ---. "Everyday Use." In Love & Trouble. Orlando: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1973. 47-59.
  • ---. "The Flowers." Reading and Writing from Literature. Ed. John E. Schweibert. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 498-499.

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