The essay is Alice walker's "everyday use",and about afro american family that have antagonistic views on the worth of the different objects in day to day life rutine.

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Sam g.k The analysis of Alice Walker's

"Everyday Use"

In the short story, "Everyday Use", Alice Walker uses everyday articles that are the principle focus of the story and are discussed with great detail. The author reveals the emotional response of the characters in the story to these objects, to contrast the simple and implicit with fashion and craze. The main characters in this story are the narrator, "Mama," and the daughter, Maggie on one side; the other daughter, Dee, is on the other side. All have antagonistic views on the worth of the different objects in their lives. Alice walker uses this conflict to make the point that the value of goods and people is more important than style.

The main characters of the story are distinctly opposite. The narrator of the story, Mama, pictures herself as a "large, big-boned woman with rough, man -working hands" (86).

The image she draws about her appearance in the readers' mind is very unpleasant; despite the fact that she confidently reveals her ability to manage her home by telling the readers the many things she can do--some of it, well. Like the things in the setting around her, she seems more interested in practicality and less interested in a dream that won't be a reality. Dee, on the other hand, is defined by her sense of style and doesn't seem to do anything. When she becomes a different person by changing her religion and name, she sees these old objects she once didn't like as part of her legacy. At no time, however, does she ever have a real use for them. Examples of such objects are the butter churn and dasher. Mama described the two objects mentioned above in more detail that highlights their value to...