Everyday Use Quilts Analysis

Good Essays
In "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, two sisters wanting the handmade quilts that symbolize the family heritage that’s passed down from generation to generation. The quilt plays a major role in representing symbolism, in "Everyday Use" quilts are symbolic to the family's culture, heritage and it's values to their offspring. A symbol is when the author uses an object in the story to represent a significant explanation. The quilt is a symbol of family inheritance that can be only respected by certain people. A quilt is a piece of fabric stitched together, for us today it is used for warm covering. However, in "Everyday Use" a quilt is used to symbolize the passing down of heritage. "There are all pieces dresses Grandma used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand" (Walker 60). The quilts were made by the grandmother and the two sisters mother by hand, which makes it very memorable. Moreover, the dresses are not just scraps, but they are pieces of the family's heritage. The pieces of dresses are meant to be used in everyday life. Furthermore, these quilts are more significant and serve as a symbol in the family's history of struggle and pride. Alice Walker, uses symbolism to have a feeling of deeper interpretation of the story and expresses her feelings about the quilt and her feelings…show more content…
The author explains the importance of the quilts that is inherited from the generation of the Johnson's family. The quilts were handmade from pieces of scraps of dresses that symbolize the family's history. However, the older sister Dee wanted to take the quilt, but in the story, the mother promise to give Maggie the quilt when she gets married. Dee argues that her sister can not appreciate the quilt, but Maggie understands her heritage better than her sister. The quilts symbolize the relationship between women and the passing on of their
Get Access