How does the narrator of "Everyday Use" change, and what causes these changes?

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The narrator of Alice Walker's short story, "Everyday Use," is the mother of two daughters, Maggie and Dee (a.k.a. Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo).  In the beginning of the story, Mama seems to primarily feel sadness for her Maggie, who is the youngest and is badly scarred from a house fire ten or twelve years ago.  By the end of the story, Mama's tone suggests that she feels pride, rather than sorrow, for her youngest child.

Throughout the course of the story, Dee returns to her family home and attempts to take possession of all of the family heirlooms she can find, even though she does not appreciate the true beauty of them.  Dee does not see the value of the labor and love that went into each piece; instead, she feels that she deserves to own them because she believes herself to be superior to her mother and little sister.

When Dee becomes angry at her mother for refusing to give her quilts that are promised to Maggie, Mama recognizes the ability of Maggie to produce something just as beautiful from her own handiwork.  Maggie does not intend to view the pieces as art, but as what they were intended, which is a mindset that pays true tribute to the integrity of the quilts and the history of their origins.

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How does the narrator of the shory story "Everyday Use" change through out the story and what brings these changes about?  

The mother of the story, while presented as a strong character, had always had a preference for her daughter Dee.  Dee was smart, savvy, and pretty, while her sister Maggie was slow, awkward, and homely.  The story opens with the mother, or narrator, fantasizing about being on a television show that would show her as the mother Dee wanted her to be and Dee's acceptance of her mother.

When Dee arrives with her current boyfriend in tow, the mother cannot help but be impressed with Dee's bright dress and new Afro hairdo.  Yet, Dee comes off as superficial, interested in only what is currently popular--hence Dee's interest in the butter churn and and the quilt.  The mother who has always favored Dee, though, decides to deny Dee the quilt and instead give the quilt to Maggie.  This decision represents a first for the mother.  She has said no to Dee and has chosen Maggie over Dee.  It seems that with this choice, the mother comes to accept herself as she really is--not some fancy version of what Dee wants her to be--and truly appreciate the beautiful spirit of her other daughter, Maggie, who has a true sense of her heritage.

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