An Analysis Of ' Everyday Use '

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Walker’s “Everyday Use” takes place in a village in southern United States. The mother and her daughter, Maggie, unexpectedly met her other daughter, Dee, who left home for a long time. When Dee returned, it was not to visit her mother and sister, but to ask for some family’s ancestral items such as two special quilts. Eventually, the mother saw through Dee’s vanity and refused to give them to her. After Dee went away, the mother and Maggie went back to the peaceful life they used to live. This story happened in the 70s, it was the peak point of the Civil Rights movement in the United states in 1973. At that point, African-Americans fought for racial equality and abandoned some aspects of their bad African-American culture. Many African-Americans like Dee went back to find their African cultural roots. However, some African-Americans despited of this movement, and chose not to rediscover and practice their ancient African culture such as the mother and Maggie, because they were keep their African-American traditions alive. The author uses direct and indirect presentation, epiphany and conflict to show readers the inheritance of African-American old culture should focus on it’s connotation, and put it into everyday life. The author uses direct and indirect presentation to describe identities of the mother, Maggie and Dee, and the culture value behind them. For example, the mother in this story talks about her identities by describing her physical features, she says “In real

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