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Calloway Ayasha Eng 102 - 010 Feb - 19 - 04 Explication of Alice Walkers a woman is not a potted plant Walker writes this poem using a potted plant as metaphor describing a womans role in the 20th century The speaker in Walkers poem describes the great depression of women during this point in time by unfolding the difference between a potted plant and a woman The 20th century was a time in which women were expected to do as her man said not as he did After World Wars I and II the expected roles of men and woman began to change women began to wake up Women started noticing their rights and positions with their new economic power Is a woman a potted plant No she is a human being just as a man In a woman is not a potted plant the speaker claims womens worth She uses the metaphor of a potted plant to say that her sex her race her country or her man does not bind a woman Walker writes A woman is not a potted plant her leaves trimmed to the contours of her sex ll6-10 The speaker is saying that like a potted plant a woman is confined by her sex due to the fact that a woman cant change her god given sexual organs just as a plant cant change its way of life However a woman is not confined mentally emotionally socially or spiritually She is no different than man in that sense The speaker means that a woman is rebelling against her race in the traditional social structure through words like espaliered against the fences of her racell14-16 Walker writes against the fences of her race her country her manll15-19 What the speaker is expressing is the limitations that have been set and expected for woman to live up to not
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