How does the point of view determine what is known about Dee in Everyday Use?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The point of view is mostly from the woman who stay in the house--Momma and Maggie.  We see Dee as they see her--selfish, beautiful, ignorant, graceful, condescending, and other-worldly.

Dee has potential to be a wonderful person, but she chooses to look down on her family and to be embarrassed by her humble beginnings.  This is the shame of the story since Maggie, although not physically lovely, has the more beautiful spirit.