Essay On My Mother Pieced Quilts

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Quilt Essay
Family memories not only hold us together during the tough times but also provide a foundation especially when enhanced by a mother's love. Some people are able to appreciate their family heritage, while others do not recognize or take it for granted. In the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" by Teresa Acosta and the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, both authors use figurative language and imagery to establish the quilt as a symbol for a mother's love and respecting family heritage to illustrate their themes.
In her poem Teresa Acosta displays the quilt as a symbol for the mother's love. The narrator is reminiscing over the choices her mother made on the material to use on the quilt, one being the "somber black silk [she] wore to grandmother's funeral" (38). The mother's choice of this fabric is to
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In "Everyday Use" Walker establishes the symbol as respect for family heritage. The author shows that Dee was being ungrateful and shocked that her mother would give the quilts to Maggie instead of her. "She gasped like a bee had stung her" (64). This simile portrays that Dee has disrespected not only her mother but her heritage. She acts this way because this is the first time she did not get what she wanted. Another way Walker shows how Dee is hateful is when she wants her mom to be something she is not. "In real life I am a large, big boned woman, with strong, man looking hands" (60). The imagery in this quote shows how the mother feels about herself and this is not what Dee wants her to look or be like.
The poem and short story use both, figurative language and imagery to reveal the quilt as a symbol for a mother's love and family heritage. Acosta shows how the quilts have love built into them. While Walker displays how Dee is disrespectful towards her family heritage. Being able to recognize the love from others or your heritage can be difficult at times, but you should never take it for
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