A Review to "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

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An African-American mother ‘Mama Johnson’ had experienced difficulties all her life during her upbringing. While her daughter ‘Dee’ who on the other hand had always received quality education from Augusta, Georgia and a superior life. Mama has one other daughter ‘Maggie’ whom she considers to be less fortunate. Maggie once became victim to a house fire, causing her to be disabled and the scars still remain on her face. Mama has always been saying that her child Maggie is the most generous of all while Dee has always been the bold and confident one.

The story begins when Maggie and Mama have taken all the necessary steps a day earlier in order to welcome Dee.

Dee has always wanted nicer things. Dee is told to be a bold and beautiful girl with fair skin, who apparently loves her sister but Maggie’s less beauty, dark color and less intellectual properties have somehow caused Dee to adopt the superiority complex. Both the sisters seem complete opposite of each other. One is highly ambitious and bold while the other is equally unmotivated. Maggie’s Burns have caused her the extreme troubles that she is often found in corners hiding away from the world.

Now as soon as Dee arrives, Maggie and Mama are amazed to see the charm and glory with which Dee has arrived. Dee tells them that she has changed her name now to ‘Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo’ which appears as some spelling mistakes to Mama.

Dee tries to steal the family’s valuable crafts such as quilts and a churn as a memory of heritage from her family and to keep it as a décor in her home. She also laughs at Maggie for putting such valuables for Everyday use.

Mama and Maggie get irritated by Dee’s insulting behavior. Mama at one stage becomes outraged and throws the quilt to Maggie’s lap declaring that she won’t let Dee take it away. Dee also gets frustrated. This is where Mama realizes the value of her dark, disabled daughter’s mannerism against her Bold beautiful daughter.

This story is a very nice representative of the African-American social culture that in the pursuit of fame and fortune how aggressive, ill mannered one becomes. While in south the family and its values are important for them. Those who are ashamed of leaving their vales just try to put some traditional heritage for the ornament purpose, in their homes.

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[ad_1] An African-American mother ‘Mama Johnson’ had experienced difficulties all her life during her upbringing. While her daughter ‘Dee’ who on the other hand had always received quality education from Augusta, Georgia and a superior life. Mama has one other daughter ‘Maggie’ whom she considers to be less fortunate. Maggie once became victim to a…

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