Alice Walker Essay 18

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Alice Walker

Alice Walker is an African American essayist, novelist and poet. She is described as a "black feminist."(Ten on Ten) Alice Walker tries to incorporate the concepts of her heritage that are absent into her essays; such things as how women should be independent and find their special talent or art to make their life better. Throughout Walker's essay entitled "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," I determined there were three factors that aided Walker gain the concepts of her heritage which are through artistic ability, her foremothers and artistic models.

"In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" touches mainly upon family heritage and the way her heritage was created. In Atwan's Ten on Ten, you will find the essay on the Mothers' Gardens. On page 83 it states, "For they were going nowhere immediate, and the future was not yet within their grasp." This quote signifies how mothers and grandmothers would always be set serving the men in their lives; for their entire lives, however, there was a different future, a plan that they didn't see yet. This plan was for them to identify their artistic ability, whether if it was through singing, writing or making quilts.

Throughout the essay, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens,"Alice Walker's mentions her foremothers. Women like Jean Toomer, Phillis Wheatley and Zora Neale Hurtson, who were all either poets or writers. Mike Fike has also recognized this tactic of Walkers by stating, "Walker engages in a wholistic act of completion by seeking connections with literary foremothers"(Fike 3). Walker takes into account through her fellow foremothers the different issues that they dealt with and tried to expand and include the concepts of independence that appear to be absent in her mind. In the African American Review, Woodard states a similar concept, "…indicates how Hurston serves as a model, as Walker formulates, revises, and offers a critique" (Woodard 170).

As Walker uses Hurston as a role model, she develops...
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