Walker does this by using characterization, symbolism, and theme. In the beginning of the story the narrator who is the mom is waiting for her daughter named dee. She waits in the garden with Maggie. She knows that Maggie and dee do not get along. She imagines a big nice family reunion in her head.
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.
Mama sees that is a part of her heritage as well and wants the quilt to belong to her daughters, that she loves so much. But she would want the quilt to belong to one person that would treasure the quilt as much as she did and the rest of her descendants did. Alice Walker illustrates the differing views and wants the audience to see how much the quilt means and how much heritage and family should mean an individual whether they have "left the nest" or not. Alice Walker wants the audience to side with Maggie and Mama as the two of them value their family and the family valuable that Dee only sees as a trend statement or a new trend in her generation. The title, "Everyday Use", is important to the story as to how the quilt is seen for the characters and how the writer wants the reader to see it as well.
In “Everyday Use,” Walker describes how the daughter feels about her mother’s masculinity. As Mama daydreams of being on t.v, she explains how her daughter, Dee, sees her: “I am the way my daughter would want me to be: a hundred pounds lighter, my skin like an uncooked barley pancake. My hair glistens in the hot bright lights” (470). Walker shows that Mama already knows how Dee feels about her and even though she is not that way, she accepts it.In “Fight vs. Flight,” Susan Farrell explains how Dee sees everything and everyone: “Nancy Tuten equates Dee's values with those of "the white Johnny Carson society” (Farrell). The author uses the term “the white Johnny Carson society” to show that Dee would rather everything be one way instead of the way it is
Deenies mother is always saying deenie needs to be a model when she hasn’t even asked deenie what she wants she is trying to live the life she wanted through her children like her other daugter (Deenies sister) helen who is "the brains of the family" she is always telling helen she needs to study because shes the brains but deenie never has to study because she the face of the family which is very unfair to not only helen but also deenie. They both should be treated the fairly. The last character is Frank (deenies dad) his three traits are supportive, caring, and loving Deenies father always wants deenie to do what she wants he knows she doesn’t want to model and he has tried to tell deenies mother that but she won't listen she is convinced deenie will be the next girl on the cover of the magazine. Deenies father works at a gas station and he manages it. He knows Deenie would be much happier if she didn’t always have to go to auditions and interviews he wants her to feel like a regular
After the conception of Victoria's ideal more youthful sister, Gracie, her dad got a kick out of the chance to allude to his firstborn as "our tester cake." With Gracie, everybody concurred that Jim and Christina hit the nail on the head. While her guardians and sister can eat anything and not pick up an ounce, Victoria must watch all that she eats, and also bear her dad's putting down remarks about her body and see her scholastic accomplishments go unacknowledged. Dessert and larger than usual helpings of all the wrong sustenance’s give her solace, however just quickly. The one thing she knows is that she needs to make tracks in an opposite direction from home, and after school in Chicago, she moves to New York
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
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” has three main characters, whose names are Mama, Dee, and Maggie. Dee is the oldest and Maggie is the youngest sister. The three of them lives together until Dee moves away to go to school. When Dee goes away for school, Mama and Maggie became gotten closer. Even though Maggie could not see or speak well, she would still try and attempt to read to Mama.
The entire St. John plotline is truncated, a choice which I consider not very inspired since it constitutes a major part in Jane’s development and growth to the woman she aspires to be. The action taking place at Marsh End is shifted to Gateshead, St. John only has one sister (Mary), and Jane has met them before when she came to visit her dying aunt, Mrs. Reed. The job Jane gets at Morton as a school teacher is not mentioned and neither is the fact that her newly found companions are her cousins. She donates part of her inheritance to Lowood School, instead of dividing it between herself, St. John, Mary and Diana. The fact that in the film St. John and Mary are not her relatives has a strong repercussion on how we interpret the sequences.
In the story “ Two Kinds” Amy Tan presents the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever¨ through the main characters Ni kan and her mother and also through foreshadowing. Tan takes you through a story of a girl and her mother as they both individually learn a good life lesson. Ni kan is the main character who strongly helps develop the theme ¨Be grateful for what you have when you have it because nothing is forever.¨ Ni kan is forced to be this “prodigy” child, this perfect being, that her mother pushes her to be. She tried to be what seems like nearly everything starting at a Chinese Shirley Temple to a Piano Player. Ni kan’s mother pushed her hard.