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Sam gk The analysis of Alice Walkers Everyday Use In the short story Everyday Use Alice Walker uses everyday articles that are the principle focus of the story and are discussed with great detail The author reveals the emotional response of the characters in the story to these objects to contrast the simple and implicit with fashion and craze The main characters in this story are the narrator Mama and the daughter Maggie on one side the other daughter Dee is on the other side All have antagonistic views on the worth of the different objects in their lives Alice walker uses this conflict to make the point that the value of goods and people is more important than style The main characters of the story are distinctly opposite The narrator of the story Mama pictures herself as a large big-boned woman with rough man -working hands 86 The image she draws about her appearance in the readers mind is very unpleasant despite the fact that she confidently reveals her ability to manage her home by telling the readers the many things she can do--some of it well Like the things in the setting around her she seems more interested in practicality and less interested in a dream that wont be a reality Dee on the other hand is defined by her sense of style and doesnt seem to do anything When she becomes a different person by changing her religion and name she sees these old objects she once didnt like as part of her legacy At no time however does she ever have a real use for them Examples of such objects are the butter churn and dasher Mama described the two objects mentioned above in more detail that highlights their value to her One of the objects that Dee wants to take back with her is the butter churn which has been made by Dees
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