What is the setting of story and is the setting ironic or symbolic?

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renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This story is set at the mother's house, on the occasion of a daughter's(Dee) visit.Dee was the apparent favorite-beautiful, wordly. Dee is also incredibly selfish, assuming, and condescending. She sifts through the house searching for the few possessions of beauty that her mother owns.Dee does not care for the nostalgic, emotional attachment to the quilts, but for the collectiblew status. In this way, it is ironic that Dee is seen as the attractive sister of the two girls, while her personality is full of ugliness.

chloemink eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The setting of the story is in the mother's house. Her mother states that the new house (the first house was destroyed in a fire), is a three-room shack with no "real" windows and a tin roof. The house helps better reflect the contrast between Dee's materialism and Maggie and her mother's pride in their home and their contentedness with life. I would say it could be both symbolic and ironic.

revolution | Student

It begins at Dee's mother's house, the setting of the story "Everyday Use". The second house, the first one previously destroyed in the huge fire, which left Maggy badly scarred, is a three-room shack with no “real” windows and a tin roof. I think there is both irony and symbolism in the setting.

The quilts are the "symbol" of the entire story, representing the inter-connecting of the family's history and the intergenerational ties of the family. The irony occured when Dee looked back at her African's past, the history of her past in order to confirm her connections with her ancestral roots, forgetting to look back at her real origins and the people who had raised her to be a person who she is now.

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