Everyday Use by Alice Walker

Everyday Use by Alice Walker

EverydayUse by Alice Walker

Thepassage describes the encounters of Dee

Whatdoes the passage do and what it means

Deeis presented calling mama. She then turned to the barber. Shedescribes how lovely the benches are. She then closed her hand to thebutter dish of the grandmother. She wanted to check whether there wassomething that she could have. She then went to the corner where thechurn stood and began admiring it. She describes that she needed thechurn. The passage continues describing the aunt to her had whittledthe dish according to Maggie who said it a low voice. Her we can seethat Maggie has low esteem. Maggie is presented as a bit nervous.Maggie is apprehensive of the anxiety and emotions inherent in her.Their uncle was called Stash or Henry. Dee describes the brain ofMaggie as elephant’s. She needs something artistic to do with thedasher. She wraps the dasher where the handle stuck out (Walker 269).


Thecontext describes how Wangero turned to the Hakim, the barber andtold him how the benches were beautiful. One could feel the prints ofthe rump as she ran her hand along the bench. She then closed herhand over the butter dish of Grandma Dee. She jumped from the tableand then went to the corner where churn was. She take the churn andsaid that it was what she needed. The aunt to Wangero first husbandwhittled the dash. Wangero describes the brain of Maggie like anelephant. She wraps the dasher where the handle stuck out. Dee hasreinvented herself as Wanjera and refuses to take the name Dee whichwas given by the oppressors (Walker 269)

Fittingto the story as a whole

Thecontext fit the story in that, heritage is evident in the waydifferent characters live and as a whole, the perceptions that areinherent in them plays a pivotal role in resonating the theme. Amongthe three characters, the themes are quite different depending on therole they play and their own experiences. The daughters together withthe mother display differently thematic settings. In this essay,finding of the history is not the sole way to find your roots. Thecultural diversity passed on and newer traditions such as names andevents are vital in connecting with one own heritage. For example,Dee has shifted from an adorable pretty girl with a shallow girl voidof purpose and direction. The change in heritage makes her to wronglyconnect with her own heritage. In one instance, she took the churnmade by her uncle to decorate her house (Walker 269).

Analysisof the Passage

Thisspecific passage revolves around Wanjera and Hakim. The story is toldin first person in that we can get the perspective of mama withoutjudgment. One could feel the prints of the rump as she ran her handalong the bench. She then closed her hand over the butter dish ofGrandma Dee. As Wanjera and Hakim converse in matter of factor tone,Walker is able to paint the setting picture in a neutral way. Thereader is introduced to the tension between Hakim and Wanjera.Mama understands s that Wanjera despises her circumstance and wishthat she could get what she wants. Wangerodescribes the brain of Maggie like an elephant. This can be resonatedfrom mama’s description of Maggie stating that Maggie is just likean animal that is wounded. Maggie does not exhibit strong qualities(Walker 269).

Ideaswith evidence

Theauthor uses first person to describe the text &quotThis churn topis what I need,&quot she said. &quotDidn`t Uncle Buddy whittle itout of a tree you all used to have?&quot. The author also usessymbolism where we find Dee describing Maggie brains like elephants.&quotMaggie`s brain is like an elephant`s,&quot Wangero said,laughing. The author also uses Irony: Inone example, Dee changes her name to Wangero to display the new fadof getting in touch wither heritage. Nevertheless, the name Dee is areflection of the heritage. “Dee (Wangero) looked up at me”(Walker269).

Thenarrator made pretty big spread in the occasion. Dee becomes obsessedwith the butter churn in the corner of the yard that was made by heruncle. She plans to take the two and decorate her place. Dee later ongoes to the house and finds two quilt as she rummages the mothertrunks. She is impressed and she seem to think that the place isbetter than IKEA, brimming with quirky and charming items that can beused to spruce up the apartment. She asks her mother if it was okayto take the quilts. Dee throws an epic tantrum to convince her mumthat she deserved more (walker 268)


Theinformation herein is vital and can achieve effect of presenting thetheme of conflict. We can see how Dee presents Maggie as an elephant.Inthe passage, Alice Walker creates a conflict between characters. WhenDee addresses Maggie and Mama, the difference is apparent. Forexample, Dee has changed her name to a more appealing African nameand she is collecting her past objects. She is more educated than hersister and mother and thus she looks down upon them. The wish of Deeis to retain the items for decoration purposes. Mama pauses over thedasher for a moment, noticing that &quotyou didn`t even have to lookclose to see where hands pushing the dasher up and down to makebutter had left a kind of sink in the wood&quot The theme ofHeritage becomes apparent. The theme is rather strengthened by use ofthe symbol, conflict and irony to present it (Walker269).


Toget the details of the style, the author has used the struggleswithin the African American culture where the passage focuses on Dee(Wangero), the only person who receives formal education in herfamily. In the passage we can see symbolism in order to understandthe interpretation showing the culture and heritage are part of ourdaily living. Dee describes Maggie as having an elephant brain. Thisis from the mere fact that she is shy and unattractive. In fact, wecan see her shyness in this context: &quotAunt Dee`s first husbandwhittled the dash,&quot said Maggie so low you almost couldn`t hearher. &quotHis name was Henry, but they called him Stash.&quot Shecannot project her voice well. The characters in the passage aresymbolic of their relationship with the culture (walker 268).


Walker,Alice. “Everyday Use.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction,Poetry, and Drama. Ed.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp X. J.Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 8th ed. New York: Longman, 2002.88-95