In "Everyday Use," what do Dee and Maggie have in common? How are they different?
In Alice Walker's short story "Everyday Use," Dee and Maggie share little in common other than their parentage, background, and heritage. Dee and Maggie were both raised in the same lowly home in rural Georgia, which burned down when they were young. Unfortunately, Maggie was severely injured during the house fire and is scarred from the traumatic incident.
Dee and Maggie also share the same heritage but have significantly different ideas on how they view and honor their ancestors. Dee does not inherently value the handmade items of her ancestors and is interested in the churn and antique quilts because they align with the current social trend of the time. Dee plans on displaying the traditional artifacts in her home and simply views them as interesting decorations with historical significance. In contrast, Maggie attaches sentimental value to the quilts and views her heritage as a living legacy, which she is very much a part of. Maggie's connection to her family's heritage and...
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