Alice Walker Everyday Use Characterization

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Everyday Use Characterization Essay In Alice Walker’s Everyday Use, the Johnson family experiences a small reunion as the sister Dee returns home. Dee arrives with ideas about heritage that are radically different from the rest of the family. These differences cause tension to wear on family relationships, ultimately causing Dee to leave in anger. Walker uses characterization, contrast, and imagery to portray Dee and Mama’s relationship, and that mother-daughter relations are not always as the parties wish them to be. Mama and Dee are characterized by their appearances, thoughts, and actions. Mama describes herself as stout, broad boned, and man-handed. Mama is described as somewhat inferior to her daughter, whose “humor…erupted like bubbles

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