Alice Walker_Everyday Use Essay

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At the first time we read this story we didn’t get what Alice Walker means with “Everyday Use” and what it has to do with the story. But then we made a conclusion that the author refers to the quilt which both Dee and Maggie wanted. Dee planned to hang them, but not to know the history that comes with it, so that she could show them off to her friends what her heritage was and be proud because the quilts were "all pieces of dresses Grandma used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand." (Walker, ) which symbolize an important part of heritage to Dee-while back when she was growing up, she said they were “old-fashioned, out of style”. Besides, Dee thought that Maggie “can always make some more; Maggie knows how to quilt." (Walker, ) and that made her more unwillingly to give the quilts to Maggie. But Maggie-who would use them everyday-said to her Mama to give the blankets to Dee, because she “can 'member Grandma Dee without the quilts."(Walker, ). And at that time, Mrs. Johnson realized that Maggie carries the tradition of quilting as well as the quilts itself. For her and Maggie quilting is more of an important tradition to pass on than to just know how “priceless” it is. And in the end of the story, the mother chose to give the quilts to Maggie, instead of Dee, because by giving them to Maggie, Mrs. Johnson knows the connection of heritage of her family will continue to exist in the future. From the explanation above we could conclude that Dee is someone that wants to preserve heritage and believes that they are objects to be observed and looked upon. But she doesn’t realize that her own name is a heritage that has great importance in her family. Her mother could trace the name back to the civil war and connect it with specific people in her family. But Dee doesn’t care about that fact, instead she changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo because it

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