" Everyday Use"

Characterization Analysis


Quote that best Represents the Character:

"In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man working hands. In the winter I wear flannel nightgowns to bed and overalls during the day. I can kill and clean a hog as mecilessly as a man. My fat keeps me hot in zero weather. I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing; I can eat pork liver cooked over a open fire minutes after after it comes steaming from the hog. One winter I knocked a bull calf straight in the brain between the eyes with a sledgehammer and had the meat hung up to chill before nightfall."

Type Of Character: Round & Static


Mamma is a round character because she is more complex than some of the other characters. Even though Dee wants Mamma to change she resist and stays true to herself no matter what Dee says that is the way she wants them to live. Mamma is a Static charactor because no matter what Dee says Mamma doesn't change.

Type of Characterization: Direct


The quote I used tells you that Mamma is a strong, large, manly woman who is better at a mans job than a womens job. Mammas conflict with the bull calf shows shes strong and she says her fat keeps her hot in zero weather that tells us she is a larger woman. Mamma says she can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a manthat tells us she is more of a manly woman.

Alice Walker

Alice and one of her daughter who was born in the small town of Eatonton, Georgia was the one of eight children. Alice's father was a sharecropper and her mother worked as a maid. when she was eight years old she got shot in the eye with a BB gun and was blinded in one eye. The result of the scar tissue made Alice painfully shy and self-conscious. Alice liked being outdoors, reading and writing stories. With the help of a scholarship of handicapped students Alice got to attend college at African American women in Atlanta, Georgia. Alice grew up thinking there was absolutely nothing her mother couldn't do. Alice is mainly known for he short story "The Color Purple".