"I couldn 't bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me."(488). Mama is bothered by this because Dee was named after her Aunt Dicie, who was named after her grandma, who was named after her mother. Dee has distanced herself even further from her family and heritage. She 's more focused on herself. She 's blindsided by the fact those possessions don’t have to do with who she was or who she 's becoming.
Dee, the “heritage queen” portrays a rags to riches daughter who does not understand what heritage is all about. Her definition of heritage hangs on a wall to show off, not to be used. Dee’s avoidance of heritage becomes clear when she is talking to Mama about changing her name, she says, “I couldn’t bear it any longer being named after the people who oppress me” (Walker 75). Thus resembling that Dee just takes another name without even understanding what her original name means. She tries to explain to Mama that her name now has meaning, quality, and heritage; never realizing that the new name means nothing.
The writer has carefully introduced Zelda in the book to represent women of questionable morals in the society. Through her, the reader is in a position to learn the evolution and growth of liberty that women in the US have undergone in their quest to achieve modernity. Also, through CoCo Chanel, the designer, one gets to understand how a woman is able to use the talents and skills she has to liberate other women in society. Through her clothing and design techniques, she was able to shun traditional ways of a woman’s life and live a life which was more independent. She stayed away from the old root, Victorian ideology.
As Alice Walker states in Everyday Use, “Well, I say. Dee.” “No, Mama,” she says. “Not Dee,” Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo!” From this, we can already assume that Dee might have been ashamed of her name, or wanted to be a part of the new ways of society. From the example given above, we can understand the mother’s frustration in the story. Another example from Everyday Use “You know as well as me you was named after aunt Dicie, Dicie is my sister.
I would not come home now, I said. I would not come home ever (Page128-129). Her final defiant against her mother is to burn all the unopened letters, a symbol of their separation. The last chapter, is also entitled Lucy. And it is this chapter that Lucy finally emerges as an independent persona.
This shows that Dee is ashamed of her family heritage and she is trying to block out the past and the family in which she was raised. This act comes to Mama as a shock because of the thought that was placed into the choosing of that name. Mama explains to Dee that she can probably trace the passing of that name to before the Civil War. Dee also sent a letter to Mama once and made the comment that she would never bring her friends when she came to visit. In this, Dee is worried about what her friends would think because she is ashamed of the shack in which Mama and Maggie lives.
Dees’ misconstruction of her heritage was a source of conflict. Dee Johnson changes her name believing that it would affirm her heritage. Dee informs her mother she has changed her name, she states, “I couldn’t bear it any longer, being named after the people that oppress me.”(184,Walker). Dee discards the name in favor of an African name, Wangero, that, although, is African, is not directly related to her heritage. Mrs. Johnson does not understand why would Dee want to change a name that has been passed down through generations.
In this statement Walker describes the conflicting views of what heritage is. To Dee she sees her name as a reminder of the people who had oppressed her culture for so many years. It is because of this that she decided to change her name. In contrast Mama tries to explain that Dee’s name is a part of her heritage as it was the name of her ancestors and passed down over time. In comparison Maggie does not seem to share her sister’s views on what their family’s culture is.
The sisters do not care for each other as Sister says “She was first to go with Mr. Whitaker until Stella-Rondo broke them up” (Welty 261). This is a major point that lets us understand that sister does have a huge problem with Stella-Rondo, and helps us to understand that there is a grudge and a need to be better than one another. The only way Sister see... ... middle of paper ... ...ught process. In “Why I live at the P.O.” the way we see her family talking about her and how her family doesn’t get along we feel the want for Sister to become independent and get away from the disrespect of her family. “Why I Live at the P.O.” and “A&P” both character narrators are searching for their independence from the rest of the people around them and the world, but Sister finds a planned out way and succeeds were Sammy doesn’t plan and acts on impulse losing everything.
For Ginny Cook, social interaction escapes the realm of language, because so much of what is going on is hidden and because Larry is this silent signifier that only has to be to signify. Instead, she processes the information bodily. Thinking of Caroline's snubbing of her sisters when getting married, Ginny "realized that I felt the insult physically, an internal injury." (139) Later, shame, one of the feelings most often arising in Ginny with impetu...