Everyday Use Character Analysis

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People exploit their knowledge to take advantage of people and manipulate them. Like the antagonist in Alice Walker in “Everyday Use”. Perfect would be a flattering word for Dee aka Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. Because Dee is an educated woman, her confidence and bad temper are out of control making her a remorseful person towards Maggie and her mother.
When it comes to Dee showing her confidence it is a major part of her personality. Her outer look of a “nicer hair and a fuller figure”(Walker 316), fits perfectly with her confidence. Dee is a person who seems to express herself with her knowledge of fashion. Dee’s mamma stated “Dee wanted nice things. A yellow organdy dress to wear to her graduation from high school; black pumps to match a green suit she’d made from an old suit
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Always making Dee seem like if who she was, was something to be ashamed of. Which Dee was obviously ashamed because changed her name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo. Ashamed of her name because it was after the people who oppressed her, or so she said. Dee made it seem as if she hated her whole life. Especially, when it came to where she lived. Dee wrote once to her mother that “no matter where we “choose” to live, she will manage to come see us. But she will never bring her friends” (Walker 317). When their house burned down Wangero showed no sign of hurt, it was more a relief that the house she hated burned. Looking down on mamma, Maggie and where she came from, yet Wangero always fitted in another world different from her families. Trying so hard to become someone better and successful Wangero tried to leave her past.
In Everyday Use Dee was such a confident person with a complex personality. Making Dee seem so transparent to her thoughts, but also noticeable to her ignorance and shamefulness towards her mamma and