Annotated Bibliography – Everyday Use

Annotated Bibliography – Everyday Use
The article is a prose about African American heritage. It revolves around a family that sees her returning daughter change her personality and heritage to one that offers a closer resemblance to her African ancestors. However, the head of the household struggles in trying to understand the new arrangement and all her effort to try to convince her daughter bear not fruit. Suffice to say that in the end, the daughter departs from home and sets up a new life with her Muslim boyfriend. The prose is set in America in the sixties and seventies when the clamor for African American civil rights was at its peak. As such, the text does offers an interesting read to the class as it offers insights into what the mood of the time meant to those who lived through the period. Evidently, Alice Walker examines two important themes in her work. Firstly, the prose deals with the issue of heritage where we see the protagonist challenging the oppressors of the African Americans by in a complete makeover of her culture complete with dressing and name. moreover, we are exposed to a theme of education albeit not in good light. Whereas education is meant foster understanding, Dee’s education does very little of that as instead, it is used as wedge that divides her family. In an effort to advance the themes in the prose, the readers are exposed to the use of symbolism in the text. Case in point, the quilts are seen as an indicator ton the diminishing bond between mother and daughter. In conclusion, suffice to posit that the article is indeed relevant to the course as it offers an insight into the divisiveness within a culture that has been oppressed over the years. Moreover, as the author was born and raised in rural Georgia, we can expect realism in her prose.


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