Walker's "Everyday Use" is written using the dual perspectives of narration and reflection. Both techniques are used by the woman telling the story, Mrs. Johnson.
Her story is about her life and relationship with her two daughters, Dee and Maggie (aka Wangero). Punctuating her story are many instances of reflection. For example, Mrs. Johnson reflects on her difficult relationship with daughter Dee:
"I used to think she hated Maggie, too. But that was before we raised the money, the church and me, to send her to Augusta to school. She used to read to us without pity; forcing words, lies, other folks habits, whole lives upon us two, sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her voice. She washed us in a river of make-believe, burned us with a lot of knowledge we didn't necessarily need to know."