What are the characters’ motivations? Are their motivations clear? If not, why are their motives elusive? How do certain characters act as literary foils to others? How do the characters develop or change in the story, and why?

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Toward the end of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” it becomes clear what each of the main characters' motivations are. In the beginning, Mama is excited to see her daughter Dee, who is a cosmopolitan, educated young woman who left behind her poor childhood home. Mama daydreams of being reunited with Dee on television in a dramatic fashion, which indicates that she hasn’t seen her daughter in some time—and she fantasizes about how the impending visit will go. Her other daughter, Maggie, is nervous about seeing her glamorous, more successful sister.

When Dee almost demands to have precious family...

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