Everyday Use By Alice Walker Analysis

1200 Words5 Pages
A mother of two uniquely different girls, Maggie and Dee, speaks everyday Use, by Alice Walker. Maggie has lived the traditional lifestyle with her mother and as for Dee; she had left for school in search for change. Everyday Use is a short story that explores a cultural clash between Dee, Maggie and their mother, and the lifestyle Dee desperately wants, as well as the lack authentic blackness within Dee. Dee is inherently different from her family. She felt she was born smarter, with beauty, and felt out of place. Here there was this country lifestyle she was forced to live and she didn’t connect to it, she hated it. Dee’s mother reminiscences on the day of the fire, “Sometimes I can still hear the flames…And Dee…a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in toward the red-hot brick chimney. Why don’t you do a dance around the ashes? I’d wanted to ash her. She had hated the house that much (2438)”. You would start to wonder if Dee set the fire purposely as she does not worry about her sister left inside, the hate blocked out all feelings. She hated the previous house so much, her mother and Maggie did what they could to make the house look specular to Dee. Her mother said, “I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon (2437)”. According to Susan Farrell, “As Houston Baker points out, ‘The mood at…show more content…
‘This churn top is what I need,’…‘And I want the dasher, too.’ ‘I can use the churn top as a centerpiece for the alcove table.’…‘and I’ll think of something artistic to do with the dasher’(2441)”. Dee is basically showing off the African heritage from her lifestyle she never connected with and hated off to her group at school. It comes off saying that she is giving a presentation, show and tell, of her old life and she wasn’t a good
Open Document