This appreciation also leads to Dee changing not only her lifestyle, but several other things such as her apparel and name; which is described as “stereotypically African.” However, Dee’s new-found appreciation does seem, like Hakims, to be more of a fad. In Diane Ross’s article, “Everyday Use,” she states, “To Dee, artifacts such as the benches or the quilts are strictly aesthetic objects. It never occurs to her that they, too, are symbols of oppression: Her family made these things because they could not afford to buy them” (Ross 1-2). This shows, unlike her sister Maggie, Dee’s perception of the quilts are strictly aesthetic and artistic pieces that reflect African Heritage. Dee never considers they may represent oppression themselves and it makes her seem as though she wants them solely just to show off.
Often, in public opinion Eleanor was branded as a bad mother, which was an unfair observation from outsiders which weren't privy to her authority being emasculated on a daily basis by her mother-in-law. Not to mention, her husband's culpability in the willful exclusion of his parental role in their children's lives. Additionally, the lack of a maternal instincts, which can be attributed to the dysfunctonal relationship with her mother was another hampering fact which precluded Eleanor to be the mother she wished she had been. Consquently, collectively these behaviors facilitated the relinquishing of her maternal influence to Sara and ultimately robbed her from her rightful place of being their
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
Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women for many ways. Edna Pontellier is not a perfect mother because “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-women”(Chopin, 10). This quote means that Edna Pontellier is not a good mother/wife because she is not that of a women who would worship their children ,and their husband.
The reader can clearly infer that Melinda’s thoughts and feelings about her family are negative. Melinda struggles with her mother’s inability to face the truth that they are not a happy family. She is upset that her mother is striving to keep the title of “a happy family” instead of creating an environment where a happy family could strive. Melinda’s parents are a large part of her life, and therefore, they play a major role in her society. The way that she describes her feelings towards her father is that he is lazy and unwilling to work seriously.
Bailey’s indifference towards his mother is indicative of what their relationship has been over the years from his childhood and into his adulthood. Bailey seems sick of the grandmother living with and being around him. The grandmother is very irritating to her family, and that shows throughout the story by their unwillingness to speak with her. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is set in the mid 20th century, and presumably in the middle of the civil rights movement. The grandmother is an outcast from her own family by still expressing her outdated beliefs about African-Americans.
She has changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. Dee feels that her name came from slavery and wants to distance herself from that part of her past. Dee says, I couldn't bear it any longer being named after the people who oppress me” (318). This makes no sense because she was named after her aunt and her grandmother who did nothing to oppress her. Dee probably feels this way because she grew up impoverished and resented having to do without things.
Edna’s characterization throughout The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, describes Edna as someone with burning passion who desires to improve not only her life, but the lives of future generations. However Edna’s actions make her often seem weak to the oppressive people around her; sometimes, and in this case unfortunately, good ideas and beliefs are stopped cold by one’s surrounding influences. Edna’s feminist attitude, though formidable, is no match for the individuals who accept the current society’s customs. I find Edna to be a weak person from a general standpoint. However the story masks this obviousness fact by illustrating some of Edna’s questionable actions.
Dee’s desire to use her family’s treasures as decorations rather than practical objects to be used every day is evidence of her mindset that her family heritage is a thing of the past and no longer relevant to her life. Conclusion The story “Everyday Use” highlighted the lack of respect and reverence that Dee had for her family and her heritage. During the time period in which the story was set, this concept was important in Southern African-American culture and to Dee’s family. However, Dee chose not to place her family in high esteem. Dee’s character gives readers a model not to follow, one that should deter them from her example and instead encourage them towards loving and respecting their
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.