Sentimental Value Essay

890 words - 4 pages

John Smith
May 11, 2012

“She’d probably be backward enough to put it to everyday use”
In “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker uses the quilt and the butter churner as symbols to illustrate the importance of sentimental value within families. The quilt is the more significant of the two, so as a result, Maggie and Dee argue over who should have it. When one wants it for everyday use and the other wants to basically “retire” it and use it as a decoration, who should Mama Dee give it to? Dee is the hip, artistic daughter out of the two, and when she wants to take just part of the butter churner for decoration, the churner becomes unusable. Mama Dee gets put in difficult situations in this short ...view middle of the document...

Maggie’s appreciation for the quilt is far greater than Dee’s. After Dee asks Mama if she can have the quilts, the context says this, “I heard something fall in the kitchen, and a minute later the kitchen door slammed” (Walker, 172). This is Maggie’s reaction to hearing that Dee wants the quilts given to her. When it says that something fell in the kitchen, that illustrates how surprised Maggie is that Dee would feel inclined to have the quilts. Then when it says that the door slammed, the reader can see how frustrated and angry Maggie got and her love for the quilts. After a dispute outbreaks between Mama and Dee about who should have the quilts Maggie gives up and says this, “She can have them, Mama,” she said, like somebody used to never winning anything, or having anything reserved for her. “I can’ member Grandma Dee without the quilts” (Walker, 173). Maggie understands sentimental value, but Dee does not because she feels like she needs something to be connected with her past loved ones. After Mama explains how Maggie actually helped make a portion of the quilt, Dee gives up. She storms outside and says, “It’s really a new day for us. But from the way you and Mama still live you’d never know it” (Walker 173). By Dee saying this, she can ruin her relationship with her family and disgracing her their legacy.
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