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Lost Heritage in Alice Walkers Everyday Use By contrasting the family characters in Everyday UseWalker illustrates the mistake by some of placing thesignificance of heritage solely in material objects Walkerpresents Mama and Maggie the younger daughter as an examplethat heritage in both knowledge and form passes from onegeneration to another through a learning and experienceconnection However by a broken connection Dee the olderdaughter represents a misconception of heritage as material During Dees visit to Mama and Maggie the contrast of thecharacters becomes a conflict because Dee misplaces thesignificance of heritage in her desire for racial heritage Mama and Maggie symbolize the connection between generationsand the heritage that passed between them Mama and Maggiecontinue to live together in their humble home Mama is a robustwoman who does the needed upkeep of the land I am a large big-boned woman with rough man-working hands In the winter I wear overalls during the day I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man I can work outside all day One winter I knocked a bull calf straight in the brain with a sledge hammer and had the meat hung up to chill before nightfall Walker 289And Maggie is the daughter homely and ashamed of the burn scarsdown her arms and legs Walker 288 who helps Mama by makingthe yard so clean and wavy Walker 288 and washes dishes inthe kitchen over the dishpan Walker 293 Neither Mama norMaggie are modernly educated persons I Mama never had aneducation myself Sometimes Maggie reads to me She stumblesalong good-naturedly She knows she is not bright Walker 290 However by helping Mama Maggie uses the hand-made items in herlife experiences the life of her ancestors and learns thehistory of both exemplified by Maggies knowledge of
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