In "Everyday Use," how does Maggie view herself?

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Maggie is Mama's youngest daughter.  She is a very shy, introverted young woman who has many scars, both physical and emotional. She was burned in the fire that destroyed their home some years ago and she is terribly ashamed of her scars.  This fire, however, also scarred her emotionally.  She is very introverted and painfully shy.  She rarely talks, and when she does, it is to do so very softly.  Maggie feels inferior to her sister Dee because Maggie lacks any self-confidence and self-esteem.  Dee is very different from Maggie in that Dee is very beautiful, confident, and educated.  Dee is also condescending, which doesn't help Maggie feel any better.  During the climax of the story, when Dee wants to take the blanket (quilt) that has been promised to Maggie, Maggie tells her mother that Dee can have them; however, Mama snatches it out of Dee's hands to give to Maggie.  I'm certain this made Maggie feel very proud.

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