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' Everyday Use, Susan Farrell Or Nancy Tuten?

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Susan Farrell or Nancy Tuten? “Everyday Use” is a story about family and heritage. Through various arguments the authors, Susan Farrell and Nancy Tuten, share their thoughts and ideas on Walkers meaning of the story. Although they both agree that the story has to do with heritage, Nancy Tuten’s ideas and Susan Farrell’s differ.
The views of Nancy Tuten and Susan Farrell are very different. Nancy Tuten explains how language can affect people in a negative or a positive way. In a sense, Walker uses words to portray her message. Tuten mentions that Dee “privileges language over silence” (125). In the book, there are several instances where Dee uses her words to degrade her mother and sister; she also uses her words to get what
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When Dee and Mama are talking about the quilts there was a loud banging noise made in the kitchen; Tuten says this was Maggie’s way of showing her distaste for Dee (127). This action along with pulling away from Hakim-a-barber’s handshake earlier in the story, shows that Maggie does not respect Dee.
Tuten shows her readers that what Dee wants is superficial and that Maggie has a better understanding of heritage. Susan Farrell states in her article that in the story, Mama’s views of Maggie are not accurate. She makes the point that perhaps Mama’s views of Dee are not accurate either, because the story is told from Mama point of view and we never hear Dee’s side of the story (179). Farrell believes that Mama views Dee as a sort of goddess, she may even envy her. Susan states that, “Dee inspires in Mama a type of awe and fear more suitable to the advent of a goddess that the love one might expect a mother to feel for a returning daughter” (180). Later in the article, Farrell makes the point that what Mama’s thinks Dee wants may not actually be what she wants. This could just be a perception of what Dee wants. Farrell also points out other instances in the story that shows Dees actions contradicting Mama’s thoughts.
One opposing thought between Farrell and Tuten is the scene where Dee is reading to Mama and Maggie. Farrell see this scene as a way to give her knowledge of
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