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What does Dee say or do that reflects a growing interest in perservig her heritage? How...

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pooh55 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM via web

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What does Dee say or do that reflects a growing interest in perservig her heritage? How  is the butter churn used to contrast Dee's relationship with her heritage with Maggie's? Is there anything  ironic about Dee's connection too her heritage ?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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Dee has been away at school and it is implied that she is learning about how important African American culture is. She shows up at the house and immediately starts taking pictures, making sure that the house is in all of them. She then explains to her mother that she has changed her name and doesn't go by Dee anymore. It is ironic because Dee states that she "couldn't bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me", but we learn that this name is her heritage that she appears to so desperately want to reclaim. She also wants the butter churn. Dee wanted the churn because it makes a good story and symbol of her heritage; however, it is shown that Dee doesn' know the full story of the churn and dasher as Maggie tells her about it. Maggie is more of the heritage and history because she didn't run away from it. She lives it all the time and accepts all sides to it. It is implied in the story that Dee burned down their former house, which is very symbolic of her trying to burn her heritage and past. Now she comes back to steal it from those who live it and love.


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