While away, Dee makes it readily apparent that she will still visit her family but will never approve of their ‘choice’ to live in a tarnished broken-down home. “No matter where we ‘choose’ to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends,” (472). Mama’s sentiments highlight the fact that Dee has distanced herself from her family creating a wedge between what is acceptable or not. Dee looks down at Mama and her other daughter Maggie with despair for staying in a home which she is appalled by.
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.
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.
They were what symbolized the creativity of their family the quilts were a part of their family. The story itself is about two different worlds clashing. Mama and the women before her worked hard and did not receive and education. Mama sends Dee, the eldest daughter to school and not her younger daughter Maggie. They embody the two worlds that are clashing.
Dee wrote to her family saying, “No matter where we choose to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends” (445). This showed how ungrateful she is of her family. Dee not growing up where she wanted to made her embarrassed of her home and family. Then, once Dee arrived she introduced herself as Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, and her boyfriend as Asalamalakin.
But when it gets to the point where she wants to take some quilts that Big Dee and Mama had done she starts arguing with her mother and Martinez4 her mother tells her no Maggie stayed somewhat in shock because ‘no’ was not a word Dee was used to hearing. Dee is the oldest daughter of Mama Johnson. Eventough she is pretty and has the nice hair and everything she is totally a misrepresentation of her he... ... middle of paper ... ...nd appreciate them. Works Cited Bmad, Nick. “Symbolism in Walkers ‘Everyday Use’.” Enotes.
She wanted her grandmother’s handmade quilts, even though her mother refused to give her. Her mother was saving the quilts for her sister for when she would get married. Dee insisted on having them. She was thoughtless toward her sister. Although Dee was thoughtless, resentful, and demanding towards family, being educated taught her to value her heritage.
The mother explains, “I could have carried it back before the Civil Way through the branches” (464) Dee could not understand the cultural significance of her name, the very same name that came from her loved ones and not by her oppressors. She fails to appreciate the cultural significance of the name Dee. Dee wants to appreciate her family quilts by framing them in her home, but Maggie would most likely put them to everyday use and have them in order to remember her Grandmother ... ... middle of paper ... ...monstrate how little she cares for her family culture by displaying her family quilts as decor, changing her family name, and with her new identity, she has completely left her family culture. The mother can understand Dee’s viewpoint, but that is the reason she cannot grant Dee those quilts. When Maggie displays her affection about the quilts and is willing to part with them, her mother understands that she is more deserving of the family quilts.
It is imperative to understand that these heirlooms are mere representation of heirlooms designed for everyday use. It is ironic that Dee changes her name, and wants to take the dasher to show off in her home as part of her heritage when she is trying so hard to distance herself from her past. She does not understand that she is taking away an item used every day by her mother. She is convinced that Maggie does not deserve the quilt, because she would merely put it to everyday use. Mama cannot fathom the reason behind Dee’s desire to possess the quilt when it is obvious she sees it as an artifact.
When Dee starts asking to have the items that her Mom and Maggie need for everyday use with the intent to appreciate it as art, it only furthers how much she irritates her Mom. Dee had been offered one of the quilts before she went to college Dee thought they were, “old-fashioned, out of style.”(490). It’s after Maggie agrees to give Dee the quilts that her Mom realizes that she has always given Dee everything she wanted even at Maggie’s expense. Mother had an epiphany about how to handle the situation, shown when she says, “Something hit me on top of the head”, “just like when I’m in church and the spirit of God touches me”(492). Dee’s attitude had annoyed the Mom so much she had this realization.