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Like many stories Alice Walkers Everyday Use contains opening and closing segments which are in sharp contrast to each other The different styles in which the first and last portions of the story represent the significant changes experienced by Maggie and her mother These changes brought on by a brief visit from Maggies older and more worldly sister Dee The opening scene in Everyday Use presents a vivid picture of Maggie and her mothers yard It also shows the extreme fondness the two rural women have for the yard Maggies mother uses the word comfortable88 to describe the yard and likens it to a living room Also described in great detail is Maggies demeanor She is depicted as nervous homely and ashamed88 Great weight is place on her burn scars which run down her arms and legs The mother also the narrator sees herself as being more masculine than feminine She thinks of herself as being tough and impervious to inclement weather However admits that she could not look a strange white man in the eye89 It is clear that both the mother and Maggie are acutely aware that they are far different than Dee The women seem intimidated and even envious of Dees ambitions In the following paragraphs Dee arrives with a man whom her mother believes may be her husband Dee greets her sister and mother with an African salutation It is here that the differences between the three women begin to emerge The mere fact that so little of the dialog that occurs involves Maggie suggests how quiet and reserved she is The mother comes off as passive and submissive especially toward Dee She often gives in to Dees requests without hesitation For example she agrees to address Dee by her newfound name although she is clearly uncomfortable with the idea She states If thats what you want us to call you well call you92 It becomes clear that while Dee
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