Mama proceeds to think i probably could have carried

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the people who oppress me” (Walker 467). Mama proceeds to think, “[…] I probably could have carried it back beyond the Civil War […]” (Walker 467). Dee is named after a long lineage of women in her family, but Dee disregards this because she wants to associate with her strong African ancestors, instead of her quaint American background. Dee only wants to show how she has evolved, unlike her family, who are quite fine with how they live.
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Key 3 In conclusion, “Everyday Use” regards the methods a family uses to pay tribute to their ancestry. Walker portrays her thoughts on heritage through Mama, Maggie, and Dee’s differing ideas of cultural appreciation. While Mama and Maggie appreciate their past through the everyday use of items, Dee prefers items to be for decoration purposes, not actually used. In the quest to find oneself, one must not ignore the roots from which one is born.
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Key 4 Works Cited Page Walker, Alice. “ Everyday Use”. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. 8 th ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. 465-472. Print.
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  • Spring '14
  • AndreaJ.Porter
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