Study Guide

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down Characters

By Alice Walker

"Nineteen Fifty-Five" Characters

Gracie Mae Still, Walker's first-person narrator, is modeled after Willie Mae "Big Mama"...

"How Did I Get Away with Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It was Easy." Characters

Our narrator tells her brutal story in first person, and she spares us nothing—we get all...

"Elethia" Characters

The eponymous heroine of the story, Elethia is a young woman who takes a job in the kitchen of...

"The Lover" Characters

The subject of this story is a Black female poet who sets her poetry to jazz music. She's married...

"Petunias" Characters

This story is literally five paragraphs long, so there's not really a lot of time for character...

"Coming Apart: By Way of Introduction to Lorde, Teish, and Gardner" Characters

Walker portrays the wife in her "fable" as a typical Black woman confronted with her husband's...

"Fame" Characters

While Andrea Clement White is probably the most entertaining of Walker's characters in this...

"Advancing Luna—and Ida B. Wells" Characters

Once again, we're gonna warn you of the dangers of assuming that a first-person narrator is...

"Laurel" Characters

Don't despair if you look long and hard and can't find this character's name: Walker only...

"A Letter of the Times, or Should This Sado-Masochism Be Saved?" Characters

Susan Marie is a professor who's having a bit of a run-in with her colleague, Lucy. At issue is...

"A Sudden Trip Home in the Spring" Characters

Sarah Davis finds herself in a tough position. She's a student at Cresselton, a posh Northern...

"Source" Characters

When we meet Irene, she's not in a good place. She's just been dealt a professional blow: "An...

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