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... Alice Walker’s Everyday Use. Alice Walker’s short story, Everyday Use, centers round a mother and her two daughters, Dee and Maggie, who are contrasts in appearance, personality and attitude. The narrative is a telling commentary on what constitutes genuine heritage. Walker uses the different attitudes of Dee and Maggie to show that heritage is truly cherished when it is a part of everyday life and not just exhibited as an external decoration.
Judging by external appearances, it is Dee who seems to be proudly conscious of her heritage. Her dress and her hair, with its’ deliberately emphasized African style, are defiant statements of identity, as is her change of name. However, a deeper reading makes...