Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Although, parents try to be fair there are always subtle differences picked up by the children, whether one is preferred better over the other sibling. These occurrences are known as parents picking favorites. Of course, every mother loves her children equally, but tends to favor one over the other simply because he or she is older, smarter, holds more responsibility, or just better behaved than the others, the reason being always varies. Every sibling is different, each with his or her unique personalities and ways of expression. “I did something I never done before: I hugged Maggie to me, then dragged her on into the room, snatched the quilts out of (Dee) Miss Wangero’s hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap. Maggie just sat there on my bed with her mouth open.” (Walker, Everyday Use) In the previous excerpt from the story Mama, in a sense, picked a favorite daughter out of the two. In this case, it was Maggie when deciding who should have the quilts. In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Walker describes her two daughters. Maggie and Dee are sisters. Throughout the short story, Walker reveals the two sister’s differences in character and personalities through the use of language (words) and actions as the story develops. The reader learns more about each sister through the mother’s words.
With this in mind, the mother, or the narrator of the story describes herself as a big-boned, manly woman with hands so rough from years of physical labor. She is a tough parent, taking the role of both mother and father for her daughters and providing for them. Taking into account that they are a poor family and most of them are uneducated. By her mother’s observation and words she describes Maggie as shy. “Maggie walks chin ...

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...tely denying her family history, ancestors, and heritage to avoid some of the past. She’s also arrogant in terms of her showing off her newly obtained knowledge or education to family members who feel overwhelmed by it. Maggie, on the other hand, is much more lenient, she understands her sister better than her mother does and can accept her past.
To sum it up, based on the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the mother’s words and actions mentioned previously showed differences between the two sisters when faced with various situations as the narrative unfolds. It seems like the mother picked favorites amongst her daughters although, that may or may not be the case. The mother’s actions and language caused the sisters to react a certain way towards her which in turn is what makes them different, unique in personality, looks, and actions.

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