As the story starts, Mama and Maggie are anxiously awaiting the oldest sister’s arrival. Having not seen her for a very long time, they certainly do not know what to expect. As the car pulls over, Mama describes a short stocky fellow along with Dee wearing a long dress so loud it hurt her eyes, long earrings, bracelets and her hair up like a sheep’s wool. According to this description, we can infer Mama had not seen her daughter ever dress that way yet still should have not been bewildered since Dee was well known for her sense of style. On the other hand, Maggie...
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...rstanding or knowing its root causes. This is the author’s way of representing how young generations wanted to go back to their African roots, changing the hair, name, clothes disregarding their true American heritage in a very disrespectful way to their real ancestors.
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