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Kayla CanfieldProfessor RowlandEnglish 10220 September 2014 Motif in Everyday Use EyesightEye Contact Symbolize Competing Ideologies Alice Walkers Everyday Use explores the balance to be had instaying in touch with a contiguous history and an upcoming culturalreality The characters Maggie and Ms Johnson represent individuals whostay the same and may never grow The character Dee on the other hand inher growth becomes unappreciative of her past Walker makes it a point tohighlight how the characters see each other with the purpose ofreinforcing the storys theme of identity In Everyday Use Alice Walkeruses eye contact and eyesight as a motif to symbolize the relationship thecharacters have with each other which illustrates the three characterscompeting ideologies The difference between Ms Johnson and Dees ability to sustain eyecontact highlight their attitudes Walkers descriptions of Ms Johnsonsdaydream present readers with an interesting mix of real and imaginedqualities which afford readers a deeper insight into her character MsJohnsons reflections on her daydream reveal that she could never look awhite man in the eye Who can even imagine me looking a strange white manin the eye It seems to me I have talked to them always with one footraised in flight with my head turned in whichever way is farthest fromthem 70 This demonstrates that Ms Johnson has not accepted the idea ofequality Growing up in the south Ms Johnson associates the negativeconsequences looking a white man in the eyes had Even though Ms Johnson is living in an era when the roles andperceptions of African-Americans are progressing she has a hard timeaccepting that things have changed for the better According to MsJohnson Dee though She would always look anyone
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