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"EVERYDAY USE" BY ALICE WALKER
The narration of Mama Johnson is a sincere and straightforward one where the reader
sees the story from Mama’s perspective. Mama’s daughters (Dee and Maggie) do not make life
any easy for her to cope with in the first place. The author chooses not to directly give the
mother’s name, so she is brought out as Mama or Mrs. Johnson and the narration continues
under those common identities. Mama has a lot to tell regarding her two daughters from varied
Mama tells about her life and how her daughters differ from each other in terms of
behavior, social interactions, and how they relate to her. Her life has been full of struggles and
hard labor with little time to rest. She says, “I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man.
I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing…” (Walker, 1). This work is
tiresome for her, and she has no time to lay for rest after working all day. She illustrates how
her feeble strength wears off due to tough duties that prolong from dawn to dusk.
Mama is illiterate since she has never been to any lea...