Everyday Use Maggie's View On Heritage

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In the story Everyday Uses, Alice Walker introduces the two sisters Maggie and Dee with different views on heritage. She shows how one can accept and preserve one’s heritage and how the materialistic items make up their heritage. Walker stresses the importance of heritage. She reveals how learning about heritage through formal education and living heritage through daily interactions and items inherited can affect our perspective of what our heritage really means to use. The two sisters value their heritage in through different ways. Walker uses the quilts to symbolize how the sisters view their heritage. Maggie thinks of heritage as a connection to her ancestors. Maggie uses the items she inherited everyday, and the value that they have will keep her connected to her ancestors. She values the connection…show more content…
Dee’s view on heritage is to value the material items like the quilt and the butter dish and not the history that was left behind by their ancestors. Dee is ashamed of her family and how she was raised. Dee wrote to her mother once, “…no matter where we ‘choose’ to live, she will manage to come see us.” Also that she would “never bring her friends” to her house shows how she is ashamed of how she was raised. She is ashamed of her family so much that she even changes her name, Dee, which she was named after her aunt Dicie. Despite the fact, Dee values the quilts that her grandma used to have, saying, “These are all pieces of dresses of Grandma used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand. Imagine”. She talks like she really cares about her family and their history. However, Dee’s actions, almost seems as if she is pretending to care about her heritage only to acquire the extrinsic value of her heritage. Dee stresses the importance of heritage herself and criticizes her mother and Maggie for lacking the knowledge of their heritage, but she is the one who cannot accept her name, and her

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