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In the essay In Search of Our Mothers Gardens Alice Walker created a sense of literary tradition among black women by providing wisdom for the past with her discussion of artistic role models This essay has a lot interesting of themes such as spirituality creativity oppression of black women and respect Black women have shown to be highly spiritual and creative but society has oppressed them by not giving them the freedom to create art They have suffered because of unfulfilled potential and their sorrow supports Walkers perspective of black womens treatment by society She though that black women sang told stories and gardened in order to express their spirituality because they were impeded to perform art on a greater level Walker starts this essay with a quote from Jean Toomers writing This quote showed that men were aware of black womens artistic talent and that they were hold back just to serve men and have low statuses In Toomers quote he states I talked beautifully I thought about an art that would be born an art that would open the door for women the likes of her I asked her to hope and built up an inner life against the coming of that day 128 Toomer agrees that black women can become artists because they all have talent and invites them to hope and never give up because sooner societys roles for black women will expand with better opportunities Black mothers and grandmothers needed to stop listening to men and society and start listening to each other if they wanted to fulfill their artistic potential Walkers essay shows various types of oppression Toomer agreed that women were seen as the mule of the world and couldnt show their talents to the world because they werent allowed to He said They stumbled blindly through their lives creatures so abused and mutilated in body so dimmed and confused by pain that they considered themselves unworthy
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