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Analysis Of Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a story told by an African American woman who receives a visit from her daughter Dee. Mama, along with her other daughter Maggie, live a poor life in the South while Dee has created a successful life for herself. Mama and Maggie clinch to their roots and heritage while Dee would rather get as far away as possible. Upon her return home Dee draws her attention to a specific quilt. The particular quilt and the title of the short story are the centers of what it means to encompass one’s culture into their everyday life. I relate too Mama and Maggie as to where I see my sister as Dee. In my experience, I stayed home while my sister went out of state to college. Everyone on my father’s side of our family back to my grandfather has graduated from University of Central Arkansas. Although I’m currently at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, I plan on transferring to UCA so I can foresee the legacy of the Kennedy name. My sister who I honestly see a lot of Dee in does not want to follow in the footsteps of past generations, a rebel soul one might say. I compare my sister to Dee in the aspect that she has constructed a new heritage for herself and has denied the family legacy. Though my sister is not changing her last name I can see similarities. My father and myself have very different views about what “heritage” is, compared to my sisters more modern take on family culture. “This is the way my Maggie walks she knows she is
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