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In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," give at least three supporting details for Dee's actions and speech that demonstrate that she is a "spoiled brat."

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Dee and Maggie are sisters in Alice Walker's short story, "Everyday Use." Dee has "found" her African roots, and wants nothing to do with her African-American heritage—passed down by ancestors who worked tirelessly to survive in a foreign land and provide a better life for their children.

Dee is very cosmopolitan, has taken an African name and dresses in authentic African garb. She has been formally educated, while her mother and sister live in the tiny shack "back home." Dee is, without question, a brat. The mother (the narrator) describes Dee.

I used to think she hated Maggie, too. But that was before we raised the money, the church and me, to send her to Augusta to school. She used to read to us...She washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn't need to know. Pressed us to her with the serious way she read, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand.

Dee is extremely self-centered, thinking only how her family...

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