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Heritage Quilts Every Day Use by Alice Walker is a short story narrated by the other of two daughters in the South who is faced with the decision of giving away two heritage quilts to one of the daughters Dee is the eldest daughter She is well educated attractive and quite persistent Maggie is the quiet one who isnt as smart as Dee When Dee visits she wants two quilts that have been in the family for centuries The mother has to decide to whom she is going to give the priceless quilts She ultimately decides to give the quilts to Maggie to with good reasons of doing so The mother who is a rather large woman wishes Dee would greet her with love and acceptance like she has seen on television programs Sometimes I dream in which Dee and I are suddenly brought together on a TV program where she embraces me with tears in her eyes325 She has the physical strength that could be envied by most men Maggie who is not intelligent has severe burn scars on her body from a house fire and is very intimidates by her glamorous sister Because of this she surrenders the quilts to Dee Mama then sees her own acceptance of Dees aggression in Maggie and snatches the quilts and gives them to Maggie The theme of Everyday Use is how a person understands life in relation to culture and heritage Mama recognizes Dees different style of life and the lack of appreciation her character shows Her mother says I didnt want to bring up how I had offered Dee a quilt when she went away to college The she told me the were old fashioned and out of style330 Dee thinks Maggie does not understand their heritage because she plans to put the priceless quilts to everyday useRoss 2 After being away at college Dee is demanding the quilts because she now sees them as
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