If you had to write an ending for "Everyday Use" what direction would you take?  How would you end it?I was thinking about having Dee leave and get back to the city and then have something happen...

If you had to write an ending for "Everyday Use" what direction would you take?  How would you end it?

I was thinking about having Dee leave and get back to the city and then have something happen that makes her question her new name and realize all along that she was denying her heritage by changing her name; however I'm not sure how to begin.

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James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

So far the people posting have come up iwth interesting endings that involve Dee's conversion (she's been the main target of the postings) and Maggie's development. What about something new that involves the narrator? Maybe the mother could come to understand that just because her two children are different does not have to mean that one of them is right and the other one is wrong.

I'm writing this, at least in part, because I would like to see new ways of appreciating the story. We don't have to take the narrator's biases as truth. If you don't believe that the narrator is biased, I'd encourage you to read the story again slowly, looking at the ways in which the narrator repeated derides Dee and her boyfriend for being different.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would consider ending the story with Maggie handling the quilts she has been given by her mother and beginning to make something of herself, but not through or by rejecting her background, but being proud of her roots and her history and heritage. I don't think that the story would work in the same way if Dee sees the error of her ways.

mlsalcido | Student

Dee then suggests to her boyfriend that they having been mislead and that they need to really rethink their heritage.  The boyfriend disagrees and tries to convince Dee that their race has been held down and they need to do all possible to embrace their "new" way of thinking.  Dee realizes that his view of reality is distorted and decides that she needs to go back to her ancestory roots and leaves the city to go back home.

epollock | Student

She then takes Dee home to meet her boyfriend who is similar to her guy, and Dee sees what a pretentious fool he is. Dee starts to think that she should change her behavior.

mlsalcido | Student

What if Dee was to run into people in the city where she spends time with someone who is also superficial and pretentious, and she could see her reflection of character in that other person.  She then goes home to apologize to her mother and sister.

  I like it.  That gives me some type of idea.  Add another character to the story.  Interesting.

Thanks.

epollock | Student

What if Dee was to run into people in the city where she spends time with someone who is also superficial and pretentious, and she could see her reflection of character in that other person.  She then goes home to apologize to her mother and sister.