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Dee is characterized as a controlling sibling who always wants to be the center of attention and is often referred to as the mistaken child Dees sister Maggie is a shy girl who was the victim of a horrible house fire that left her with unpleasant burns The two sisters are polar opposites in the way that inner beauty verse outer beauty is a factor Dee of course has the outer beauty as where Maggie is the one with the inner beauty A reader condemns the older more worldly sister Dee as shallow condescending and manipulative as overly concerned with style fashion and aesthetics and thus is lacking a true understanding of her heritage Farrell 1 Mama is the narrator who is in the middle of both of the sisters Mama admits that Dee was a mistaken child and falls more kin to Maggie Mama is characterized as a big-boned woman with rough man-working hands Walker 65 Although nothing is said about Mamas husband it is obvious that Mama has taken over the job of keeping the house and property up Walker says that the two daughters mirror her own internal struggles as Walker had when she was a child Washington Throughout this essay I will prove that Dee gets caught up in material possessions that will in turn lead to her downfall Dee never liked Maggie and Maggie was always terribly afraid of Dee The reader understands Maggies fear when they ironically catch the feeling that the house was set on fire by Dee because she constantly talked about how much she hated the house Dee I see her standing off under the sweet gum tree she used to dig gum out of a look of concentration on her face as she watched the last dingy gray board of the house fall Walker 66 Ten to twelve years later Maggie is still hiding from Dee waiting for her to leave and when that day
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