Symbolism In Everyday Use

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In every short stories the writers use some kind of symbolisms to develop their characters and to reveal their point view of the story. In “Hand” by Sherwood Anderson and in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the authors uses many symbolisms to reveal their characters. In “Hands”, Anderson uses Wing’s hands as a symbolism to reveal Wings characteristics, but in “Everyday Use”, Walker is using mama’s hands, and the quilts, to reveal the generation gap between Dee and mama. Sherwood Anderson Uses many symbolism in his short story “Hands”, but the main symbolism he is using is the Wing’s hands. When Wing Biddlebaum met people he is nervous and always hide his hands in the pocket. When Wing talks with his best friend George, he does not hesitate to talk or even showing his hands and even taught him how to dream. This shows the reader that something had happened to him in the past that associate with his hands. We know that twenty years before Wing,…show more content…
This time mama’s hand is a representation of hard working women, who do anything to survive. She does not have high educational or anything, but she is a very hard working woman throughout her life. They were building up their heritage and using it every day. Heritage is something passed down by the family; that does not come in just one day. In their point of view, heritage is something came down from the family and must pass to the next generation. On the other hand, Alice’s older daughter Dee is more educated than both of them. She does not like the name that her family gave, so she changed into Wangero. When she saw the old hand made “quilts” she was more amazed by its beauty. This time Mama did not allow to take that because it was for Maggie. Wangero was so disappointed because Maggie does not know about the value of these quilts; she will use it every day. Wangero thinks heritage is something to show or collect rather than to use

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