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There are many people out there that think they know everything but rarely do they know that they are lost and trapped by their myopias Everyday Use by Alice Walker is a story that delves into this subject Dee is the elder daughter and the only one in the family who has gone to college However despite her education she is still a closed minded materialistic person Dees conception of her culture lies in tangible things which depict her heritage When she took Polaroid pictures of her mom and sister she always made sure the house was in the background She consumed her mothers sumptuous meal heartily Wangero though went on through the chitins and corn bread sweet potatoes Everything delighted her Dee does not understand that material things do not carry the real cultural heritage As Dee was rummaging through the house she finds two unique quilts In both of them were scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn Bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarrells One teeny faded blue piece that was from Great Grandpa Ezras uniform that he wore in the Civil War She wants to preserve it and display it and was disturbed when her mother tells her she was giving it to Maggie Dee remarks But theyre priceless Maggie would put them on the bed and in five years theyd be in rags Dee knows the history of the quilt but she sees the worth of the quilt in terms of monetary value Dee considers herself a part of the new elite representatives for her people She views her ethnicity as a tool for making money Dees viewpoint can been seen in this quotation Its really a new day for us But from the way you and Mama still live youd never know it Dee tries to make her mother and sister grasp her standpoint but her efforts were futile Maggie and her mother are the ones who truly appreciate
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