no matter where [they] choose to live, she will manage to come and see [them], but she will never bring her friends" (87). She even goes as far as to denounce her name because she claims, " I couldn't bear it any longer being named after the people that oppress me" (89). However, her mother states that she was named after her aunt and grandmother, the very people who made her beloved quilts. She makes it apparent that her idea of appreciating her culture is to leave it alone, especially when she says, " Maggie can't appreciate these quilts! She'd probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use"(91).
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.
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.
Once her mother tells her that she will not be getting them, that they are going to Maggie, Dee replied, “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” Then she said, “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (448). This showed me she may be educated college wise, but definitely not in... ... middle of paper ... ... she felt inferior to her sister, Dee. Then when Dee insisted on having the quilts that were already promised to Maggie for when she married, Maggie replied, “She can have them, Mama” (448). When the mother saw what was happening she snatched them from Dee to hand off to Maggie. Once Dee and Asalamalakim left without the quilts, Maggie smiled (449).
One of the first things we learn about Dee is her resentment towards her first house that she lived in. Her mother, the narrator, describes the scene vividly: “And Dee, 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 of gray board of the house fall in toward the red-hot brick chimney. Why don't you do a dance around the ashes? I’d wanted to ask her. She had hated the house that much”(10).
Womanhood was a strong theme in the two essays as well. In My Mother Never Worked she understood the expectations as a lady to marry and raise a family. She even confronted the worry she felt towards this future for herself in the letters to her fiancé. She wrote, “ I have told you a dozen times I won’t be afraid of married life, but when it comes down to setting a date and then picturing myself a married woman with half a dozen or more kids to look after, it just makes me sick... I am weeping right now.” Later on in the narrative all the examples of hard work and sacrifice she does, like learning to garden and care for farm animals, sewing new cloths from scraps of cloth, and carrying buckets of water up and down miles
Dee asks her mother for the quilts that were hand made from her grandmother and mamma replies to Dee that she had already promised to give them to her other sister. Dee then argues that Maggie, her other sister will not value and treasure the quilt. The central theme of the story is the value of heritage and identity of each of the characters by using direct and indirect characterization to identify each of the characters actual feelings towards each other and the quilt. The author uses direct characterization when mamma describes Maggie as insecure and jealous of her older sister Dee because she was able to escape the house when it was burning. 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.
In “Everyday Use”, the narrating character mama Johnson and her youngest daughter Maggie, struggle to find peace with her eldest daughter Dee. Dee never wanted to accept her way of living so left after high school. One day Dee came back as a total different person changing her name and way of appearance. She asked for the objects that Mama Johnson and Maggie put to everyday use so she can pin it up as art, and being that she was spoiled she got what she wanted. When Dee was denied the quilts by Momma Johnson, she went off on her words on how Maggie couldn’t appreciate the quilts.
The mother says she did something she had never done before, "hugged Maggie to me," then took the quilts from Dee and gave them to Maggie. In I Stand Here Ironing the mother tells us she feels guilty for the way her daughter Emily is, for the things she (the mother) did and did not do. The mother's neighbor even tells her she should "smile at Emily more when you look at her." Again towards the end of the story Emily's mother admits "my wisdom came too late." The mothers unknowingly gave Emily and Maggie second best.
To the knowledge of the reader, the child has done nothing wrong to have to receive this reprimanding. The most demeaning section of the tirade is when the mother says "…` so to prevent you from becoming the slut you are so bent on becoming.'" (Kincaid 13) This mother, for whatever reason it may be, has the idea that her daughter, who she is SUPPOSED to love with all her heart, has her young mind set on becoming a slut. Every time the daughter tried to throw in a comment, it goes all for naught. The mother does not even respond to the comment that her child says.