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Essay_1_RD - Stephanie Nursalim English 2 Essay#1 Rough...

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Stephanie Nursalim English 2 Essay #1 Rough Draft Professor Schamp Describe the main themes in “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. “Everyday Use” is a short story written by Alice Walker. Mama is the narrator throughout the story and she speaks about her two daughters, Maggie and Dee. Although Maggie, Dee and Mama are a family, they have chosen to live their lives very differently. Dee is portrayed as an attractive, well educated, independent, confident young woman who is trying to break free from her own heritage and background. On the other hand, Maggie is represented as a shy, uneducated, self-conscious and unconfident woman. Unlike Dee, Maggie seems to understand and appreciate her background and culture. Mama has a mixture of Dee and Maggie’s personality. Like Dee, she is independent and strong but at the same time, she is also shy and uneducated like Maggie. This story explores how the relationship among the three characters is strained and separated by knowledge and shame. Yet, at the same time, it shows us that the one attribute that all three characters share, which is the love they share for one another, is what holds them together as a family. Throughout the story, these three themes knowledge, shame and love are consistently shown through the character’s actions and words. Maggie did not get the chance to go to Augusta to get educated like Dee. According to Mama, Maggie is unfortunate because, “like good looks and money, quickness passed her by” (Walker 745). Lacking Dee’s attractiveness and successfulness, Maggie is also not as smart as Dee. Dee seems to be more outspoken than Maggie as Maggie did not say much throughout the
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story. She repeatedly said “Uhnnnh”, which is not even a word and this, demonstrated her poor
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