Symbolic References in the Short Story Every Day USe by In Alice Walker

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Symbolism is a technique used by many author’s; Alice Walker was one who used the Techniques on many objects. Symbolism is an object used to represent something greater than what it is. “The quilts represented important people”, but the character “Dee” doesn’t realize it. Instead wanted the quilts to use as a piece of art.
Heritage is meant to be passed from generation to generation but Dee (Wangero
Leewanika kemango ), who is daughter of Mama Johnson, didn’t understand the true
Meaning of heritage. Instead wanted to use the quilts as a piece of art and hang them on the wall to show off. But Mama Johnson was convinced to pass down the family belongings to her daughter Maggie, who truly knew the meaning of heritage. Dee argued with Mama Johnson over the quilts because she wanted them. Even though she had no use for them, she just Wanted to hang them to show them off to others. And told
Mama Johnson that Maggie doesn’t deserve them. But Mama Johnson wanted Maggie to have them because she knew that Maggie will have some use for them later on when she gets married. Mama Johnson took them away from Dee’s arms and placed them in
Maggie’s. Dee stormed out the house and took off without even saying goodbye too
Mama Johnson and Maggie, but it didn’t bother them. Just sat outside till the sun went down. In “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker the Literary Technique Symbolism is used a manifold of times. The character Mama Johnson, in the short story used Symbolism, To show what an object represented to the families history and bond every women had from generations to generations, why the objects still exist after so many generations. to show that her heritage will never die out in her and will never be forgotten. Also its bet... ... middle of paper ...

...It’s a symbolism of history and family that the object represented. How different generations of a family are connected.

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how character "dee" wanted the quilts to be used as a piece of art.
  • Narrates how the woman had no use for them, just wanted to hang them to show off to others.
  • Narrates how mama johnson and maggie sat outside until the sun went down, but it didn't bother them.
  • Explains that dee had a style of her own and knew what style was.
  • Opines that the black power movement made her change her style and dress like other women.
  • Narrates how the woman wanted them to show off as a woman for generation.
  • Opines that she didn't go to school and had no culture.
  • Opines that the object she had was nothing different from what she would do back in the past.
  • Explains that when she moves up to touch the quilts, she is reaching out to the people.
  • Describes the women who put in to it, and each piece of cloth that was on it.
  • Opines that ms. johnson wore practical clothing for the kind of life she lives.
  • Opines that it would be better to use the quilts as a memory of their family rather than just using them as an excuse.
  • Explains that the women who made it and stitched it by hand added on to it.
  • Explains that mama’s yard represented a private space free of clutter.
  • Opines that it’s a symbolism of history and family that the object represents.
  • Explains that mama johnson wanted to use the quilts as a piece of art and hang them on the wall to show off her heritage.
  • Explains that mama johnson took them away from dee’s arms and placed them in her arms. she knew maggie would have some use for them when she gets married.
  • Opines that it is better to use them to remember your family while in use. wangero (dee) mama's heritage will never die out.
  • Narrates how mama johnson was surprised to see dee after so many years of not seeing her.
  • Describes dee as a barber who supported the black power movement, which made her forget about her own culture and language.
  • Narrates how dee refused to have the butter churn because it was hand-made from an old broken down tree that her uncle carved out of it.
  • Analyzes how mama johnson walked in a shuffle, her chin gained her chest, and eyes always looking down at the grown, who hides her thin body in pink skirt and red blouse.
  • Narrates how dee wanted to take the quilts with her, but mama johnson refused to let her take them. maggie told mama she can have them, so she could'member' grandma.
  • Opines that even though maggie said dee can have them, mama johnson placed them in maggie’s arm. she knows maggie will use them when she gets married.
  • Analyzes how maggie's house caught on fire and she was stuck in there and burned along with the house. the scars she bears on her body have likewise scared her soul.
  • Describes how maggie believed in their heritage to keep them in good use. when mama johnson gave the butter churn to dee, she reached out to it to touch the people.
  • Analyzes how mama johnson's life was rough, she had to raise two girls by herself without a husband. she had tough hands that helped her go through the day to provide food for her family.
  • Explains that mama johnson was a single parent but that didn't stop her from living her life and giving her daughters the most she can.
  • Explains that the quilts were a piece of living history, documented on fabric where those who once lived.
  • Opines that humiliation was as pleasing as a colorful african heritage that can be fabricated like quilts from bits of pieces that one relative found attractive.
  • Analyzes how mama johnson sits back and smiles and forgets about everyday that has gone on through the day or past. the oudoors was a place for freedom to her and maggie.
  • Analyzes bmad, nick, and eshbough's literary analysis of alice walke’s ‘everyday use’.
  • Explains that velazquez, juan r., and white, david, "everyday use'. defining african american heritage."
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