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Mothers And Family Symbols In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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In the story, “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker, heritage plays a major importance. The conflicting views about lifestyles, houses, racism, and family items from each of the two sisters in the story creates major struggles for their mother. There many different elements throughout Walker’s story to help show the countless conflicts the family struggles through. Walker writes about a family of two daughters and a mother, showing how the mother is fantasizing about how she wishes her daughter’s arrival will go perfect. Not just her arrival, though she is wishing that her daughter, Dee, loves her the ways she wishes to be loved by her; knowing that she has done so much for Dee to earn her respect. Knowing that Dee hates her and her other daughter, Maggie, she has tried everything in her power to help change the feelings that Dee has for them. “Dee wanted nice things” (Walker, 316). Dee’s mother always tried her best to give her the best that she possibly could. Giving her the style of clothes that she wished for, and even for the finer education, that neither herself or Maggie have received. Which always made Maggie self-conscious and insecure about herself. Knowing that Maggie is somewhat jealous of her sister’s life, her mother changes her…show more content…
Each of the symbols that are used throughout, to help show how much meaning the mother’s heritage means to her. Walker uses the quilts as a major symbol for family heritage. “These are all pieces of dresses Grandma use to wear. She did all this stitching by hand” (Walker, 320). These quilts so how their family has lived, and what they went through. Such as the only remains of their past family members. “In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn…bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell’s paisley shirts. And one teeny faded blue piece…that was from Great Grandpa Ezra’s uniform that he wore in the Civil War” (Walker,
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