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Women by Alice Walker

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Women by Alice Walker
Women have been through a lot, they always seem to be over worked yet under appreciated. Even during the biblical times, women were expected to be housekeepers, cooks, as well as care givers, while still having to satisfy their husband needs and desires. It was very seldom in these societies as well as present societies that someone openly and sincerely appreciates all the things that women have done for them and the people around them. In “Women", Alice Walker breaks through these boundaries in order to prove that women are strong courageous people that are not easily discouraged. "Women" generously uses figurative language to prove that these late 1900's woman were strong. Metaphors are arguably the most significant figurative e language used. Alice Walker writes that these woman " led armies, head ragged generals”, in just these few lines it is clear that Walker was in absolute awe of the women's strength. By comparing women to soldiers, she is implying that they are strong, wise, and powerful. Walker extends this metaphor when she says that these soldiers of women move "across mined field’s booby-trapped ditches… to discover books desks a place for us". Walker is implying that these women have had to fight through obstacles, and fight their battles in order to make sure their children ultimately succeed and have a better life than they were able to have. In these metaphors she is also giving these woman stereotypically manly characteristics, in those early times woman were not allowed nor were they expected to be soldiers.
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