“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is the story of two sisters, one educated traveler and one simple homebody.
Through a simple conflict, so much is revealed about how the two sisters live their lives and what is of value to them.
The story contains many lessons to be learned in heritage, tradition, and roots. Dee sees heritage as something that is to be displayed and honored, but should be left in the past.
Her mother and Maggie see no harm in continuing to live life the way their ancestors always have.
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Joe Sarinowski points out the merit behind Dee’s side and compliments her on her innovation of thought.
Even though Dee’s opposing view to her sister and mother make her seem like she doesn’t understand where they are coming from, and why their way of life is so valuable to them, she values her heritage and embodies a new modern view.
It is very obvious that Dee has detached herself from her past and she has embraced a more global outlook on life.
However, this is not necessarily a bad thing as people need to be continually evolving to survive.