As one is introduced to the characters in "Everyday Use", it becomes apparent that the two sisters, Maggie and Dee, are very different.
Maggie is portrayed as a homely and ignorant girl, while Dee is portrayed as a beautiful and educated woman.
On the other hand, Dee seems to have no real concept of her roots.
Ironically, Dee's outward appearance is that of a proud black woman, but her actions and words show ignorance and shame towards her culture.
Our heritage consists of a set of learned traditions that we possess. Our values and upbringing depends on these traditions, and they are passed down through generations.
When material objects are passed down to us from loved ones, they are symbolic of our culture and heritage.Dee apparently has been running from her poverty stricken past since she was a child.When the Johnson's house burnt down, Dee just stood from afar and watched. The demolished house and Dee's nonchalant attitude represents her detachment from her family and their prized possessions (Cowart 172).The process of quilting is also significant, as each piece is made with care.The two quilts that Dee wants to take from her mother were quilted by Grandma Dee and Big Dee.Dee, her eldest daughter, who she sent away to College, is not a big part of her current life.Unlike Dee, she has never had any formal education, but that has not stopped her from trying to teach her daughters their heritage.The hand-stitched quilts are representative of their family heritage passed down from each generation.She believes heritage is passed down through learning and experience.The short story "Everyday Use", written by Alice Walker, is about an African-American mother and her two daughters.The story evolves around one daughter, Dee, coming back home to visit her family.