Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Heritage is the full range of our inherited traditions, monuments,objects, and culture. This is something that comes belongs or come to one by reason of birth. This is is the definition in the dictionary, but everybody has their own ideas and beliefs of what shapes their heritage. In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice walker, these divergent views are evidence by the way Mrs. Johnson (Mama) and Dee (Wangero) see the world and the discrepancy of who will inherit the family’s quits. The symbolism is such as specific objects, different characters and their front yard. All are used to represent the main theme is apart of your heritage and is always something to proud of. The main topic of certain objects are throughout the entire story that…show more content…
When Dee put the sunglasses on when she is leaving is a symbol of a shield that protects not only her eyes, but from her past culture she once lived in. After, walking out of the front door and kiss Maggie goodbye she slides on her sunglasses and to get the feeling that she is not only blocking her eyes from the sun, but from the rest of the worlds perspective on her. When she walks over to the car, “Maggie smiled; maybe at the sunglasses. But a real smile, not scared.”(1194) Showing that Maggie is no longer afraid Dee’s new culture, but hinting that possibly someday she will become apart of her. There is a symbol from the big front yard that depicts the simplicity of their culture. In the beginning of the story, Mrs. Johnson stand outside impatiently for her daughters to come visit. “A yard like this is more comfortable than most people know. It is not just a yard. It is like an extended living room. When the hard clay is swept clean as a floor and the fine sand around the edges lined with tiny, irregular grooves, anyone can come and sit and look up into the elm tree and wait for the breezes that never come inside the house.” (1188) In the description of the yard is it seems a plain yard. There is no description of anything but sand leading you to believe that the whole lawn is empty from grass, trees, bushes, or flowers. The people of the house

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