Alice Walker Symbolism

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In this novel, Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Mama decides that she will wait in the yard for her daughter Dee’s arrival. Mama knows that her other daughter, Maggie will be nervous throughout Dee’s stay, self-conscious of her scars and burn marks and jealous of Dee’s much easier life. Maggie, the daughter at home, is shy and scared and remains by her mother's side as an obedient shadow. Her motherwhile she is not physically attractive or stylish.Dee, on the other hand is as being light skinned, and with very nice hair.By holding these quilts from Dee, Mama Johnson decides that Maggie’s practical approach to heritage is better than Dee’s superficial, impersonal concept of her new heritage. Dee and Maggie, the two sisters who want the handmade…show more content…
Walker uses Dee to symbolize the Black Power Movement, which characterized by bright and beautiful black who were vocal and aggressive in their demands.The Black Power Movement was a political movement expressing a new racial among blacks in the United States in the late 1960's. It represented to the decade's Civil Rights Movement and a reaction against the racism that persisted despite the efforts of black activists.Black Americans started to seek their cultures in Africa, without knowing too much about its…show more content…
Alice Walker was able to use symbolism to represent the families of heritage on of living using in Everyday Use. In the short novel Alice Walker talks about the life and struggles of black women.As she was the eighth child of sharecropper parents. She grew up in the midst of violent racism and poverty which was influenced her later writings. After graduating from high school in 1961 she got a scholarship for Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she stayed for two years and wrote her first novel which was published in
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