literary Analysis of a short story

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Williams 1 -1April 2007 Word Count: 965 Social Class: A Predictor for Social Hypocrisy Audience: English students This paper is directed toward English students who have read this short story and may think Dee is not being fake because of her social class. The role of class is essential for Dee’s character in “Everyday Use (For Your Grandmama)” By Alice Walker. In this story, Dee is a young woman who considers herself in a higher social class than her mother and sister. Because of this, Dee feels the need to impress her family. In doing so, it appears she is only trying to fit in with the people in the same class as her, and she is not being genuine. In this short story, Dee tries to impress her family by acting as if she is better than they are because she feels the need to be like the people in her social class. One might argue that Dee is not acting fraudulently because of her social class. It could be said that Dee is not trying to fit in, but instead she is simply attempting to relate to her heritage. However, even though Dee acts like she wants to be a part of her heritage there are points in the story when the reader realizes she is being fake. For example, when she is getting out of the car at her mom’s house, it appears she is trying to go back to her roots by dressing like a native African American (Walker 341). However, the fact that she is wearing heels (Walker 341) proves that she is being fake, and she is only dressing this way to follow a trend set by her
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