The Importance Of Scars In Alice Walker's Everyday Use

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We all have scars that may or may not heal. The scars remind us of our past. We feel ashamed as we look at our scars. Time is said to heal our pain. How long will the pain last? We rather hide instead of being seen. Our bashfulness tends to hold us from following our dreams that are slipping out of our hands. The outer appearance is believed to matter when truly it is what is inside our heart is a beautiful treasure. In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Maggie is a bashful, insecure girl who has the wrong concept of beauty which makes her walk backward instead of forward. To start with, Maggie’s greatest enemy inside her is bashfulness. Her shyness has her hold down as a prisoner. Walker describes Maggie as a person who, “attempts to make a dash for the house, in her shuffling way, but I stay her with my hand. "Come back here, " I say. And she stops and tries to dig a well in the sand with her toe.” Her shyness makes her want to be in a corner all by herself instead of meeting people. She is nervous to see her sister Dee. Maggie has never liked to look at people but rather look down at her feet. Shyness causes us to isolate our self from society. A person rather is silent like a cold windy night. Everyone is different …show more content…

We are queasy with our self as we look in the mirror. A person does not like how they look. They are not confident and feel grisly. Maggie, “stands hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs.” Maggie is sorrowful because she does not look like her sister. She sees her sister Dee by, “eying her with a mixture of envy and awe.” As Maggie sees her scars she hides them because she is sick of herself. The night of the fire changed her life. She will never be the same. She will never be content with herself because she looks up to her sister that she wishes that the night of fire should have never

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