“Everyday Use” and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”
“Everyday Use” and “Where are you going, Where have you been” are two excellent short stories. These two short stories are about two different families who have a few similarities and differences. After all, people are only human, with feelings and emotions. Sometimes; however, we could only wonder why people act the way they do, or treat their family members in particular ways.
The mother in “Everyday Use” is a nice loving mom who is very pleasant, thoughtful, and caring. The mother in this story went by the name of Mama. Mama cares and loves her two daughters whose names were Dee a Maggie. Mama made sure that neither one of her daughters feelings would get hurt and that both of her girls would be treated equally and fair. Mama is very old fashioned and plain. She wears flannel nightgowns to bed and overalls during the day. Mama is a big-boned lady with rough, man-working hands. Mama works just as hard as a man, if not harder. She is so strong. This lady kills animals for food with her bare hands. I can kill a hog as mercilessly as a man. (Walker-107)
Dee seems to be selfish and materialistic at times. This girl only cares about her own feelings. When Dee was growing up, she never brought friends over the house because she was embarrassed and ashamed of her sister Maggie who had many scares all over her face and body from a house fire. She wrote me once that no matter where we “choose” to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends. Maggie and I thought about this and Maggie asked me, “Mama, when did Dee ever have any friends?” (Walker-109) One day, when Dee came over to visit Mama and Maggie, she walked around her mother’s house to see what she could take home with her. Dee asked for several items, but when she asked for some quilts that Mama had already promised Maggie, Maggie became very upset. “Can I have these old quilts?” I heard something fall...
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