Why would people rather be like Dee instead of Maggie?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure many people would rather be like Dee than like Maggie in Walker's "Everyday Use."  Dee certainly isn't presented as an attractive character in the story;  Maggie comes off much more favorably.

I could probably answer your question better if I knew exactly where you were coming from and what you have in mind.  But, I'll do what I can.

Maggie is a bit mousy and lacks self-confidence.  Her future will likely be limited to her home and the local area she lives in.

Dee on the other hand has great potential.  She is well-educated, personable, and self-confident.  Even charismatic, possibly.  One might say she is liberated.

Wow, after writing that I can see why people might rather be Dee!

At the same time, however, in the world of the story, Maggie and her mother possess a dignity that Dee lacks.  They are comfortable with themselves and value their past and belongings for its and their own sakes, respectively.  They do not need to change or be transformed  to become whole.  They are already what they want to be.       

mkcapen1 | Student

I should think that most people would want to be more like Dee.  Dee has a more advanced mind that has the capability to gain a higher education which in turn has enabled her to have greater financial and social advantages.  Dee does not have scars from the fire and she is very outgoing.  Dee is also headstrong and determined.

Mattie is shy and introverted and lacks self-confidence.  She is not very intellectual and has not been able to attain the opportunities that Dee has.  There is a special kind of goodness in Maggie that is not existent in Dee.   However, Mattie's choices in life are limited while Dee's are endless.