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Alice Walker, Everyday Use

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Dee’s apparently superficial admiration for objects such the quilt indicated that it was a reunion and strengthening of the bond amongst the women. Se wishes to keep the quilt which disturbs Maggie and infuriates Mama (Whitsitt 445). Hwever when Maggie insists that Dee keep the quilt Mama takes it away from her and returns it to Maggie. Fr Dee this is the most conservative outlook towards life and this can be understood when she says: “But theyre priceless! "she was saying now, friously; fr she has a temper. "aggie put them on the bed and in five years theyd be in rags.

Lss than that! ” (Walker 2009)For Mama this is altogether a strange experience seeing Dee talk about heritage and family values the way she does now. Se strongly regrets sending Dee away for education because she believes it has shattered the family ties. Se is much satisfied to keep Maggie at home because she has at least received the traditional upbringing with black community’s values deep ingrained. Te quilt is a controversial figure in the story its very existence is considered to be literal by many critics while Walker might have a different purpose in mind.

Se may be drawing an analogy between storytelling and quilting. “uilt is a trope whose analogue (the quilt itself) provides the stitch that untropes the trope; i is a trope stitched to a reality. ”(Whitsitt 447). Te tightness of the stitching is indicative of the fact that the community or an individual is strongly and tightly knitted. Wlker explores the “limits of art and the authentic” as she narrates relationship between Mama, Mggie and Dee.

Acording to critics, De is not only narrated out of the story but also from the sisterhood which is observed between Mama and Maggie. Tis, hwever, suts the other possibility of keeping Dee in play. Tere is a sense of longing at the beginning of the story which reminds the readers of the experience of migration to the North of many African Americans who traveled from South because of education and employment (Bloom 90). Te story clearly highlights that the women that are through such literature are in need of dignity and love.

De’s arrival at home is delayed and when she does meet her mother she greets her with indifference and not with the longing passion that Mama imagines. Te very first thing important for Dee is that she takes out her camera and takes...

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