The quilts were an important part of the family tradition of quilt making. It was so important to Mama that when Dee asked for it she snatched it from her hands. When Mama gave the quilts to Maggie, she hoped Maggie would put it to everyday use. Maggie valued the quilts for what they mean as an individual. Maggie says she can’t remember Grandma Dee without the quilts.
The quilt is described as,” They are all pieces of dresses Grandma used to wear.”(75). Dee perspective was she think Maggie could not appreciate them as she does, but she wants it to use to decorate and display in her home as a piece of her loss heritage. While Mama said,” I promised to give the quilts to Maggie for when she marries John Thomas.” (75). Mama’s perspective is she knows Maggie is going to use them every day not like Dee. Another symbol is the churn use for the butter.
It is a symbol of the family heritage in her eyes, but it is also a symbol of materialism. She asks her mother for the quilt so that she can hang it in her home as a decoration. Quilts have become popular things to exhibit in one's home. Her mother hesitates as she is uncertain which daughter should have the quilt. Her shy child wants the quilt but would not ever imagine that she would have it given to her.
The women of the time made quilts that were put to "everyday use" that were then passed down from generation to generation. The quilts during this time were used to symbolize the love of the slave’s mothers and the things they had to go through just to make the quilts. A lot of times every square in a quilt symbolizes something of its own. One square may symbolize the love of a person and the other may symbolize the death of another. Each quilt is prepared differently which gives it a since of purpose.
People have their point of view to this controversial issue, Like Dee (Wangero) in the story, in paragraph 70, line 4, “Hang them,” she said. As if that was the only thing you could do with quilts. That was one of the good ways, I have to admit. But when Maggie gave out what she thoughts, I was really touched by what she said. In paragraph 70, line7, “She can have them, Mama,”...” I can ’member Grandma Dee without the quilts.” After read what Maggie said, suddenly I got the same feeling with Mama (Mrs. Johnson), in paragraph 75, line 7- When I looked at her like that something hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the soles of my feet… I did something I never had done before: hugged Maggie to me, then dragged her on into the room, snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangro’s hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap.
Her mother only wanted to possess the beauty she created with her hands, other possessions were meaningless to her. Walker’s mother told her children to take anything because it might not be there next time they came. Alice Walker was brought up with these lessons of self-sacrifice. Through the work of “Though We May Feel Alone,” (1166) Walker emphasizes the importance of ancestors. Prominent to ancestors is the lessons that are obtained through them.
Although, she grew up poor, she still had dreams of escaping from the poverty to pursue her career. When Coco was 18, she didn't find any glamour in being a seamstress so she opened her own tailor shop. When she met her love Balsan, she began to start her own line of hats. She grew interest in designing hats for women who doesn't need to dress up for men. After she parted with Balsan, she became involved with Arthur Chapel who financed her expansion for her lines of designs.
She has a two daughters. Which named Dee and Maggie. In this short story we meet conflict between the different understandings of culture and traditions arises, when Dee wants to claim two old quilts which her mother had previously promised to Maggie. Mama changes a great deal. The mama one who grows and changes.
In the beginning of the story, Dee comes to her mother's home with a much different appearance as an educated urban girl while her family members are as the backward sharecroppers at a remote village. The central conflict in the story is the quilt made by Maggie and Dee's mother, aunt (Big Dee), and grandmother. Dee insists on taking the quilt home to display in her home but Mrs. Johnson informs her that she promises to give the quilt to Maggie once she marries John Thomas (Walker 284). After Dee hears that the quilt has already been promised to Maggie, she is worried that if Maggie is using and touching the delicate quilt on a daily basis as a warm blanket and then
In Eastern culture where female are valued for traditional role of mother and housewife, women’s lives mostly end up getting married and staying home take care of the children no matter what education degree they have earned. Some have diploma, others have bachelor or even a master one. I have two older sisters; they were already married and moved out. I saw my “becoming ordinary future” in them clearly. They were not satisfied in their life but they were too afraid to take risks and make changes.