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The defined meaning of post colonialism is the historical undergone by third-world countries after the decline of colonialism the European empires After the decline of imperialism countries such as Asia African and the Caribbean were left to rebuild their countries their culture government etc In the process many third-world writers focus on both colonialism and the changes created in a postcolonial culture Alice Walker is one of them Everyday Use shows post colonialism through the work of art and Walker has given two completely different views of the meaning of art Walker uses the two quilts as the work of art and to represent their culture The history of these quilts is a history of the family The narrator says In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrells Paisley shirts And one teeny faded blue piece that was from Great Grandpa Ezras uniform that he wore in the Civil War So these quilts which have become an heirloom not only represent the family but also are a show for the new post colonialism world Walker is saying that true art not only represents its culture but also is an inseparable part of that culture Dee considers the quilts for their financial and aesthetic value But theyre priceless she exclaims when she learns that her mother has already promised them to Maggie Dee argues that Maggie is backward enough to put them to everyday use Indeed this is how Maggie views the quilts She values them for what them mean to her as an individual This becomes clear when she says I can member Grandma Dee without the quilts implying that her connection with the quilts is personal and emotional rather than financial and aesthetic She also knows that the quilts are an active process kept alive through continuous renewal As the narrator points out Maggie knows
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