Dee bases her heritage off ... ... middle of paper ... ... attempts to change the way Mama and Maggie perceive tradition by using the quilts as a wall display. Mama refuses to allow it, Dee was offered the quilts when she was in college and didn’t want them at that time. Mama gives the quilts to Maggie as her wedding gift to be used every day as they were intended, knowing how much Maggie appreciates them. I agree with Mama and Maggie for keeping family memories and objects in daily use. It is important to maintain your family history in your everyday life to preserve those special memories.
If Dee had them they would only be wall hanging but if Maggie had them then they would be put into everyday use. Furthermore, we also start to witness that her perspective on her family has changed. Dee has started to see her culture in a new light when she was at college. She now sees that these hand-stitched quilts are important to her family. As Alice Walker shows Dee’s idea of her own culture, heritage, and identity and how it changes though the progression of her life.With every new experience, Dee discover more about her identity.
Using careful descriptions and attitudes, Walker uses the voice of the protagonist (the mother) to demonstrate which factors contribute to the values of one’s heritage and identity; she illustrates that these are represented not by the possession of objects or mere appearances, but by one’s lifestyle and attitude. Also, in the illustration “Girl”, Jamaica Kincaid uses a mother’s voice, like Walker, to illustrate the mother’s meaning of identity. Both mothers in each story have their own outlook of what defines a person’s identity. Although each mother has different... ... middle of paper ... ...ath; it is that child’s choice on which road. It is with the forces of family, friends, media, and school that influence a child’s identity.
Nonetheless, the women still managed to pass down their gifts to their children. If these are her theoretical statements about the vision of art “Everyday Use” is a story that fits her ideas. In her story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker talks about what heritage really meant. The conflict of the story came from the quilts. They were what symbolized the creativity of their family the quilts were a part of their family.
In order to learn or move forward in life people have to learn from the past. Alice Walker knows how to put this idea into words. Her short story called “Everyday Use” is based off the idea of heritage and family. Alice Walker supports her story by writing about the meaning of heritage, the value of intelligence, and dealing with self-identity. “Everyday Use” is based off of family ties, culture, and traditions, which is most commonly known as heritage.
Dee attending college is surprising because of her background heritage. A mother will always understand the value of the heritage because she is the ones who taught the child the learnings. It is the child 's choice as they grow older to both continue and keep the heritage or make their own. Although, Mama has yet to discover that Dee has rearranged her entire heritage. The author changes the tone in this discovering event to defensive.
Maggie’s direct characterization is shown to the reader through her... ... middle of paper ... ...nt for the reader to use direct and indirect characterization because the reader has to understand all of the characters true personality. Using indirect characterization the reader learned that Dee was not ignorant of her family heritage just because she left her home. Using indirect characterization the reader also identified that mamma may have felt oppressed and jealous of Dee because she had moved on with her life and got an education. The story is not just about a random quilt, it the value and history that it holds that was so important to Dee. The reader learned each of the characters true personality by using direct and indirect.
She learned valuable traditions and their history from her family members. In contrast to Maggie, Dee is in college and couldn’t wait to leave home. She always had ambition and goals that she had set high. Mama’s relationship with Dee is not close, but she dreams of their bond rekindling. As she waits for Dee’s arrival, she thinks about TV shows where the “mother and child embrace” and then the “child tell how she would not have made it without her help” (Walker 155).
I see her standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of; a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in toward the red-hot brick chimney.” (Walker 25). Once Dee arrives to Mama’s house, Mama can see that Dee, who changed her name from Dee to Wangero, lost the root of her identity. Her identity had transformed into something foreign and either Mama or Maggie were a part of it. After dinner, Dee saw the quilts, a familial symbolism, and she obviously wanted it, she wanted everything, “Dee’s interest in the butterchurn and the quilts is raised because they are “priceless” objects” (everyday use). Dee wanted it but didn’t deserve or earn the privilege to keep the quilt and the powerful symbolic meaning it held to her family.
Dee has changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. With this name change she believes it make her closer to her heritage and relieves her from her oppressors. Dee knows very little about heritage. Heritage is defined as something that is handed down from the past, as a tradition. (Dictionary) The name Dee is the name or nicknames of many women in the family.