Maggie is a living embodiment of her heritage with

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while Dee just sees it as a quaint decoration. Maggie is a living embodiment of her heritage with her knowledge of quilting. She sadly tells Mama, “’[Dee] can have them, Mama, […] I can [re]member Grandma Dee without the quilts’” (Walker 470). Despite her and Mama being spiritually connected to the quilts and the memories of learning quilting from her family, Maggie is willing to give them away because she doesn’t necessarily need them to remember. Dee, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of Mama and Maggie. Third, Dee is a cultural paradox compared to Mama and Maggie. Dee berates her family for not appreciating their heritage. She scornfully says, “’You just don’t understand’ [your heritage]” (Walker 470). This statement is ironic because she is not there to actually appreciate her roots. She is there to take things to use as decorations, not caring that her family uses them on a daily basis. Dee changes her name to fully embrace the African side of her culture. Dee declares,” ‘Not ‘Dee,’ Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo! […] I couldn’t bear […] being named after the people who oppress me” (Walker 467). Mama proceeds to think, “[…] I probably could have
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  • Spring '14
  • AndreaJ.Porter
  • Everyday Use, Mama, Grandma Dee

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