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Literary Analysis The mother narrator in Alice Walkers Everyday Use is a smart woman yet is portrayed to be just the opposite due to lack of education Education is not what makes an individual intelligent its lifes stories and experiences which this mother has much of She is an honest and caring soul who recognizes and comes true with her deepest emotions As the mother of two this large big boned woman with man-working hands has a lot on her plate Dee and Maggie are her opposing daughters Dee flashy and in style and Maggie nervous and scattered Everything comes easy for Dee who is beautiful and well educated Dee has the world in mother and Maggies eyes she has seen and done so much Both girls attract their mothers attention to their negative attributes The mother seems to love her family but does she even know them Mother always wants to impress and improve Dees thoughts of her value yet it never seems to work out Dee knows and suggests negativity when it comes to her mother Maggie is the fragile and intimidated daughter She is always nervous when Dee is around Mother is aware of Maggies faults where as she doesnt see any in Dee Mother loves Maggie because she is family and family love is unconditional This episode of mothers life shows her dynamic climax and her daughter who is described as a lame animal is the catalyst It is shown in the beginning of the story that Maggie will be nervous until her sister goes this hints on the mothers sorrow for her It also hints that something needs to change for Maggie Dee or Wangero as she is now known as has arrived for a visit Mother does not stand for a greeting for she is stout Dees dress is loud and obnoxious is mother referring to the dress when she says this or subconsciously her perfect lovely
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