D1JI - Kyungsup Ji Professor Schamp English 2 May 6, 2011...

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Kyungsup Ji Professor Schamp English 2 May 6, 2011 The differences and similarities between three women in “Everyday use” It is obvious that the family shares each member’s characteristic and value. However, sometimes sharing their characteristics and values cause conflict with other members because each member has a difference in personality and value. They learn and experience outside home, and it shapes their diversity of characteristics and values which make confliction. ‘Everyday Use’, written by Alice Walker, describes the difference between Dee and Maggie, and Dee and the mother. Also, it shows similarities between the mother and Maggie. Walker reveals that how the African American families look their traditional culture through depicting the differences between three women. In the story “Everyday Use”, the author describes Maggie as passive and unattractive woman while Dee describes as a pretty and challenging woman. In the story, Dee is pretty and modern woman. Mother describes Dee’s appearance as “There are yellows and oranges enough to throw back the light of the sun” and “At sixteen she had a style of her own; and knew what style was” (745). Dee is a person who knows her beauty and style in the story. In reverse, Maggie is not physically attractive because she is the biggest victim of fire accident. Maggie is described as “chin on chest, eyes on ground, and feet in shuffle, ever since the fire that burned the other house to the ground” (744). Her trauma with fire accident makes her get not only unattractive appearance but also passive personality.
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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