Everyday Use

Everyday Use - benefit them For example some people are...

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Natalie Cook PSP Personal Essay 18 July 2008 Personal Response to “Everyday Use” This story made me think of family dynamics, tension, and misunderstanding. Dee and her mother are distanced by their conflicting views. This relationship reminds me of my relationship with my mother. Although we have a closer relationship than Dee and her mother do, there are often situations where we do not see eye to eye on certain issues. This essay also reminded me of the novel A Doll House , which also revolves the objectification of people, and the display, rather than the use, of things. This makes me think about roles and dynamics, and about how everything and every purpose plays its own role in situations, and that sometimes, people are placed in situations that do not
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Unformatted text preview: benefit them. For example, some people are oppressed because of the place in which society places them because of their identity, whether ethnic, socioeconomic, or gender. Following this theme, the essay also explores the idea of the “ideal” and how people “are supposed to be.” Dee’s mother says that she is “the way [her] daughter would want [her] to be: a hundred pounds lighter, skin like an uncooked barley pancake.” I find this essay intriguing because of the different issues it explores: racism, family dynamics (specifically the mother-daughter relationship), and objectification....
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