Everyday Use By Alice Walker Essay

1244 Words Sep 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Fiction Paper Is it inevitable for humans to not judge those who are different from them? Do people really go through life categorizing those who do not meet their standards? Not one human life is experienced the same, making it inevitable for people’s interpretation of life clash with other’s. Life consists of stages of happiness, fear, or sorrow, but how people handle the uncertainty of life, reveals a lot about their character. Some are faced with a life time of sadness but see the beauty in life, while others are blessed with opportunities but are never fully happy. In “Everyday Use”, and “A Clean, Well- Lighted Place,” we see how the division between young/old, naiveté/experience, and nontraditional/tradition play a crucial part in the story’s plot. In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” there is a recognizable contrast between young/old, naiveté/experience, and nontraditional/tradition. Similar to the young waiter belittling the old drunk man, Dee belittles her old mother for her outdated perspective. Dee creates a barrier between the education of a young person and an older person. After not being able to inherit the quilts she desired, Dee expresses her anger, “You ought to make something of yourself, too, Maggie. it’s really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live you’d never know it” (369). Dee saw the education she received as an opportunity to put herself above others, like her mother who never received one. Dee is connecting her mother’s lack…

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