Dee in Everyday Usage by Alice Walker
In Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Usage,” Walker describes a mother’s relationship with her 2 daughters. She discusses how Dee/Wangero has actually lost the sight of the reality that she was raised in hardship and is now residing in rejection; a fantasy world. In the meanwhile, Dee learns more about own independence, determination to explore and loses respect for her initial heritage. Dee allowed her real self to be reviled while looking for her own self-reliance. From the time Dee is a child, she was a child she found a method to make her difference from her household. “At the age of sixteen she had a design of her own” (Walker 110).
Dee’s style is more than the clothes she puts on or the hairdos she uses. Dee gowns to state that she is a specific one with her own ideas. Dee enjoys her education. She loves checking out to her mom and sibling. The mom states, “The serious way she would read, to push us away for the moment” (Walker 110). The passion reviled in Dee’s voice is more of an interest thinking what else was in the world beyond her house. Dee’s interest to pull her in an opposite instructions causes her to end up being determine to check out other things instead of what she has.
As Dee enjoys her household’s house burn, this somehow made Dee very happy. The mom says “we raised the cash, the church and me, to send her to Augusta to school,” Dee altered her feelings towards her sis (Walker 110). Dee decides that she is much better than her Maggie since of her intelligence. Although, Maggie isn’t really smart in that area she knew the things that are important. When Dee wanted the quilts, Dee says “She can make some more she understands how to quilt” (Walker 114). Dee placed her interest in things she views as essential, because her decision is elsewhere.
Dee’s return is expected to be delighted for somebody not seeing their family for many years, however rather she returns with an overall lack of respect for her family. Dee tries to reveal her distinction from her family. Dee says, “Not Dee, Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo! I couldn’t bear it any longer being named after individuals who oppressed me” when her mother talk with her (Walker 112). Although, Dee’s name has very much meaning she just does not take the time to understand the story that lagged the name.
The name signifies the strength of the family, along with, a forever connection to her household. Dee does not desire much to do with her household. Dee does not appreciate the heritage of her family. Yet, she asked for the quilts and churn top not to have them as memories, however as something that she values in her own way. Dee does not show that she understands the values of her heritage unless she can have what she wants. Dee enables her self-reliance, drive to explore and lack of respect for her original heritage uses her to make a significant transformation.
After a specific stage in child’s life is over one are permitted becoming the person they want to be. Nevertheless, accepting what things one delights in about their heritage and deposing of others since Dee’s family doesn’t live a method she believe they should. Dee gets a kick out of knowing that her mom has never ever been able to inform her no, once she does she expresses her true sensation towards her family. Dee exits saying “You ought to attempt to make something of yourself to Maggie. It’s really a new day for us. But from the method you and Mama still live you ‘d never ever understand it” (Walker 115).