Essay about Everyday Use By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Everyday use has a Mother and two daughters who all have a conflict. Dee was the good daughter who did the right things, went off to college and supports herself. Maggie the younger sister was very similar to her mother who did not want to do anything to better her life; she sat around feeling bad for herself because of her child hood memories. Although Maggie and Dee lived a life of poverty education was the key for one, and the other still living the life of the poor. The author used many conflicts, characterizations, and themes throughout “Everyday Use”. Conflicts played a huge role in the short story “Everyday Use”. Maggie went through some internal and external conflicts. The short story states, “She will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eying her sister with a mixture of envy and awe” (Walker 1). Maggie was so ashamed and embarrassed about the way she looked. It deprived her joy made her feel uncomfortable to be around others. Dee had a conflict between her sister and Mama because they felt that Dee thought she was better than her Mama and Maggie. The story states, “A dress down to the ground, in this hot weather. A dress so loud it hurts my eyes. There are yellows and oranges enough to throw back the light of the sun…” (Walker 3). They always talked down about her on whatever they could, from clothing to make-up and even her previous boyfriends. Mama on the other hand was more similar to Maggie, because they…

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