A mother and daughter’s conflict in “Everyday Use” is about their heritage overall. In the end of the story, Dee tells Mama, “What don’t I understand?” I wanted to know. “Your heritage,” she said.” (Walker 17) Dee has gone out and learned an outside look of her culture. She is from the outside looking whereas Mama is living the culture. But, yet, Dee tells her mother that she doesn’t understand her culture.
These quilts are described as being made from swatches of clothes once worn or owned by at least a century’s worth of ancestors, making the worth of them in Mama and Maggies’ eyes exponential. Dee only wants them to be admired at face value not for the true use. Just as she cannot understand the legacy of her name, passed along through four generations, she does not understand the significance of the quilts. Dee only sees the value of the hand stitching and material used. Mama had promised the quilts to Maggie, and Maggie's reaction to the news that Dee wants them shows that Maggie has an emotional attachment to them as well.
The parents informs the way one views others and the world. In the short story “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker Dee had stated “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!”. (64) This quote explains and shows how Maggie and Dee’s mother influenced Dees views on others and the world. Their mother has influenced dee to believe that old clothes stitched together by their grandmother, are too important to give to maggie because “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use”. However others would say that peers influence the way one views others and the world also.
Whereas, Dee believes that her mother’s family heirlooms are to frame on the wall, or display, as a reminder of her family history. She desires the carved dasher and family quilts, but she sees them as artifacts of a lost time, suitable for display but not for actual, practical use. She has set herself outside her own history, rejecting her real heritage in favor of a constructed one. Mama and Maggie, on the other hand, wish to continue using the quilts, and so continually engage with and build upon the family’s history. When Mama gives the quilts to Maggie, she ensures that the family heritage will stay alive in the manner she prefers.
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.
I don’t know why I’ve taken such a terrible dislike to her” (Frank 51). (m2MB) Anne realizes that she needs to stay calm and respect her mother, but she has great difficulty in doing so. Anne acknowledges that she and her mother do not have the expected mother-daughter relationship. In some cases, mothers and daughters do not have the ideal, loving relationship. Instead, they may dislike each other and fight.
She longs to have her family member back. Inclusively, the new birth of a baby does not content her rather she ignores the fact and states winter is coming soon’ (45). The birth of a baby is an allusion to a new beginning; a new cycle. Even though she lost one of her dearest and beloved family members a new beginning is being awaited. This is the beginning of a life without Junie but a new cycle to honor Junie through the quilts.
Maybe she was worried what she’d do with the information. Maybe the memory of what happened to Hannah’s aunt was to painful to bring up. Regardless of the reason, the effect of her inaction remains the same. Between Hannah and her mother was a gap of information crucial to understanding the mother’s feelings for her daughter. Because she didn’t fill that gap, an even wider emotional gap grew between them.
Looking back, Ophelia remarks, “how should I your true-love know/ From another one?” (4.5.23-24). Ophelia questions her choices by asking if she could have possibly known who her true love was. She also briefly mentions the story of the baker’s daughter, which is crucial. This mention alone alludes to the fact that Ophelia regretted her choices made with Hamlet. Chapman described the importance of this piece within Hamlet well,
This essay discusses the definition of culture, cultural encounters, and the representation of this issue in the story. Culture is defined by characteristics that are shared by a group of people. It is usually represented by language, religion, cuisine, traditional clothes, music, arts, and is dependent on social habits. Therefore, culture plays a major role in an individual’s perspective of life and his/her personality. Cultures have differed than each other, depending on the places they were established in, the way of survival people pursued to acclimate with different circumstances, and how they shared their experiences with each other.