Critical Analysis of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”

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Alice Walker's "Everyday Use  is a classic tale of irony. Dee comes home to collect the quilts and show her family how she has learned about the African American culture, when really she is trying to be someone she is not. Maggie deserves to have the quilts because she appreciates its connection to her family in a way that Dee does not.

Maggie appreciates the quilts' connection to her family. By allowing Maggie to have the quilts, they will have a chance to circulate through the generations to come. Sam Whitsitt, "The quilts might leave the home, but how they do so is significant. They must move through the hands of Mama and Maggie  (2). Maggie wasn't lucky enough to be sent off to school, and therefore has to work extremely hard to have anything at all. Nancy Tuten writes, " ¦Mama

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