Example research essay topic: Maggie Gets Her Way – 634 words

When I looked at her like that, something hit me
in the top of my head and ran down to the solos of
my feet. Just like when I’m in church and the
spirit of God touches me and I get happy and
shout. I did something I never had done before:
hugged Maggie to me, then dragged her on into the
room, snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero’s
hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap. Maggie
just sat there on my bed with her mouth open.
“That one or two of the others,” I said to Dee.
But she turned without a word and went out to
Hakim-a-baber. “You just don’t understand,” she
said, as Maggie and I came out to the car. “What
don’t I understand ?.” I want to know.

“Your
heritage,” she said. And then she turned to
Maggie, kissed her, and said, “You ought to try to
make something of yourself, too, Maggie. It’s
really a new day for us. But from the way you and
Mama still live you’d never know it.” She put on
some sunglasses that hid everything above the tip
of her nose and her chin. Maggie smiled; maybe at
the sunglasses. But a real smile, not scared.
After we watched the car dust settle I asked
Maggie to bring me a dip of snuff.

And then the
two of us sat there just enjoying, until it was
time to go in the house and go to bed. (Paragraph
75-80 pp. 94-95) The passage that I chose from
Alice Walkers Everyday Use, comes from the end of
the story and is the last couple of paragraphs.
The passage is the turning point in the story; the
mother starts to see Dee for what she really is.
The passage shows that Walker is very good with
words, also you see how the Mother in the story
which also is the narrator, realizes how much she
loves her younger daughter Maggie. The Mother
says, “When I looked at her like that, something
hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the
solos of my feet. Just like when I’m in church and
the spirit of God touches me and I get happy and
shout. I did something I never had done before:
hugged Maggie to me”.

The next sentence shows how
the Mother Finally stands up to her older daughter
Dee by taking the quilts that Dee had wanted so
bad away from her and gave them to Maggie. There
for stopping Dee from getting everything she wants
as she always did. The next sentence goes on to
show how Maggie and Dee react to their mother
taking the quilts from Dee and giving them to
Maggie. The story states, “Maggie just sat there
on my bed with her mouth open. “That one or two of
the others,” I said to Dee. But she turned without
a word and went out to Hakim-a-baber.

“You just
don’t understand,” she said, as Maggie and I came
out to the car. “What don’t I understand ?.” I
want to know. “Your heritage,” she said.” The next
sentence shows Dee giving Her younger sister
Maggie some advice by telling her to make
something of herself. The next sentence tells how
Dee leaves and puts on some sunglass and Maggie
smiled, a real smile not scared. Finally the last
sentence shows how Maggie and her mother see Dee
off and sit there just enjoying, until it was time
to go in the house and go to bed. I really feel
that the passage that I chose from the story is
the best part in the because it is where all the
pieces of the puzzle come together and the reader
gets to see the true meaning of the story..

Research essay sample on Maggie Gets Her Way