mother' dream on a Tv programIn short story called 'Everyday Use' written by Alice Walker why does the mother dream herself with her old daughter Dee on a Tv program?Why doesn't she dream herself...

mother' dream on a Tv program

In short story called 'Everyday Use' written by Alice Walker why does the mother dream herself with her old daughter Dee on a Tv program?Why doesn't she dream herself with his other girl Maggie?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The dream sequence you refer to is very ironic as through it Mama manages the kind of reuniting that she perhaps feels society (and Dee) would demand when she sees Dee again. She wryly comments that this is not going to happen. A TV show of course is not enough to reconcile the differences between two people, which Mama realises, and goes on to demonstrate by her choice to give the quilts to Maggie and not Dee.

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The dream is brought on by the occasion.  Dee is returning home, Maggie is not.  Dee has transformed or been transformed, Maggie has not.  The dream deals with TV shows that reunite children that have "made it," which describes Dee, not Maggie.  The dream is not complimentary.  It has nothing to do with Maggie.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The dream sequence has a particular purpose. The mother, the narrator, wants public affirmation of the love between her daughter and herself. That is primarily what happened on that particular program. The people always sway "I love you" or some other thing in which they express their affection. That si what the mother wants. She wants acknowledgement of her love for her daughter returned to her.

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