“Everyday Use”(Alice Walker, 1973)How do we know that the protagonist is impoverished?

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Part A

For your Week Three assignment, you will write a two and a half page draft (excluding the title and references page) of your Week Five Literary Analysis. Be sure to review Part B upon completion of Part A. The draft should contain a working thesis (which you wrote in the Week One assignment), an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to include some paraphrases and quotations of the reference material in your Week Two Annotated Bibliography. You should use your research to help you develop and support the thesis.

  • Copy and paste the writing prompt you chose to explore in Week One at the beginning of your draft (this will help your instructor see if you focused well on the prompt).
  • Restate your working thesis after the copy-and-paste prompt.
  • Develop your working thesis based on the feedback you have received. Again, the thesis should offer a debatable claim in response to one of the prompts on the list.
  • Analyze the literary work from the approved list of prompts chosen in Week One that pertained to your selected topic and include the three key ideas developed in the Week One Proposal.
  • Focus on one primary text.
  • Include references from at least two secondary sources identified on your Week Two Annotated Bibliography. More sources are not necessarily better.
  • Apply your knowledge of literary elements and other concepts in your response to the prompt. Reference the List of Literary Techniques.
  • Avoid any use of the first person.
  • Do not summarize the plot

Part B

Required submission of draft to the Ashford Writing Center:

To complete Part B go to the Writing Center & Library tab. There is a link to the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review service. Prior to the end of Week 3, submit your Literary Analysis draft to the Writing Center. The writing center will include a tracking number beginning with “ntp” at the top of your reviewed paper that you will need to input in a Week 4 discussion.

Be sure to carefully review the writing center’s feedback on your paper as you will be required to respond to it in Week 4.

In some stories, characters come into conflict with the culture in which they live. Often, a character feels alienated in his/her community or society due to race, gender, class or ethnic background. The texts below all contain a character who is ‘outcast’ or otherwise disconnected from society in some way, reflecting important ideas about both the character and the surrounding society’s assumptions, morality, and values. Choose a text and consider the questions below as you critically read the text. Then, craft a working thesis that suggests how this alienation is expressed in the text and why it is significant.


“Everyday Use”(Alice Walker, 1973)

Guiding Questions:

  1. How do we know that the protagonist is impoverished? Is she content with her class? Why or why not?
  2. How do we know that she is African-American? How does her alienation due to her race also connect with her education?
  3. The protagonist’s daughter, Dee, who has embraced her African roots, accuses her mother of not understanding her heritage. Why? What is the situational irony at the end of the story

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