Character Analysis Of Everyday Use

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Alice Malsenior Walker
Alice Walker is one of the most famous African American author and activist of the Information Age. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. As a child Walker blinded one of her eye from playing with her sibling. Walker was also bullied in school due to her eye. Her childhood experience was in racism, and poverty. After completing high school, Walker attend Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Walker’s mother worked very hard to send her to college. While she was at Spelman College, she met Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout her work Walker brought world 's attention to the abuse of African Americans. Because of her fame and her strong involvement to civil rights movement she received threatened by the
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“For black women, according to Alice Walker, their culture presents two additional burdens. They must function while living in a world dominated by white society and also face a slightly different perspective with traditional expectations of black men.” (Ferrell) Walkers involvement in activism is due to the fact that she witnessed some of the most horrific incidents of her…show more content…
In Everyday Use, there are three main characters, Momma, Dee (Wangero), and Maggie. Momma is the also the narrator, She is very tough and strong women because she has been through hard times. Maggie, perhaps she is the most shy, ignorant and most loved by a mother. The incident of house burning left some scars on her; therefore, she is afraid of the outside world and never spend a single moment without her mother. Maggie is also gifted in quilting. Dee, also known as Wangero, has been abroad to get education, and always thinks that Momma and Maggie are stereotype. Throughout the story, Dee’s behavior shows that she is not proud of her heritage and culture. The climax of the story takes place when Dee wanted to take the quilts that are handmade by her grandma because she thinks its an art piece. “Her mother, on the other hand, sees it as an object of everyday use, one that is infused with personal and family value—therein lies its significance. She therefore decides to give the quilt to her other daughter who appreciates its family history and plans to use it on her bed.”
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