EveryDay Use? Why does the mother compare her daughters to different animals? What does this reveal about her attitudes toward Dee and Maggie?
It is clear from this story that the animal description that Mama gives of Maggie gives us a real picture of her character and her nervousness. Being compared to an animal hit by a car shows us how wounded and low Maggie is in her self-esteem. This also explains why Mama feels so protective of her and considers that she is in need of more help and support than Dee - and she is right, too.