Walker employs characterization and symbolism to highlight the difference between these interpretations and ultimately to uphold one of them, showing that culture and heritage are parts of daily life. The opening of the story is largely involved in characterizing Mrs. Her description of herself likewise shows a familiarity and comfort with her surroundings and with herself:
She reflects on the differences between Dee and Maggie, her youngest daughter, and knows that Maggie will be anxious around Dee and self-conscious. Maggie was burned in a house fire that happened more than a decade ago, where Mama carried her out in her arms as Dee watched the house burn, but showed no emotion.
The narrator continues to paint a picture of Maggie as helpless and rather awkward, whereas Dee is beautiful and seems to have had an easier time in life.
Mama discusses the physical differences between the three: When Dee finally arrives, she has also brought with her a man whom Mama refers to as Hakim-a-barber. Mama and Maggie are a little taken aback by Dee's wild-looking outfit and her African greeting to them.
Dee takes photos of Mama and Maggie in front of the house, and the greetings are stiff and unfamiliar. Dee informs her mother that she has now changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo in order to protest the oppression and cultural white washing Black Americans faced.
Mama rejects this, telling Dee she was named after her Aunt Dicie, who in turn was named after Grandma Dee, and that the name went on through the generations.
Dee gives Mama the option of not using her new name and Mama concludes that Hakim-a-barber must be related to a family of Muslims down the road.
Hakim-a-barber says he accepts some of the doctrines of his beef-raising family, but is not interested in farming or herding as a profession. Mama does not know whether Hakim-a-barber and Dee are married, and does not ask.
Hakim-a-barber has a special diet to follow, but Dee digs in to the food Mama made. She begins asking for things around the house, like the top of a butter churn, and eventually she asks for two quilts as well.
She adds that Mama should try and improve, and that there is a new path for Black Americans to follow. Maggie and Mama sit in the yard after watching them drive off until bedtime. She seeks to embrace her cultural identity through changing her name from Dee to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo an African namemarrying a Muslim man, and acquiring artifacts from Mama's house to put on display, an approach that puts her at odds with Mama and Maggie.
She is very physically beautiful and is described as having a great sense of style.
Mama — She is described as a "large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands. Maggie — Described by Mama as dull and unattractive, the youngest daughter Maggie has burn scars and marks from the burning down of their prior home, and is very nervous and self-conscious because of it.
She leads a simple and traditional life with her mother in the South while her elder sister, Dee, is away at school. She has very limited reading ability, unlike her sister Dee. Eventually he tells Mama to call him "Hakim-a-barber" due to Mama being unable to pronounce his actual name.In “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the central conflict surrounds Mama and her daughter Dee, who is an educated cosmopolitan unlike her mother and her sister, Maggie.
Dee, who has changed her. Alice Walker’s story Everyday Use deals with the relationship between a mother and her two daughters Maggie and Dee. In this essay we will be examining the characters, analyzing how each person’s personalities and actions affects their relationships with their family.
In Alice Walker's story 'Everyday Use,' sisters Dee and Maggie view their heritage through very different lenses, separating entitlement from devotion An Analysis of 'Everyday Use' by Alice Walker . Use by Alice Walker.
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