Everyday Use Essay

1261 WordsFeb 20, 20126 Pages
Heritage is an important part of everyone’s life. My family and I follow some of the traditions that have been passed down from generations to generations. For example, we cook things a certain way simply because that was the way grandma cooked it. Furthermore, people tend to hold their tradition and heritage over anything else. They feel it is necessary for them to continue their customs and will not do anything differently. In the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, two sisters portray their contrasting family views on what they perceive to be heritage. The idea that a quilt is a part of a family's history is what the narrator is trying to point out. They are not just parts of cloth put together to make a blanket. The quilt represents their ancestors’ lives and tells a story with each individual stitch. "They had been pieced together by my Grandma Dee and Big Dee they hung them on the quilt frames on the front porch and quilted them. One was in the Lone Star pattern. The other was Walk Around the Mountain. In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell's paisley shirts. And one teeny faded blue piece about the size of a penny matchbox that was from Great Grandpa Ezra's uniform that he wore in the Civil War”(Walker 2441). However, Dee does not understand the meaning of her heritage and tradition. On the other hand, I chose this topic because I would compare myself to this story and Maggie because she cherishes everything about her family roots and it means a lot to her to use artifacts from her ancestors in her everyday use. To begin, understanding the importance of why the author wrote this story is very important. I believe the author’s point of this story was to make the readers value their culture and traditions of their family and to understand how meaningful it is. In the

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