Everyday Use By Alice Walker Essay

1386 Words Nov 24th, 2014 6 Pages
“Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts! She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (Walker 2586). This is a quote taken from the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Alice Walker is a notable author who uses several literary devices, such as, animal imagery, powerful themes that represent the struggles and conflicts of African American culture, for example heritage and deracination, as well as, African American pride and empowerment.
Alice Walker is defined as an author, poet, and activist. Her works include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Walker is best known for The Color Purple (1983), a novel she wrote that allowed her to be the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, along with the National Book Award and numerous other awards. The infamous author has had her books translated into more than two-dozen languages and she has sold more than fifteen million copies. Walker has served as an activist most of her life and has been a loyal defender of rights for all beings. She is described as “one of the most prolific writers that have traveled the world” to literally stand for the people who did not have a voice of their own, as well as those “who seek change and transformation of the world” (About Alice Walker). She has dealt with a great deal in her life, which has made her into the person she is today.
The story begins with a hardworking mother and…

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