Everyday Use, Alice Walker

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In the short story "Everyday Use", Alice Walker emphasizes the aspect of individuality. The story concentrates on the lives of two sisters, Maggie and Dee, growing up together under the same conditions clearly created two very distinct individuals. Maggie is almost the complete opposite of her sister Dee. Maggie does not agree with her sister on many aspects, but she does look up to her. Maggie starts off in the story as having very low self-esteem, Walker describes her as, “Walking with chin on her chest, eyes on ground, feet in shuffle, ever since the fire that burned the house to the ground.” This has caused her to feel unattractive and not as confident compared to her sister. Being the younger sister, I feel she is looked down upon and not respected for who she really is. Maggie has not experienced as much of life as Dee, Yet, she seems to value it more. Maggie does not have any wishes to change her way of life, she has simply remained uneducated like her mother, but remains proud of who she is and what she stands for. Maggie has a close relationship with her mom; they seem to share a lot of the same views. Maggie has learned to appreciate her heritage and does not wish to change it. To Maggie, the quilts are anything but simple scraps of clothe sewn together, they have so much more meaning. Maggie shows in the story that she does not want the quilts as merely just a reminder of the important people in her life, she wants them because they are a representation of who she is and her past. Maggie wants them for sentimental value, she admits to putting them to "everyday use." She is not one to use them to show off or place financial values on like her sister would. Maggie and her mother share a unique stand point; they both seem to be very happy and content with their way of life. They are not financially well off, but they are living life to the fullest. Towards

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