(Dee / Wangero) “Maggie can’t appreciate these quilts… She’d probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use”(Walker 63).In Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” we contrast two sisters, Dee/Wangero and Maggie.Both of these sisters were raised by the same gentle hearted women,known as Mama or the narrator.Although they are sisters and were brought up in the same household,Maggie and Dee and very different from each other;they think and act independently.Moreover,their contrasting characters serve as symbols to convey the overall theme of the story.
Even when it comes to physical appearances the sisters differ.Throughout the story readers learn that Maggie isn’t as attractive as Dee.“Dee is lighter than Maggie,with nicer hair and a fuller figure”(Walker 56). Dee has a strong amount of natural allure, so her physical beauty outshines Maggies.But,unlike Maggie, Dee is known for her sense of style,and efforts to remain a top of the line fashionista.Even if that means that Dee has to take matters into her own hands,and create her own clothing. “At sixteen she had a style of her own: and she knew what style was”(Walker 57).In “Everyday Use”,Maggie is made out to be the “ugly sister”.
Also when it comes down to their personalities,these two sisters vary drastically.Dee is demanding,selfish,and overly opinionated,about everything. “She would always look anyone in the eye.Hesitation was no part of her nature”(Walker 56). In contrast with Dee,Maggie is shy,self-conscious,and doleful. “She has been like this chin on chest,eyes on ground,feet in shuffle,ever since the fire that burned the other house to the ground”(Walker 56).It is, as if, these two sisters have completely opposite perspectives of life.
In the story the major conflict is Dee wanting to keep Maggies quilts for herself.Dee thinks that she can...