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How important is the setting of "Everyday Use" to the plot?

The setting of "Everyday Life" is very important to the plot. By setting the story in the rural shack where Maggie and her mother live, readers can easily see how frivolous and high-handed Dee's attempt to appropriate their everyday items as "artifacts" is.

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I would argue that the setting of this short story is of the utmost importance, because it provides a clear illustration of the different life choices that have been made by Mama, Maggie, and Dee.

The setting is Mama and Maggie's home, which they used to share with Dee before she left to attend college. The environment is described as homely and loved, but extremely basic. This provides a good illustration of Mama and Maggie's life, in which there is no extra money, but plenty of love and warmth are shared between the two.

The importance of the creation of this ambiance lies in the complete contrast that is seen in Dee. In contrast to her mother and sister, who are all about love and warmth, Dee is all about progress, nice clothing, and a better life. She makes her family feel like their home is a spectacle and something that might be laughed at when Dee and her partner return to their regular lives.

The story reaches its crescendo in a conflict about some quilts, which Dee firmly...

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