Language And Voice In Alice Walker's Everyday Use

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Tuten, Nancy. "Alice Walker 's Everyday Use." Explicator 51.2 (1993): 125. Literary Reference Center. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

According to Tuten, she illustrates the importance of language and voice in Everyday Use. The superficiality of Dee Johnson is an important role in defining that tone of voice in the narrator and the language Alice Walker uses. In the narrator 's perspective according to Tuten, she is aware along with many readers that Dee isn 't what she claims to be. The narrator 's voice is strong during the witnessing of the dramatic needs of wanting the quilts from Dee. When Ms. Johnson snatches the quilts away from Maggie the quilts are more of a symbol of Ms. Johnson 's voice rather than the object itself. The quilt can be looked at as the right to defend the culture against the superficial need of Dee. Maggie 's tone is more of disgust and irritation rather than envy. Dee is representing someone who is living the opposite lifestyle of Ms. Johnson and Maggie. Dee is still wanting this part of her heritage to ignite her ego even more. Everyday use is about using things everyday and not just preserve them to show the family’s history.

Farrell, Susan. "Fight Vs. Flight: A Re-Evaluation Of Dee In Alice Walker 's “Everyday Use”." Studies In Short Fiction 35.2 (1998): 179. Literary Reference Center. Web. 16 Nov. 2016.

The writer 's main objective is to give the readers a second thought about the character "Dee" in the short story "Everyday Use". The reader 's first
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