The Heritage of African-American Women Comparison Essay by ABCs

The Heritage of African-American Women
A comparison of the two literary works, "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid and "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker.
# 111416 | 961 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2009 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the short stories "Girl," by Jamaica Kincaid, and "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. The paper compares the two works and their similarities. In "Girl," the protagonist lectures in a supremely long sentence that rambles and preaches at the same time. In "Everyday Use," the protagonist narrates the story, but both swirl around young women and their mothers, teaching how to care for themselves and others, as they grow older and mature. They also clearly illustrate the heritage of African-American women throughout history in America. The paper notes that each of these stories graphically illustrates the heritage of African-American mothers and their daughters throughout history, and how that heritage has altered, and yet remained the same.

From the Paper:

"Disappointment is a key thread in Walker's story, as well. This is a far different situation, at least on the surface. The mother is waiting for the "wayward" daughter, educated and more than a little self-important to return for a visit to her roots. She has left the poverty and old-fashioned ways behind, and prides herself on her education and enlightenment, but in reality, she is a snob, and looks down on her own mother and sister. This mother recognizes her daughter's faults, and begins to really appreciate her "challenged" daughter who is so different from her haughty sister. The mother and Maggie, the challenged daughter, are not so snobby that they do not appreciate their heritage."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Meyer, Michael. "The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, and Writing, Eighth Edition. Girl pages 719-720; Everyday Use pages 757-763.
  • Simmons, Diane. "The Rhythm of Reality in the Works of Jamaica Kincaid." World Literature Today 68.3 (1994): 466-472.
  • White, David. "'Everyday Use': Defining African-American Heritage." Portals, the Purdue North Central Literary Journal. 2001.

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