Point of View in "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
Point of view is described as the perspective from which a story is told (Literature, G25). In the story "Everyday Use" the point of view is that of first person narrator or major character. The story is told by the mother in the story. The theme of this story is that of a mother who is trying to cope with changing times and two daughters who are completely different. Having the story told from momma's point of view helps to reveal how momma feels about herself and how she defines her daughters Dee and Maggie.
"Everyday Use" is told from momma's point of view which helps to reveal how she feels about herself. Momma feels that she is an uneducated person, she says "I never had an education myself," this creates barriers between her and her oldest daughter Dee who has a college education (94). She describes herself as "big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands" that wears overalls by day and flannel gowns by night (93). From momma's point of view one can tell that she favors her relationship with her daughter Maggie more than the relationship she has with her oldest daughter Dee. This is due to the fact that Dee went off to college and has created new views on life, and Maggie stayed home, with a scared body from a fire and no education, to learn the simple things in life like quilting and farming from the older women in her family. Reading this story from momma's point of view creates the feeling that one is in the story. The reader can feel and picture every character in the story.
Momma's point of...