Dee starts kind of demanding for the quilts because Maggie “can’t appreciate these quilts” (Walker 16). However, Mama “snatched the quilts out of Miss Wangero’s hands and dumped them into Maggie’s lap.” (Walker 17) This was Mama’s way to standing up to Dee. She has told Dee “no” letting Dee know she is in charge. This one quote shows the conflict between the daughter and mother. A mother and daughter’s conflict in “Everyday Use” is about their heritage overall.
Mama had promised the quilts to Maggie, and Maggie's reaction to the news that Dee wants them shows that Maggie has an emotional attachment to them as well. "Maggie can't appreciate these quilts!" Dee says. "She'd probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use." (paragraph 66).
“The past cannot be changed,forgotten,edited, or erased. It can only be accepted”(unknown). In “Everyday use” by Alice Walker the narrator ‘Mama’ tells a story about her struggling relationship between her and her two daughters. Although Mama gave Dee an extraordinary life she was still ashamed of their lifestyle. Which leads to the debate between Dee’s superficial and true heritage that is displayed through Mama and Maggie.
Dee wants to take the quilts away with her, insisting that they should be hung on the wall and preserved rather than being used. Mama, on the other hand, wants to give them to Maggie, who learned to quilt from Grandma Dee and Big Dee. Maggie and Dee have different opinions about their heritage. To Maggie, heritage is everything around her that is involved in her everyday life. Whereas, Dee believes that her mother’s family heirlooms are to frame on the wall, or display, as a reminder of her family history.
They reflect on their mistakes and circumstances of the past that led to some problems and misunderstanding with children at their present days. In “Everyday use” by Alice Walker the main characters are Mama and her two daughters – Maggie and Dee. Mama is a big-boned and uneducated African-American woman who raised her children alone. She has the ability and impressively does the men labor work. All her life she manages the best she can for her kids.
Jeannette moved around very much due to her poverty and parent’s nomadic life style. Jeannette and her three siblings learned to fend for themselves because their mother and father did not take care of them. Her mother, Rose, did not believe in conforming to society's rules, so Jeannette lived a lonely childhood with few friends. Despite the pain that Jeannette endured from her mother, father, and individuals she met along the way, she managed
Poverty was almost like a curse given to Rosa Vargas by her husband, who “left without even leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come” (29). Many women today with young children are forced to take care of their families as single mothers without the support of the father. These women are often too busy taking care of the children to find a job. The fact that Rosa is a Hispanic affects her ability to find a job as well. Even if she did have the time, her ethnicity and gender would be cause for discrimination.
"Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate." Nanny is beyond exhausted. She grew up during slavery, was raped and had to raise her child, Leafy, without a father. Nanny never got married because she was worried that Leafy would be trampled upon like she was.
Jane Eyre, even from childhood, refused to conform to the expectations of a passive young girl. Never listening to her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and failing to be submissive towards her male cousin John Reed. Both her cousin and aunt were abusive towards her throughout her childhood, mistreating her in both emotional and physical ways. John always had a superiority complex which originated from him always being treated as the most important. This lead him to believe he was the boss of everyone and therefore able to treat people in the way he wanted.
This is the beginning of a life without Junie but a new cycle to honor Junie through the quilts. Aunt Ida perfectly expresses her pain when she sees the clothes of her grandson and asks herself what she will do with all the clothes (44). Yet she reassures herself and remembers that she can use Junie clothes to make a quilt. Inclusively, she recalls Junies giggles while she starts to quilt (45). The poem chronically