Change can be looked at as both good and bad, pending on the situation. Having read “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, I come to realize that both stories contain characters that are subjected to change. The characters in both stories experience change and learn from it in their own way. In these stories change is looked at as good. The affects of it become the starts of new lives and attitudes.
In “everyday use”, both Maggie and her mother are affected by change. Maggie experienced change before any of them. When Maggie was a little younger she was traumatized after their old house burned down; and ever since then she just hasn’t been the same. She walks around with her head down as she shuffles her feet to get by. Her whole mentality is different. It is as if she feels inferior to her sister. “Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eyeing her sister with a mixture of envy and awe” (517). Maggie was the only one to get burn marks from the old house and that took a toll on her. It is as if she’s ashamed of how she looks. In this story the mother acts and thinks as if she appreciates Dee more than Maggie. “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and a fuller figure” (518). This just goes to show that she thinks more of Dee, which I think is really sad. I feel it’s wrong for a parent to favor one child over the other, it’s wrong. things began to change; Dee changed her name to Wangero and that triggered the change of mentality in the mother. She felt so disrespected especially since that name had been passed down for generations. Because Dee (Wangero) did this it opened her mother’s eyes to view and treat Maggie like she never did. Dee asked her mother for the quilts that her grandma made, but her mother said no she had already promised them to Maggie. Dee was furious and Maggie knew this. “She... [continues]
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