Alice Walker 's Everyday Use Essay

839 Words Jul 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Sisters from Story Everyday Use Alice Walker in her short story Everyday Use, published in 1973, brought us into house of Mrs. Johnson, black women living in the rural part of country. We are visiting her in the same time as her older daughter Dee. Through the mother’s eyes we see how her two daughters, although born and raised in the same house are different. They are different not only in their appearance, but also in their approach to life, family, everyday objects even their heritage. Unlike Dee, Maggie still lives in her mother’s house. We don’t read much in the story about Maggie. She is there in the background, in the corners, in the shadows, doesn’t seem to have any ambitions. “She knows she is not bright. Like good looks and money, quickness passed her by” (241). She is a shy girl, scarred for life in a fire which burned their house about ten years ago. Ever since the fire, she walks with “chin on chest, eyes on ground, feet in shuffle” (240). Her sister Dee, on the other hand, is smart, bright, educated, young women who like nice thinks. “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and fuller figure” (240). Maggie envies her and thinks that “”no” is a word the world never learned to say to her” (239). Dee’s education was paid for with money raised by her mother and the church, but she doesn’t appreciate their generosity. She doesn’t give back to the community. Except for occasional visits home, she doesn’t keep in touch. She is embarrassed of the place she…

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