Difference within Heritage

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Difference within Heritage Heritage is often lost and found within the depth of its own definition. Its abstract nature almost seems to encourage an open-ended interpretation. The three female characters in Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use”, embody these contrasting perceptions of heritage. While they share a similar history and background as members of the same family, Dee, Maggie, and their mother are divided by their inability to find a unifying identity. Their conflicting views on heritage stem from differences in their education, appearance, and personal misfortunes. Within the variances of Dee’s adopted ideas of heritage, Maggie’s genuine recognition of heritage, and their mother’s inherent understanding of heritage, the true meaning of traditional value is uncovered as one dependent on everyday use. Disquieted by shame and guilt, Alice Walker’s character, Dee, deserts her family’s heritage for one she finds to be more substantial. This is most evident in the
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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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