Everyday Use By Alice Walker Essay

914 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
In the short story “Everyday Use” Alice Walker possesses a strong way on how heritage is important in family history. Heritage is a factor of where a person come from and why it is important in life such as traditions and values. Walker uses symbolism and the settings to describe the importance of the African-American culture and heritage.
Walker’s main project is offering the reader that there are conflict and struggle within their African American culture. Some of the characters are not appreciative of what their relatives had done and fought for them in the past. Dee’s husband refused to be a part of the African American culture. Hakim is unwilling to commit to the hard work of the cause and faith he claims to embrace. African Americans should take ownership over their whole heritage. Mama shows how the majority of the blacks was confused with the Civil Rights Movement.
Dee feels as if her family needs to change from their heritage. She thinks that mama and Maggie need to leave their history behind them and live a new life. “You ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie…but from the way you and Mama still live you 'd never know it (59).” Dee does not want to stick to the morals and values of where she comes from.
In "Everyday Use," Walker delivers how heritage is a great part of life and should be common with the upcoming generation. Heritage is delivered as a shared bond. It is the representation of our identity, history and past. In the story mama uses…

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