What is Dee’s attitude toward her heritage with the attitudes of her mother and sister?

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The character of Dee, or Wangero, in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" does not quite accept who she really is or where she really comes from. Instead, she has turned her heritage into a montage of artistic, historical, and eclectic nothings that make up a brand new idea of what she feels is the African heritage.

Coming from a poor family of sensible means and living the reality of being a minority, one would think that Dee would use her new-found position in society and her education to expand upon what she knows, and make her heritage be well-known.

Contrarily, she adopts a new name loosely based...

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Relvoing around a family conflict triggered by a proud, confident character Dee's desire to obtain her personal and cultural heritage but inability to appreciate genuine identity of other characters, her mother and very disparate sister, Maggie, "Everyday Use" underscores a generation gap and a contrast between two distinctively different attitudes toward heritage. Although Maggie and their mother do not attempt to understand their cultural heritiage intellectually, they know and can feel it everyday by simply living their cultural heritage, maintained int he form of family relics: the quilt.
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