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  • Dee's Desire For Heritage
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    Kelley Ray 08-06-2000 Portrayal of the family members in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" illustrates the mistake by some people of placing the significance of heritage solely in material objects. Mama and Maggie are presented as how heritage is passed on from one generation to another through learning and experience. Dee represents a misconception of heritage as material. During her visit, Dee misplaces the value of heritage in her desire for racial heritage. Mama and Maggie represent the connecti...
  • Dee's Visit To Mama And Maggie
    857 words
    Lost Heritage in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use " By contrasting the family characters in 'Everyday Use,' Walker illustrates the mistake by some of placing the significance of heritage solely in material objects. Walker presents Mama and Maggie, the younger daughter, as an example that heritage in both knowledge and form passes from one generation to another through a learning and experience connection. However, by a broken connection, Dee, the older daughter, represents a misconception of heritag...
  • Dee's Direct Heritage
    995 words
    Through contrasting family members and views in "Everyday Use", Alice Walker illustrates the importance of understanding our present life in relation to the traditions of our own people and culture. Using careful descriptions and attitudes, Walker demonstrates which factors contribute to the values of one's heritage and culture; she illustrates that these are represented not by the possession of objects or mere appearances, but by one's lifestyle and attitude. In "Everyday Use" Walker personifie...
  • Dee And Maggie Johnson
    982 words
    By contrasting family members in "Everyday Use", Alice Walker illustrates the importance of understanding our present life in relation to the traditions of our own people and culture. While the story clearly endorses Mama's functional and unsophisticated perspective on heritage over Dee's misplaced reverence for material goods, it does not condemn Dee's struggle to move beyond the limits of her impoverished youth. The conflict between Mama and Maggie, the younger sister, and Dee, the older siste...
  • Dee Believes Heritage
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    On the Road to Heritage A key factor in Alice Walker?'s? Everyday Use, ? and Amy Tan?'s? A Pair of Tickets, ? is heritage. Throughout both stories the use of heritage can be seen easily. Walker's avoidance of heritage in her writings and Tan's understanding of heritage in her writing. Through this readers can see the true meaning of heritage. Understanding both sides of these two stories gives readers a chance to explore their own heritage and reflect on how they accept their past. By contrastin...

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