Alice Walker Mood

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The Effects of Style and Structure on the Moods of Texts Alice Walker and the late Langston Hughes are both well-known for their groundbreaking work as writers and activists. Much of their work focuses on African-American history and hardship including the poem “I, Too” and short story “The Flowers.” Both texts are built and deepened by the authors’ use of punctuation, word choice, and structure, which bring out a definite mood and major themes. “I, Too” is written in a first-person narration and each word contributes to the overall mood of the piece. The speaker talks with a sense of certainty throughout, which is clear because he starts and ends with nearly identical lines, “I, too, sing America” and “I, too, am America” (lines 1 and 18).…show more content…
As she works she picks numerous wildflowers and “skipped lightly” (Walker 1). Her carefree skip and interest in flowers along with her age exposes an innocence and curiosity about her. In the next paragraph, the descriptions of her surroundings become dark and dreary and Walker uses words like “haunts,” “gloomy,” and “silence” (1). These words are in major contrast to the words used in previous lines such as, “golden,” “pretty,” and “excited” (1). The darker description is a foreshadowing of the rest of the story in which Myop encounters the remains of an African-American man who was hanged. It would be understandable for one to assume that the girl’s innocence would be diminished by such a traumatic experience, but her response is described as a “little yelp of surprise” so it seems as though she has seen this type of devastation before or she lives in it (line 26). The mood of this short story is vulnerability because it seeps through every description of Myop’s actions, but with the vulnerability and innocence, there is also a feeling of despondency as she reacts to this finding and lays down the flowers she
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