This shows that Maggie views the quilts as a way of remembering her deceased grandmother. It’s not as much about the physical looks of the quilt, but more about them being a passed down memento from her grandmother. In addition, Sarnowski states, “Losing the quilts would not extinguish or reduce Maggie’s sense of heritage, but it would rob her sense of heritage of an affirming token” (Sarnowski 280). Maggie knows what her heritage is and does not necessarily need the quilts to define it. She is happy with the life she lives and although she would be losing this “affirming token” she would still know where she comes
Furthermore, Malcolm x was sent to jail where he was motivated to begin his homemade education by struggling to communicate with Elijah Muhammad and envying Bambi for his competence to assume control of the conversation and his stock of knowledge. For that reason, Malcolm learned to read by copying dictionary, beginning to read and comprehend books, exploring black history, especially slavery and studying world or global history.
She is very careless of the quilts and thinks nothing of them. Maggie wanted the quilts for affectionate reasons. Mama realized that Maggie deserved the quilts more than Dee. The quilts were an important part of their heritage. They were very invaluable to the family.
Johnson refuses to give the quilts to Wangero, one wonders if it was because she hated her daughter over the rejection of the family heritage, because she had found success, or if her daughter was an unlikeable character from the start. Was there a jealousy that her older daughter had found success and confidence when she would never know any, was she jealous of the confidence her daughter displayed by saying she did not have to live under the old ways anymore, or was she favoring Maggie over Wangero, since Maggie was flawed like herself? No matter whether one sides with Mrs. Johnson and Maggie on the value of the quilts, or with Wangero, the obvious schism is clear. Where one party values them because of the family connection, the other rejects that connection because it was born out of oppression and
Mama did not give the quilt to Dee because she denied it before and already decided to give it to Maggie. Maggie’s selflessness reinforces Mama’s current stance on this as well. Maggie declares; “She can have them, Mama” (Walker). With Maggie’s generosity, in contrast to Dee’s greed, Mama makes her final decision. As a mother, it is Mama’s job to make a choice for them.
Ms. Johnson didn't have an education, yet she knew the value of the quilts and she didn’t let a few words from Dee change her decision of giving the quilts to Maggie. Dee leaves her mother’s house quite upset and tells her sister, “You ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie. It’s really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live you’d never know it” (Walker 12). This quote relates to education in many ways.
The relationship with her mother, sister, and grandparents was unimportant. Dee decided to connect with her African ancestors while turning down her family. Throughout the narrative Dee is seen as unkind, abrasive, and egotistical. Maggie compared to Dee, has a strong connection with her mother and she also accepted her family history. Even though Maggie was less educated than her Dee, Maggie was way more engaged with her values.
While her reasons for courage are based on the time period this story takes place, there are still woman today who receive scrutiny for not having children or not wanting to get married.It is the ideal that has been passed on from generation to generation that a women must have a family in order to be perceived as successful, yet Mademoiselle Reisz "found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested" (80). Mademoiselle Reisz's character represents woman who feel as though they are meant for much more than the title wife and mother.
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.
For example, in the movie ' '12 Years of Slave ' ' the main character Solomon, a violinist is captured as a slave where in reality he is a freeman. In 12 years, Solomon had to work day and night without stopping. His friend Patsey, a young girl was always sexually harassed and whipped by her master. Fanny Kemble was able to notice this injustice and wanted to make the world aware of what was really going on by writing and she succeeded. Also reformers could improve and abolish slavery if they would put the effort because if a whole society is asking for a change, that change will happen.
The excuse they give for promiscuity is their role in being the "muse" of these musical poets, which in some cases where sex turned to romance they were. However, what was really occurring was more of a competition among women to see who could sustain the attention of a musician the longest. This would usually end in tears for these groupies, as the musicians would move on. As stated by Des Barres in this book (2007). This quote is just one example of the heartbreak and misery connected to the groupie lifestyle.