She is ahead of her time. Although as a person, Dee is hard to understand yet she wants everything to be the best for herself as well as her family. Dee is very unlike her own family. She is not content with the kind of…
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This is the reason why she does not want her friends to come to her home. Dee is hard to satisfy because of her very high standards, so not many people can get along with her comfortably.
People tend to be irritated from her attitude. Even her first boyfriend is driven away from Dee because of her hard-to-satisfy nature. Dee always picks out faults in him, so he breaks his relationship with Dee and instead, marries a cheap city girl. Although Dee is hurt by the distortion of her relationship with her first boyfriend, yet she maintains the image of a powerful girl and does not share her emotions with anyone. This essentially speaks of the fact that she is a very strong person who can fight with things single-handedly. Dee is the kind of person who would stand for women’s empowerment in the society.
Her arrogance irritates her family, but the fact is that her arrogance is driven by her love and possessiveness for her family. All her efforts are directed at transforming her typical and traditional family into a more modern and enlightened family. Dee is confident that it is right to progress. Being ahead of her time, she makes every possible effort to make her family move along with her. However, her family’s lack of realization makes her an outcast in her own family.
College means something very special to Dee. It provides her with a way out of the regular old-fashioned lifestyle and integrate into a totally different world. She realizes that the world is advancing really fast, and to keep pace with it, she has to endorse the new culture and the values associated with it. Dee says to Maggie, “its really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live youd never know it” (Walker 130). However, there were some objectionable aspects of Dee’s personality. For example, rather than understanding her family values and history, Dee believes whatever people tell her. Instead of searching for the truth, she is keen to
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The quilt makes an essential component of the whole story and reflects a detailed account of the family history. It becomes a symbol of the African-American family’s heritage and culture. In the story Everyday Use, Alice Walker has used the quilt to narrate the comparison between heritage and culture from the perspective of the African-American community.
While Tan explores how the pressure of high expectation of a mother on her daughter forces the latter to rebel, Walker on the other hand shows the contrast between two daughters in the eyes of a mother.
It shows how mama, as she waits for the arrival of her daughter Dee, is anxious about Maggie’s feeling of inferiority because of her scars and burn marks and how Maggie might covet Dee’s luck of having an easier life. The beginning of the story shows how Maggie struggles to look presentable, since she is shy of carrying herself as an African American.
The mother is a happy woman, who loves her life and is proud of it despite the fact that she is not endowed with wealth. On the other hand, Dee is different from her mother. Unlike her mother and her younger sister, Dee is educated, and considers herself to be in control of her life, with the capability of doing and getting anything she wants.
ttractive while Maggie is homely, Dee oozes confidence while Maggie is unassuming, but, contrary to Dee’s accusation, it is Maggie who understands their heritage and actually ‘lives’ it everyday and treasures it.
Dee is the good-looker, who is gifted with a fair
Dee’s external appearance gives the impression that she is proud of her heritage, but she has actually rejected her roots and exhibits her heritage only as an exotic accessory to her life.
Dee’s physical appearance is contrived to give the impression
daughters was an educated and independent minded individual whilst the other was a fairly unattractive rural dweller who had lived with the narrator all her life. This paper examines the literary components of the story and discusses the plot, characters and context within
The setting is the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Movement is at its peak. Dee sees herself as a symbol of modernity and the social movement, so she changes her name to an African one, Wangero. Conflict arises when Dee aims to take the family’s quilts.