Life Concepts In Alice Walker's Everyday Use

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The short story “Everyday Use” I thought was a very good story. Alice Walker does a great job of using objects in her story that are used in everyday lifestyles, and the way people look at them and judge them. In the this short story there are four main characters, two sisters Maggie and Dee, Mama which is the mother of the two, and the boyfriend of Dee which his name is Asalamalakim. Dee, seems to be a judging type in the story, that’s mixed between two different life styles, one being the country life style that she hated and felt embarrassed of, which is her mothers style, and the other being her new life style which is urban, or the city folk type. What Dee needs to understand to always appreciate what you have, and love the ones who love you and care about you.
When reading this story I started to feel sorry for Mama, she explains herself as a big-boned woman with man-working hands, the only thing she knew was to work hard. She always liked doing the
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Anything that has ever been handed down to you from someone you should take great appreciation and pride of that object. To me Dee just isn’t that kind of person, she doesn’t care about what things mean to people, and after the whole butter chum argument with her mother, she decides she wants to take some quilts from her mother as well. The quilts were made from old material from past relatives, which is why Mama valued them some greatly. Dee only wants them to hang on the wall for decorations, but when she finds out that Mama is giving them to Maggie, is when Dee goes off on her mother. Dee states, “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.” (Paragraph 66). I feel as if Maggie would use the quilts for a better reason than just for wall decorations. Dee needs to understand that not everything is just handed to you, and you have to learn to work for

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