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Kelley Ray 08-06-2000 Portrayal of the family members in Alice Walkers Everyday Use illustrates the mistake by some people of placing the significance of heritage solely in material objects Mama and Maggie are presented as how heritage is passed on from one generation to another through learning and experience Dee represents a misconception of heritage as material During her visit Dee misplaces the value of heritage in her desire for racial heritage Mama and Maggie represent the connection between generation and heritage that passed between them The family dwelling is a structue lacking character Mama is a big boned woman who takes care of the home I am a large big-boned woman with rough man working hands 1152 Maggie is the daughter who helps Mama in the yard and around the house Neither Mama nor Maggie are educated I never had an education myself After second grade After the second grade the school was closed Maggie reads to me She stumbles along good-naturedly 1153 However by helping her mother she uses the hand-made items in her life experiences of the life of her ancestors and learns the history of both Contrasting with Mama and Maggie Dee seeks her without undertanding the heritage itself Unlike Mama who is rough and man-like and Maggie who is shy and scared Dee is confident determined to stare down any disaster in her efforts 1153 she is beautiful and dresses eloquently Also she has a higher education having being sent to school in Augusta 1153 She attempts to connect with her heritage by taking pictues of the house with the family in the picture She also takes some of the
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