Everyday Use

Everyday Use Alice Walker s early story Everyday Use has remained a cornerstone of her work Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestor

  • Title: Everyday Use
  • Author: Alice Walker Barbara T. Christian
  • ISBN: 9780813520766
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
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    Alice Walker s early story, Everyday Use, has remained a cornerstone of her work Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we define art, women s culture, and African American lives By putting African American women s voices at the center of the narrative for the first time,Alice Walker s early story, Everyday Use, has remained a cornerstone of her work Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we define art, women s culture, and African American lives By putting African American women s voices at the center of the narrative for the first time, Everyday Use anticipated the focus of an entire generation of black women writers This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Walker s life, an authoritative text of Everyday Use and of In Search of Our Mothers Gardens, an interview with Walker, six critical essays, and a bibliography The contributors are Charlotte Pierce Baker, Houston A Baker, Jr Thadious M Davis, Margot Anne Kelley, John O Brien, Elaine Showalter, and Mary Helen Washington.

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    • Leslie says:

      In the story "Every Day Use," the author, Alice Walker, states about the relationships that occurs inside a family when one of their offspring is shipped abroad to further continue her studies. In the story, the author further reveals what happens to the family by limitlessly supporting Dee and not trying to overcome themselves as well. The mother, the backbone in the family, is the narrator of the story, switching from third person to first person. The story further exposes the struggle and the [...]

    • Cassandra Lê says:

      A great short story. Read this in my Eng lit class :)

    • Brooke says:

      Read this for my literature class.

    • Lateisha Barnes says:

      Summary:A single mother raising two daughters named Maggie and Dee. (Character v. Character) Maggie, the younger daughter, shy and low self esteem due to scars on arms and legs. Dee, outgoing and well dressed daughter with a nicer figure than Maggie. These are the protagonists in the story. They appear to be round and dynamic characters throughout the story. Maggie goes from never smiling to smiling at the end of the story when she gets to have the quilts that were promised to her. Dee goes from [...]

    • Lori says:

      I've remembered this woman's self-description for thirty years without knowing what book or who wrote it; I happy to now have a place for it."In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands. In the winter I wear flannel nightgowns to bed and overalls during the day. I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man. My fat keeps me hot in zero weather. I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing. I can eat pork liver cooked over the open fire minut [...]

    • Amy C. says:

      I read this short story in a lit anthology and was instantaneously touched by the contention of true heritage.

    • Rogerio Ruiz says:

      When I read “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the first thing that came to mind was heritage. This short story focuses on family and how education can change people. Walker illustrates the importance of our life in relation to our people and culture. Throughout the story Walker illustrates one’s cultures and heritage are represented not only the possession of objects, but by our lifestyle and attitudes towards our life’s. Throughout the story Walker shows the different sides of culture and [...]

    • Ali Bouzari says:

      The story strikes, sudden and urgent it takes you away, touching on concepts of old and new, integrity or giving in to the new world order, I personally couldn't fight the tears as I was reading the last lines from this simple but potent tale of mothers and daughters. I strongly suggest it.

    • Lori says:

      A short story that was full of symbolism and imagery. I enjoyed this look into the life of a family that is learning what their heritage really is and how to use it.

    • Suzette Sanchez says:

      In the story “Everyday Use” By Alice Walker, Mama, who is the narrarator expresses the tragedy that brings her to appreciate life and her culture. Mama is a mother of two, Dee and Maggie. Mama is black, she describes herself to be a big woman, hard working hands, she seems to not be a feminine in anyway. 12 years ago there house burned down. Maggie was badly burned. She is very thin, burn marks all over her body. Mama remembers the way she looked as the house was burning. Dee is the older of [...]

    • Pearl Pena says:

      “Everyday Use” is the first short story that I have read from the author Alice Walker, I must say that I surprised myself on having really enjoyed it and I’m glad that we had an assignment on it for this class. “Everyday Use” is narrated by an old-fashioned African American woman who describes the experiences of southern life of herself and her two daughters. The main theme that the author introduced in this short story was the importance of heritage and culture and remembering ones ro [...]

    • Joanna says:

      After rereading "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, and still getting those feelings of pity for the Mama and Maggie. Having a mother just like Mama makes me understand Mama's thoughts more, and also appreciate the things my mother has done. Although we are not poor just like them, my mom has been the man of the house. I picture Mama just like my mother, older than what she really is, stressed but not complaining, and lost of softness in her hands. I believe this short story can make you realize how [...]

    • Hreedi Dev says:

      This is a great short story when discussing about family heritage and how important it is to know about your family line. However, I think that I was not able to fully understand the plot because I didn't have much connection to the text, but there were some parts of the story that were intriguing to me and those are the parts that I would like to point out. 1) Alice Walker, the author, uses humor at the right areas. The main character and the speaker, Mrs. Johnson, does the job of a man and she [...]

    • Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion) says:

      This is post originally onVivian's Book Pavilion Literature PageWell? From today began, as long as you see the category “Literature,” the review might be a little bit more serious. “A Bit.” So the funny thing about literature is that you’ll never find it interesting unless you look into it. Everyday Use is a short story by Alice Walker, and…I figure if you know The Color Purple you’ll know her. But in case you don’t know, she’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and a “womanis [...]

    • Jaime Gonzalez says:

       Alice Walker gained a worldwide reputation for her famous novel, The Color Purple, published in 1982, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1983. She was the first African American woman to earn these two awards. "Everyday Use" is one of Walker’s popular short stories which takes place in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement, when African-Americans, especially young adults, were discovering their heritage and affirming their cultural identity. "Everyday Use [...]

    • Victoria Leal says:

      The short story “Everyday use” By Alice Walker gives a lot of insight of how people can disconnect themselves from their background. She uses Dee as an example of a young woman who started to hate on her home at a very young age, and she uses that as motivation to make a better living for herself. The way Dee’s mother describes her is as young girl who is beautiful and thin with boys who admired her. Dee so ashamed of her old house gave no emotion when it burned down, her mother says that [...]

    • Scarlett Prazaline says:

      In this short story, “Everyday Use” gives the reader great imagery. It was written in a quality that can make you feel as if you are watching this family and their differences. Alice Walker shows an African American family who live in poverty but who are comfortable without complains. Dee the college girl who left to get away from what she hated comes back to visit her family. She comes back and has also brought so much knowledge of their culture for Mama and Maggie. The influence of their A [...]

    • Yvonne Torres says:

      Although there are many themes demonstrated in the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, I think the most important have to be the significance of knowing who you are (identity) and knowing what is most important to you(values). Is wanting to be common all that wrong? This is the struggle that we see Mama and Maggie face in this short story. We see them come to terms with that they were content with being common. “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a short story of a small African-Am [...]

    • Marielena Franco says:

      The story “Everyday” reminds me of how our culture today, rejecting old habits and creating new habits. Here in Brownsville Texas we live on a border next to Mexico so there are to different cultures clashing together battling between young children, parents and grandparents. Just as Dee went about to find a new life and grow in every way possible Dee is ashamed and doesn’t want here friends to know were she lived in the past because of how her mother and sister act, dress and speak. I bel [...]

    • Kimberly Teran says:

      Mama is the single mother of her two daughters, Dee and Maggie. Maggie is the younger sister who is filled with scars throughout her body from the house fire that happened over 10 or 12 years ago. Maggie feels insecure next to her sister Dee since Dee is lighter-skinned, dresses better, and has a better education; Maggie can only read in a limited matter. Mama only reached an education ‘til second grade so the only one with a degree is Dee since Mama and the community raised money to send her [...]

    • Jessica Perez says:

      ***Spoiler Alert***“Everyday Use” is the first story I have read by Alice Walker. Even though it was an assignment, I found it to be very meaningful. Walker gives the readers an excellent inside on African culture, the importance of heritage and knowing who you are as a person. She uses great imagery as you read along the lines. Since, this can be your mother, a sister, even you. She makes me feel that even though we all live different lives, we are all the same in every way.An African Ameri [...]

    • Jose Zarate says:

      Everyday Use by Alice Walker provide us a story based on 1960’s that many of us could relate too even in todays society, the dilemma of oppressing your cultural roots for the benefit of a successful career. The story narrated by Dee and Maggie’s mother will provide us an example of how one of them will decide to dispose her cultural and family heritage to pursue her own success; while the other decides to embrace her social status.In the story Walker provide us the view of a mother that is c [...]

    • Arlette.Cortez says:

      In the story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker we see how mama is waiting and dying to see her oldest daughter Dee. She starts off imagining how it would be like when she finally gets to the house and goes on describing both of her daughters. She mention that the Dee was the oldest one and was educated and full of confidence while the youngest one Maggie was very shy ever since the old house they had burn down. When Dee finally arrives she arrives with her Arabic boyfriend she also mention she [...]

    • Yuri Sandoval says:

      Everyone seems to struggle one way or another in their lifetime to be able to progress. No matter how far one reaches from their goals and dreams you should always stay humble. Here are some phrases we should all keep in mind daily to live a better way, “Be strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be humble, but not timid; Be proud, but not arrogant.”The reason I mention this guidelines to life is because I was moved by the story, “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walk [...]

    • Bayan says:

      "Everyday Use" is one of my favorite short stories as well as Alice Walker is one of my favorite authors. She is a courageous spokeswoman of the black community. She voices black women's sufferings, hopes, and idiosyncrasies. And since I believe that we- human beings- are more alike than different and women-especially- share ideas and worries that only other women can relate to, I see Walker as an international woman on a mission! In "Everyday Use," she touches on the issue of heritage and cultu [...]

    • ChristinaMarie Kiesert says:

      Overall “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker was a good short story to read and review because I can relate to something similar. Long story short, I have an aunt who came from a poor family and is now a school teacher but she acts just like Dee who doesn’t realize where she came from and thinks she is better than everyone. Dee should appreciate her mother and sister because that is her own blood and thanks to them, she is now well educated and living better off than before. Dee doesn’t want t [...]

    • Lydia Reyes says:

      I have read this story many times.Each time, I am equally interested.Still, like other books, I do feel that there were points of unnecessary dullness and some details that didn't seem to have a place in the tale.Character descriptions were compelling and thorough, however.I wish I could've seen more character epiphanies, as there were three main characters, but only one seems to have any type of relevation.The idea of pride in culture, heritage, and family is the main theme of the tale.The line [...]

    • Mafer says:

      Just like the story Two Kinds, Every Day Use stresses a mother and daughter relationship. Yet, the difference is an African American identity and the fact there are two daughters instead of one. The speaker in the story is the mom of two very different girls, Maggie and Dee. Maggie had stayed with her mother living a traditional life, but her sister Dee had gone off to school and returned with a different name, an African American identity, and a new boyfriend. To Maggie’s and the mother’s s [...]

    • Nina says:

      I really enjoyed reading this book by alice Walker; I have become a big fan of her work. I recently took a literature class and this was one of the books on the list that we could choose to read. Everyday Usesis narrated by a rural African American woman who describes the significance of her heritage and how strength can be found in connecting with the past. Walker allows the mother to share her opinions through narration on the ideals of the past and present that differ in the relationship betw [...]

    • Loris says:

      This story revolutionized "blackness and culture" for me, taking it off the shelf and placing it firmly back in my soul. I think of this story several times a year during pangs of frustration and discomfort while working with diversity issues in independent schools. This story is why I went to an HBCU. It sings such to my souls to remind why I do what I do-not for form or fashion, but for my "everydays", and the "everydays" of the students I serve.

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