Conflict And Symbolism In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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“Everyday Use” The story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a story between a mother and her two daughters. The story is mainly about a mother and one of her daughters Dee. The conflict is how they both see the world differently. There is a lot of symbolism in this story because of Dee. In Walker’s writing, redemption will take one away and bring one back, in a perhaps humbling but empowering way, to something close to home. Alice Walker uses her main characters in "Everyday Use" to outline her own vision of the African American community in the past and present, as well as their struggle for identity and liberation. In these small paragraphs I will tell you the characterization the conflict and symbolism within this story. There are three main…show more content…
Dee wants to use the churn to make a table out of it. In the story, Dee Says “I can use the chute top as a centerpiece for the alcove table,” ... (Walker 5). Another thing is the quilts she wants to use the quilts as decoration when there properly used as a bed sheet how they're using them now. Dee wants the quilts because she liked the patterns and all the fabric that was sown into them and that they will make a good decoration on the wall. Mama will not let her have it because she already promised to Maggie that she was going to give them to her. Dee arguing with Mama “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!” she said. “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use.” (Walker 6). Maggie will use them the best other than Dee. Maggie will use them as they are meant to be used for and Dee wants to put them on the wall. In Closing, “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker instructed symbolism and conflict very well. “Everyday Use” is a good story because it proves a point and it shows what one person can do and change the way everybody in the family looks at you. In the end, Dee’s oppressive voice is mute, for Mama has narrated her out of the story
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