Alice Walker “Everyday Usage”
Dee misplaces the significance of heritage in her expect displaying her racial irritate. Rejection of the family history, appreciation of only great material things and selfishness is what makes Deed’s understanding of what true heritage incorrect. Mom dreams that her earliest daughter will get back and embrace her with tears in her eyes. However when Dee gets home, she viewed as a complete stranger. She greets her household stating, “Wausau-Tenant! “When Mother describes Dee by her name, Dee responds with “No, Mother. Not ‘Dee,’ Hangers Allowance Joanne!” Mother asks, “What occurred to ‘Dee’? Dee replies with, “She’s dead. I couldn’t bear it any longer, being called after the people who oppress me” (Walker 1 11). In this part of the story Dee declining her family history. She does not understand that there is actually a story of how she got her name. Mama points out that her child got that name after her auntie, who was named after her grandma. Even though Dee might not be an “African” name it is based upon customized, custom, forefathers and the heritage of Johnny’s family. Mrs. Johnson keeps in mind Deed’s youth and her appreciation of great things.
Dee was not the least upset when their home burned to the ground while she was simply a girl, “Why don’t you dance around the ashes? I ‘d wished to ask her. She had disliked the house hat much” (Walker 110). Dee is misinterpreting her heritage as product items, as opposed to her forefather’s customizeds and way of living. Dee thinks heritage to be as a concrete as a quilt on the wall or an old-time butter churn in the alcove. Dee has an understanding that the products are hand made by her forefathers, but stays uninformed of the knowledge and history behind them.
Unlike Dee, Maggie understands the real significance of her African heritage, and she believes to put all products to good use. Gratitude of only good ideas that Deed’s family has however the absence of gratitude of what her family carried out in order to help her to achieve re objectives is what makes Dee a stranger to her closest individuals. Maggie and Dee are really different from each other. Maggie is more of a passive person who is unconfined and embarrassed since of the burn scars that are found up and down her limbs, but Maggie comprehends the history behind basic things, like the quilt, and the value that it holds, unlike Dee.
Dee/Hangers takes the handmade churn leading, which she will use “as a focal point for the alcove table” (Walker 1 12-113). She only wants these things to flaunt her African heritage, but Mamma and Maggie in fact need these things to survive. Dee doesn’t recognize the true value of it. Her selfishness makes her blind and she does not see that her mom and sister utilize the churn leading everyday by making butter. The earliest child is only worried about style and the charm of items. She relates the items with her heritage now, but downplayed her heritage in her youth as she was maturing.
Deed’s chase of her heritage is external, wishing to have these different items in order to show them in her home and using them to show off to her friends. Dee wishes to keep the items as keepsakes and display them in her home. She desires the products due to the fact that he comprehends each to have value, however Dee does not comprehend the much deeper significance behind the quilt or churn top. “There are all pieces of gowns Granny used to wear. She did all this stitching by hand. Imagine!” (Walker 113). This line represents that Dee thinks about the quilt worthless due to the fact that the quilt is hand- sewn, not machined.
Dee prepares to reveal the quilts or “Hang them,” (Walker 113) unlike Maggie, who will really “put them to daily usage” (Walker 113). Mom knows that there is a connection of heritage in Maggie, and she understands that “It was Grandma Dee and Big Dee who taught Maggie how to quilt” (Walker 13). Mom expresses herself in the climactic scene of the story not through words but through deeds: she hugs Maggie to her, drags her in the space where Dee sits holding the quilts, snatches the quilts from Dee, and dumps them into Magpie’s lap (Teenager 125-28).
It is due to the fact that Maggie has such a fantastic connection with her heritage that Mom takes the quilts from Dee who “held the quilts safely in her arms, rubbing them clutching them carefully to her bosom” (Walker 113) and then hands them to Maggie. Just by reaction does she finally speak and tell Dee to “take one or two of the others.” Instead of utilizing words, Mom’s actions silence the daughter who has actually utilized language to manage others and different herself from the community: Mother informs us that Dee turns and leaves the room without a word.
This scenario is another evidence of how self-centered Dee is. Dee is the one who did not comprehend her true heritage and attempted to reject the reality of what household she originated from. No matter how effective and educated she might seem to others, in the reality she is a person who does not respect her family members and does not appreciate their battle. She resides in her “effective” world that was her mother’s desert. That made it possible for Dee o go to college.
Her relative did not ask her for cash or any other help, all they desired is just to see her in your home with the pleased tears in her eyes and to show love to them. Lack of gratitude and selfishness made her blind, she lost the true significance of heritage, or, perhaps, she never even had it. Through the story “Everyday Usage” Walker presents that heritage is a practiced custom. People can learn about their heritage and culture from one generation to the next. It is not unexpectedly “picked up”. An individual who has real heritage and culture utilize it every day of their life.