What is the importance of the phrase "Everyday Use" in Alice Walker's short story, "Everyday Use"?

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"Everyday" is an adverb that tells when.  "Use" is a verb (with object) which means "to put into service;" a verb (without an object) which means "to be found;" and a noun which means "the act of putting into service."

So, what is the object?  It is the "quilt."  Mrs....

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"Everyday" is an adverb that tells when.  "Use" is a verb (with object) which means "to put into service;" a verb (without an object) which means "to be found;" and a noun which means "the act of putting into service."

So, what is the object?  It is the "quilt."  Mrs. Johnson wants the quilt to be put into service everyday by Maggie.  She does not want the quilt put on the wall and not put into service every day.

The object is also "culture."  Mrs. Johnson wants her cultural legacy to be put into service, not used as a passing fad.

"Service" has a utilitarian function, which means "having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation."  The quilt and the African American culture is something to be used, to live.  I think it's the verb, not the noun.  It must be acted on everyday, not ornamental.

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