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  • Maggie For Dee
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    Everyday Use, a short story about the trials and tribulations of a small African American family located in the South, is an examination of black women's need to keep their powerful heritage. It speaks on multiple levels, voicing the necessity and strength of being true to one's roots and past; that heritage is not just something to talk about but to live and enjoy in order for someone to fully understand themselves. A sociological landmine, it was written to awaken the concepts of feminism as w...
  • Dees Mother
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    Knowing the meaning of heritage in Everyday Use The story Everyday Use, is being told by a mother who describes herself as a big boned woman, with a second grade education. She had always had to do the work of a man to provide for her family. A mother of two girls with different views on the family culture. Dee, a light skinned girl with nice hair and a full figure. Dee has always scorned the way the family lived. She comes home to visit and wants to take back some of the family heritage, such a...
  • Member Grandma Dee Without The Quilts
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    Analytical Study of Alice Walker's Everyday Use With her story, "Everyday Use", Alice Walker is saying that art should be a living, breathing part of the culture it arose from, rather than something from which to be observed from a distance. To make this point, she uses the quilts in her story to symbolize art; and what happens to these quilts represents her theory of art. The quilts themselves, as art, are inseparable from the culture they arose from... The history of these quilts is a history ...
  • Matter Of Dee's Name
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    Dees Idea of Heritage / Culture The short story "Everyday Use" is central in Alice Walkers writing, particularly as it represents her response to the concept of heritage as expressed by the Black political movements of the 60's. "Everyday Use" is found in Alice Walkers collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble, which was published in 1973 (Walker 73). This was in the prime of the Black Power ideologies when "Black was beautiful", the Afro hairstyle was in fashion and Blacks were seeking t...
  • Quilts To Dee
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    Art is used, expressed and described in many different ways. With her story Everyday Use Alice Walker uses quilts to symbolize art and discovers that art should be a living, breathing part of culture it arose from, rather than a frozen timepiece to be observed from a distance. Although the story focuses on a symbolic piece of art it also involves the way in which an individual understands his present life in relation to the traditions of his people and culture. From the beginning of the story we...
  • Dee And Maggie
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    In the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, the author portrays opposing ideas about one's heritage. Through the eyes of two daughters, Dee and Maggie, who have chosen to live their lives in very different manners, the reader can choose which character to identify most with by judging what is really important in one's life. In Dee's case, she goes out to make all that can of herself while leaving her past behind, in comparison to Maggie, who stays back with her roots and makes the most ou...
  • Internal Conflicts Caused By Conformity
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    Internal Conflicts Caused by Conformity Conformity can often seem like the best path to take in a situation. Going along with everyone else will cause less conflict for the group as a whole. Unfortunately conforming simply to protect other people's feelings can lead to powerful internal conflicts if a person does not fully agree with the situation. Ruth from A Raisin in the Sun, Langston from 'Salvation,' and Mama from 'Everyday Use,' all felt internal conflicts resulting from conformity. Ruth Y...
  • Walker's Everyday Use
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    Baker, Houston A. and Baker, Charlotte Pierce. "Patches: Quilt and Community in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use'". Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Gale Research Inc., 1990.5: 415-416 In a critique titled "Patches: Quilt and Community in Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use' " (Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers, 1990), the authors reveal that tradition and the explanation of holiness were key elements th...
  • Dee A Quilt
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    People identify themselves by their colour, culture, language or religion. The identity goes back to generations and it doesn't start or change within the individual. It is an evolutionary process where each person brings upon some changes. This is best described in Alice Walker's short story, 'Everyday Use'; , where three characters, a mother and two daughters, are portrayed differently, each with its different qualities and philosophies on life that are often seen in generations. Heritage is a...
  • Mama's Daughters In Alice Walker's Short Story
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    Mama's Daughters In Alice Walker's short story "Everyday Use", tells us a story of two daughters', Dee and Maggie Johnson, with different ideas about their identities and values. Dee a young woman who, in the course of a visit to the rural home she thinks she has outgrown, attempts unsuccessfully to divert some fine old quilts, earmarked for the dowry of a sister, into her own hands. Dee is Mrs. Johnson's oldest daughter, the one who has always been determined, popular, and successful. Maggie is...
  • Everyday Use Who Deserves The Quilts
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    Having a genuine understanding of the true meaning of heritage is sometimes expressed in simple ways. In Alice Walker's short story Everyday Use, makes a far more effective statement in painting out that authentic black culture becomes artificial when its artifacts are worshipped for their own sake and not used as they were intended (Callahan 402). In this short story, a woman is torn in the decision to which of her two daughters will receive two heirloom quilts. Maggie, the oldest daughter, is ...
  • Maggie And Dee Wangero
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    Writer Alice Walker uses various symbols to help support the theme of heritage in " Everyday Use". Narrated by Mama, ancestral differences are revealed between herself, Maggie, and Dee / Wangero. Dee puts a historical value upon items she finds that Mama and Maggie would put to "Everyday Use". This short Story begins with Mama and Maggie awaiting the arrival of Dee the oldest daughter and her male companion. Mama's home is a small house with a tin roof, and some small windows just cut in the sid...
  • Dee A Quilt
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    In the short story Everyday Use, by Alice Walker, the short story is narrated by a black woman in the South who is faced with the decision to give away two quilts to one of her two daughters. Dee, her oldest daughter who is visiting from college, perceives the quilts as popular fashion and believes they should undoubtedly be given to her. Maggie, her youngest daughter, who still lives at home and understands the family heritage, has been promised the quilts. Dee is insistent to possess these hei...
  • Dee's Direct Heritage
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    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...
  • Two Sister's Values Concerning The Quilts
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    Art should be an active and important part of one's life, not merely something that is to be displayed and observed at a distance from time to time. Alice Walker's short story Everyday Use depicts quilts as a form of artistic work to portray the importance of art being a living and breathing part of the culture from which it arose. The origin of the quilts in the short story symbolizes the history of the family and the cultural values the family represents. in both of them were scraps of dresses...
  • Heritage Through Dee's And Maggie's Views
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    A Voice from a Heritage "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker The short story "Everyday Use", written by a Black American author, Alice Walker portrays contrasting characteristics and attitudes of the characters - Dee and Maggie- to show her views on the way an individual understands heritage. On a deeper level, Walker used her characterization of Maggie and Dee in the story to present her concept of heritage as it applies to the African Americans. The concept on how Black Americans deal with their her...
  • Dee And Maggie
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    Alice Walker-Everyday Use This short story first articulates the metaphor of quilting to represent the creative legacy that African Americans have inherited from their maternal ancestors. The central theme of the story concerns the way in which an individual understands his present life in relation to the traditions of his people and culture. Dee tells her mother and Maggie that they do not understand their "heritage,' because they plan to put "priceless' heirloom quilts to "everyday use. ' The ...
  • Quilts From Dee
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    Alice Walker's Everyday Use Alice Walker's Everyday Use Essay, Research Paper Everyday Use African textiles and quilting developed in Africa will over 1,000 years ago. When the Africans came over to the United States for the slave trade, many African traditions combined with American traditions.? Their combined ideas were passed down from generation to generation, thus preserving many African textiles traditions? (Torrey, 517). Afro-American quilts are mad by piecing cut out shapes on a larger f...

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