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1 Jackson Cellers 02/14/07 Craig Crowder Composition II Everyday Use of Symbolism Alice Walker uses symbolism in “Everyday Use” to display the daughters’ conflicting views of heritage and their opposing lifestyles. Mama’s two daughters, Maggie and Dee, who changed her own name to Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo, dispute as to whom should receive the family quilt. The author uses this quilt, among other things, to symbolize the differences between Dee and Maggie’s lifestyles and views on heritage. Differences between Maggie and Dee have been evident from a young age. After their first house burnt to the ground, Maggie received traumatizing scars from being scorched in the fire. This traumatic event as a child left her very shy and reserved. Mama compares the way she walks to a lame animal because of the fire (141). As for Deem Mama calls her a woman now and says “At sixteen she had a style of her own: and knew what style was (142).” Dee is apparently smarter than Maggie since Dee attends college in Augusta. These differences in growing up lead to different standpoints towards heritage and
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