Calixta began to worry deeply about her missing family. She become hysteric the feeling of uneasiness overcoming her. Calixta turns to Alcee for comfort but what started as a simple embrace soon turned into much more. Women who are engaged in an unfulfilling marriage like Calixta will turn to other men for comfort and intimacy.
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is about a family of three women who have a weak relationship due to jealousy, burdens, and insensitivity. The characters are the narrator, Mama, Maggie, and her eldest daughter, Dee. The setting is the Deep South in the early 1970s. Dee, the antagonist, comes back home to pick up a few items she wants for her new home and wants the quilts Mama’s family has passed down for years, but Mama refuses. Dee believes her family is not intelligent enough to understand their family heritage and thinks she would be better off with the quilts and use them as an art piece.
ANALYSIS As mentioned beforehand, deception damages a child’s self-esteem. This situation often happens in a dysfunctional family. Initially, the narrator was seeing her mother for the first time since the divorce which led to result her behaviour fear. The narrator missed the tender care that the mother had shown to her family. However, she also kept in mind the mother’s reaction when the father approved the divorce and her threats of setting fire to herself with kerosene.
In Eudora Welty’s short story, “Why I Live at the P.O.,” the first person narrator is called “Sister.” The most evident narrator’s characteristic is stubbornness. The narrator wants everyone to accept her opinions and inputs as the absolute truth and seems inconsiderate toward others’ perspective. She starts the story by criticizing her sister’s actions, Stella-Rondo. For instance, in the first sentence the narrator places herself as a victim, when she says: “I was getting along fine with Mama, Papa-Daddy, and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella-Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again” (1).
Near the beginning of “The Great Gatsby”, Nick is in the home of Daisy, his cousin, and her husband Tom. An incident has just occurred where, apparently, Tom’s mistress has just called the home and, it also seems, this arrangement is widely known. We see in Daisy’s conversation a cynicism and a disconnected tone as if she is constantly bored, as if life has almost broken her and the only thing that keeps her going is that she has a luxurious life that she has settled into with her husband Tom. She has accepted his affairs and the pain they inflict to keep living the life she knows. Her conversations flit along on the surface of life because there is no depth there.
Culture is one the most important factors that represents where a person comes from. In eveyday Use by Alice Walker this story characteres not only the symblolism of cultere and heritage,but also separetes the differnce betwwen what culture relly means and what it may portrayed as. Throughout the story it tells the tail of a Aferican americcan family living in a small house and not being sincaily scaured. Dee is well educated woman who finds it hard to understand her familys culture becuse shes embarread of her momther and sister maggie. Dee’s mother and sister have a low education and dont understanf and appreciare their familys background.
Hakim doesn’t immediately pick up on Maggie’s behavior and continues trying to make unwelcome advances. Maggie’s personality is one of apprehension and suspicion toward anyone but her mother. The mood stays the same as Dee, Mama, Maggie and Hakim-a-barber sit down together to talk and Dee announces to the family that she has changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo with the reasoning that she refuses to have the name of the people who oppressed her. Mama doesn’t know how to react and is slightly puzzled because her daughter is throwing away her family name.
Siblings can disagree for a number of different reasons one of them being the way that they are treated by others. For example, in the story the older sister Dee has moved away from her family resulting in her receiving more attention when she comes home to visit. This is reflected when the narrator acknowledges, “She thinks
This example means that Sluggo needed companions to come out of his shell and Michael needed his aunt to peak out of his. Sluggo’s example proves that Michael does not hate Esther. Michael’s feelings for Esther changed throughout the story. Esther and Michael hated each other in the beginning.
The Characters of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” reveals how Differing personalities can create fissures in family ties, their personal choices shaping each other and the feelings they have about one another. The Narrator (Mrs. Johnson) is a practical, hardworking woman whose unconditional love is pushed to the limits. In the fifth paragraph she is directly described to be a big boned uneducated woman of color who is proud of whom she is. She is brutally honest in her judgments in both of her daughters, however less so to Maggie.
Have you ever not seen eye to eye with your mother? In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use”, we are shown how many of the choices we make and the things we value create our identity. This story focuses on two characters, mama and her daughter Dee (Wangero), who struggle to see the same way about their heritage. Dee wants the things made by her grandmother, to not admire it as an artifact, but rather to remake it. She wants to take them, and change them to match her lifestyle as it is today.
In “Everyday Use” Alice Walker describes the narrator of the story, Mama with strong alliterations, and vivid imagery. Mama is a loving mother plagued by two polar-opposite daughters, Maggie who is a naive yet good-hearted person who wants to maintain the last connection she has with her heritage and Dee who is a selfish and egotistical character with a superficial understanding of her inheritance. Mama’s inner monologue gives us a glimpse of how far she would go to show this unconditional love, and the reasoning behind her rising tension and separation towards Dee. Mama describes herself as a “large, big boned women,” which she is very proud of her manly nature and ability to milk cows and butcher hogs.
Because Rosemary grows up thinking she was the reason Fern was sent away, she has to live with an immense amount of guilt on her shoulders. Her perception of family is affected because she considered Fern a real part of her family, which already begins to combat the elder generation’s perspective on the general construct of a family. This simple act of accepting Fern into the family displays the gap between the different generations. The moment she left, the entire family atmosphere changed and although their “typical American family” image was more traditional and catered more towards the elder generation’s perspective, their overall family ambience became dark and somber. Rosemary reflects on her past, stating, “Whoever I was before [Fern] is no one I ever got to know” (Fowler 138).
The short story “everyday use” by Alice walker is a story about a mother and her two daughters Dee and Maggie. The story capitalize on the upbringing of two siblings, and how they can be raised under the same conditions and rules but still manage to have different outcomes. Dee belittles her family and many ways, and she believes she is better than her past. She believes that she know and understand the true meaning of her past.