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A Character's Perspective Essay

847 words - 4 pages

A story’s point of view can reveal the emotions of one character or multiple characters. It can also make readers construct their own image of the character if there is little information. The first person point of view only reveals the side of one character, the narrator. The reader has to question the objective truth of the narrator because the other characters’ stories are not told. I reconstructed two passages from “Everyday Use” in Dee’s (the daughter) view instead of Mama, the narrator’s perspective. I want to show Dee’s perception of her family and the situation based on her known qualities and motives.

Passage 1

I open the door of the car. Unfortunately I am here. I need my family ...view middle of the document...

I cannot wait to take them back to my home. After taking the pictures, I then kiss Mama in the forehead. Her favorite child has come back home; she should be happy.

Passage 2

I looked at my Mama with hatred. “You just will not understand. The point is these quilts, these quilts!” “Well”, my mama, stumped. “What would you do with them?” “Hang them”. I said. What else could I do with them? Well I could also fetch a handsome price if sold. Maggie by now was standing in the door. I was waiting for her to defend me, to give me the quilts. I was always the superior one anyways, better education and future. Finally she agrees. “She can have them, Mama”, she said, “I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts.” She could not even speak proper English. Maggie wouldn’t appreciate the quilts and isn’t smart enough to preserve them. Then Mama did the unthinkable. She snatched the quilts out of my hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap. Maggie just sat there on Mama’s bed with her mouth open. “Take one or two of the others”, Mama said to me. Then she turned away! Ignoring the better child! Mama definitely needs to improve herself and remember her history. “You do not understand!” I said as Mama and Maddie came out to the car. “What don’t I understand?” Mama asked “Your...

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