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Describe Mama's relationship with Dee in "Everyday Use."
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Dee can be called the antithesis of Mama: They are opposites in every way. Mama is fat; Dee is thin. Mama is uneducated; Dee has a college degree. Mama loves both of her daughters, but we sense that Mama dislikes Dee; she knows that Dee is embarrassed by her--the way she looks, the way she talks, the way she lives. Dee thinks she is honoring her heritage by assuming an African-sounding name and using old quilts as wall hangings (but don't you think she'll sell them?). She has forgotten that Mama and Maggie are part of her heritage too.
Posted by linda-allen on April 13, 2008 at 4:06 PM (Answer #1)
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