At sixteen she had a style of her own, and knew what style was. Ironically enough, the way the two girls were raised caused them both to go separate ways socially. The mother wants to see Dee succeed, but at the same time she feels she owes more to Maggie because of the accident.
Walker employs characterization and symbolism to highlight the difference between these interpretations and ultimately to uphold one of them, showing that culture and heritage are parts of daily life.
The opening of the story is largely involved in characterizing Mrs. Her description of herself likewise shows a familiarity and comfort with her surroundings and with herself: Johnson is fundamentally at home with herself; she accepts who she is, and thus, Walker implies, where she stands in relation to her culture.
Johnson thinks of her as a sweet person, a daughter with whom she can sing songs at church. Most importantly, however, Maggie is, like her mother, at home in her traditions, and she honors the memory of her ancestors; for example, she is the daughter in the family who has learned how to quilt from her grandmother.
She is characterized by good looks, ambition, and education Mrs. Johnson, we are told, collects money at her church so that Dee can attend school.
Dee, in other words, has moved towards other traditions that go against the traditions and heritage of her own family: Most obviously—and most importantly—the quilts that Mrs.
Most importantly, however, these fragments of the past are not simply representations in the sense of art objects; they are not removed from daily life.
After all, what is culture but what is home to us, just as Mrs. Work Cited Walker, Alice.
An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Kennedy and Dana Gioia.“Everyday Use” Analyzing Characterization and Point of View. in Alice Walker’s Short Fiction. Museum Connection: Art and Enlightenment Purpose: In this lesson students will explore how author Alice Walker uses the narrative elements of characterization and point of view to explore the proper value.
In “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker navigates the cultural gap between a mother and her two daughters. It is a story which depicts life from two perspectives, but seen through one set of eyes.
“Everyday Use” Analyzing Characterization and Point of View.
in Alice Walker’s Short Fiction. Museum Connection: Art and Enlightenment Purpose: In this lesson students will explore how author Alice Walker uses the narrative elements of characterization and point of view to explore the proper value. The story “Everyday Use”, is being told by a mother who describes herself as a big boned woman, with a second grade education.
She had always had to do the work of a man to provide for her family. Everyday Use by Alice Walker. Home / Literature / Everyday Use / Everyday Use Analysis Literary Devices in Everyday Use.
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory. Setting. Hey there—come on in and stay awhile. Most of the story in "Everyday Use" takes place in the narrator's yard so she wastes no time helping us get familiar with the place. Right. In her short story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker takes up what is a recurrent theme in her work: the representation of the harmony as well as the conflicts and struggles within African-American culture.