`` Everyday Use `` By Alice Walker Essay

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The 1960s and 1970s was a decade when many African Americans were struggling to define their social and cultural identity. It was a time when many blacks were looking back to their African roots in an effort to reconnect with their ancestors and struggling often to reject their American heritage which was dominated by injustice and painful histories. It was a period of dilemma for African Americans. W.E.B. DuBois coined the word double consciousness for this dilemma and defined it as “the feeling that African Americans experience when they are torn between two cultures (the home/ancestral heritage and the public/dominant culture in which they are living).” Alice Walker tries to clarify this double consciousness problem in “Everyday Use” by pointing out that one can be black and still embrace her African heritage without losing her American identity. The narrator humbly tell us that she is a typical rural black American woman who lives on subsistence farming and she rejects the traditional feminine gender role by having a masculine persona. The narrator “mama” is a tough lady. She tells reader that “ one winter I knocked down a bull calf straight in the brain between the eyes with a sledge hammer and had the meat hang up to chill before nightfall”(Walker, p.315). The narrator is proud of her hardy nature and her ability to work like a man. She doesn 't say anything about having a husband, as such, it might be very likely that she might have raised Dee and Maggie…

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