Everyday Use Character Analysis Essay

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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, …show more content…
Maggie was a very shy and moody little girl. You can tell she has low self-esteem because of her appearance and the way she carry herself. The short story states, “That is the way my Maggie walks. She had been like this, chin on chest, eyes on ground, feet in shuffle, ever since the fire that burned the other house to the ground” (Walker 2). It is like Maggie had nothing to be happy about, she had nothing to smile about, it was just straight faces and dull moods. She could not escape the ghetto like her big sister Wangero (Dee); she just was not the lucky sister. The article states, “Maggie represents the multitude of black women who must suffer while the occasional lucky "sister" escapes the ghetto”. They both could not get away and start a new life. Maggie confidence was not that high and she did not hate the way she was living, she cherishes her poverty and loved helping out her mother by reading to her and doing other things her Mama once did with her mother. Now Dee on the other hand, always smiles, she always held her head high; she walked around with courage like no other. The short story states, “At sixteen she had a style of her own: and knew what style was” (Walker 2). No one could tell Dee anything she dressed how she wanted and it made her feel good about herself. Her style was like no other and no one could compare. Their mother was not the brightest one herself. The short story …show more content…
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. Mother knew he really supported their African tradition. The article states, “The contrast is clear — the snuff-dipping, hardworking mother who tells the story has passed her true inheritance, not quilts but love, to the daughter who is not book-educated but who belongs to the tradition”. It’s not always about how educated you are or how much smarter you are then others, because sometimes your heritage and tradition will carry you along way. In this story “Everyday Use” the tradition and heritage meant a lot more than education would ever be. Dee was happy to go off and go to college and receive an education. Maggie and her Mother loved sitting around spending time to with each other doing what Mama past ancestors did with her. Maggie and Dee values of life were different, Dee was going to make something out of herself and she just want her sister to follow along in her footsteps, and not just let life pass before her

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