Everyday Use - the Gift of Family

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The Gift of Family

Everyday Use is a short story that teaches a value lesson of heritage, inheritance, the past, and one’s family. For some the lesson maybe perceived as an illustration to develop the natural instinct of valuing our family and our past as objects of everyday use. However, the lesson that Alice Walker conveys to her readers is to understand that the value of heritage is within the eye of the beholder. Within this paper I will explain the strategies; I think the writer uses to convey particular ideas and my opinion of what the theme of the story is. I will describe how I personally relate to the theme, and implications that I made from the story. A
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It’s really a new day for us. But the way you and mama still live you’d never know it” (Walker, 1973/2011, pp. 1093). The first impression of the story was why did the author title the story “Everyday Use” and what was the meaning behind it. After reading the story for the second time, I understood the strategies Alice Walker use to help convey the readers comprehend the life lesson of valuing family and the heritage. Some portions of the reading stood out to me such as how the mother did not earn a full education, she work like a man, how Maggie hid behind her scars, and envy her sister, and the important facts of how Dee look down on her mother and sister. The portions stood out because it help me to understand the theme and meaning behind the story. I believe Alice Walker was writing to any, and everyone who may forget where they come from and who they are. The story makes a valuable point that lets individuals know it is not where you come from, but what you gain makes you the individual you are. In conclusion Alice Walker develops a story around the theme of family, past, and inheritance. She uses some of literature resourceful elements to engage the readers in understanding the theme of the story. Nonetheless, stories like Everyday Use happens every day to families who may have a relative that in some form is ashamed of his or her current lifestyle, and wants better, but
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