Essay about Walker & Everyday Use
On February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia, Willie Lee and Minnie Grant gave birth to their eighth child; a precious little girl whom they named Alice. As an extremely intelligent child Alice was always …show more content…
Maggie is the younger of the two daughters, "homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs," (Walker, 86) helping out her Mama by making "the yard so clean and wavy" (Walker, 86). Neither Mama nor Maggie are 'modernly' educated people; "I [Mama] never had an education myself. Sometimes Maggie reads to me. She stumbles along good-naturedly She knows she is not bright" (Walker, 88). However, by helping Mama, Maggie put the hand-made items in her life to everyday use, experiencing the life of her ancestors, while learning about her family's history. All of which her materialistic sister does not and will never possess.
Contrasting through Mama and Maggie, Dee seeks her heritage without understanding the heritage itself. Unlike Mama who is rough and man-like and Maggie who is shy and scared, Dee is confident, where "Hesitation is no part of her nature", and she is "lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and a fuller figure." with a modernized education. (Walker, 87) Dee attempts to connect with her racial heritage by taking
"picture after picture of me sitting there in front