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
In secondary source, Kathleen Wilson describes how Maggie holds the quilts close to her heart. This is because her grandmother had owned the quilts before she passed away. These quilts are priceless to Maggie, and she certainly doesn't want Dee to steal them from her. From Maggie's perspective, Dee is being inconsiderate, and only cares about those quilts being hers, and not about what's in Maggie's interest. Dee, similar to Maggie also holds value to the quilts.
In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the meaning of heritage is admired differently by a family of the same background. Dee who now has an education and understands her heritage feud with Mama and Maggie who appreciate their heritage. Although they all come from the same household, their differences get in the way when it comes to the most valuable items in the house; including the churn and dasher that Mama and Maggie still use daily, the handmade quilts made by Grandma Dee, and how Dee is blinded by the truth of her own heritage. Dee wants the churn and dasher for decoration purposes only stating “I can use the churn top as a centerpiece for the alcove table,” (Walker 272.) Dee doesn’t truly know what her culture represents, but instead she tries to use everything from college to apply to everyday life.
They also represent coming together and healing. Mama, Dee, and Maggie do not have the most ideal family relationship, but Maggie and Mama are creating a stronger bond after Maggie told Mama Dee can have the quilts because she can “’member Grandma Dee without the quilts” (Walker 153). Not only does Maggie cherish the quilts because of their background, but she also knows how to quilt, thus giving her the ability to carry on that heritage. This makes Mama realize Maggie is
Dee probably feels this way because she grew up impoverished and resented having to do without things. Momma observed that ¨Dee wanted nice things.¨ (316) In this story, both sisters really wanted the antique quilts that Grandma Dee had made. However, they wanted it for different reasons. Dee only wanted the quilts to show off how nice it was. She is very careless of the quilts and thinks nothing of them.
“..”She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (Walker 6). This quote clearly shows, there is a competition between sisters for their mother’s love and who will get the quilts. What Walker really means is that Dee see these quilts as a symbol of materialism and there are not quilts for everyday use but to exhibit in someone’s home as a decoration. Another conflict in the story is when Mama confronts her daughter Dee and tells her
She has been like this, chin on chest, eyes on ground, feet in shuffle, ever since the fire that burned the other house to the ground”( 78 Walker). Dee has been always a good looking girl with neat feet, nice-black hair and a fuller figure and light weighted than Maggie. “ She was determined to stare down any disaster i n her efforts” ( 79 Walker). We can realize that the sisters were not alike and that they maybe did not have anything in common. But grandma Dee left them something special as her old quilts.
They were “pieced by Grandma Dee and then Big Dee “(76), both people very close to Maggie and not to Dee. The quilts had a very special meaning to Mama and Maggie, that Dee did not understand;she viewed the quilts as a priceless piece of history. They were indeed pieces of history because they were made up of fragments of history, such as scraps of dresses, shirts, and uniforms of past family members, that made up the family’s culture, heritage, and value. Dee viewed these pieces of history as art; however, that was not the real case because the quilts were made up of everyday use
I didn 't understand how to sew after Mrs. Fran showed the class what she created. I just knew she did something to create something. Therefore, I explored ways on how to sew , that my outcome was similar to Mrs. Fran. Eventually, after many trials and errors, I was able to sew a faux-fur blanket. However, I do believe there are a few things in life that a person cannot teach themselves, for instances love and compassion.
Martha is directly characterized as someone who cannot leave things “half done”, and through this she is able to understand the unkempt nature of the house, and other subtle clues that show Minnie’s state of mind. She is indirectly characterized through her compassion for her fellow woman when she arranges the pans and fixes some stitches on her quilting. This is highlighted even further when she convinces Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife, to also conceal the evidence they discover that would surely prove Minnie’s part in her husband’s death. Mrs. Peters is indirectly characterized as timid and acquiescent. Both Martha and Mrs. Peters could be considered dynamic characters in that they both defied what is expected of them in suppressing the evidence to convict