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Everyday Use (Women Writers) Paperback – June 1, 1994
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Mama starts talking about her daughter and the way the are and how was the relationship of them when they were younger while waiting for the arrival of Dee, the older sister that does not live with them anymore. One of her daughters, Maggie, is a very shy person that feels intimidated by her older sister Dee who has a very different personality, thinking that she deserves a better life. Mama is expecting to have a awesome meeting between both of them but when Dee arrives everything is very different at what she was expecting. Dee has changed a lot even she changed her name because she does not want her mother heritage anymore so she adopted a name of her boyfriend’s heritage. The main point of the story is when Dee wants the quilts that Mama was saving for Maggie, Dee argues that she will take care of them instead of Maggie because Maggie will not give them the proper use all this was happening while Maggie was listening to all the conversation between her mother and Dee, Maggie feels kind of sorry and try to give the quilts to her sister but her mother do not allow her to do that.
I think that the story is interesting because it is rare how two sisters can have a very different personality maybe because of the different education they received as well as how they were treated by the mother The Narrator expectations when both daughter get reunited was very different at what really happened. She could not expect more because she knew that they were a lot of differences between Maggie and Dee. I thinks that the narrators feels sad because of the way Dee had changes his whole life and the way she wants to live. The part that hurts more the mother is knowing that Dee depreciates her heritage and adopts another one.
At the end of the story the author does not mentions what happens in the relationship between the characters. Maybe Dee does not want to come back to see her family again. I thinks that Mama and Maggie are in peace with themselves knowing that what they did was correct. They always were looking for the Dee’s success but she has a differents point of view of succes. The story teach tell us the problems that many families may have because of the favoritism between their brothers. I thinks that Mama has a lot to be with the personalities of her daughters, but there is nothing she can do anymore.
In Conclusion I found the short story interesting for me because in real life this happens very often. A family that seems to be good always have some problems like the one that Mama, Maggie and Dee were having. Sometimes a son thinks that he/she deserves more than his/her other sibling. ut the author makes us think what is going to happen next with that family in the story, are they going to be reunited again? or will Dee just simply will forget about her family as she did with his heritage?
Alice Walker writes a very well described 1st person short story from the mothers point of view of her daughters Maggie and Dee. This story is non-fiction but could be based on a true story. The story doesn't give a time period but it is clear that it takes place in more than a decade ago probably in the mid 1900’s. Set in a humble african American home with a farm where Maggie and Dee’s mother works really hard like a man to support them. The story starts off introducing Maggie and the mother as they prepare for the arrival of Dee whom they haven’t seen since she left college. Maggie does not seem excited for her sisters visit but seems nervous and wants to hide behind her mother's chair. Dee has always been better at things than Maggie, she is prettier, confident and it seems like the world has never learned to say no to her. Maggie gets nervous with Dee’s presence not because of hatred but merely of fear of her.
Maggie is soon to be married with John Thomas a man with mossy teeth and an earnest smile. Her mother is at peace and will be free to simply live her live singing church songs. Her daughter Dee was eager to go to college leaving behind her family and the house she always hated. Eager to live a different life where she could have nice things and all things fashion because she knew all about that. The mother at times imagines her daughter Dee becoming famous and being reunited with her on a tv show where in front of everyone she would be all fake and smiles giving her mother hugs and kisses saying she would never have gotten so far without her.
This story starts off describing the setting and the superficial events. Things seem normal where a mother is finishing raising her daughters, and soon to be reunited with one of her daughters. However, this story has much more deeper meaning that only the reader can interpret themself. In my opinion this story is not only entertaining but very emotional. With the clashing emotions of both daughters and with the mothers efforts to make them both happy makes me come to appreciate the different stages of life. Childhood, teen life, and marriage. At the end the parent seems to stay alone feeling as if the grown child hugs and kisses are all but a show for their friends but that it doesn’t come from the heart. Personally I would never want my mother to get such impressions from me. It impacts me and motivates me to be a better daughter to both mother and father.
Close to the end of the story Dee persists that her family just doesn't understand the importance of heritage.She comes to her mothers house wishing to take a few of her small possessions to keep according to her as a memory. I believe that Dee doesn't genuinely want to keep these possessions to remind her where she comes from. To me all that Dee thinks about is how to show off to her friends the precious antiquities from her ancestors. She wants to take pictures with her family also mainly to show them off withought including their humble house in the background. I believe her mom senses her true reasons and decides to not let her get away with her selfish wants. She protects her younger daughter Maggie and therefore brings up her dignity. At last maggie smiles, a smile that is not fake. Dee carelessly reminds them that they simply don't understand and encourages Maggie to do something with her life otherwise she will know no other life than the life she has with her mom. It is interesting to me how a character of Dee can relate to many people today. Despite her rude character, I do find Dee to be charming and ambitious but I believe she should be more humble and not be embarrassed where she really comes from. She should also treat her family and her name with more respect before saying she wants to remember her heritage.
Dee always seems to get what she wants and her ambition has helped her strive through and move out of her past life. However she may not have noticed how her attitude have affected her younger sister and mother. They are not ashamed of their house, of the clothes they wear, and despite having to go through rough times they are also admirable. Although Dee has not been a bad daughter the way she makes her family feel speak a lot of her. Note how she disregards her name Dee and decides to change it. "No, Mama," she says. "Not 'Dee,' Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo!"
"What happened to 'Dee'?" I wanted to know.
"She's dead," Wangero said. "I couldn't bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me." She feels that her heritage and her family oppress her more cultured new self and that too me is lack of true good character, a friend, and lack of humility.
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