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Symbolic References In The Short Story Every Day U Se By In Alice Walker

2459 words - 10 pages

Symbolism is a technique used by many author’s; Alice Walker was one who
used the Techniques on many objects. Symbolism is an object used to represent
something greater than what it is. “The quilts represented important people”, but the
character “Dee” doesn’t realize it. Instead wanted the quilts to use as a piece of art.
Heritage is meant to be passed from generation to generation but Dee (Wangero
Leewanika kemango ), who is daughter of Mama Johnson, didn’t understand the true
Meaning of heritage. Instead wanted to use the quilts as a piece of art and hang them
on the wall to show off. But Mama Johnson was convinced to pass down the family
belongings to her daughter Maggie, who truly knew the meaning of heritage. Dee
argued with Mama Johnson over the quilts because she wanted them. Even though she
had no use for them, she just Wanted to hang them to show them off to others. And told
Mama Johnson that Maggie doesn’t deserve them. But Mama Johnson wanted Maggie
to have them because she knew that Maggie will have some use for them later on when
she gets married. Mama Johnson took them away from Dee’s arms and placed them in
Maggie’s. Dee stormed out the house and took off without even saying goodbye too
Mama Johnson and Maggie, but it didn’t bother them. Just sat outside till the sun went
In “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker the Literary Technique Symbolism is used a
manifold of times. The character Mama Johnson, in the short story used Symbolism, To
show what an object represented to the families history and bond every women had
from generations to generations, why the objects still exist after so many generations. to
show that her heritage will never die out in her and will never be forgotten. Also its
better to use them to remember your family while in use. But Wangero (Dee) Mama
Johnson’s never understood the symbolism that was in heritage of the quilts, butter
Churn and dasher. 
In the short story “Everyday Use” Dee, Mama Johnson’s oldest daughter was
coming home for a visit after so many years. When she got there Mama Johnson was
surprised to see her. After so long from not seeing, “Dee personality traits, along with
her style of dress and speech”( White) changed. She dressed like her friend(hakim-a-
barber)who was with her. Dee was one who would always look anyone in the eye with
hesitation not part of her nature ,she was always determined to stare down any kind of
disaster in her efforts . She was one who supported the black power movement, which
made her forget about her own culture and Language. Along with her dress Dee makes
a strange hairdo and tinkling jewelry complete her look(Eshbough). Even though at age
sixteen Dee already had a style of her own and she really knew what style was. This
made her change everything of herself completely. Because leaving home for so long
and joining the black power movement made her change her style and dress like other
black people. The power movement was...

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