The Importance Of Heritage In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

Culture Importance
Walt Disney once said, “Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards - the things we teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” Otherwise stating that your heritage is saved or belittled by the generations that it is passed on to. Some will know the importance of your family traditions, and some may not be interested as others. In the story Everyday Use by Alice Walker, I see Maggie as more in touch with her heritage. I see Maggie as more in touch with her heritage for how she portrayed herself, how she didn’t speak out of turn, and how she had knowledge about the quilts and antiques.
Maggie resembled many of the African people in the 70s. She wasn't as smart and couldn’t
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She does this by making the quilts the main focus along with other antiques that are mentioned. In Everyday Use Mama and Dee have a argument because Dee wanted the quilts and the antiques. Mama had promised Maggie the quilts and wasn’t certain that she wanted to give the quilts to Dee. Maggie told her mom that Dee could have the quilts (Walker 6). Mama mentions that she was saving the quilts, but Dee argued that Maggie would have the quilts looking like rags by the time five years come. Saving the quilts that were stitched by hand, and held by Grandma Dee was important to Mama. She knew if she gave the quilts to Dee she would only see the quilts for fashion. Susan Farrell argues that readers only see Dee as “overly concerned with style, fashion, and aesthetics,” but in the story that is also what she displays. Dee says, “But they’re priceless,” speaking about the quilts. Maggie was taught how to quilt. Maggie knows the worth and history behind the quilt making. Also, Dee mentions that she would like the churn top and dasher. Maggie speaks very quietly and tell her where the dasher came from; Maggie tells her some of the history behind the …show more content…
Maggie displayed different things that resembled slaves during the slavery times. She was a very silent girl. She didn’t speak up or much about anything. She had scars from the fire that burned down her house when she was younger. In addition, Maggie knew how to quilt and she knew where the antiques that were in home came from and who made them. Walker compared the characters to different type of slaves there were before time. She “shows details in heritage, superficiality, and true embrace of our origin in a way that reveals how the Black to Africa movement is implicated in the story,” says Christa von Borstel. Maggie overall represents their family heritage overall in the

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