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The paper examines three stories that have characters inexorably tied to their place; Alice Walker's "To Hell With Dying," Sherman Alexie's "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," and James Baldwin's, "Sonny's Blues." The paper goes on to highlight the parallels between the experiences of the author and the experiences of the main character in each of these stories.
From the Paper:"Alice Walker (b. 1944), is an African-American author who has written extensively on race and gender in American life. Most famous for her Pulitzer Prize book The Color Purple, Walker grew up in Southern America during a time in which the Jim Crow Laws were fully in effect. Thankfully, her parents pressed for education, and combined with an accident that left her blind in one eye, she became an outspoken advocate for the peaceful solution to racial and gender issues - globally (White, 2005).
""To Hell With Dying," surrounds the themes of aging, death and dying, and alcoholism. The narrator, initially a little girl summoned with her siblings to the bedside of a neighbor, Mr. Sweet; whenever he believes he is dying. Somehow, this old man, alcoholic, heavy smoker and rather indifferent curmudgeon endeared himself to the children, and whenever he felt death upon him, the narrator's father would indict, "To hell with dying," and the children would leap on the bed and "heal" Mr. Sweet with their exuberance and joviality - indeed, many times they revived him when the doctor had given up. Time passes; the narrator has graduated from high school and is pursuing a graduate education. Another summons comes, and now Mr. Sweet, over 90, briefly revives but the healing is not the same, and he passes into the after life."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Grassian, D., Understanding Sherman Alexie. University of South CarolinaPress, 2005.
- Lester, J. "James Baldwin - Reflections of a Maverick." The New York Times. May 27, 1984. Cited in:http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-reflections.html?_r=2
- Obstfeld, R., Fiction First Aid. Writer's Digest Books, 2002.
- Pickering, J. Fiction 100: An Anthology of Short Fiction. Prentice Hall, 2006.
- White, E., Alice Walker: A Life, Norton, 2005.
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