The short story "Everyday Use", written by Alice Walker, is about an African-American mother and her two daughters.The story evolves around one daughter, Dee, coming back home to visit her family.
All of them will also agree that Mama chose to stand beside Maggie and supported her while she turned her back on Dee.
However, there is no universal agreement when it comes to who is right and who is wrong.
After Dee moves out, she assures her mother that she will come to see her, wherever she may "choose" to live, but makes it clear that she will not bring any friends over (Walker 894).
, Alice Walker talks about the conflict that exists between Mama and Dee. All the literary critic and commentator will agree that there is conflict between the mother and her eldest daughter.
In the short story "Everyday Use", by Alice Walker, the hand-stitched quilts, which are the central symbols, are representative of culture, heritage and a way of life. Walker describes her a big boned woman and we get the sense that she is manly.
Walker gives us the impression she is a father figure as well as a mother to her daughters.Dee, her eldest daughter, who she sent away to College, is not a big part of her current life.Unlike Dee, she has never had any formal education, but that has not stopped her from trying to teach her daughters their heritage.The process of quilting is also significant, as each piece is made with care.The two quilts that Dee wants to take from her mother were quilted by Grandma Dee and Big Dee.The hand-stitched quilts are representative of their family heritage passed down from each generation.She believes heritage is passed down through learning and experience.Mama knows the quilts are important to Maggie, because she understands the work involved in making a quilt.Mama keeps the quilts in a trunk to protect their value.The story goes beyond these differences, though, to deal mainly with the way in which the two sisters value their heritage.Maggie knows nothing but her heritage, for she has never left home.