Maggie is a static character. She is shy and timid and remains that way throughout the entire story. Her motivation in the story is wanting to have the same opportunities or lifestyle as her sister. Maggie is a round character because she is affected by her environment. Maggie is jealous of her sister-She thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand , that “no” is a world the world never learned to stay to her.
Different People Represent Different Things In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, two sisters named Maggie and Dee are characterized through the eyes of their mother. Nevertheless, Maggie and Dee are both sisters, they are incompatible with how they act. This shows they’re two disparate people. When Dee comes home to visit her mother and sister, a conflict emerges over two antique quilts that were handed down from Grandmother Dee. This conflict reveals how Maggie and Dee have very different ideas on how to preserve their heritage.
In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, a change in her daughter, Dee, causes Mama to grow a new appreciation for her often overshadowed daughter, Maggie. While Dee has returned to her home more educated, she has become ignorant to who she really is, causing a change in the attitudes of the characters towards each other. The new background that Dee has created for herself presents a sense of irony as her rise in education has resulted in her loss of knowledge about the world that she grew up in. After Mama refuses to allow Dee to take her grandmother’s old quilts because she promised them to Maggie, Dee claims that “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts... She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use” (926). From the
Dee’s way of valuing the objects is contrasted to that of her mother and Maggie’s. She is horrified at the idea of her sister employing the quilts for “everyday use”; “Maggie would put them on the bed and in five years they’d be in rags” (Walker, 320). This shows Maggie and her mother’s immodesty in their humble house in stark contrast to Dee’s ferocious Materialism. Maggie further intensifies this contrast by stating she did not require the quilts in order for her memories of Grandma Dee to remain intact; “I can ‘member Grandma Dee without the quilts”(Walker,
Speaker: Alice Walker writes in a first person point of view. The speaker is a single mother who “never had an education” (Walker 49). She is a minority, and accepts the lower status: “Who can even imagine me looking a strange white man in in the eye?” (48). The mother refuses to challenge the people society deem as better than her. Occasion: Alice Walker writes the story to draw attention to the mindset of the minorities.
We do not know much about Maggie and Dee (Wangero) other than their sisters and totally different from each other. In “Everyday Use” written by Alice Walker, she mentions the families traditions and how their importance to the family. There were multiple of the valuables that were passed down in the family line. In the story, we learn that Dee’s name, the butter churn, and the quilt were sentimental to the family.
However, by the end of the novel, she is considerate of others, still pushes for her beliefs in a more polite and educated manner, and embraces the fact experiences have value. Different experiences such as the hanging and Roger’s death teach the horrors of society, her mother and the Jewish lady teach Catherine how to be herself, and animals like the ant and the bear teach her how the little things could be huge to others. One experience that leads Catherine to discover the need for change is her lack of both sense and direction. She often speculates about all she will do when she grows up. “I am no minstrel or wart charmer, but me”(Cushman
In the story “Everyday Use” I find Maggie to be the most sympathetic. Maggie’s older sister, Dee, makes Maggie feel inferior to her. Maggie has burn scars and marks on her body, that makes her feel like she doesn’t look good. Dee always receive what she want and Dee is also smart. While Maggie isn’t so smart and doesn’t have the money or style to get what she wants.
The point of view in the story “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker plays a big part. Throughout the story, one of Mama’s daughters came to visit. The way Mama and Maggie see her is not in a very pleasant way. In fact, they are scared to tell her no when it comes to anything. From Mama’s perspective Dee seems like this rude, stuck up, spoiled child because she had the opportunity to go out and expand her education, while Mama and Maggie continued to live their lives on the farm.