Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from the literal sense. Symbols are used all over the world not only in stories but symbols are also used by helping people understand that some chemicals may be toxic by showing a skull on it. Others may have a recycling symbol to help the environment. You may not notice these kinds of symbols but if you pay close attention you’ll understand how these things are useful. Deaf individuals understand the world way better by having these symbols around to help them understand what they are useful for, because they are not able to communicate with other people. Symbols are very useful when driving they help us understand when to go, slowdown, and stop. Without these symbols there would probably be more car crashes then there are today. Symbols also help us by having crossing guards and telling us when and where not to go, because without them it would reduce the amount of deaths caused by other human beings. Symbols help notify doctors when a patient shows signs that something terrifying is happening. Without symbols the world would be a little more complicated, because people wouldn’t know what do or where to go.
Mama Johnson and Maggie receive a letter from Dee saying she is coming home for the first time in years. As Dee arrives she looks different with all of her vibrant clothes; she explains she is a new woman. Dee and her friend, Hakim-A-Barber, both have converted to Muslim. Dee looks around her old home and asks to keep everyday items as art. Eventually she goes to the quilts their grandmother stitched and Dee doesn’t want Maggie to have them, because she
thinks she doesn’t her heritage. Mama Johnson takes the quilts away and gives them to Maggie, because she knows that Maggie understands the heritage more and well put them into a everyday use.
There are examples of symbolism in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” whether it’s representing Mama Johnson, Maggie, Dee or even everyday house hold objects.
Mama Johnson has had a rough life these past couple of years whether it’s dealing with her house or her attire. As said in Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” “the last dingy gray board of the house falls in toward the Red- hot chimney.”The burning of her house represents the hard life she lives every day. During those times, there was violence against black people and her house burning down just adds more pressure to it. As stated by Nick Bmad article “Symbolism in Walker’s ‘Everyday Use’?” “Mrs. Johnson wears clothing that is practical for the kind of life she lives. Her overalls and flannel nightgowns depict her no-nonsense, harsh life that she leads on daily basis.” Mama Johnson’s clothes represents that she is hurt, suffering and weak from the past. Mama Johnson is a very strong and independent woman. As stated by Nick Bmad article “Symbolism in Walker’s ‘Everyday Use’.” “Mrs. Johnson’s hands symbolize her tough life in...