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Tapestry by Maria Palotta-Chiarolli is a culture-rich and informative book It was interesting and engaging and the books style allowed me to glimpse at the depth of Palotta-Chiarollis strong beliefs I was able delve into her and her familys personalities and experiences through the use of various discourses including feminism racism and sexual freedom The book style is a clever and informative one What once seemed annoying and confusing proved to be a great tool in finding the books themes and discourses Palotta-Chiarolli used her familys history like a tapestry weaving the various threads together to make it whole and linked This was very informative as it allowed me to compare the experiences of the Italian women on both sides of Palotta-Chiarollis family This proved to be a great aid by allowing an insight into how societys notions and beliefs such as feminism racism and sex can change over the years She also wrote in third person allowing an outsiders view of the family This allowed her to go back in time and let us experience what her family experienced This style helped hold my attention as I never knew where or when I was being taken to next I become each of the characters not just Maria I know I would not have enjoyed or understood the book as much without it One of the prominent and most recurring discourses in Tapestry was one of feminism I was positioned to agree with this discourse as the characters carrying out the feminist roles were portrayed as heroes Palotta-Chiarolli used stories where the women were fighting against great odds and receiving punishments for their actions In comparison with todays standards their treatment was barbaric so I chose the womans side Me being a young independent female also aided in my quick acceptance of this discourse as female independence is a common notion in todays society Palotta-Chiarolli communicated this discourse by comparing the similarities
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