Can anyone explain to me the Rural-Urban conflict in "Everyday Use"?

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The main conflict in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" deals with the rural-urban conflict of language.  Whereas Mrs. Johnson is uneducated (never learned to read and write) and descended from a long line of self-sufficient, tough matriarchs, she is distrustful of language.  She is a country woman, a woman of few words, a woman of action: she "sweeps" and "butchers."

Mrs. Johnson, though she is the narrator, is not comfortable in the role.  She does not like talk.  She knows that appearing on the Johnny Carson talk show with Dee is an unrealistic fantasy.  She knows that the urban viewers would...

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Relvoing around a family conflict triggered by a proud, confident character Dee's desire to obtain her personal and cultural heritage but inability to appreciate genuine identity of other characters, her mother and very disparate sister, Maggie, "Everyday Use" underscores a generation gap and a contrast between two distinctively different attitudes toward heritage. Although Maggie and their mother do not attempt to understand their cultural heritiage intellectually, they know and can feel it everyday by simply living their cultural heritage, maintained int he form of family relics: the quilt.

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