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aak324 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2010 at 12:04 AM via web

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What is a good way to rewrite this short story changing the setting to a modern day setting?

What is a good way to rewrite this short story changing the setting to a modern day setting?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 30, 2010 at 7:16 AM (Answer #2)

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"Everyday Use" is a story whose setting could be changed relatively easily.  In order to cause the story to take place in a modern setting, Mama and Maggie could be relocated to a lower working class neighborhood.  If the setting is change in order to become modern, Mama should retain a job that would be consistant with a lack of education, although her reasons for not completing her school should have changed somewhat (different economic reasoning).  She should also refer to a television show other than Johnny Carson's.

Some necessary changes would pertain to Dee and Hakim-a-barber.  In a modern story, they would be better characterized as members of "New Age" society than a 1970's quest to reconnect with their African roots.  Simple alterations such as changing the clothing of the characters will make a considerable difference toward modernizing them.

In addition, the majority of families no longer quilt or churn butter, so it is important that items such as the quilts and the butter churn be replaced with more modern family momentoes.  Perhaps a rocking chair, wedding dress, or piece of jewelry would be more appropriate to a modern story.

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