Alice Walker 's Everyday Use

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Hidden Messages A Critique of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” Title Often authors use the titles of their writing to portray a part of the story that will eventually come up, or to give an underlying message about what’s going on in the story. In Alice Walker’s short story, Everyday Use, she uses a title that isn’t blatantly seen within the story, but is explained through different aspects of the dialogue and actions of the characters. Walker could’ve chosen to explain the title more obviously within the story, but instead she sort of left it up to the interpretation of the reader. Alice Walker could’ve named her story “Everyday Use” for a number of reasons. Perhaps she named it this way because of the mother and daughter’s familiarity to their everyday routine, or it could be referring to the fabrics that were used everyday by the family’s ancestors, or lastly because of Dee’s disgust when thinking Maggie would be using her mother’s quilts everyday. Throughout Everyday Use, the narrator speaks of the home they live in, and the routines that they are accustomed to. Every day, the mother and daughter work on their yard, making sure that it lives up to its standard of being like an “extended living room.” The narrator continually mentions her rough appearance, her manly characteristics from working. The mother and daughter take great pride in their yard and house. They want to make sure that “anyone can come and sit and look up into the elm tree and wait for the breezes that
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