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In the short story Everyday Use the author Alice Walker uses effective narrative structure to advance the plot and create a more interesting tale The story is broken up into 5 sections The space between each of the sections represents a shift in focus from present action to action that is reflected upon or imagined The story has unique pattern of alternating focus switching from active present tense focus to reflective insight focus The story starts in the lawn of the present tense but quickly moves into mamas head and continues this pattern throughout the story The sectioning of parts also helps to make the story which really doesnt have that much central action a lot less boring than it could be If all of the narration and background information was provided in the beginning and then the small amount of action at the end the story would be quite exhaustive However the integration of story line and plot make for an interesting story tightly sealed in its structure for leaking and response or emotion from a readerThe use of a first person narrator especially it being mama is a highly effective tool in the short story Everyday Use A story is written in first person in order to bring all the experiences of the narrator to the reader that heshe may use it in analysis Mama a woman worn by life and the experiences thereof is then a good choice of narrator She brings all the cynicism and bitterness of a single parent all the hardness of being the sole provider etc Because Mamas character is so round this makes the story much more bright and descriptive Through her skewed point of views as point of views have a way a being the use of first person narration furthers the theme of simple plain life v gaudy extravagant life The readers reaction to the story is also highly affected by the narrator If
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