Dee was fascinated with showing off whereas Maggie actually knew her heritage, her family history, and was not afraid to show it. It seems as though Maggie was disgusted with her sister because she knew everything yet, nothing at
The relationship between brothers can vary from them hating each other to having an inseparable bond. There’s a common saying that no matter what happens, one is always responsible for the members in their family. The two stories “Sonny’s Blues”, by James Baldwin, and “The Rich Brother”, by Tobias Wolff include the lives of two adult brothers, and incorporate this idea in some way. A suggestion of how siblings are supposed to act is that they should support each other, but also get into occasional bickers, eventually growing out of them once they reach adulthood. Grudges that siblings can hold as children are little things such as which child is liked more by their parents, who is better at video games, and other things that shouldn’t matter once they reach adulthood.
Ten, twelve years? Sometimes I can still hear the flames and feel Maggie’s arms sticking to me, her hair smoking and her dress falling off her in little black papery flakes. Her eyes seemed stretched open, blazed open by the flames reflected in them. And Dee. I see her standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of; a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in toward the red-hot brick chimney.
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.
In line 1, Mama says, “I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday morning”. It seems like Maggie doesn’t mind helping out her mom. Also in line 77, Mama says “Sometimes maggie reads to me.” I get the feeling that Maggie is a genuinely sweet person. Although, Maggie may have a little jealously deep down for Dee. In lines 7-8 Mama says “Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: she will stand hopelessly in the corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eying her sister with a mixture of envy and awe”.
Maggie would put them on the bed and in five years they'd be in rags. Less than that!" (Walker 27). This shows that conflict only leads to negativity, because frustrated, Dee yells at Mama about how Maggie would ruin the quilts that she wants for herself. This conflict between Mama and Dee shows how people should initiate an effort not to start conflict because it only drives people farther apart, rather than sticking together.
She did not like her first house and was elated to watch it burn down (49). Also, she left for an education away from her family in Augusta (49). Mama even thinks that Dee was (and is) apathetic towards Maggie (49). Even though one might think that she cares about her heritage, Dee only cares if she’s “supposed to care”; society is looking for that. Dee is heavily shrouded by her style, but in reality, she is a cruel, uncaring
In this case, a thought coming from Maggie herself is being described. She thinks of Dee as the sibling who has been always spoiled by her mother. The sibling whose mother is proud of her, but Maggie can’t get think the same of her. This means that Maggie’s envy towards Dee shows that a sister-relationship doesn’t exist between them. The other influential factor is her mother, for always comparing Maggie with Dee.
“I want to help her, but she keeps rejecting me.” (74) This quote shows how damaged Thebes is by anxiety and because by rejecting any help from her peers is also a sign of anxiety. Being alone does not aid the situation, her older brother Logan is not mature enough to fully understand what is happening to his sister so he cannot help her. Another example of how this is a dysfunctional family is how everyone has trust issues. If you cannot trust your family members, then who can you really trust? “The Flying Troutmans” really embodies a dysfunctional bond between every character in this novel.