Everyday Use Analysis Essay

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Meant for Use or Art Pieces? “In Analysis: Why Everyday Use” “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts! She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use,” states Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo (page 1319). This is a quote from Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use. Everyday use is about a mother and daughter, Maggie, which live out of town. They work outside everyday all day. The two of them are very poor and they churn their own butter. Quilts have been passed down through the years. One day Dee, Maggie’s older sister comes for a visit with a friend, Hakim-a-barber. That is not his real name, but mother could not say his real name so he told her to call him that. They never distinguish whether Dee and Hakim-a-barber are married or just dating. Maggie has an arranged marriage with John Thomas. When Dee comes for the…show more content…
Dee wanted the churn top as a center piece. When she came for the visit she marveled over everything that she used to hate as a child. Dee compliments things all around the house to butter her mother up. At dinner Wangero pronounces, “That’s it! I knew there was something that I wanted to ask you if I could have. The churn top is what I need.” (Page 1317-1318). Before mother evens says that she could have it she says she wants the dasher too and she starts wrapping them up to protect them on the drive home. After dinner she starts to go through a trunk just searching for things. Dee wants anything that she can get her hands on that looks like it is from their heritage. Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo is ready to show everybody her heritage. She is no longer embarrassed of it. For some odd reason she changed her mind from is being old fashioned and out of style to it being priceless. She doesn’t want to use them anymore she just wants them to be decorations. Although if she wouldn’t bring her friends to visit then why would she want to put things from her heritage on show for all of them to
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