Maggie has been promised the quilts, but does not think that they are worth fighting for because she knows she can remember her grandma without them. Mama finally stands up to Dee, and tells her that she promised Maggie the quilts so she could not have them. The story is told in first person point of view through the eyes of Mama.... ... middle of paper ... ...acters through Mama so that each daughter is portrayed in an accurate way. Using the symbol of the quilts deepens the characterization of the daughters because it shows how each character feels about her family and it’s history. Dee is characterized as a shallow person who will go with any trend that comes about while Maggie comes across as a reserved and quiet girl.
Now, Dee wants the quilts as a material possession for remembering her grandma. Instead of putting the quilts to everyday use, Dee would hang them to honor her grandma and the hand-craftsmanship of her work (477). Upset by Dee’s reasoning and seeing the disappointment in her daughter Maggie’s eyes, Mama puts her foot down and takes control of the situation to preserve her integrity. “[I] hugged Maggie to me… snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero’s hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap,” (478). This quote is important for two reasons: the first is that Mama had done something she had never done before and that was love Maggie in the way she has tried with Dee over the course of her life.
When she finds the quilts that she wants, she begs to her mother if she can have them. Wangero in a strong tone, “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” and saying “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use”(Walker). This is significant in the text because Maggie would put the quilts to everyday use because she is proud of her culture and families previous history. On the other hand, Wangero would hang them up and keep them because they look
Yet with all the mother has done Dee has shoved her raising to the side instead of opportunities made available for by her mother. The quilts symbolize the “heritage” of this family, so when Dee wants them for a decorative purpose but no other need, the mother finally sees one how ungrateful or bling Dee has become, looking down on her mother and sister. Maggie unselfishly was willing to give Dee the quilts and their mother finally sees through that of who they truly belong to,
But Mama refuse to hand them down to Dee. She believes giving them to the wrong daughter is destroying something that is so special to their ancestors. To make Mama feel at peace, she made sure Maggie receive the quilts instead of Dee. The thought that Dee does not fully understand her culture is devastating because she wants the most important assets that was made by her ancestors but does not want to use it for everyday use. Moreover, Dee seems to lack respect for her mother’s ancestors.
Just as Wangero rejected her family, so have they rejected her. Mama sees heritage in the quilts and believes that Wangero has neglected everything she stood for. Instead, Mama turns to Maggie and handed her the quilts. Maggie had proven that she respects and acknowledges the family’s culture and understands that her heritage holds deep significance.
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.
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.
Once her mother tells her that she will not be getting them, that they are going to Maggie, Dee replied, “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” Then she said, “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (448). This showed me she may be educated college wise, but definitely not in... ... middle of paper ... ... she felt inferior to her sister, Dee. Then when Dee insisted on having the quilts that were already promised to Maggie for when she married, Maggie replied, “She can have them, Mama” (448). When the mother saw what was happening she snatched them from Dee to hand off to Maggie. Once Dee and Asalamalakim left without the quilts, Maggie smiled (449).
From a young age, Dee felt a detachment from her heritage. After her old house, and her sister Maggie, who she stoically watched burn from a fire. Mama even suspects that Dee burned their house and Maggie too, “She had hated the house that much” (Walker 25). Dee agrees when Mama sent her to Augusta to school. She wants to be a college student because she considers herself superior to those around her—she deserved a higher level of life, “She was determined to stare down any disaster in her efforts.