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In "Everyday Use," what inference can you make about what the narrator wants from Dee?

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One thing Mama wants from Dee is respect. In the beginning of the story, as Mama and Maggie await Dee's arrival, Mama shares her dream about meeting Dee on a famous television show. Dee will have "made it" or become successful in some way. And Dee will have an emotional reunion with Mama on a famous show in which Dee will thank Mama for raising her to be the success that she has become. 

In real life, Mama is large, accustomed to hard work, and hardly glamorous in the way Dee would probably wish her to be. In fact, Mama imagines that she is more glamorous in this...

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