Please address any special or particular techniques that the author used in the development of the characters in "Everyday Use".

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One technique would be Alice Walker's choice of narrator.  The narrator is first-person and is the mother of Dee and Maggie.  We get a very special point of view through the mother.  We learn how tough her life was growing up and how she struggled to support her girls since their father was not around.  We also learn the relationship that the mother has with both of her girls.  The two girls are VERY different, so the mother's relationship with each is very different. Dee has moved away to the "city" and has taken on a new persona...she has changed her name to one of African origin and is donning new traditional African garb.  She sees heritage as being something one can display instead of use.  Maggie, on the other hand, is a very shy, quiet young girl who still lives with her mother.  She is painfully shy and rarely speaks.  She seems scared of Dee and is reluctant to talk around her and Dee's boyfriend, Hakim, when they come to visit.  The mother and Maggie are close and understand what true heritage is...that using these wonderful things that have been handed down to them is true heritage and that displaying them is not.