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
Dee believes her family is not intelligent enough to understand their family heritage and thinks she would be better off with the quilts and use them as an art piece. Alice Walker uses symbolism, theme, and metaphors in her story “Everyday Use.” The first pieces of symbolism in the story
Christine Kerr states “The mother narrator reminisces how Dee always “wanted nice things” even as a tennager.” Throughout Everyday Use, Dee shows a pattern of wanting things, such as her heritage to be shown. This is why Dee changes her last name. Christine Kerr demonstrates how Dee has more than one perspective on things within her family. For example, Dee wants the quilts not just because she thinks her mother and sister don't use them properly, but because she wants to show her heritage, and to own something nicer and maybe has more
Although there is a lot of symbolism throughout the short story. The actions and physical traits of both Dee and Maggie are very symbolic of their interpretations of their culture and heritage. For example, Maggie’s scars from the fire are evidence of her ruthless life journey, which makes her value her life, heritage, and culture even more. However, the most important symbol in the short story is the quilts, which mama promised to give to Maggie when she was married. They were “pieced by Grandma Dee and then Big Dee “(76), both people very close to Maggie and not to Dee.
Growing up together under the same conditions clearly created two very distinct individuals with contrasting views regarding their past, present, and future. When Dee arrives home from college, she portrayed herself as higher class; she put herself above her family and her past. During her visit, she was looking for valuable things to have in her home. While looking around, Dee notices two handmade quilts containing pieces of clothe that date back to the Civil War. Unfortunately, Mama has promised them to Maggie.
My art piece is based on the quilt penelope was working on to avoid marrying the suitors. I think this is a major part of the story because she kept undoing her work so she could keep the promise she made to odysseus and she never lost faith in him returning to Ithaca. I also chose the quilt because well the artwork on it is nice and because the ship itself is a huge part of the odyssey obviously because I mean he 's basically there most of the book traveling 20 years on a ship to return home. Another thing I notice about the quilt which she said was in honor of odysseus was that the woman on the flag was her which I interpreted was made there so odysseus will never lose faith in returning home to ithaca. While Odysseus is away, her doing
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. On the other hand, if the point of view was switched to Dee, the way the reader views her, has a possibility of changing. Throughout the story, the speaker, which is Mama, is recalling when Dee came to visit. When the point of view of the story changes and is then told from Dee’s point of view, you are now able to have access to the thoughts she has throughout this visit. In an article about point of view, the author stated, “For example,
To begin with, let’s see the themes of the story, which is the most important element of a story which authors try to convey the message of their writings to readers: In “Everyday use”, the theme is about appreciating the past and one 's family heritage. In the story, Dee wanted a modern identity, but one tied to her African heritage, which she believes to be more important. Mockingly, she tells her mother not to call her Dee anymore rather to be called by her African new name, Wangero. Maggie, on the other hand, embraces her past, loving the handmade quilts her grandma made. According to the narrator opinion, the way to value the past is to keep it alive by using it in everyday use not to keep it in museum or separating yourself from
Culture consistently informs the way one views others and the world. This idea is shown in these text "My Mother Pieced Quilts" and "By Any Other Name." Teresa Acosta shows that culture is a way people look at the world which you can see in her poem, "My Mother Pieced Quilts." She showed how different the cultures are in her family by showing it in a quilt. They passed the quilt around from family member to family member.
“My Mother Pieced Quilts” Theme Analysis In “My Mother Pieced Quilts”, Teresa Paloma Acosta presents the idea that family can provide comfort and safety through times of hardship. To begin with, Acosta mentions that her mother’s quilts were used “As weapons / Against pounding january winds” (3-4). This quote is a very explicit demonstration of how the quilts kept protected them from seasonal weather conditions. It also exaggerates the quilt, calling it a weapon which one can infer means that the quilts were vital to their lives. Another example is when Acosta mentions that the thread was “Galloping along the frayed edges, tucking them in / As you did us at night” (21-22).