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In her story Everyday Use, Alice Walker is telling the story though the eyes of Mama,

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Fan Qi Fan Professor D.E. Lambert English 28-Sec. #6051 November 06 2012 Comparison and contrast of ?Everyday Use? In her story ?Everyday Use,? Alice Walker is telling the story though the eyes of Mama, who is the narrator of this story. The story begins by describing the beautiful garden, which is like an extended living room on a common day. Then Mama introduces one of her two daughters, Maggie, whose life is held away by her sister Dee. This story tells about many different themes and issues in common daily life. One of the major themes in ?Everyday Use? is contrasting ways of life and thinking between Maggie and Dee. Maggie and Dee have different thinking on their mother. ...read more.


The story continues Maggie comes out and asks how she looks in her pink skirt and red blouse. The narrator lets Maggie come out to the yard and compares her to a lame animal when viewing the way she walks. Maggie has her head down and her feet shuffle. As the narrator explains, there was a fire that burned her other house to the ground. At this point, it shows that Maggie and Dee have different thinking on their home. The narrator tells something about the scene during the fire: Maggie?s arms were sticking to the Narrator, her hair smoking and her dress falling off her in little black papery flakes; Dee was standing off under the sweet gum tree to watch the house burning with a look of concentration. ...read more.


In the last half of the story, the family has a happy meal together. Dee changes a lot?she has named after her aunt, who had been named after her grandmother. Now her name is Wangero. Dee has completely taken her mother and Maggie by surprise with this change. During the meal, they talk a lot. The narrator brings Maggie close and hugs her and then snatches the quilt of Dee?s hands and gives them to Maggie; in addition, Dee walks out, gets her boyfriends and says that her mother and Maggie don?t understand her heritage and that things are different for black people now. It is obvious that Dee and Maggie have different opinions about lives. Dee wants to change her life by her efforts. Maggie is still have the old thinking and enjoy the old life style. ...read more.

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