In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use,"  how does Maggie change as a result of Dee's visit?

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The contrast at the heart of "Everyday Use" is between Mrs. Johnson's two daughters, Dee and Maggie. Returning from college, Dee has become embroiled in the Black Power movement, taking a very scholarly and theoretical approach to her African heritage. Dee seems to think of her mother and her sister as ignorant, and she feels entitled to the family heirlooms. In particular, she wishes to display the quilts from her grandmother as "folk" art. Maggie, on the other hand, who has stayed with her mother and lived a traditional life, wants to save the quilts for her marriage and apply them practically.

The degree to which Maggie changes over the course of the story is subtle, but it is present nonetheless. Maggie, who is quiet and demure by comparison to Dee, no doubt feels a certain sense of inferiority to the latter's apparent knowledge and worldliness. However, at the end of the story, Mrs. Johnson decides to give the quilts to Maggie, because she believes that the way that she will use...

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