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In "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, describe the relationship between Mama and Maggie.

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“I did something I never had done before: hugged Maggie to me…”

Mama, the narrator of Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use,” sees her daughter Maggie in a different light for the first time.  As head of the household, Mama or Mrs. Johnson believes that family legacy and heritage rise above everything else.  She has worked hard to give the best she can to her two daughters.  Uneducated but with common sense, Mama has dreamed of having a fairy tale relationship with her older and pretty daughter Dee.

Mama loves both of her daughters.  However, when she describes Maggie, the youngest, Mama describes her in harsh terms.  Maggie’s description includes shyness, limitations, uneducated, and unsophisticated.  After being burned horribly in their home fire, Maggie suffers from her injuries.  She is scarred and almost ugly to the outside world.  Even the way she walks is reflected in Mama’s description of Maggie---she shuffles with her chin on her chest and her eyes...

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