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The story centers around Dee Johnson her sister Maggie and their mother Mrs Johnson Although each possesses the same culture and live in the same environment Dee chooses to live differently from them Maggie and Mrs Johnson are content with living a simple life through which their heritage signifies pride and usefulness Not only are they well versed about the family history but they also utilize the skills that have been passed on to them by their ancestors Dee on the other hand refuses to acknowledge that she is a product of her environment and instead longs for a life built on materialism and pretentiousness Dee goes off to school and experiences the world outside of the life she has endured with Maggie and their mother Her nonconformity goes to new heights On a return visit home Dee flaunts not only her male companion but also her new persona that includes a fashionable wardrode a new attitude and a new name Dee has changed her name to Wangero She has always despised the fact that she was named after relatives who she claims has oppressed her Dee felt oppressed by her birth name because every preceding female relative named Dee worked hard--and she didnt want to be associated with hard labor To show off her newfound culture Dee now considers her mothers quilts and parts of the churn--all handmade by her relatives--as artistic or antiques instead of parts of her heritage Although she wants to Mrs Johnson doesnt remind Dee that she offered her one of the quilts before she went off to college and at the time Dee said they were old-fashioned and out of style Now Dee thinks theyre priceless When Mrs Johnson explains that she was saving the quilts for Maggie once she marries Dee rebuts by saying Shed probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use Dee appears worldly and educated but her arrogance and ignorance
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