Describe Dee Johnson's character in "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker.
Wangero, the woman formerly known as Dee in Alice Walker's story, is on a quest to find her true identity. For Wangero, the fundamental truth of who she is must be located outside the rural South and in an ancestral African homeland. She shares the dilemma of most African Americans of her generation and earlier, that she lacks the tools to find the specific African origins. Wangero is assembling an image of Afticanness that draws on diverse sources. Her issues with the American side of her heritage are, for her, forever tainted by the fact of her ancestors' enslaved status—represented even in her given name.
Wangero has known since childhood that she had natural gifts that separated her from her sister, Maggie, and that would eventually take her out of the narrow confines of their country way of life. Just being accepted into college opened a vast gulf between her and all her local peers. She moved North to the city without having a context for the education she would receive.
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