Maggie's Characters In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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In the story “Everyday Use”, Maggie was a young girl who has been through so much in her life. She was burned in a house fire which caused her to have low self-esteem, feeling that she is just too ugly for society to even look at her. Speaker and author, Alice Walker, wrote the story, “Everyday Use” in 1944 to describe the story of a young girl, Maggie, and how her life soon began to change after her sister, Dee, tries to take grandma quilt away from Maggie. Dee thinks that since she is the smartest in the family that she could get whatever she wanted. Maggie, Dee, and Mama are the main characters in the story “Everyday Use.” Maggie was not really that known in the community she was always too shy and never really talked to anyone because of …show more content…
“She stumbles along good-naturedly but can’t see well” (915) “She knows she is not bright” (915). This shows that Maggie didn’t have a high level of education like her older sister had. She could read, but she couldn’t read that well. Maggie was not attending school, she was too busy at home taking care of Mama and the house. Maggie always wanted to be better than her older sister Dee. The time that Mama told Dee that Maggie was going to marry John Thomas, Maggie could have stopped her and told the truth. She was just too ashamed to tell …show more content…
Ever since her mother carried her out of that burning house fire when she was young, she never left her mother’s side. Mama was always there for Maggie because she knew that Maggie would not be able to survive on her own. Maggie is too afraid to experience the reality of life for what it really is. Maggie receives the love and the support from her mother which is scary because her mother stands between Maggie having a normal life and doing things people her age are supposed to be doing. Mama never really introduced Maggie to the outside world, she has always been stuck at home taking care of Mama and not getting a chance to experience life for what it really is. If Maggie was to lose her mother she would not be capable of providing for herself because she rely too much on her mother for help and

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