"There is much joy and celebration whenever we converge, i.e. meet each other. The spirits we knew. The faces we did not. Usually."

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Alice Walker
The famous author Alice Walker entered this world to Willie Lee and Minnie Tallulah Walker on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, GA. The youngest of eight children. . (Contemporary Authors Online)

Alice married Melvyn Leventhal (a civil rights lawyer) on March 17, 1967. They divorced in 1976.
She has one daughter named Rebecca. Alice studied at Spelman College, Atlanta, and Sarah Lawrence College, New York, then worked as a social worker, teacher, and lecturer.

An accomplished poet, Alice Walker is best known for her novels, most notably 1982's The Color Purple for which she has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book was later made into a successful film, which tells the story of two black sisters in the segregated world of the Deep South. Alice Walker's Later novels include The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and By the Light of My Father's Smile. She has also written volumes of short stories and essays, including You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down, Everyday Use and In Search of My Mother's Garden.

Everyday Use 1973

Heritage is simply something special that helps define a person and their family upon the birth of each new child through each generation. One of the main symbols in Alice Walker's short story Everyday Use is the importance of the family quilts. The quilts are made of materials and scrapes of everyday cloth that the Johnson family had for years. These were pieces that represented trial, triumphs, pride, hard work, love, and most of all family. These quilts were not for decoration; they were to keep the Johnson family warm for years to come. More of a nice neccessity than a pretty keepsake.

Alice Walker is speaking of African American or black culture in "Everyday Use". The characters of the story give a range of sides to the reader of African American culture. The theme of this story is that of a mother who is trying to cope with changing times and two daughters who are completely different. Maggie remains traditional,unchanged, unaffected bystander. Walker tells the story from the mother's or rather first person point of view, Dee/Wangero represents the "new black," with her natural hairdo and brightly colored clothing and new name.Walker's representation of Wangero is seeped in irony, and therefore Wangero's love of her African heritage becomes somewhat unreal to the reader. It gives off a feeling that if things had not changed she wouldn't be interested in the family heritage.( Heritage and Deracination)
Color Purple
The Color Purple
The Color Purple

The award book and movie The Color Purple begings about 30 years before the second World War in a old time Georgia town.(Shmoop Editorial Team) It follows the main charachter Ms.Celie through thirty or forty hard and unhappy years of her life with her husband Mr.. The setting of Celie’s story is cleary among poor blacks in the back areas of the pre-war South. As a poor black wife and stepmother in the south, Celie’s is badly treated by Mr. and her step children alike and it is greatly ignored and just accepted by others. She is has not been schooled and has been brought up as somewhat a recluse, Celie lives most of her life very isolated, introverted, and ignorant.The narraration and point of view in this story does a series of flip flopping between poor, shy, depressed Ms. Celie, Who gives you a day to day observation of her life an those around her and that of her sister Nettie who was the Jewel of the family, the favorite, the pretty one. Despite Celie’s poor background, Celie tells a
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