Discuss Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.” What is the theme of this story? What are we supposed to understand about Dee and how she views her family and background? This story shows how African American lives and families are changing. In this story, are all of those changes positive?
Discuss Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif.” In this story, Morrison never tells us which girl is white and which is black. Why do you think she chose to do this? What is the theme of the story? What is Morrison saying about the lives of African Americans and their relationships with Euro-Americans?
Compare and contrast Walker’s and Morrison’s stories. How are they alike and dissimilar? What themes of African American life do both writers explore? What do we learn about both writers and African American lives from their works?