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In the story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, what do the benches symbolize?

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livenhappiness | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 23, 2007 at 12:48 PM via web

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In the story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, what do the benches symbolize?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2007 at 10:04 AM (Answer #1)

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The benches are part of an array of things symbolizing the distance between Wangero (Dee) and her family. To her mother, they are symbols of the poverty her family lived through, and of the work she and Dee's father put in to get through it. To Dee, they are "artistic," like the butter churn. The objects of everyday use are transformed into show pieces for her.

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