What levels of meaning do you find in the title of Walker's story "Everyday Use"? What are the possible implications and associations? How many things can "everyday use" be referring to?
The phrase, everyday use, could certainly imply lots of things. First, something that we put to everyday use, that we actually do use everyday, is something that must be fairly important in the context of our lives. For example, I use my car everyday to get to and from work, and it is extremely important to me so that I can be on time, leave when I want to, and so on. The car itself is not particularly meaningful to me, but the purpose it serves in my everyday life is gigantic. However, I also use my bathroom mirror everyday to maintain my personal appearance and present myself in a way that feels most comfortable to me. Again, the mirror is not that important on its own, but the everyday use to which I put it feels quite important to me. Unlike my car, I use the mirror to prepare myself for my day, and if I did not have it, I might not feel as confident in my appearance and preparedness.
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