The short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker tells of a family of a mother and two daughters. It is narrated by Mama. She lives with her younger daughter, Maggie, a simple and shy girl whose skin is scarred from a house fire. Dee, the older daughter, is more intelligent and attractive. She comes to visit with a man who is either her boyfriend or husband. It's clear that Mama and Dee have very different worldviews, and there are numerous symbols in the story that support this. I'll list several, and then you can choose which three you think are most important.
The first symbol that is presented is the yard. Mama keeps it swept and clean and considers it an extension of the house, but Dee does not even notice it.
The TV show that Mama describes is a symbol of the way that she wishes that Dee would see her: as an ideal mother in a sort of fantasy reality. It is obvious, however, that Dee does not see her mother and sister like that, but instead she looks down on them and considers herself superior.
The house is another symbol. The way that Mama describes it is simple and basic, and yet she and Maggie are comfortable there and see it as home. Dee, however, regards it as an expression of their poverty, as Mama comments: "No doubt when Dee sees it she will want to tear it down."
Dee's dress, accessories, and hair style are symbolic. To Dee they represent her modernity, good fashion sense, cultural assimilation, and break from the poverty of her past. However, Mama and Maggie think these things are unnecessarily ostentatious and overly bright.
The hand-whittled churn top that Dee takes is symbolic. To Dee it is merely something she can use to decorate her tabletop, but to Mama it is an object of practical value.
Finally, the quilts that Dee tries to take are important symbols. Like the churn top, Dee doesn't want to use the quilts for what they were made for. She wants to hang them as works of art. She protests that if Mama gives them, as they are promised, to Maggie, she will probably use them as bedding and ruin them. In this case, Mama sides with Maggie, puts her foot down, and insists that Dee not take the quilts. Dee remarks that Mama doesn't understand her heritage, but Mama understands enough to know that Maggie will make better use of the quilts.