Questions and Answers for Roselily
What is the story's point of view? (Roselily)
The structure of this story on the page can make it appear, at first, as if something odd is going on in terms of its point of view, but once we've gotten to grips with what is actually happening...
What is the author's purpose in including the story about the fourth child in "Roselily"?
Roselily's fourth child has a different father, evidently, from her other three children. He was from New England and had come to Mississippi "to try to right the country's wrongs." However, all he...
What are the differences in the north and in the south in the story of Roselily?
The differences are many, but relatively subtle, and are spread throughout the story. They all fall into the category of differences in culture and personal expectations. The man from the north...
What does paragraph 9 in "Roselily" reveal about the narrator's motivation for marrying this man?
Be careful, here, because Roselily—presumably the woman who is getting married—is not actually the narrator of the story. The narrative is told from a third person limited omniscient point of view:...
What is Roselily's view of the preacher?
Roselily certainly does not think highly of the preacher. In fact, she seems to think that he is not really a man of God. The narrator says, She looks for the first time at the preacher, forces...
How is the South depicted in the story "Roselily"?
Alice Walker's "Roselily" examines the thoughts and feelings of a young woman who is escaping the South through her marriage. The protagonist is continually thinking that she will not be in South...
How many brother and sisters did Alice Walker have?
Alice Walker was the youngest of 8 children, so she had 7 brothers and sisters.
Why isn't "Roselily" anthologized? Walker's "Everyday Use" is anthologized consistently. Why not "Roselily"?
Well, I did some research, and I discovered that it actually is! Here is the citation: World Literature: An Anthology of Great Short Stories, Drama, and Poetry. Ed. Donna Rosenberg. National...