War Dances by Sherman Alexie Intergenerational Tensions Analysis Paper


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Some of the works in these section focus on intergenerational tensions within a culture. Compare such tensions among parents and offspring in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" Sherman Alexie's "War Dances" and Ha Jin's "The Bridegroom"

Focus on the intergenerational tensions

Using the stories below:

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

The Bridegroom by Ha Jin

War Dances by Sherman Alexie

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Alice Walker’s "Everyday Use" Sherman Alexie's "War Dances" and Ha Jin's "The Bridegroom"
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The two generations, the parents and their children ought to be on the same page
since successful children are an implication of a successful parental gene. In some cases, the
interests and views of the parents coincide with those of their children while in other cases they
do not. Tensions among parents and offsprings are typical and are caused by defined factors. In
most cases, parents greatly impact the behaviors that their children exhibit. In Everyday use,
great tension is exhibited among Dee, her mother and her sister Maggie while in The
Bridegroom, there is great tension among Cheng, his adopted daughter Beina and his son in law
Huang and Alexie and his dad who is a drunk. Even though there is tension between parents and
offspring in the three narratives, the tensions are different and caused by various conflicts.
Tensions among parents and offspring in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" Sherman
Alexie's "War Dances" and Ha Jin's "The Bridegroom."
In Everyday Use, Alice Walker introduces the reader to the tension between Mama and
her daughter Dee who now demands to be called Wangero as she states that she cannot stand the
name Dee. Before Dee arrives, Mama fantasizes on the kind of reunion that they would have
with Dee when she arrives on television (Walker, 2004). In real life, Mama is huge, black and
uneducated and she knows that Dee despises her circumstances, a fact that makes her wish that
she could be what Dee wants her to be.
Wangero’s mother is a woman who has tough roots and a solid foundation, which are
qualities that the society would find admirable. Mama is forgiving, Frank and loving. Mamas no
illusions about Dee nor does she have illusions about Maggie (Walker, 2004). However, Dee
spurns on her mother’s qualities, because for her they are qualities of a down-home, country



pumpkins which are uneducated. The character of Dee clearly shows that children are sometimes
not the products of their environments.
The main strength that Mama inhibits in the story is the patience that she has with her
kids, and most especially Dee. Mama shows her patience from the first time that Dee arrives
home and tells her and Maggie not to refer to her as Dee again. It should hurt Mama that
Wangero considers Dee dead because she named her after her sister (Walker, 2004). The
character and the words of Dee bring high tension between her and Mama since her statement
that she could not stand being named after the peop...

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