Monday, May 20, 2019
Everyday Use (Contrast and Compare Wangero and Maggie)
Maggie and Wangero (Dee) ar sisters. Maggie still lives with their mother in the family home. Wangero has moved on and lives in the city. Wangero has changed her name from Dee to get more than in touch with her heritage. After years of shunning her African American background, Wangero now wants to embrace it. Wangero is used to getting her way. Her mother has never not given her everything shes asked for. Shes educated, fabriced, and has grown into an attractive young woman. Maggie on the other hand is still living on the farm.She didnt receive the same opportunities as her sister. A fire has left her scargond, more than just physically. She is more introverted then Wangero. Shes not used to getting her way exclusively still walk through life with the expectations of a future. She knows her life testament be servitude to her future husband John Thomas. carriage has just passed her by when it comes to the values that her sister Wangero holds dear. The only things the two have in common are two quilts handed down from generation to generation.The quilts are made from bits of clothing from their ancestors past. Hand sewn these quilts are the fabric of their families history. severally gash of cloth that is sewn in the quilt has a story of its own. Each has its place in the familys long history. This is the common bond between the two. Wangero wants these to try and recoup her woolly history. She has lost her roots. Roots she not so long ago scoffed and pushed aside for a new life, a new culture. Two quilts that she wants to use as a type of her heritage.She wants people to see her heritage. Bits of old cloth sewn together demonstrating her oppressed past. Allowing people to see, she has over come her past. That she is no longer oppressed. In short letter Maggie has lived her familys values. She is part of the familys history its heritage. One day she will add a piece of cloth to the quilts and pass them down to her children. Unlike Wangero she has wor ked and toiled through life. She lives her heritage on a daily basis. Wangero and Maggies mother promised the quilts to Maggie.The quilts are most probably the only thing that Maggie values. Maggie is revolutionize with the fact that Wangero just takes them. Wangero clutches the quilts to her chest with a sense of ownership. Maggie in the tradition of her heritage is willing to let Wangero keep them. She is upset with her siblings selfishness. She knows that the quilts are rightfully hers. She is willing to part with them to allow Wangero to regain her concept of the family heritage. Maggie knows that no matter what Wangero tries she will never truly regain what she has thrown away.The mother tells Wangero that the quilts are Maggies and she may choose other ones but not those quilts. Wangero realizes that her mother prizes Maggies sense of family. She knows that Maggie will add to them and to the familys history. The quilts for Wangero are a symbol of her heritage. Maggie is part of her heritage. She is a piece of fabric in the quilt. Wangero may never be part of the quilt. She shunned her heritage years ago. Works Cited Kennedy, X. J. , Dana Gioia, and Alice Walker. Everyday Use. An Introduction to Fiction. Boston Longman, 2010. 455-61. Print.