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(A Critical Analysis Of Alice Walker’s Short Story Everyday Use)

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(A Critical Analysis of Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use)

Albert Camus once asserted: “Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.” In Everyday Use a strong willed mother tries to protect her younger daughter, Maggie, from having a quilt passed down for generations stolen from her by her materialistic older sister Dee.The short story Everyday Use, authored by Alice Walker, is effective in its moral standpoint because of the believability of it’s characters.
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The mother in Everyday Use is a strong woman who is careful in speech and slow of tongue, but is able to understand Dee’s underlying motives. A mother’s intuition is one of the strongest forces in the world. “As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” (Hannah). From this quotation, one can gather that the bond between mother and daughter is irreplaceable. However, this bond was only truly shared between the mother and her daughter Maggie. After seeing Dee turn into an undesirable, she tried to make sure that Maggie was brought up with the proper moral standards Dee never developed. “In real life I am a large, big boned woman with rough, man-working hands. In the winter I wear flannel nightgowns to bed and overalls during the day. I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man.” As a mother she was very disappointed that Dee did not have a hard working ethic that she herself held. A generation gap is difficult to bridge, especially when your own flesh and blood does not share your common interests and standpoints, therefore her mother must see through her false interest in heritage when she doesn't want to know the work that went into the items she lusts after.
In Alice Walker’s short story, Maggie is a young girl whom Dee is trying to take advantage of and undermine to get what she wants from the family. Maggie is a sweet girl who is easily taken advantage of because she is the younger sister. “‘Your...

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