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Everyday Use

            The mother of the story has two daughters- Maggie and Dee. Her body is like that of a man as she expresses it in the narrative. She is large, big-boned with rough hands. She is illiterate and cannot read since she has never attended school. Her life has been filled with work like a man and worry about her two daughters. She always has daydreams of her and her daughters appearing in a television show (James & Merickel, 417). As the narrator of this narrative, Mama is reliable and can be trusted.  This is so because she brings out the feeling and nature of every other mother in the society. She definitely knows the difference between her two daughters and is able to bring it out clearly to the reader.

            The narrator assumes that Maggie, her younger daughter is more of her companion than Dee. According to her, Maggie has already lost connection with the real world leaving her worried about her James & Merickel, 418). Maggie was severely injured when their family house was burned some years back and this left her physically and emotionally scarred. Her mother thinks that Maggie both loves and dislikes Dee. She also thinks that Dee is a difficult person to understand. She represents a different picture from both Mama and Dee. Dee is a pretty and educated girl but too self confident and extremely selfish. She is also hateful of the life she lives at home and less concerned about her mother and sister. In my opinion, I agree with the facts about Maggie displayed by her mother, however, in my view, Dee’s situation is a little bit exaggerated. Seems her mother is also envious of her state and makes her appear to be too evil.

            The story would be quite different if it were told from Dee/Wangero’s perspective. First, she would express her disappointment in her mother and sister. She would view them as careless, illiterate, and unloving to her. She would express herself as highly in the story, learned, confident and literate just like her mother does, but would blame them for their disability to be like her. The story will be filled with dreams and aspirations from the girl other than difficulties and comparisons. Mama and Dee differ much in their comparison about personal development. Mama believes that Dee should be shaped by the naming she gets from her past generations. On the other hand, Dee believes in the freedom in naming. She does not believe in being named from the oppressive culture. The consequence is that she changes her to an African one- Wangero.

            In my opinion, Mama’s opinion in her decision to give the quilt to Maggie is a wise one considering the fact that Maggie was somehow disabled. Additionally, every quilt had its own traditional meaning that only Mama and Maggie knew about it. Alice Walker defines heritage as an individual or group possession that may make an individual deny him or herself the crucial individual experience in the family traditions. Her main purpose is to reveal the fact that heritage and purpose should be treated as part and parcel of everyday life and not hindrances to one’s comfortable living in the family set up. She addresses the central problem of lack of appreciation of one’s past and family. The main theme in “Everyday Use” is personal identity. Dee tries to find out her identity and settles for African and not African-American. The process of her identification makes her to go through much difficulty and challenges and in the process loses the joy of family.

Works Cited

James, Missy & Merickel, Alan. Reading Literature and Writing Argument. NJ: Pearson Education, 1973. Print.