The location of the story is never explicitly specified. It takes place on a farm in a rural area. The narrator and her youngest daughter, Maggie, live in small shack with a tin roof in the middle of a pasture. Since Walker grew up in rural Georgia, the daughter of sharecroppers, it is not a stretch to say the location of this story is Georgia as well.
The actual location is less important, in terms of the meaning of the story, than the details of the place Mama and Maggie live. Although they are doubtlessly very poor, the description of the house, and the yard attached to it, emphasize the familiarity and comfort of the place. The yard is like an "extended living room." The furnishings of the shack are meager but significant nevertheless for their value as things used everyday. In short, the location is best understood simply as "home."
The problem of the story is that Dee, the older, more sophisticated daughter, sees the place less as a home and more like a kind of museum. Her desire...
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