Symbolism the use of symbols to ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that
are different meaning. For example, there are different varieties of flowers like the roses stand
for romance, violets represent shyness, lilies for beauty and temptation, and chrysanthemums
represent perfection. Symbols are also used in colors to symbolize on what they represent. For
instance, black is used to represent death or evil, white stands for life and purity, red can
symbolize passion, purple is a royal color, yellow stands for violence or decay, and blue
represents peacefulness and calm. Objects can rarely be used as symbols as well. A chain
can symbolize the coming together of two things. A mirror can denote the sun but when it is
broken, it can represent an unhappy union or a separation.
In the novel, Everyday Used, Dee came to visit her family Mama Johnson and Maggie. Dee
came with a male friend name Hakim – A – Barber. Dee took the butter churn and the dasher to
be displayed for art, but then also wanted the quilt that was made by grandma Dee. Mama
Johnson refused to give the quilt to Dee, because Dee doesn’t understand her heritage.
Instead, Mama Johnson gave it to Maggie; Mama Johnson had seen her sister and mother in
Maggie. Maggie understood the value of the butter churn, the dasher, and the quilt her heritage
was important to Mama Johnson that was passed down from generation to generation. Dee
change over time when she was away at college. Dee’s heritage wasn’t the same as it was
before, Dee has seen a new era. Hakim – A – Barber a friend of Dee has also change the way
of his heritage. Hakim – A – Barber became a Jew, which means he cannot eat anything made
of meat. In fact, Hakim – A – Barber became a vegetarian and eat nothing but fruits and
vegetable. Maggie understands that the butter churn, the dasher , and the quilt were symbols of
their heritage that has been pass down to generation. The quilt was made by grandma Dee
who pass the quilt to her daughter Mama Johnson, and gave the quilt to Maggie her younger
Symbols in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker used to make idea’s bigger throughout the story.
Another example of symbol would be Maggie’s burned skin and scars. The burned skin and
scars represents how Maggie been burned by the events of her life. Maggie’s house burned
down on Maggie, she tries so hard to hide the burn marks and scars, so nobody could notice it.
Maggie is a true representation of heritage, Maggie the younger daughter, was an example that
Heritage passes from one generation to another through a learning and experience. Maggie
knows that the quilt represents the heritage of her mother has been pass down to generation.
Maggie will remember her grandmother with her memories from the quilts and doesn’t need the
Additionally, Dee the older sister wants the quilt, dasher, and butter...