Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" Book Review by cee-cee

Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
A review of the book "Everyday Use" by the African American author Alice Walker, famous for her novel "The Color Purple".
# 110966 | 1,418 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2009 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. Specifically, the paper discusses the character of Dee in the story, and what she needs to learn to become a better person. In this short story, Dee, the sophisticated sister, is whiter than she is black, even though she changes her name to the African Wangero. The paper notes that even with her African name, her clothing, her speech, and her Muslim inclinations, these are not her real racial heritage.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cowart, David. "Heritage and Deracination in Walker's 'Everyday Use'." Studies in Short Fiction 33.2 (1996): 171+.
  • Dieke, Ikenna, ed. Critical Essays on Alice Walker. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
  • Farrell, Susan. "Fight vs. Flight: A Re-evaluation of Dee in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use'." Studies in Short Fiction 35.2 (1998): 179+.
  • Rose, Mike. "COMETS in the Classroom." The Nation 16 Oct. 1995: 424+.
  • Whitsitt, Sam. "In Spite of It All: A Reading of Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use'." African American Review 34.3 (2000): 443.

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