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POWER AS EXPRESSED THROUGH ALICE WALKERS WORDS IN EVERYDAY USE Alice Walker uses power throughout her stories in various forms In her story Everyday Use the power of family heritage and culture are presented The story is about a hardworking mother of two girls Maggie and Dee The mother does not have much in her simle life but she cherishes what is of importance in her life A humble house and two daughters have brought this woman happiness The story opens with Dees return home from college Dee returns home as Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo She decided that she couldnt bear any longer being named after the people who oppress her The mother feels that Dee changed her name without understanding hte reasoning behind it Dees name was actually passed down from her great-grandmother giving it true meaning Culture is prevalent throughout this entire story Dee wants to take home a few items that will enhance her apartment by appearing to be culturally oriented She decides her grandmothers quilts provide a strong tie to her roots The following passage details just how Dee wants to relate to her cultural roots No said Wangero I dont want those The are stitched around the borders by machine Thatll make them last better I said Thats not the point said Wangero The truth is I said I promised to give them quilts to Maggie for when she marries John Thomas She gasped like a bee Maggie cant appreciate these quilts Shed probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use The mother cannot understand why Dee wants to displaay the quilts that are used on a daily basis The quilts are shown appreciation by being put to good use The mother feels they are worthy enough to be given to Maggie as a wedding present Dee wants to take the quilts home for all the wrong reasons Although the mother does nt have much she
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