Formany years, people have been telling stories, even before thediscovery of writing. is one form of expression sincestories enable people to share their experience. Telling a story doesnot require anything, and thus, everyone has a story to tell providedhe or she is given time. When telling a story, one has to do itskillfully since it is like all other forms of expression. The artform of telling a story, sometimes comes naturally for some peoplewhile others it does not. Also, some people are gifted in tellingstories and can even make a humorous account of something appearattractive through natural ability. Thus, for one to become a goodstoryteller, he or she should have it or don’t. According toDelistraty, storytelling is an evolutionary tool that sustains thememories of our ancestor and people usually tell stories tounderstand others. He has explained the features of good storytellingin his article. This paper uses the ideas of Delistraty to explainwhy Alice Walker’s story is a good.
Tostart with, Alice Walker’s story is a good because it informs usthe emotional life of the storyteller. It enables the people to lookat the conscience of the narrator to learn how other people think(Delistraty1).For instance, Alice Walker has explained her life and that of hermother. She has described how they lived in poverty and her motherused to work as the maid to support her. Because of that poverty, hermother had affairs with different men to get a living. She has alsoexplained her hate for men who usually came to their home with hermother without marrying her. She has described them as being same ashis father who abandons his child. She has also explained how poorgirls were raped, including her because of their poverty state.Besides, she has described how she fell in love with Bubba becauseshe thought he loved her (Bloom219).She never cared what her mother told her regarding how the whiteswere discriminating against the blacks. What was important to her washis love, and she thought he was different from the rest. Therefore,this story enables us to confirm our perceptions and beliefs andsometimes challenge them.
Thestory also tells us how the storyteller would reason in variouscircumstances. For example, the narrator has said that her motherwould say that she is working in a private home rather than sayingshe is a maid to make her job sound better. She also thinks thatsince her mother was having affairs with different men, she mighthave many abortions like other women do. The storyteller also thoughtthat Bubba loved her because of the money and gifts he would give her(Bloom219).She thought that Bubba was different from the rest of the whites andthus, she never cared about integration, discrimination, and equalrights. Besides, the storyteller thinks that it was very easy to killthe famous lawyer because she used the shortest time to kill him andshe was never noticed.
Also,the story is a form of escapism and has more role to play by changingthe life of people. Apart from being entertaining, the story alsoteaches us the suffering of the poor people. It also tells us thatlack of time between the parent and her daughter can lead to no bondand communication between them. As a result, the child cannot reportany defilement to her mother. Also, it teaches us about how women,especially from low socioeconomic status are made sex objects.
Therefore,the story of Alice Walker is a good story because it explains how thestoryteller would think in various circumstances. It also describesthe emotional life of the storyteller that enable the people toconfirm their perceptions and beliefs. Besides, it has a moral lessonapart from being entertaining. Therefore, the storyteller should beskillfully when telling their stories to make them good.
Bloom,Harold. AliceWalker.New York: Bloom`s Literary Criticism, 2007. Internet resource
Delistraty,Cody. “ThePsychological Comforts of ”.The Atlantic Daily, 2014