It represented the past as it was not only hand made but it also contained scraps of dresses that was worn by the grandmother and even great grandmother and a piece of uniform worn by great grandfather who served in the army. The quilt gives a true connection with the past and the heritage. The mother wanted to pass the tradition to her younger daughter by giving the quilt but Dee, her eldest daughter wanted it for herself, but mother did not give it to her.” I promised to give them quilts to Maggie, for when she married John Thomas” (Walker). The story also shows the struggle over tradition as Dee changes the name to Wangero,” I couldn’t bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me”
Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is about a family of three women who have a weak relationship due to jealousy, burdens, and insensitivity. The characters are the narrator, Mama, Maggie, and her eldest daughter, Dee. The setting is the Deep South in the early 1970s. Dee, the antagonist, comes back home to pick up a few items she wants for her new home and wants the quilts Mama’s family has passed down for years, but Mama refuses. 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.
She repeatedly refers to color when describing the quilt and her family members. For example, she mentions race when she states, “...among her yellow sisters, their grandfather’s white family…” (25-26). The description establishes the quilt being a metaphor for her diverse family having the author comment on the various colors shown through the sentimental blanket. The speaker also uses imagery when discussing her vivid dreams while dormant with the blanket as well as aspects of nature. In line 21 she states, “I think I’d have good dreams..” which then shifts to the dreams she imagines Meema had with the quilt.
Betsy’s intelligents and great sewing skills would later impact the Revolutionary war. Betsy Ross is mostly remembered for her sewing the flag. In late June 1776 brave Betsy was a widow struggling on her own upholstering her business. In Betsy’s business she would make munitions and guard suits. Betsy Ross and the American flag states that “when the revolutionary war started it had an immediate impact on her business.
In the short story, “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker creates a conflict between Maggie and Dee for the belongings made by their relatives whether they should be kept to use in their house or kept to admire as antiques with Dee to last longer. Walker made items to have symbolism to be used as an everyday thing, but with Dee returning from college she believes she should keep items from being demolished and placed as an item in a museum for observation of her heritage. Walker in the story shows how Maggie and her mother use the quilt as a tradition that has been passed down by every generation in their family by putting them to use. The mother’s purpose towards the quilt is to pass it down by teaching how to quilt so that it could be quilted if
Lying in bed stops the circulation. I must have told you a thousand times” (Porter 623) shows that Granny is impatient with her daughter. She did not actually say that a thousand times. Ellen does not like that Cornelia is taking care of her because she feels that Cornelia is talking down to her. Granny Weatherall cannot wait until Cornelia gets old and her children start talking down to her.
Professor Joe Sarnowski’s academic journal criticizes the characters of the story, “Every Day Use”. He examines the conflict between the mother and her oldest daughter, Dee. Sarnowski asserts that Dee is trying to justify her personal gain, since she cherishes the economic value of the quilts more than that of the heritage they represent. The author continues to compare Dee’s ego with that of her sister Maggie. Who in contrast, has true appreciation for her heritage.
After the war was over, she helped impoverished former slaves by establishing her own Home for the Aged (Harriet Tubman). This female abolitionist and former slave made her income by selling copies of her biographies and giving many speeches all over the U.S. (Harriet Tubman Biography,com). Harriet Tubman died on March 10, 1913 of pneumonia. She was buried with military honors in the Auburn’s Fort Hill Cemetery (Harriet
The quilts were made by their grandmother with clothes worn by family members of everyday life. “Everyday Use” brings out a problem that everyone should be educated about both the black history and slave history. It brings in the question of self-identification and knowing who you are and your background along with how your culture does have an impact in your everyday
The poem “For my Grandmother Knitting” tells the story of a grandmother facing abandonment as she finds herself fading to irrelevance in the eyes of society and her family. It also explores the grandmothers’ helplessness as she struggles through her pain to try and adapt to changing times. Written with very simple diction, the poet shows the rejection projected by the family onto the grandmothers knitting and how it may affect her, by using stylistic techniques such as juxtaposition and symbolism, as well as utilizing imagery in the descriptive syntax of the poem. The juxtaposition used by the poet moves through the past and present of the grandmothers’ life using her hands as a symbol to explore her changing roles over time and to show the reader how hard she has had to work all her life. The progression of the young “hands of the bride” to the hard working “hands of a miner’s wife” that also became “the hands of a mother of six” describes the sort of life the grandmother led, constantly at
Another way to say, “Look at me”. Conversely, not only does the traditional aspect of these items mean a great deal to Dee, but they are necessary for Mrs. Johnson and Maggie’s everyday life, they are not in a position use appliances for decoration. This same point applies for when Dee goes into Mrs. Johnsons trunk and finds two quilts that Mrs. Johnson had promised to pass down to Maggie. These quilts had a great deal of historical and traditional value to Mrs. Johnson – her grandmother and aunt had quilted them by hand, they were even made from “scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago. Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrell’s Paisley shirts.
The parents informs the way one views others and the world. In the short story “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker Dee had stated “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts!”. (64) This quote explains and shows how Maggie and Dee’s mother influenced Dees views on others and the world. Their mother has influenced dee to believe that old clothes stitched together by their grandmother, are too important to give to maggie because “She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use”. However others would say that peers influence the way one views others and the world also.
In the short story, “Everyday Use”, by Alice Walker, one can say that the quilts mentioned in the story symbolize heritage because the quilts were made by different generations of the family. Because of this, the reader can see that Dee views her heritage as something to be put up for display so people can admire her past, where as Maggie, views her heritage as something that is learned and teach to others. For example, when Mama tells Dee that she can’t have them, Dee says, “Well … What will you do with them? … ‘Hang them’ she said, like somebody used to never winning anything …”. As a general rule,
The difference between the two short stories is that in “Black Mountain, 1977”, there is a dysfunctional family dynamic where the narrator wants to have a relationship with his grandfather and his mother is trying to stop that from happening. In “Three Generations of Native American Women’s Birth Experience”, the narrator wants to have a better life for her family and be treated better as a Native American compared to how she was treated when she was younger. This are very powerful literary works because unfortunately dysfunction and being treated unfairly is a way of the world right now. Not that everyone is this way but as a nurse this will be seen more often than we would like. With these stories, the characters have found a way to make it through the bad
This wasn’t it she also was the first woman to lead an armed army. Her work and dedication has inspired many generations of Americans who struggling for civil rights, with her bold and brave actions. With the land she had purchased, she built a home for sick and elderly blacks. A book was written about her by Sarah H. Bradford named “Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman”. When she died in 1913 of pneumonia, there was a monument built in her memory and was buried with military honors.