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In "My Mother's Blue Bowl" by Alice Walker, please explain how the symbol of the blue bowl relates to Walker's mother.

The symbol of the blue bowl relates to the author's mother in two ways. Firstly, the bowl is so precious to the author precisely because it was given to her by her mother before she had her stroke...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2013 7:13 am UTC

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Please give a summary of "My Mother's Blue Bowl" by Alice Walker.

This short text is written by Alice Walker as she looks back and remembers key moments of her mother's life and her own memories of being mothered. Walker states that the most precious possession...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2013 7:00 am UTC

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How do the themes (beauty, self-doubt, and self-acceptance) relate in the short story "Beauty: When the Other Dancer...

Beauty: When she is very young, Walker receives lots of positive feedback about her physical beauty. She feels that her father "chooses her" in many ways (not just in selecting her to attend the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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When did Alice Walker die?

Alice Walker is not, in fact, dead at all! She was born in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944, and she is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, which she won for her most famous novel, The Color Purple (1982)....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 11:38 am UTC

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Consider Walker’s choice of episodes or examples of beauty in “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self.” How does...

Alice Walker reminisces about a critical event, an “accident,” in her life that left her blind in one eye. The essay is broken into episodes before and after the accident. Years before the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 7:43 pm UTC

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In "My Mother's Blue Bowl" by Alice Walker, what is the general tone of the text?

In the text, the tone is both introspective and nostalgic. In literature,tone denotes the author's attitude towards his/her subject or central theme. The main theme of this story is the precious...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 7:05 pm UTC

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I need to know how Alice Walker's life experiences influenced her works such as "Everyday Use", The Color Purple...

Although Alice Walker did not live during the time of slavery - certainly she grew up not far enough removed that she understood the difference between freedom and oppression. As the youngest of 8...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2010 3:53 am UTC

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Outline the theme of imprisonment as it relates to the short story "Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self."...

I think that one can draw much in way of imprisonment in Walker's memoir. The imprisonment that arises is one that asks why one is the way they are. There was little imprisonment when Walker was...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2010 8:39 pm UTC

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Consider Walker’s method of contrasting other people’s memories with her own. What effect is created by the...

Walker feels that she changed quite a bit after being struck in the eye with a pellet from her brother's gun. Afraid of only being looked at because of her scar, she keeps her head down for six...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 4:35 pm UTC

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What are Alice Walker's values, and how have they been impacted by living in the South? Alice Walker is widely known...

In her novels (The Color Purple), short fiction ("Everyday Use"), and poetry ("Women"), Alice Walker shows the values of black women who were victimized in the Jim Crow South. A Baby Boomer born...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2010 7:31 am UTC

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How can I outline the theme of imprisonment (3 points) as it relates to the short story "Beauty: When the Other...

This is going to be similar to an answer previously posted. I would say that one critical step in outlining this theme is to go through the story and make the argument that there are two Walkers...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2010 8:48 pm UTC

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What is the point of view in the short story, Beauty:When the Other Dancer is the Self?

The point of view in Walker's essay is first person narrative. In this mode of narration, the use of "I" and "We" is dominant as the narrator is also a character of the work. Walker's writing...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2010 7:29 pm UTC

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In "My Mother's Blue Bowl" by Alice Walker, explain the symbol or importance of the blue bowl.

Walker describes the blue bowl as a "cauldron of memories." The bowl's function is to represent the meaning that people often attach to objects and how that meaning can shape an object's value....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 2:50 pm UTC

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How to outline the themes of beauty, self-doubt and self acceptance in Walker's essay "Beauty: When the Other Dancer...

The best way to go about answering this essay topic is to think of the basic 5-paragraph format with an introduction, including a thesis, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion re-stating the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010 10:18 am UTC

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What critical thinking question would you ask regarding Walker's "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is Self"?

I tend to think that one of the most reflective questions that the short story brings out is the construction of beauty. How do we as human beings go about in defining what is beauty? How do we...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 12:52 am UTC

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Are the yellow roses symbolic of something in To Hell With Dying, by Alice Walker?

That a man’s destiny should be determined on the basis of the color of his skin is a pretty sorry indictment of the human race, but that has been a fact of life throughout much of recorded history....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2014 5:33 pm UTC

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Analyze the speech "Oppressed Hair Puts a Ceiling on the Brain" by Alice Walker.

I was unable to find a video of this speech. I could only find a written transcript of what Alice Walker said on April 11, 1987, at Spelman College in Atlanta. Having only a written transcript of...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2020 5:20 pm UTC

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What's the climax point in " Nineteen Fifty-five " By Alice Walker?

A single climax is difficult to determine in "1955" because so much of the point of this story is implicit rather than explicit. However, I think it would safe to assume that the climax is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 2:47 am UTC

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What is an example of personification and metaphors in poem at "Thirty nine" by Alice Walker?

In this poem, the speaker is reflecting on her past relationship with her father as she thinks about how she has lived her life to date. It has a sweet, somber, yet strong tone to convey her sense...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 3:49 am UTC

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In what ways does this essay play with possible meanings of the adage "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder"?...

At first, when Walker is young, she conceives of beauty in the traditional way; she is proud of her "cuteness," her braided and bowed hair, and her little dresses. Others behold her and find her to...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 4:19 pm UTC

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Why didn't men like The Color Purple? Why did Alice Walker feel justified in writing it anyway?

The previous answer was very strong. I might want to add that the notion of men not liking the work might be better framed as being disdainful of the novel, as much as being challenged with a new...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2009 10:02 am UTC

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What inspired Alice Walker's stories?

Alice Walker's stories, by which I mean both her shorter (e.g. poems and short stories) and longer works, seem to me to be inspired strongly by her own experiences and by her social and political...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 2:14 am UTC

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Did Alice Walker write anything other than fiction, novels, and poetry?

Yes, actually, Alice Walker wrote other things besides short stories, novels, and poetry. Though most famous for her novel "The Color Purple," Ms. Walker had an impact in nonfiction as well. Here...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009 11:17 pm UTC

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Jhumpa Lahiri's "Third and Final Continent" and Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" both depict a mingling of the old and...

While both Walker's Dee, or Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, and Lahiri's narrator leave their homes for a new environment and culture, the narrator of "Third and Final Continent" truly enters new worlds...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2014 11:47 pm UTC

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In "Every Day Use" by Alice Walker which character does not change during the story: Mamma, Dee, or Maggie? Explain.

In Walker's "Everyday Use," Dee is the character that doesn't undergo any significant change. Maggie brightens up when her mother stands up to Dee and decides that Maggie should get the quilts that...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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Explain what is meant by "her accurate rendering of folk idiom and her use of the oral story telling tradition" in...

It's helpful to have an idea of the definitions of "folk idiom" and "oral storytelling tradition." Folk idioms are words, phrases, and figures of speech that are common a group of people. This...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 4:10 am UTC

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What could I think about in order to write a Personal Response to symbol, allegory, or myth as found in either...

When contemplating the exercise of writing a personal response to literature, students first should select a work that touches them emotionally or in some other very personal way. In other words,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2013 6:03 pm UTC

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What lessons are conveyed by the mother figures in Alice Walker’s “My Mother’s Blue Bowl” and Teresa Palomo Acosta’s...

Alice Walker's short prose sketch "My Mother's Blue Bowl" and Teresa Palomo Acosta's poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" both address their authors' mothers and the legacies they left their daughters....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020 10:39 pm UTC

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What is the best way to capture my readers in my introduction? Essay analyzes a character.

I have taught and read a lot of essays. I have to be honest. Many teachers over-emphasize the importance of the "hook" in the introduction. My best advice, to you and to all my students, is to...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2012 11:35 pm UTC

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