Everyday Use

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We have all heard the saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” when a child acts like their parents, but in “Everyday Use” we see not all children turn out like their parents. Dee from the story is an example. In “Everyday Use," Alice Walker uses themes, conflict, and symbolism to show that Dee has moved away from the model of her mother. In “Everyday Use,” we meet the narrator, Mrs. Johnson, also known as Mama. Mrs. Johnson has two daughters Dee and Maggie. When Dee and Maggie were young their old house caught on fire. Maggie was burnt in the fire and left with not only physical scars, but emotional scars as well. We first see Dee reject her heritage when she stands under the sweet gum tree as her house is burnt to the ground with her sister inside. Later Dee moves away and changes her name to Wangero Leewanika Kamanjo. Alice Walker uses two themes to show us that Dee does not model her mother. The first theme is heritage. The main way Dee denies her heritage is by her name change. We see this when Mama says, [“What happened to Dee?” “She’s Dead,” Wangero replied “I co...
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