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Everyday Use Family Past Means a Lot to the Present In Everyday Use by Alice Walker we meet two sisters Dee and Maggie who are completely different from one another The story takes place in the South during the 1960s It was the time of the Black Power Movement when African Americans were fighting for their rights Many had to struggle and decide whether they wanted to assimilate and blend in with the world around them or instead choose to hold onto their heritage and traditions In our story Maggie and her mother live the old fashioned way and cherish the traditions while Dee just wants to move forwards and modernize She views her mother and sister as somewhat backwards When Dee comes to visit Mama is faced with a dilemma which of the two sisters should receive the quilts that are a family heirloom The quilts signify a lot more than just beautiful pieces of patchwork The quilts are symbolic of the rich heritage that the family possesses First of all the fact that the quilts were composed of such sentimental pieces of fabric makes them very symbolic These two precious quilts were not at all made up of random scraps of material On the contrary they contained scraps of dresses Grandma Dee had worn fifty and more years ago as well as bits and pieces of Grandpa Jarells Paisley shirts and even a piece from Great Grandpa Ezriels uniform that he wore in the Civil War Imagine If appreciated and understood correctly these quilts really told a story the story of this familys past Another great significance of the quilts is the fact that we can learn so much about the characters of Dee and Maggie by observing their differences in attitude towards the quilts Maggie appreciated her heritage in fact she embraced it She understood the story behind the quilts Dee on the other hand while she thought the quilts were
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