The Culture Of Parents Essay

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The relationships between parent and child are those that could only be judged by those who understand the circumstances of which they belong. In “Everyday Use” and “Marriage is a private affair” the prime similarity between the parent and children, is the disapproval of how either parent or child leads their life. In “Marriage is a private affair” Okeke is adamant his son is coinciding with the devil insisting “it is Satan’s work” if he is to marry the one he is in love with rather than the one his father has found for him. In “Everyday Use” Dee looks down on her mother and sister’s lifestyle saying, ”You ought to try to make something of yourself, too, Maggie. It's really a new day for us. ...view middle of the document...

This story is of the day Dee or Wangero comes to visit her mother and sister. From the reflections of Dee and Maggie as children it is safe to presume that Dee has always been dissatisfied as to her way of living and has looked down upon and ridiculed her family members. Her mother recalls her when she was younger she did it with her smarts, “She washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn't necessarily need to know. Pressed us to her with the serious way she read, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand.” While Nnameke anticipated Okeke disapproval of his wanting to marry the woman of his choosing he held hope that his father may accept his decision, Maggie and Dee’s mother also held the hope of the dream reunion she and her daughter could have where they weep into each others arms while uttering terms of endearment.
Unlike in “Marriage is a private affair” the disapproval of the surrounding individuals is not outrightly spoke but more hinted in actions. Dee’s male friend Hakim-a-barber is subtle with his disapproval “He just stood there grinning, looking down on me like somebody inspecting a Model A car. Every once in a while he and Wangero sent eye signals over my head.” As though Maggie and her mother are lacking something to deem them worthy to him. Dee and Okeke view their choices and beliefs are the right ones to make and have and to those who choose differently are doomed to be inferior regardless of familial relations.
The first apparent contrast between these two stories and their characters is the reversal of parent and child that disapproves of their...

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