Everyday Use written by Alice Walker

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In the short story "Everyday Use" written by Alice Walker, Dee and Maggie are two sisters who share a completely different personality with each other. The author created a sense of difference and similarity between these two sisters by the describing their appearances and by their behavior. In the story, Dee and Maggie are raised in a family, but they became very different people. Maggie is very unattractive and awkward but Dee is very beautiful looking and very fashioned. Since they were young, Dee always acts more selfishly then Maggie. The author made contrast out of these two sisters to add the color for the story. Therefore, the story became interesting for readers.

Author describes Dee is a stylish, educated and have strong self-confident person. Dee knows her own style by the time when she was sixteen (Literacies. P.699). Her mother even "imagined" or "dreamed" hugging with her on TV shows because she has "made it" and embraces, appreciates her mother to support her.

When she visits her home, her mother and sister Maggie cleaned the yard so hard waiting for her. In the beginning of the story, her mother describes herself as "a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands (Literacies P.698)." But Dee doesn't like it. On the other hand, Maggie is very skinny and a totally opposite girl to Dee, she's very shy, uneducated, the weak once but generous and kind. Maggie gets along with everything, she always says yes to everyone, and almost never says "no". She worked very hard with her mother to support her sister Dee to go to college in Austria. Maggie's role in the story is very like a traditional woman in the society. She doesn't speak for herself, and not showing her emotions to other people. Even when...