Everyday Use Setting Analysis

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HOW does the author create a SETTING (atmosphere, place, time, social context) example: outside and inside of the house in “Everyday Use” and how this setting affects theme. The time and location in which a story takes place is called the setting. There are several aspects of a setting to consider when examining how it contributes to a story (some, or all, may be present in a story): place, time, weather conditions, social conditions, mood or atmosphere. By examining various short stories the most prevalent to the question of how the author creates a setting in which affects the overall theme is both “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker and “The Lesson” written by Toni Cade Bambara. “The Lesson” takes place in the 60‟s “amid the African-American…show more content…
The short story depicts a setting in rural Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944, Alice Walker was the youngest of eight children. When she was eight years old, she was blinded in one eye by a BB shot by one of her brothers. Although she eventually had surgery on her scar and became valedictorian of her high school, she endured teasing and low self-esteem throughout her childhood. “She received a scholarship to Spelman College, a traditionally black college in Georgia, and left home with three things given to her by her mother, Minnie: a sewing machine to encourage self-sufficiency, a suitcase to nudge her curious spirit, and a typewriter to nurture her budding writing talents.” (Velazquez) Walker eventually left Spelman to attend Sarah Lawrence College in New York, from which she graduated in 1965. Throughout this short story, the effect of the overall settings is prevalent in various themes. The author focuses on such themes as the meaning of heritage, the divisive power of education as well as race and family. Infuriated by what she sees as a past filled with persecution in her family, Dee has developed another legacy for herself and rejected her genuine
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