Heritage In Alice Walker's Everyday Use

Topics: Family, Short story, Woman, Black people, African American, Fiction / Pages: 2 (474 words) / Published: Jan 19th, 2016
Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” written in 1973 and it was widely studied and frequently anthologized short story, “Everyday Use” came out as one of the story collection In Love and Trouble. In “Everyday Use” she bring up many issue such as comparing relationship between heritage and tradition past. The story also question whether or heritage is something one use or something one possess.
To understand heritage, one must have a personal connection of that history, in “Everyday Use” Dee do not really have a connection to her heritage so blind by anger of what she does not understand she view her heritage in history as an oppression. In the process she constructed a heritage for herself and reject her real heritage, Dee change her
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The family heirlooms are the true tokens of Dee’s (Wangero Leewamika Kemanjo) identity and origins, knows little about the past and the essential facts about how the quilts were made and what fabrics were used to make them, she pretends to be deeply connected to this folk tradition. Her desire to hang the quilts, in a museum like exhibit, suggests that she feels reverence for them but that to her they are essentially foreign, impersonal objects. Mama believe that Maggie should have these quilt not Dee because Maggie will have better use for them. At the end of the story Dee stated that Mama and Maggie do not understand their heritage (page 429, 75), the turn of event it’s actually Dee herself who does not understand her heritage. Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use, she bring up many issue such as comparing relationship between heritage and tradition past. The story also question whether or heritage is something one use or something one

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