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Life As Dee Essay

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Life as Dee

Dee, also known as Wangero, is very self-centered in the story “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker. Before being able to warm up to Dee, her arrogant, inconsiderate, and selfish ways were repeatedly introduced throughout the story. Dee was an archaeologist, and if it did not benefit her job, nothing or anyone matters.
Mama mentions Dee’s arrogant ways in the beginning of the story by saying “And Dee. I see her standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of; a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall in towards the red-hot brick chimney. Why don’t you do a dance around the ashes? I’d wanted to ask her. She hated ...view middle of the document...

Her inconsiderate ways are disrespectful to her mother, sister, and her past heritage. Since young, Dee never understood or appreciated where she came from. She pretended that she forgot where she came from, who raised her, and who put her where she is today. She never valued her heritage, which lead her to wanting to be a Muslim. She wants to start a new beginning and being a Muslim was her way of trying to start over. Even though Dee does not care about her heritage, at the end of the day she will always have that part of her heritage in her. Dee did not live up to all the aspects of being a Muslim. For example, Dee ate things that Muslims highly recommend not to. Her mother says “We sat down to eat and right away he said he didn’t eat collards and pork was unclean. Wangero, though, went on through the chitlins and cornbread, the greens and everything else (319).”
Like her love for the artifacts that she spotted in the kitchen, her affection towards the quilts were even more irresistible. Before she went to college though, Dee said “they were old-fashioned, and out of style (320).” But to her now, there are “priceless (320).”
When she saw them it was like a halo above her head. Dee said, “Mama (320).” As sweet as a bird, “Can I have these old quilts (320)?” Dee knew that it would bring success in her career. Mama stressed and continuously told her no in the nicest ways she could. Mama said “Why don’t you...

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