"Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, I found that
I had a surprising amount of anger towards the character named Dee, or
as she prefers Wangero.I feel she was selfish, uneducated and unappreciative of
her past and that the way she carried herself was ridiculous. Right from
the beginning of my readings you are introduced to a character named
Dee, before you ever get the opportunity to warm up to her character,
she shows a very selfish characteristic and that trait is repeatedly
brought out in the story
the story is about a mother’s conflicted relationship with her two daughters.
On its surface, “Everyday Use” tells how a mother gradually rejects the
superficial values of her older, successful daughter in favor of the practical
values of her younger, less fortunate daughter. i think on a deeper level,
Alice Walker is exploring the concept of heritage as it applies to African-Americans.
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Most importantly, however, these fragments of the past are not simply representations
in the sense of art objects; they are not removed from daily life. What
is most crucial about these quilts and what Dee does not understand is
that they are made up of daily life, from materials that were lived in.
This, in essence, is the central point of “Everyday Use”: that the
cultivation and maintenance of its heritage are necessary to each social
group’s self-identification, but that also this process, in order to
succeed, to be real, must be part of people’s use every day. After all,
what is culture but what is home to us, just as Mrs. Johnson’s yard is home to her.
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that's my understanding and the far i can rxplain it hope it will be of help