Whos side would you take in the argument about quilts?Whos side would you take in the argument about quilts?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Maggie of course! Dee seems to definitely overstep her mark in this short story. Consider how she holds the quilts as if she already owned them, even though Mama hasn't decided to give them to her yet. She also shows that she does not recognise or understand the heritage and the past of the quilts as she has rejected her immediate past - Mama and Maggie's history - in her attempt to embrace her African roots. Therefore, considering how the quilts are such an essential relic of Mama's history, it is perfectly right that they be given to Maggie.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Maggie is the one who should get the quilts. To her, they are a family heritage. What Dee can't see is that a family quilt is more than folk art or quaint Americana. Mama didn't go down to the local fabric store to buy material to make her quilts. She pieced together bits of old clothing from loved ones. There are pieces from her grandmother's grandmother's clothing! Her quilts are her family remembrance.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Definitely Maggie's side!  Dee, although educated in the "book sense," is not in touch with what the word "heritage" truly means. Dee has an idealized, "romantic" view of what heritage is.  What she fails to understand is that by using the things that have been passed down from generation to generation, Maggie and Mama are the ones who truly know where they came from!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Definitely Maggie's.  She is closer to the family and her heritage than Dee's "put on" pride.  Dee has not taken any time at all to learn the craft of quilting, sewing, making butter, or any of the other things she mentions about her "heritage".  Maggie, on the other hand, had quietly been absorbing all these skills.  She may be shy, scarred, and not as vivacious as Dee, but that doesn't make her any less close to her roots.  Maggie deserves the quilts.  Dee is a spoiled rotten excuse for a daughter and sister.  If she wants part of the "heritage," it seems only right that she learn to respect her mother and sister in learning these skills herself.

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vallejo707 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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As a Junior in high school reading everyday use i would pick maggie because she has more feelings and loves her family. At least she would use the quilts unlike dee who is just going to show them off, dee doesnt seem like she wants to be around her family.