Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Alice Walker's "Everyday Use"
Briefly examines characters and themes in this story by Alice Walker.
# 61725 | 1,050 words | 1 source | 2005
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the three characters in "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker - Dee, Maggie and their mother and focuses on the types of conflicts experienced by Dee, at different levels, throughout this story.

From the Paper:

"The final type of conflict in the story is the conflict that Dee continues to have with herself. The spirit of Dee is a perfect match for her mother because they both seem very outspoken and not afraid to say what they think. An example of Dee's inner struggle is that she feels she needs artifacts to remind her of her heritage. For example, "...Grandma Dee's butter dish. 'That's it!' she said. 'I knew there was something I wanted to ask you if I could have'" (97). When Dee says this it shows that she feels she needs her grandmother's things to hold onto to remind her of where she came from. This in contrast to Maggie and her mother because these two individuals not only remember where they came from but are living the lifestyle of their heritage."

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