Describe Dee and Maggie in "Everyday Use."

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In Walker's "Everyday Use," Dee, by the time she visits Maggie and her mother, is an urban black woman and represents blacks who moved to cultural centers and became well-educated and articulate.

Maggie is rural, and represents traditional, rural black culture.  Maggie's mother is similar to Maggie. 

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In Walker's "Everyday Use," Dee, by the time she visits Maggie and her mother, is an urban black woman and represents blacks who moved to cultural centers and became well-educated and articulate.

Maggie is rural, and represents traditional, rural black culture.  Maggie's mother is similar to Maggie. 

The story reveals these two cultures in conflict, and at the center of the conflict is the different ways the two sisters view their backgrounds and upbringings.  To Dee, the home furnishings she wants to take with her are quaint, old-fashioned, and would make nice decorative items.  She wants to display them as works of art.

Maggie, as well as the mother, in contrast, want to use the items as they were meant to be used--for everyday use. 

Of course, the mother comes down on the side of everyday use when Dee tries to take quilts intended for Maggie, and the story seems to, too.  Rural, traditional black culture has a dignity of its own. 

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