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Each persons heritage is important It tells us where we come from what our roots are and why we are the way we are today Some of us are more aware of our ancestry than are others and there are several ways to appreciate it In Everyday Use by Alice Walker there is a distinction between these ways One is an intellectual appreciation and the other is actually living it Mama and Maggie are existing in an unchanged rural life while Dee can only grasp the cerebral side Mama does not even realize that she is what her heritage has told her to become There has been no real change from the past for her she just lives what she was told to live by her predecessors Mama doesnt know enough to advance herself admitting that she never had an education After second grade the school was closed down 45 Even if she had gotten a proper education she still is choosing to do what she is best at doing I was always better at a mans job 45 Although Mama is not aware of it she is a living artifact of her heritage Maggie is not aware of much in her life Even Mama knows that Maggie doesnt have the best abilities She stumbles along good-naturedly but cant see well She knows she is not bright Like good looks and money quickness passed her by 45 Maggie probably could not have an intellectual appreciation of her heritage even if she desired one because of her lack of brightness However Maggie does have the knowledge of how to do the things in her heritage passing along traditions to whatever children she may have with John Thomas Dee is quite different from her mother and sister Dee went to college and learned all the things that modern society told her to learn which in all probability included black history This gave her
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