Everyday Use Essay

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“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker shares the story of a mother and her two daughters conflicting path to self- identity and family values. They each have different view on family heritage and self-worth. The story opens in the yard as Ms. Johnson the mother and Maggie awaited the arrival of Dee. Dee went off to college and now seems almost as distant as a film star. They anticipate that Maggie will be foreign to them and be married and isolate herself from them .Mamma and Maggie are humble women the value culture and heritage for its personal and significant worth unlike Dee. Mamma is the narrator and is described as “a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands “whom enjoys farm life. Mamma only had little education because the whites closed her school when she was in second grade. She also brings up the issue of color when she says” it seems to me I have talked to them always with one foot raised in flight, with my head turned in whichever way is farthest from them as she admits that she cannot imagine looking a strange white man in the eye. Their home is small and inexpensive so she thinks Dee will be ashamed of to bring friends to see her family. Mamma thinks that Dee is ashamed of her although mamma is proud of whom she is and happy with her life although some may think she has not accomplished much. Her mother imagines being reunited on a television program hosted by someone like Johnny Carson. As she waits for her daughter she starts to reminisce on the day her old house caught on fire when Maggie was burned. Mamma rescued Maggie while Dee made no effort to save her mother or sister. Although the mamma is skeptical of Dee, she wants to feel excepted by her. Maggie, who is not bright and is a homely and ashamed woman because of the burns she bears from the house fire, is even more nervous because of her chic sister. Dee has always had boldness to

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