What was Maggie going to do with the quilts?
‘” Dee wants to hang the quilts on her wall, to display them as evidence of some heritage that is in the past, that is dead. Maggie, however, knows how to quilt and would use the quilts for the reason for which they were created: to keep warm.
What do the quilts symbolize to Maggie?
The quilts represent an intimate bond to community and family identity for Maggie and Mrs. Johnson. To a great extent, the quilt embodies the personalized connection that both mother and daughter share to one another and their past.
Why would Mama prefer Maggie get the quilts and use them for everyday use?
Her desire to hang the quilts, in a museumlike exhibit, suggests that she feels reverence for them but that to her they are essentially foreign, impersonal objects. Mama understands that Maggie, not Dee, should have the quilts, because Maggie will respect them by using them in the way they were intended to be used.
What terrible thing happened to Maggie when she was a child?
What terrible thing happened to Maggie when she was a child? Severely burned in a house fire when she was a child, her scarred, ugly appearance hides her sympathetic, generous nature. She lives at home and is protected by Mama, remaining virtually untouched by the outside world.
Why does Mama give the quilt to Maggie?
Mama, the narrator, ultimately gives the family quilts to Maggie instead of Dee (Wangero) because she recognizes that Dee gets everything she wants, that she’s even already claimed the quilts as her own, because they were promised to Maggie, and because Maggie is the daughter who wants them for the right reasons.
Why does Dee think Mama and Maggie don’t understand their heritage?
Why does Dee think Maggie and Mama don’t understand their heritage? Dee thinks Mama and Maggie don’t understand their heritage because they don’t change from it. In Dee’s mind, Maggie and Mama lack the “Ethnic Pride” to leave the historical borders and live a prosperous life.
What does the quilt represent to Dee to Maggie and to Mama?
The quilts bring together the family in a battle of self identity and history. Maggie was promised the right to them, Dee expects to be given them, and Mama is stuck in the middle of her children and her ancestors.
Why does Dee not want Maggie to have the quilts?
Johnson tells her that she’s promised the quilts to Maggie. Dee condescendingly says that Maggie “can’t appreciate” the quilts. Dee fears Maggie will use them every day. This is an absurd argument because the quilts were intended for “everyday use.”
What is the main point of Everyday Use by Alice Walker?
Through Dee, “Everyday Use” explores how education affects the lives of people who come from uneducated communities, considering the benefits of an education as well as the tradeoffs. Alice Walker clearly believes that education can be, in certain ways, helpful to individuals.
Does Maggie understand her heritage?
Unlike her sister, Dee, Maggie is a timid, unattractive woman who is not educated or ambitious. However, Maggie possesses a solid understanding of her family history and recognizes that her heritage is still very much alive.