Everyday Use Character Analysis

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Everyday Use Analysis In the short story “Everyday Use,” the author, Alice Walker, characterizes three major characters, all of which are developing characters: the mother, Maggie, and Dee. These characters go through various significant changes throughout the story, giving the readers a better understanding of the plot. Walker sets up these characters with a direct type of presentation, clearly describing each to identify their purpose in the story. The mother of both Dee and Maggie, also known as the narrator, is portrayed as a masculine female figure. She describes herself as a “big-boned woman with hands that are rough from years of physical labor.” And although she is poor and uneducated, she manages to be both a mother and a father for both her children, proving the fact that she is a strong independent woman who cares not about a superficial ideology of a family but for her own children and their happiness. However, she is quite frank as she distinguishes between her two daughters, showing a dramatic opposition in the characteristics of the two. She has no fear in criticizing her own daughters. Maggie is described quite harshly as a shy, inferior girl with limitations. Also, she criticizes Dee for rejecting her own origins, and resents the sophistication, education and air of superiority that Dee has acquired throughout the years. This shows a sense of intimidation towards her own daughter, leading to her distrust for Dee has rejected her old life, something her mother was clearly proud of and will continue to be proud of for she has accepted her situation by taking a different approach to her role as a mother, having a hardy nature and the ability to butcher hogs and milk cows. And although she’s willing to step out of a conventional setting as a mother, she lacks knowledge of a broader idea of the world, therefore misunderstanding Dee’s reasons for
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