journal 4 - to use the quilt and make another one when it...

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Colton Bateham 2/7/2011 Michael Wang Journal 4 Everyday Use by Alice Walker is a story about a conflict within a family about how to deal with one’s family history. There are three characters in the story: Maggie, Dee, and their mother. Dee sees things on a different level than Maggie and her mother do. Dee changed her last name to forget about her enslaved ancestors, but is very proud of her heritage. Dee has moved away from her mother and sister and received an education. She wishes to have a family quilt to display but not use, but her mother refuses to give it to her because she has already promised it to Maggie. Maggie and her mother plan
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Unformatted text preview: to use the quilt, and make another one when it wears out. Dee doesn’t understand this, because she sees her ancestry as some old, forgotten, cute tradition. She doesn’t truly understand it, she believes she is better than her old heritage and has moved on from it, while Maggie and her mother choose to stay with their family’s old ways and live in it. Her mother made the right choice by choosing to give the quilt to Maggie. Dee does not see eye to eye with her and wouldn’t treat the quilt the way she would want to see see it treat. Dee appreciates the quilt, but in and old, forgotten, demeaning way....
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