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Summary Of Everyday Use By Alice Walker's View On Culture

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In Alice Walker 's’ short story “Everyday Use” she presents two different views on culture. The story is about Mrs. Johnson and her two daughters in Georgia during the early 1970’s. The story is narrated by Mrs. Johnson and describes a time when she must decide which daughter to give two family quilts to. Her oldest daughter, Dee, is visiting home from college and believes the quilts should be hung on the wall and preserved as a way to show off their culture to future generations. Maggie, the younger daughter, was promised the quilts when Dee originally turned down the quilts before she went to College. Maggie has been living at home and understands exactly what the quilts mean to her family but plans to use the quilts with her future family.
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