Character Analysis Of Dee Kemanjo In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo [Dee] is a fascinating character in “Everyday Use” written by Alice Walker. The story is over an African American mother and her two daughters. The story focuses on one daughter, Dee that is coming home to visit her family. She grew up wanting to become a different a person, and she hated how she lived when she was with her mom and sister. Dee is spoiled, tenacious, and ignorant in this short story. Maggie insisted that … “her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand, that “no” is a word the world never learned to say to her” (315). Dee always wanted nice things. A yellow organdy dress to wear to her graduation from high school; black pumps to match a green suit she 's made from an old suit..."(316). Dee …show more content…

Dee hated... “Being named after the people who oppress me” (318). Dee even changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo being who she wanted to be. She could be very ignorant when it came to things about herself and what she wanted. She does not comprehend that her sister does not have much and truly will require the coverlets. Wangero is unmindful all around; she comes off to her family as though she is superior to anything. She doesn 't know how hard life is with her sister and mother. Dee only cares about what she wants and she talks down on her family. She believes her sister could not use the quilts in a way she thought they should be used. "Maggie can 't appreciate these quilts!" she said. "She 'd probably be backwards enough to put them to everyday use" (320). Dee thinks Maggie would be dumb to keep the quilts for “everyday use”. Also, she figured her family did not know their own heritage. Dee feels as though her sister should “make something of” herself. She states, “It’s really a new day for us” to show that Maggie needs to see a greater amount of the world. At that point, she starts to discuss how her mom and sister are as yet living out-dated and how they would never think about the world. She doesn 't generally comprehend that Mama and Maggie are cheerful just they way

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