How is Alice Walker like Maggie,AND Dee(Wangero),AND Mama?

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lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One connection Walker has to Maggie is that they are both "deformed" - Walker lost sight in her eye when her brother shot her with a BB gun when they were both children. The eye remains scarred today. (See her essay "When the Other Dancer is the Self")

Walker is like Dee in that she was an active voice in the Black Arts Movement as a writer and a speaker. She was an advocate for Womanism (as an alternative to feminism) and she is outspoken on issues of equality.

Walker is like Mama in that she knows the real significance of past. She has lived the experience of being a black woman at a time when this meant double jeopardy or dual discrimination, and she remained strong.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

#3 gives a comprehensive answer that clearly shows the links we are able to draw between Alice Walker and both of her characters. Interestingly one could argue that Walker reflects herself in all of her characters in this short story to an extent - there is a "Dee" and a "Maggie" and a "Mama" side to her that she expresses through their voices, words, actions and persons. Perhaps what this story presents, therefore, is the different sides of ourselves that we all have - for every confident person has a shyer side, and so on.

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