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Dee In Alice Walker's 'Everyday Use'

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The short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker infers that dee, the narrator's daughter, is very hypocritical and self serving. Although being informed from her education, Dee has no gratitude for her real inheritance. Growing up,the child was very smart and beautiful. Her behavior toward her sister and mother was terrible. thinking that her family was nothing more than simpletons, she held no gratitude for what they try to teach her. Dee thinks her hometown and her relatives are an embarrassment to the world and under progressed. Dee left for college after a short while when her primary schooling was complete. Whilst there Dee receives the shock of her life. Keeping up with the times is a second nature to Dee, this is one of the main reason she can not bear to be compared to her backwards family. The character Dee in the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, holds no real family value and only pretends to care about her history now as she is trying to partake in with the new fad.
Dee comes to visit her family only to keep up the occurring fixation of black power and history. When she visits, her mother describes her as ‘shiny’ and yet ‘unreal’ when Dee shows up in a bright african dress. In “Everyday Use” Dee has changed her name to Wangero, a african muslim name. This is rather hypocritical of the girl as she was named after her great aunt with a family name tracing all the way up to beyond the civil war, according to the small fiction. Naturally as we can see,
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