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In Blood and Heart Alice Walkers story Everyday Use is about families 310-315 Ms Walker uses the Johnson family to show her readers what family means and how family members interact with one another She shows how families fight ignorance face change find happiness and feel love Ms Walker shows that ignorance is something every family must face In Everyday Use Mama and Maggie lack knowledge of the world while Dee lacks understanding of her family Dee read to her mother and sister of the outside world forcing words upon us two making them ignorant underneath her voice 312 Mama and Maggie did not need the knowledge of other places because they knew everything about the life they led however Dee was determined to make them learn Dees lack of understanding towards her family is demonstrated several times particularly in the way she views items from the house She wanted to take pieces of the butter churn to use as decoration 315 She wanted to take the hand-stitched quilts and hang them on the wall rather than being backward enough to put them to everyday use 315 In life knowledge and understanding go hand in hand for most people likewise the lack of knowledge leads to lack of understanding Different life experiences change the ways people see the world Dee went away to school she learned things that Mama and Maggie did not learn in their town Likewise Mama and Maggie knew things about the town and their family that Dee did not know or did not remember The quilts Dee wanted so desperately came from pieces of her grandparents and great-grandparents clothing the quilt-tops were hand-stitched by her grandmother and the quilts finished by Mama and Big Dee 315 Dee wanted the quilts simply because they were hand-stitched not because they were heirlooms She did not want other family quilts because they were stitched by machine 315 Ms Walker also shows that
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