Symbols In Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Is culture important in your family? In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, Dee (Wangero) is trying to take the quilts that Mama promised to give to her sister Maggie. She only wants the quilts for decoration because they are hand made and look cultural. Dee uses imagery and manipulation to try to convince Mama to let her keep the quilts, which reveals the theme of respecting your culture. Dee uses imagery to try to show Mama that she respects her culture by showing that she cares where the fabric came from and how it was made. Dee defends herself by saying, “‘These are all the pieces of dresses Grandma used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand. Imagine!’ She held the quilts securely in her arms, stroking them.” (Walker 1). She is trying
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