Alice Walker's story "Everyday Use" is about families, what it means and how family members interact with each other. It also shows how families try to find happiness and feel love. The three main characters of this story are, Mama, Maggie and Dee. Mama and Maggie lack knowledge of the world while Dee lacks understanding of her family.
On the other hand, it also tells a story of a mother's conflict relationship with her two daughters and how the mother keeps away the values of her older daughter and listens to the values of her younger daughter which is totally different.
The time of this story as it can be seen that the author comes from an African- American culture, where people used to be known as Negro's or Blacks. So Alice Walker tries to define in this story the meaning of the term African- American Heritage with giving different ideas as it is known with humiliation.
The main purpose of this story that a reader can notice seems to be challenge the black movement and black people as general to respect their American heritage.