Mama's Change In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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In Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use”, the mother of two daughters undergoes a very significant change. The book starts out depicting her as a push over to her oldest daughter, Dee, giving her anything and everything Dee wanted. However, Mama’s attitude towards Dee changes as she begins to see what a cruel and spoiled child Dee really is. Mama’s changes throughout this story make her a perfect example of a dynamic character. Mama is an uneducated, yet practical character. Mama takes pride in the practical aspects of her nature and has not spent a great deal of time contemplating abstract concepts such as heritage, but lack of education does not prevent her from having an inherent understanding of heritage. Mama loves and…show more content…
Dee was consistently ungrateful and displeased with her life despite her mother's hard work. “I see her [Dee] standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of; a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in toward the red hot brick chimney. Why don't you do a dance around the ashes? I'd wanted to ask her. She had hated the house that much.” This shows just how much Dee cared about her lifestyle and the location of the house. Resulting from her disrespect, she pushes her mother around. When Dee tries to take the quilts, Mama tells Dee that she had promised Maggie she could have them one day. Dee disregards her mother’s comment and begins to walk out the door. Mama realizes she must stand up to Dee and tell her that she cannot take the quilts because they are Maggie’s. "God knows I've been saving 'em for long enough with nobody using 'em. I hope she will!" This quote shows that Mama wants Maggie to use the quilts because Maggie will respect the heritage of the quilts. The shift shows that Mama has finally had enough of Dee pushing her around, and by standing up for Maggie, she let Maggie know that she cared. "I did something I had never done before: hugged Maggie to me... Maggie smiled... a real smile, not scared." This quote is especially

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