Essay On Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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The Basics of Living In the short story “Everyday Uses” by Alice Walker she uses everyday objects or scenarios that people are faced with even in today’s society in her story. This story has everything in a nut shell , it mainly talks about cultural heritage ; however she also talks about race , tradition , family , education , and even how to stand up for one’s self . In this paper it will be shown how those 5 things can still be related in today’s society .Everybody has some experience or exposure to one of those themes. Race is one of society’s way of grouping humans into a large and distinct group according to their cultural, genetic, anatomical, historical, ethnic, religious, geographical, linguistic, and/or social association. Just like in the story, in today’s society many struggle to find themselves and to stay true to their heritage and race. The character Dee is the perfect example to show how someone can easily misinterpret what their idea of culture is. “Everyday Use” was published in 1973 in the time where race and culture was a big thing, and African-Americans didn’t really embrace their cultural side. Around this time the …show more content…
Every household has a tradition whether you know it or not. From the way you make rice, all the way down to the way you clean and mop. Carrying on a tradition is like carrying on your name or legacy, by keeping it alive. In “Everyday use “there was a conflict over a quilt, even though it might sound like nothing much, it actually holds a lot of sentimental value in it. The character Dee was fighting to keep the quilt when in fact she has no idea what it really means (Walker 15). Whereas Maggie was thought how to stitch from their grandma and she actually knows the background behind the quilt. Many people in today’s world have forgotten how important family and heritage is sometimes, the perfect example is

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