Everyday Use Essay

742 Words May 8th, 2012 3 Pages
Class/Section: English 0375SOD
Compare and Contrast pre-writing
Character analysis
“Everyday Use”

I. Introduction a. Attention Getter: Most people that are the first in their family to get an education always will try to make their family members feel inferior and want to take advantage of them in every way possible.

b. Preview of Points: This is exactly what happens in this story titled “Every day Use” by Alice Walker, in which Dee, Maggie, and her mother get into a dispute over some personal treasures that their mother had been passed down from past generations of their family. It all starts when they were little there was a house consuming fire in which only Dee and the mother made it out unharmed, in the other
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But she will never bring her friends”

c. Explanation of evidence: This demonstrates that Dee (Wangero) is not completely educated she is missing the manners part or better yet the caring part for her family.

B. Transition Sentence for characteristic 2: Dee is also a very ostentatious person, always wanting the newest luxuries and fashion. d. Citation/evidence: “I feel my whole face warming from the heat waves it throws out. Earrings too, gold and hanging down to her shoulders. Bracelets dangling and making noises when she moves her arm up to shake the folds of the dress.” e. Explanation of evidence: This shows that Dee always likes to show off and look extra flashy around people.

f. Closing sentence: In the end even with Dee’s luxury and knowledge she still doesn’t earn the respect of her family.

Character 2

A. Topic Sentence (Introduce author, story, character 2 and characteristic): Also in this story Maggie is portrayed as a very easily intimidated and insecure person.

a. Introduce detail 1: “she can have them mama, she said like somebody used to never winning anything or having anything reserved for her.”

b. Citation/Evidence:” aunt Dee’s first husband whittled the dash,” said Maggie so slow you almost couldn’t hear her.” “his name was henry, but they called him stash.”

c. Explanation of evidence: This clearly shows that

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