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The narrator implies that Arnold Friend is Satan by giving certain clues that the reader can easily deduce.Sub: English Underlying Themes of the Short Stories Question: Topic: Short Story Analysis What are the underlying themes of these works? What was important to the writers? Solution: In “Where are You Going. www. The narrator emphasizes the “wig” to make the reader think that he is wearing it for a purpose. The name that Oates gives to the character is one hint to the reader: “Connie looked away from Friend's smile to the car. She looked at the name. and his victim Connie.. which was painted so bright it almost hurt her eyes to look at it. the fact that Arnold Friend's eyes are covered is another strategy used by Oates to confirm the assumption of the diabolic presence: “He took off the sunglasses and she saw how pale the skin around his eyes was it. The name “friend” was commonly used by the Protestants to refer to evil or the devil. Arnold Friend's appearance also hints that he is Satan: “There were two boys in the car and now she recognizes the driver: he had shaggy. what Arnold Friend appeared to be initially and what he really turned out to be in the end. Where Have you been?” Joyce Carol Oates uses an allegorical figure of evil to illustrate the theme of temptation. . Moreover.com/homework-help/English *The Homework solutions from Classof1 are intended to help students understand the approach to solving the problem and not for submitting the same in lieu of their academic submissions for grades. Oates alludes to hell through the character Arnold Friend. as the devil.. Arnold Friend. which is hiding his devil’s horns. shabby black hair that looked as a crazy wig” (583). It also revolves around the difference between appearance and reality.classof1. Also. who invites him in by committing the sin of vanity. like holes that were not in shadow but in. She looked at it for a while as if the words meant something to her that she did not yet know” (583).
Most importantly. the quilt represents culture and heritage. In the story. in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. the sophisticated and based on the external as exhibited by Dee. There are other themes that are interwoven in Everyday Use: a) The Quilt as a Cultural Identity In the story. This can be a difficult task. but they have different meanings. we see two varied notions of how culture and heritage should be observed – simple and practical as exemplified by Mother and Maggie. Traditions in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker are important to both Dee and her mother. traditions are built on a foundation of inherited objects and ways of thinking while for her daughter. In terms of this analysis and summary of themes in "Everyday Use" one should note that that these two ways of thinking about African American traditions create the tension in the short story and although there is no “correct” viewpoint about these traditions expressed.Sub: English Topic: Short Story Analysis Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" is designed around the theme of appreciating the past & one's family. the set up of the story allows the reader to consider both sides. because our past & family is so familiar to us (like everyday objects) that we often take it/them for granted.classof1. Conflicts between views of culture and heritage is the main theme in Alice Walker`s”Everyday Use”. And. Thus. For Dee’s mother and her sister Maggie. that the quilt has become the main metaphor of American cultural identity. at times. www. traditions are something that no longer have everyday use and are corrupted by history. ‘Everyday Use’ may seem like a story of choice of a Mother between values of superficiality or practicality as exemplified by the traits of two daughters Dee and Maggie.com/homework-help/English *The Homework solutions from Classof1 are intended to help students understand the approach to solving the problem and not for submitting the same in lieu of their academic submissions for grades. . The characters’ views on the quilt form the basis of their views on culture and heritage. these traditions are all based in a learning and education and the way of thinking possessed by each character has shaped the traditions they rely on.
Mother describes Dee as “ used to read to us without pity. to shove us away at just the moment. sitting trapped and ignorant under her voice. and modern woman. However. forcing words. other folks’ habits. you will see that the story is actually an exploration of the idea of heritage applicable to African-Americans. .. complex. b) Opposing Views on Heritage Dee is seen as materialistic. beautiful one who aspires for higher. whole lives upon us two. like dimwits we seemed to understand” (409).. pressed us to her with the serious way she read. At the start of the story we are introduced to two sisters – Maggie and Dee and their mother. timid and just contents herself with staying at the shadow of her sister and spends her time at home to quilt. www. Maggie. lies. upon closer inspection. is plain.classof1.Sub: English Topic: Short Story Analysis respectively. Dee is the popular..com/homework-help/English *The Homework solutions from Classof1 are intended to help students understand the approach to solving the problem and not for submitting the same in lieu of their academic submissions for grades. sophisticated goals. on the other hand. Despite being sisters. Her idea of culture and heritage as represented by the quilt depends on the "trendy-ness" of the thing. Maggie and Dee’s personalities are as opposite as night and day.
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