A Quilted Heritage

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With the first-person narrative style the writer is able to express more vividly to the writer the differences between her daughters. This writing style also helps invoke deeper feelings from the reader towards the understanding of those differences. It allows you to know the mother's true knowledge of her daughters, Dee and Maggi, and the decision the mother must make. The passing down of the family quilts is more than just passing the objects themselves, it is their history and their being. The writer uses the mother as teh narrator to express the true connection of just what heritage really means.

Although the mother never had a formal education, she is wise about things in life. She shows the reader that she takes great pride in who she truly is and that she doesn't need a man to survive: "In real life I am large, big-boned woman with rough man working hands.

In the winter I wear flannel nightgowns and overalls during the day. I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man" (Walker, 358). She is also a strong person in the mental sense. She sems to make the best of what she has. In simple words she turns her dirt yard into an "extended living room". When it comes to her daughters, she sees how each one has chosen a tootally different life to lead. Maggie wants to stick with her heritage whileDee can't get away from it soon enough.

Her eldest daughter, Dee, orked hard and got herself ut of the shamed culture in which she lived: "She used to read to us without pity; forcing words, lies, other folks habits, whole lives upon us two, sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her voice" (Walker, 359). Dee was bound and determined to get our of...