Everyday Use | Study Guide

Alice Walker

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Alice Walker

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

The events of "Everyday Use" are narrated in the first person by Mrs. Johnson, also called Mama. She offers a homespun, straightforward, sometimes humorous and sometimes painfully honest evaluation of the people and events of the story.


Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" is narrated in the present tense.

About the Title

The title "Everyday Use" refers to how people treat items that are part of their cultural heritage: as they were meant to be used or as preserved works of art. How they view these parts of their lives says something important about how they view themselves.


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