Another example from Everyday Use “You know as well as me you was named after aunt Dicie, Dicie is my sister. She was named after Dee. We called her Big Dee after Dee was born” the mother knows Dee cannot cherish her quilts if she cannot even cherish her own generational name. In the story, Dee changing her name symbolizes how she has grown from her family and has grown closer with the society and their views on heritage and generations. We can determine the frustration the mother had about Dee and how she has forgotten everything that the family went through to even enable her to become who Dee is
The turning point in the mother/daughter relationship came at the end of the story, when Mother realized all of the horrible things her daughter was doing; not even necessarily doing intentionally. She thought that perhaps her daughter would change her un-appreciativeness, and respect her pride for her way of life and her valued items around her, but she had to decide between one daughter and the other. The one who would display the quilts and household items as pieces to be viewed and admired as a way of the old life, or to the other daughter who would use them in the way they were meant to be used.
The daughters, then, represent to their mother opposing forces in regards to socioeconomic and educational standards of living. Throughout her recollection of the story, the girls? mother learns to accept and even appreciate the fact that she and Maggie are resigned to living the only way they have ever known, while Dee has chosen to abandon that legacy and sees it only as a way of life to be honored, not lived. The author?s decision to narrate the story from a first-person point of view allows the reader to gain insight into the mother?s struggle that wouldn?t have been available otherwise. Throughout the beginning of the story, the mother describes both her views of herself and of her daughters.
In ‘Everyday Use’ there are three amazing woman Dee (Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo), Mama Johnson, and Maggie. But Dee is way different she is totally a misrepresentation of heritage and is a beautiful young woman. Maggie and Mama Johnson have a strong representation on their heritage and still live the way they were raced. Dee comes and visits Mama and Maggie she takes some valuable things that Mama Johnson had kept. But when it gets to the point where she wants to take some quilts that Big Dee and Mama had done she starts arguing with her mother and Martinez4 her mother tells her no Maggie stayed somewhat in shock because ‘no’ was not a word Dee was used to hearing.
At the beginning of the story, Mama worries about what Dee thinks of her and tries to please her by giving her anything she asks for. By the end of the story, we see Mama changes because she stands up to Dee, resulting in her finally able to give Maggie something she desires. Mama changes because she realizes Dee shouldn’t control her actions and that Maggie deserves better treatment. Mama’s choice to stand up to Dee is crucial to understanding her character because we’ve seen how Dee has controlled Maggie and Mama for a long time and this action shows a turning point in all of their lives. First, we learn that Mama is tough because she works hard to provide for her girls.
It is what a true mother-daughter bond is supposed to be like. When Dee and the mom were arguing over the quilts the narrator said “like somebody used to never winning anything, or having reserved for her,” which is something that mama has a favorite daughter and she lets Dee have whatever she wants without letting Maggie have anything. It seems like mama wants Dee to be happy when she comes down so she will want to come home. Mama even was going to call her by her new name instead of not going to she tried to because it comes off as Dee is her favorite daughter which is why their mother-daughter relationship is different from Maggie 's and mama’s relationship. Even when Dee took what she wanted like when she just went through mama’s things without asking her.
While reading Everyday Use, it could be said that Dee was embarrassed of her heritage; three main points prove her dislike of her culture: she left the place she was born, she changed her name, and she has a unique attitude towards the artifacts her family owns. From the start of Everyday use, a reader realizes that Dee, the older daughter, is not really in the picture. Dee at this point is off somewhere in Augusta, Georgia obtaining an education. Mama, the narrator of the story, really doesn’t go into depth in explaining if Dee obtaining an education is good or not, but she does go into detail of how she feels Dee sees her family and background. “She had hated the house that much.” (Walker 7) Through these words Mama describes the burning of their past house, the family now lives in their 2nd house, and it seems that Mama believes that De... ... middle of paper ... ...round behind, when she decided to change her name she broke a pattern and a symbol that meant a lot to her family, and when she tried to define what exactly a quilt or any aftifact as a matter fact should be used she made it look like her mother and sister really didn’t know anything or at least not as much as she though.
While reading Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” one can picture and see the simple lives that Maggie and Mama live in and how it is oh so shaken up by the arrival of Maggie’s older sister Dee. Mama and Maggie seem to think that Dee as she is some type of higher person than they are even though they are kin. Since she has gone away from college, Dee seems as though she has distanced herself from the life that she had when she was living with Maggie and Mama never to look back. The two seem as though they are scared for her to come back, as they believe she will hate everything about the living situation and what their life is still about. Mama gives a sort of negative insight into Dee’s character, but in her article, “Fight vs.
Some mothers are not ready for this job, yet selfishly still choose to keep their children because they are too proud to allow someone else provide their baby with the life they deserve. Child abandonment is a ever rising epidemic not only in The United States, but all around the world. Child abandonment affects the mother, but more importantly, the child that is being abandoned. In the poem by Sandra Maria Esteves titled “Give Thanks”, she lists all the “jobs” a mother does for their children and how special they are, which is something children who are abandoned by their mothers will never experience. The abandonment of a mother leads to negative psychological effects.
Walker uses their grandmother’s quilt as the piece of their family’s past that brings to light the best and worst qualities in the girls. Once she finally sees Maggie’s generous nature, compared to Dee’s spoiled and arrogant nature, and Mama cannot stand to see her youngest daughter lose one of the only things that is only hers, because of the self-centeredness of her older sister. As the short story comes to a closing, the reader can finally be at ease knowing of Mama’s appreciation for Maggie’s kind heart, and her worthiness of being able to keep a piece of their “heritage”. Works Cited "Womanist." About.com Women's History.