The irony of turning down one of these quilts before she left for college is lost on Wangero. Mrs. Johnson tries another tactic and tells her those quilts were promised to her sister Maggie, and Wangero states that Maggie cannot possibly appreciate them because she would put them to everyday use. When Mrs. Johnson hopes that Maggie will get some use out of them, Wangero is horrified at the thought of anyone using these suddenly priceless quilts. They are to be
That is the way Maggie walks” (316 Walker). Maggie is unattractive and reminds you of someone with low self-esteem. Maggie is intimidated by her sister. She is not able to confront her sister on why she wants the quilts. As a result, she gives in to her sister’s request and tells her mom, “She can have them” (321 Walker).
In the novel, Scout is a tomboy and because she does not have a mother as she is dead so she doesn’t really have any female influence growing up. Scout looks up to Jem and wants to be like him. One day, Jem says, “I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!”(69). Scout is outraged by this and takes the word as an insult. Also, in Maycomb females should be wearing dresses and acting lady-like, nevertheless Scout likes to wear overalls and play with Jem and Dill which can be seen as very un-ladylike.
Lady Capulet did not even try to comfort Juliet or listen to her reasoning behind not wanting to marry Paris, rather she does not care and moves on. Juliet then had to confront the Nurse for some motherly advice pleading, “Comfort me; counsel me” (3.5. 220). The Nurse is more of a motherly figure to Juliet all of her life than Lady Capulet is. Lady Capulet was indifferent throughout the play because she never was a real mother to Juliet. If Lady Capulet is a better mother to Juliet and was concerned of her decisions she would support Juliet on things she does not want to do.
She does not truly respect them. Instead of using them practically, she wants to use them as mere decorations. She does not truly appreciate them for what they were made to do. For example, though her mother uses it for her butter churn, Dee requests her mother’s churn top to use “as a centerpiece for [her] alcove table.” In addition, Dee refuses to use her grandmother’s old quilts and “put them to everyday use;” rather, she wants to hang them up for decoration (Walker, 982).
This shows, unlike her sister Maggie, Dee’s perception of the quilts are strictly aesthetic and artistic pieces that reflect African Heritage. Dee never considers they may represent oppression themselves and it makes her seem as though she wants them solely just to show off. In addition, Ross goes on to state, “Her admiration for them now seems to reflect a cultural trend toward valuing handmade objects, rather than any sincere interest in her “heritage.” After all, when she was offered a quilt before she went away to college, she rejected it as “old-fashioned, out of style” (Ross 1-2).
Samantha also thinks that if she tells Stuart, then he would leave her and she’d be “down to no one”. This insinuates that Samantha’s disease would create an unpleasant personality for Samantha, which furthers how disabilities are represented as an exclusion from society. Finally, Samantha had just blanked out (a symptom of NPC), and lost her National Debate Competition:“And then you realize everyone else is inside, being normal, and even your family can’t stand you and you are completely and utterly alone” (98). Samantha blames herself, or more specifically her disease, for
Unfortunately, Shelley never got along with her stepmother and decided to send her biological daughter, Jane (later Claire), off to boarding school. Her stepmother saw no reason to educate Shelley since she saw her as more of an extra family member rather than a human being (Bio.com). The character of Elizabeth has neither a step-mother nor a mother. In order to avoid these negative feelings and express how absent her stepmother was, Shelley decided to repress her feelings by getting rid of all of Elizabeth’s parents
In Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Dee shows cultural ignorance by not understanding why it would be wrong to display the old quilts. She wanted to hang them on display to show her rags-to-riches story. Her mother would rather have Dee's sister, Maggie; have the quilts because Maggie would put them to everyday use, as they were intended. The quilts had no real meaning to Dee; they were just another piece of ‘art' in her educated world. Her lack of her own cultural knowledge caused her to drift away from her family's
(Pg. 59, 3rd paragraph) Also, she doesn’t give up and overcome obstacles. Even though Alyce runs away because she failed to help Emma Blunt give birth, she regains her confidence when the rich merchant’s wife was laboring at the inn. In the book, it states, “Alyce backed out of the cottage, then turned and ran up the path to the road, she didn’t know why or where. Behind her in that cottage was disappointment and failure.
Curley’s wife begins to regret living on the ranch with Curley. She starts to regret living there because of the way they treat her. And also because she could be doing better in her life instead of sitting around being bored and only being able to associate with Curley. Curley’s wife states “ I tell you I aint used to livin’ like this, I coulda made somethin’ of myself.” (Steinbeck 88).
Response: Aliyah seemed distant during the visit. The youth stated she does not express her feelings to anyone because she does not trust most people. She explained not understating why her DJJ worker believed her mother when she lived with her grandmother. Her mother does not know her and never raised her. The youth shared her grandmother always knew where she was located
In “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker the story brings a theme about sister rivalry. The two sisters, Maggie and Dee think differently about their culture, making them become apart from each other. Maggie is the shy and nervous sister while Dee is the confident and selfish sister. The quilt is what they valued different because it was a symbol for heritage for Dee ,but Maggie knows her heritage and she can remember it. The story makes the sister realizing their own self by having a conflict about the quilt.
Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” involves a conflict between two sisters and their desire for a family quilt. Each sister has a reason for wanting the quilt but Maggie deserves it more. She needs it because she will use it unlike Dee who will hang it up for others to view. Dee was being conceded when she said, “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts,” when really, she is the one who would never appreciate them. Maggie will use the quilts “for when she marries John Thomas” as Mama said.
To what extent does someone's culture inform the way they view that world and others? I think that culture consistently informs the way people view the world and others. Let's hope that everyone is supportive of their culture. In the short story, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Maggie is a great example of someone that support her culture and informs the way that she sees the world and others.