There is more to the story than meet the eye with further research. In the short story,“Everyday Use," Alice Walker uses her own personal life events and the history and religion of African-American culture to prove that there is more to the short story than just a daughter visiting home. Alice Walker and her life events, the movement at the time the story took place, Muslim religion, and what is African-American quilting how it ties to the story.
The characters Maggie and Dee both show similar events as Alice Walker’s. Alice was born in poverty and her eye was injured that is visibly blind (Cummings, ). The characters in the story Maggie, Dee, and their mother, are living in poverty after the first house burned and had to move into a new house. When the house was at full flames, Maggie was still in the house. Her mother grabs her right before it was too late. Maggie was marked with scars on her body visible to see. Alice’s older brother shot his BB gun, leaving Walker blinded in one eye that you can visibly see. Alice dealt with her pain by composing poetry in her head. As a child she never committed her poetry to paper, fearful that her brothers would find and destroy it (Cummings, ). Dee did not want to hide her school work with her mother and sister, she wants to present and have them learn as she did. Despite her obstacles Alice Walker became the valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She received a scholarship to Spelman, a college for African American women in Atlanta, Georgia. After her sophomore year Walker received a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College in New York (Cummings, ). Dee went to New York to go to college despite her obstacles, their mother raised money at the church to help Dee get to go to college. While at Spelman, Walker participated in the emerging civil rights movement. At the end of her freshman year, Walker was invited to the home of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther...
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Walker has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. In 2010 she delivered the annual Steven Biko lecture in Cape Town, South Africa. Among her many intellectual interests, she is currently exploring the relationship between spirituality and creativity, and also between health and creativity. Walker’s research on this vital set of interrelated questions has placed her in conversation, both private and public, with such world figures as His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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