This encounter––which takes place when Dee (the only member of the family to receive a formal education) and her male companion return to visit Dee’s mother and younger sister Maggie––is essentially an encounter between two different interpretations of, or approaches to, African-American culture. Walker employs characterization and symbolism to highlight the difference between these interpretations and ultimately to uphold one of them, showing that culture and heritage are parts of daily life.
The opening of the story is largely involved in characterizing Mrs.
The purpose drives the writers, it drives the readers because they know what word choices to expect, it drives the whole writing process itself. With this though, teachers should not just stick to cut and dry essay prompts to teach such purposes, teachers need to broaden the horizon and allow the students to apply (root of mastery) their knowledge of purpose in other contents. That means bringing forth different genres in your classroom (the third most important aspect in learning to write).
Characterization and Symbolism in Alice Walker's …
In Hebrew writings, early readers probably saw the passage as a mere narrative to explain humanity's herptophobias, but early in the Christian tradition, New Testament thinkers sought to reconcile the Old Testament and the New Testament. Accordingly, the author of Romans 16:20 interpreted the "seed of the woman" as being the offspring of the Virgin Mary (Christ). Several Church fathers such as Justin Martyr and Irenaeus elaborated upon the passage, treating the "bruising of thy heel" as the act of crucifixion, and so forth. The idea of the protevangelium becomes part of Milton's Paradise Lost, in which the fallen angel Lucifer literally transforms into a serpent to strike at Christ's creation, but the Archangel Michael explains to Adam how God, through mysterious providence, will allow the offspring of Eve in the form of Christ to crush the serpent eventually. See Book XII, lines 380 et passim of Milton's Paradise Lost.