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Comparison Paper Everyday Use and Graduation in Stamps Can you imagine being black and poor in the early 1970s The stories Everyday Use written by Alice Walker and Graduation in Stamps written by Maya Angelou are both centered on this setting Walkers work Everyday Use is an emotive story that tells of a mother with two daughters who had lived a very arduous life Her older daughter Dee resented her upbringing and couldnt wait to get away and live a more refined lifestyle The younger daughter Maggie severely scarred in a house fire was content to continue to live the way she had been raisedsimple and plain Angelous work Graduation in Stamps is a poignant story that tells of a young girls maturing experience at her eighth grade graduation A speaker diminished her accomplishments and made her feel humble Alice Walker and Maya Angelou both used the devices imagery satire and theme to create their stories Imagery is the use of words to affect the readers senses An author uses these words to give you a picture of what is happening in the story In my opinion Walker and Angelou used this device in many places For example Walker used vivid imagery as she described Mama In real life I am a large big-boned woman with rough man-working handsWalker 57 Immediately I envisioned Mama as a huge woman who worked hard all of her life She labored for everything she possessed there was nothing handed to her on a silver platter Like Walker Angelou also used imagery to describe the school Unlike the white high school Lafayette County Training School distinguished itself by having neither lawn nor hedges nor tennis court nor climbing ivy Its two buildings main classrooms the grade school and home economics were set on a dirt hill with no fence to limit either its boundaries
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