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How does your past affect your future Should having a hard life give you an excuse to treat others with less dignity or respect Everyday Use written by Alice Walker 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 I chose three literary devices that I believe Alice Walker used to create her story The devices are imagery satire and irony Alice Walker chose these devices for specific reasons which I will explain to you in the following paragraphs 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 used this device in many places For example as she described Mama In real life I am a large big-boned woman with rough man-working hands Walker 57 Immediately I envisioned Mama as a huge woman that had worked hard all of her life Ms Walker also used this device of imagery when describing the house that Mama and Maggie live in It is three rooms just like the one that burned except the roof is tin they dont make shingle roofs anymore There are no real windows just some holes cut in the sides like the portholes in a ship but not round and not square with rawhide holding the shutters up on the outside This house is in a pasture too like the other one Walker 58 Alice Walkers choice of words here clearly make me see a ramshackle little cottage in the middle of a cow field The second device that I have chosen to talk
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