Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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About “Everyday Use” The conflict in the story is centered around the clash between the two worlds with which Walker 's character Dee is endued. Dee increasingly accuses her heritage of the ideas and rhetoric of the new Black Pride movement. Walker weaves the theme of African cultural nationalism with a descriptive conflict immersed in family issues. On another level, Alice Walker offers a unique look at the struggling African-American woman to find both a personality and voice from the shadows of the past, as well as a rapidly changing future. Everyday use continues to be included in the final anthologies of American literature. Everyday use is told from the mother 's point of view, "a big woman with coarse, man-like hands" (Walker). As…show more content…
Mama, the narrator of this story, is stronger than most men, and soft tempered. There is a quiet sincerity that Mama gets her respect from the reader at the beginning of her story. She loves, forgives, she is independent and frank. Maggie, the daughter, is timid and little, she is a younger sister. Maggie has scars because of a fire in the house, she is like a child, and shy of her burns. She always shuffles around in the shadows of her popular older sister, Dee. She lives and works with her mother on the farm. Maggie is a respectful and innocent young woman who has not yet come to be her self. Dee 's character is loud, catchy, and judgmental. She works under the guise of "Black Pride" and return to pre-slavery identity, which was popular among many black college students in the 1960s. She wears colorful clothes and is insistent on calling herself "Wangero," which seems coercive and without any nuances. Her assessment of "everyday" objects, such as churn butter or blankets, is not by their practical use, but by the heritage right, which she seeks to regain as an artifact, not a way of life. Her Muslim boyfriend, whom her mother calls "Asalamalakim," is short and stocky, with a long hair. The role of the Hakim-a-Barber primarily concludes in helping Dee to legitimize her new identity. There is a sense of coziness and belonging that permeates the beginning of the story. The yard and the
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