Who is the most important person to you in your life? Some people might say their significant other, or their best friend, or their children. But personally, and I believe for Scout and Jem, it is their mother. Or rather, at least in their case, their lack thereof. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, we see a young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, try to navigate through their childhood in a small town in Alabama in the 1930s.
A relationship between a mother and a daughter is very difficult to maintain. In the story of "Everyday Use", Mama tells her story of her two different daughters. She explains the dissimilarity of Dee, the oldest daughter who is in college and Maggie, the daughter who remains at home. She tells the story of her two daughters while waiting for Dee 's arrival from college. She describes how different they are and in their storytelling, you can tell their differences.
Heritage Passed On In Everyday Use by Alice Walker, the reader is introduced to three-woman characters that complete each other but with different personalities. First, the reader is introduced to the mother who is telling the story from her point of view and described as round character. Second, the reader is introduced to Maggie the youngest daughter and described as a flat character. Third, the reader is introduced to Dee the older daughter who is the static character that never changed her believes. Walker in her short story stresses the importance of heritage and how is passed on, but not everyone is able to understand it.
The short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker is a story based on a mother and her two children, Dee and Maggie. Mama 's two children are night and day, you have the outspoken Dee and Maggie who is very meek. There are several different dynamic characters in this short story, but today I will be discussing only one, Maggie. Although we all see Maggie conveyed as a meek character throughout the story, she is clearly more than that she is the bearer of the family tradition and culture sacredness. How long ago was it the house burned?
She provides a safe and warm home, she loves and cares for her child unconditionally, teaches them morals, manners, respect and discipline, ensures that they are content and satisfied with themselves, she praises them when need be. She listens to their concerns and allows them to voice their opinion. An ideal mother has her family backs and teaches them to fend for themselves. She offers all the love; lots of hugs and kisses. She asks for her child’s opinion and sees its importance.
How does a person value heritage and what type of impact does it hold on a family with a substantial history? Taking a glimpse beneath the surface of family relationships and views on traditional heritage, author Alice Walker showcases a true grasp on letting readers see into the compassionate lives of three strong female leads. With her short story “Everyday Use” each character relatable and described in such detail, the reader can truly sympathize and understand the impact heritage brings to a family. Walker’s compelling short story “Everyday Use” explores how complicated family dynamics can impact the attitude towards heritage through the three female leads. Family can occupy strong roots dating back generations with steadfast traditions that appreciate true meaning and personal endearment to family members.
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a story told by an African American woman who receives a visit from her daughter Dee. Mama, along with her other daughter Maggie, live a poor life in the South while Dee has created a successful life for herself. Mama and Maggie clinch to their roots and heritage while Dee would rather get as far away as possible. Upon her return home Dee draws her attention to a specific quilt. The particular quilt and the title of the short story are the centers of what it means to encompass one’s culture into their everyday life.
In the play Nora states, “…you were a good mother to me…” (Ibsen 1378). This being said by Nora creates a parallel to the fact that the nurse took care of Nora as a child and still continues to now even though she is now technically an adult. In the house, Nora does not hold her ground to do what she wishes; she lives her life through the role of what Torvald wishes. This is seen clearly when she plays decides to play with her kids. She is very selfish only playing with them when she feels is right for her or to please Torvald.
Little girls often dream of finding their Prince Charming or a soul mate to walk through the journey of life with as their husband’s queen or wife. Judy Brady depicts the Cinderella version of marriage with endless chores and selfless compliance to a husband’s expectations in “I Want a Wife” (Brady, 1972). An understanding of what a wife is and what she is not is explored; as well as the cultural norms of a woman’s place within a home including her worth where equality fades and servitude emerges. Understandably, a wife is an equal partner in a marriage. A women’s nurturing and compassionate nature makes her a natural caregiver for both her spouse and their children.
Ralph’s mother, Thelma, is the older sister of Clara. Thelma’s appearance was described to be just like that of Betsy Ann’s mother. “The girl had never had an overwhelming curiosity about her mother but it fascinated her to see the face of the lady in all the pictures on a woman who moved and laughed and did all mother of things” (11). Her Aunt Thelma served as the closest mother figure she could possibly have. Her interest to discover the role mothers play in society explain her frequent visits to Ralph’s