Analysis Of The Story ' Everyday Use '

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“Everyday Use”
From the beginning, the story is being told from the point of view of the mother. She introduces her two daughters, Dee and Maggie. She starts by comparing how much smarter Dee is compared to maggie and herself:
She used to read to us without pity; forcing words, lies, other folks ' habits, whole lives upon us two, sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her voice. She washed us in a river of make believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn 't necessarily need to know. Pressed us to her with the serious way she read, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand (Walker 492)
Compared to Maggie, Dee is describe as the smarter, witty, beautiful, more outgoing daughter. Her mother also says that Dee has style. She is into the news and reading which definitely sets her apart from the other members in her family. It almost seems as if she looks down on the rest of her family. Although raised in the same household with the same set of rules and standards, Maggie is much more shy and does not have the confidence that Dee does and can’t even look a person in the eye. As the story goes on, the mother tells how she received help from the church in raising money to send Dee off to college. The story starts to build when Dee plans to come home for a visit. On this particular day, the mother and Maggie wait out in the yard for Dee to pull up. When she finally arrives, the family is blindsided by Dee’s new look. Her mother…
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