Literary Analysis Of Everyday Use By Alice Walker

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Literary Analysis on “Everyday Use” A daughter who uses her mother's gifts in contrast to a daughter who preserves them is far more valuable just like in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker because values can be preserved. From here on, Walker utilizes a confused tone which later shifts into an authoritative tone by illustrating a mother who defends her weakest daughter because of her eldest daughter’s opposing views. The confused tone began with Mama watched Dee come out of the “side of the car” with “a short, stocky man” and Mama was muddled (759r). The car represents wealth and the built man represents strength. Here the mother becomes confused because her daughter was getting off of a car, which was not common back then, with a short yet muscular man. Furthermore, Mamas confusion continued when she saw her daughter in a long dress full of “yellows and oranges enough to throw back the light of the sun” (759). The yellow represents intellect, and the orange represents happiness. Dee was happy to be an educated woman, but Mama only saw a suffocating dress in the middle of the heat, which in the end only confused the protagonist even …show more content…
The comforters symbolize family heritage. In this story, the two quilts were made from aged clothing and Dee did not seem to care. She did not want the other blankets because they were “stitched around the borders by machine” (762). Wangero or Dee wanted something handmade and original, but Mama wanted her to understand the true meaning of the two quilts. The fight continued and the most important thing Mama said was how she “promised to give them [to] Maggie” (762). Mama was a little aggravated at this point and understood Dee was taking advantage of her younger sister. The quilts were meant to be used not “hung” like Dee mentioned later on (762). Although Dee’s intentions were not bad, Mama knew she would never take pride in the two