Southern Writing #2

Southern Writing #2 - Rohit Sreedharan Dr. Loflin English...

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Dr. Loflin English 181 October 5, 2007 A Comparison of Two Southern Pieces In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and “Roselily”, Walker created two female characters that have similar tendencies. In “Everyday Use”, the character Dee has gone away from home and found a new man that she plans to marry. This man changes her so much that she even has a new name: Wangero. All of a sudden, Dee/Wangero cares only about her African culture and the trends of fashion at the time. She does not even care about her own family anymore. On the other hand, the main character of “Roselily” is a woman named Roselily who is about to be married to an Islamic man. She is carrying along with her three children, each with a different father. Her fourth child is currently in the custody of the father. The fact that she is so frivolous and irresponsible with children shows that she doesn’t really care about the concept of family. She is a selfish woman that wants things to be as easy as possible with the most pleasure involved. Both Roselily and Dee/Wangero are leaving their families to go to a big city with a man, but they both approach it differently. Also, both do it for their own personal gains. Dee/Wangero is coming back home after spending a while away. She brings back a man that she has either planned to marry or all ready married. His name is Hakim-a-barber, and he seems to be a catalyst for Dee’s change into a woman obsessed with her African culture. We can
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Bell during the Fall '08 term at Emory.

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Southern Writing #2 - Rohit Sreedharan Dr. Loflin English...

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