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With the short story Everyday Use Alice Walker shows two very different concepts of remembering heritage She does this by using the two daughters in the story as foils They are extremely different characters in just about every way imaginable from their appearance to the way that they behave and they each have very opposing ways in which they celebrate their heritage This story shows how a mother rejects her older and seemingly successful daughters surface values and comes to agree with her younger daughters more practical view of her heritage Walker is also able to give us this view of conflict between the sisters by telling the story through the mothers perspective This way we are able to look at the two daughters and their faults through the eyes of the loving mother Being able to show the two daughters in a non-judgmental way allows us to see that although Dee is confused with her opinions she is not completely wrong and she does mean well This story tells us that these quilts are a very valid art form that should be honored and respected in that matter but also that they also should not just be put up on a shelf to be admired from a distance but kept close and continued on with tradition and remembrance in the culture or family that it came from This concept of remembering heritage centers on quilts that were made by their grandmother Each daughter has two very different ideas on how these quilts should be treated Walker has a very distinct viewpoint on objects of this nature When reading Everyday Use and other stories by Walker such as In Search of Our Mothers Gardens you really get the opinion of how Walker perceives the so called everyday activities of the women in her stories In my family we have a few traditions that are passed down from generation to generation They mostly
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