Everyday Use Poem Analysis

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Everyday Use, a short story written by Alice walker embraces the idea of heritage and shows the reader how important it is to be true to your culture. Dee, the narrator 's daughter loses sight of that and has to be reminded of her African American culture. In the story, she asks for the butter churn and quilts, two objects with an abundance of history behind them, with the intention to utilize as mere decorations. In an attempt to embrace her heritage, Dee changes her name thinking that this change would bring her closer to her heritage. She didn’t realize that a name without a substance is just a name. In contrast, in a poem titled “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah”, the author was able to take on the name, Jimi Savannah, and understand what it betokened, grasping where it came from making her genuine to her heritage.
The first time we hear Dee’s new name is when she rectifies her mother and tells her it 's ‘Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo’. The name is used to replace Dee, a name she thought she inherited from
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He wanted her to be fearless and to embrace her heritage. Patricia Ann had no relation to the family’s culture. Jimi Savannah, a name that is a handful to say gave the young girl was rooted in her heritage. The poem reads, “...he decided to just whisper Love you, Jimi Savannah whenever we were alone, re and rechristening me the seed of Otis..”. The seed of Otis was part of the blue’s tradition, a form of musical expression that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The name empowered the young girl to be her own person and have unlimited opportunities, even when her heritage struggled in the 1950’s. The name allowed the namesake to be free and independent. It was a name “so off and hot even a boy could claim it.” The father didn’t want his child to be anybody’s “surefire

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