It is crucial that in this fantasy, Mama imagines herself as lighter - in skin tone, body weight and wit. During the Climax, Mama realizes that she has often neglected her other child, Maggie, by always giving Dee what she wants. Mama now spills the beans and says that those quilts were preserved for Maggie, as her wedding gift in the near future. But was her education shallow? Such names are associated to black slaves. Education was not something Mama had access to; the school closed in second grade and no one ever asked why.
She was elated for the fact that her mother had finally owned her. Unlike Dee, Maggie will be the one to inherit that position from Mama. In fact, she is famous for coining the term womanist, which she had adopted as part of her identity. She has the same efficiency to make butter at home like her mother, grandmother, and aunt. Maggie lurks in the shadows not wanting to be fully visible. Mama then dismisses her fantasy as unrealistic, because she believes she is not the kind of person who would appear on such a show.
The story begins with Mama waiting at the outstretched yard for her beloved daughter Dee, who has been away from home in pursuit of studies, which she has completed with excellence. However, she understands that this cannot be, and she is who she is. Dee could probably be considered a main character in the story, but her change was too simple, because she changed on the outside only, and because she didn? Education also helps Dee to resist racism. She says that those quilts are being given in the wrong hands. Dee wanted nice things and was intent on getting them. Here, we find Dee reminiscing the past at the sight of the benches her father had prepared years ago. We don't exactly know what she does, but her mother assures us that she's made it.
Mama can no longer endure Dee's shaming. She is not as educated as Dee, and perhaps would settle down in marriage with a suitor in some time. Mama gets up and tries to tell Dee more about the garments used to make the quilts, but Dee steps out of reach. Mama recounts the traumatizing fire, which burnt down their home, and forced them to build a new one, exactly like it, where they now live. Mama and Maggie are similar. She declines to use the Dee and changes her name to Wangero without understanding its meaning.
Mama tells Dee that she was in fact named after her Aunt Dicie, who was named after Grandma Dee, who bore the name of her mother as well. The story 'Everyday Use', written by Alice Walker, is a story of heritage, pride, and learning what kind of person you really are. Walker utilizes the word in the story. Dee says that she refuses to go by the name given to her by white oppressors. The act of giving the quilts to Maggie by her mother etched a feeling of self-fulfillment within her.
They appreciate their immediate family traditions. This is indeed true, yet Dee's adoption of Wangero and her Ghanaian greeting read as a superficial attempt to bury a past she despises. However, in a real sense, it is Dee who is confused about her family heritage. Dee tells Maggie to make something of herself and ironically tells Mama that she doesn't understand her own heritage. Although, not everyone has the same perspective. Walker mainly reflected the plight and agony suffered by African-American women through her writing skills.
Mama and Maggie both pose, but are really shy and clueless about the state of affairs. Walker has used Quilt to symbolize the bonds in family generations. Though Dee has access to changing times, not everyone born in the poor, rural black South is able to craft a new life and identity out of sheer will - and the financial help from Mama and her church. On the other hand, Maggie and Mama have an alternative view of heritage. Dee is judgmental about the way of life her mother and sister have taken up. Both Mama and Maggie are objectified and exploited in these photos, like actors in costume at some living tourist museum.
Dee is dressed in a beautiful, colorful, floor-length dress in African style. Packer described a story about these African American fourth graders who are in…. Dee's success is due in large part to her mother, who raised money with the church to send her to a fancy private school. She tells Dee to take one or two of the other quilts. She changes her name to Wangero to allow her to subvert racist history.