Mama fantasizes about reunion scenes on television programs in which a successful daughter embraces the parents who have made her success possible. Whereas Mama is sheepish about the thought of looking a white man in the eye, Dee is more assertive. Mama remembers the house fire that happened more than a decade ago, when she carried Maggie, badly burned, out of the house. Dee watched the flames engulf the house she despised.
Use by Alice Walker I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon. A yard like this is more comfortable than most people know. It is not just a yard.
It is like an extended living room. When the hard clay is swept clean as a floor and the fine sand around the edges lined with tiny, irregular grooves, anyone can come and sit and look up into the elm tree and wait for the breezes that never come inside the house. Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: She thinks her sister has held life always in the palm of one hand, that "no" is a word the world never learned to say to her.
A pleasant surprise, of course: What would they do if parent and child came on the show only to curse out and insult each other? Sometimes the mother and father weep, the child wraps them in her arms and leans across the table to tell how she would not have made it without their help.
I have seen these programs. Sometimes I dream a dream in which Dee and I are suddenly brought together on a TV program of this sort.
Out of a dark and soft. There I meet a smiling, gray, sporty man like Johnny Carson who shakes my hand and tells me what a fine girl I have. Then we are on the stage and Dee is embracing me with tears in her eyes.
She pins on my dress a large orchid, even though she has told me once that she thinks orchids are tacky flowers.
In real life I am a large, big. In the winter I wear flannel nightgowns to bed and overalls dur. I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man.
My fat keeps me hot in zero weather. I can work outside all day, breaking ice to get water for washing; I can eat pork liver cooked over the open fire minutes after it comes steaming from the hog.
One winter I knocked a bull calf straight in the brain between the eyes with a sledge hammer and had the meat hung up to chill before nightfall. But of course all this does not show on television.
I am the way my daughter would want me to be: My hair glistens in the hot bright lights. Johnny Carson has much to do to keep up with my quick and witty tongue.
But that is a mistake. I know even before I wake up. Who ever knew a Johnson with a quick tongue? Who can even imagine me looking a strange white man in the eye?
It seems to me I have talked to them always with one foot raised in flight, with my head fumed in whichever way is farthest from them. She would always look anyone in the eye.
Hesitation was no part of her nature. Have you ever seen a lame animal, perhaps a dog run over by some careless person rich enough to own a car, sidle up to someone who is ignorant enough to be kind to him? That is the way my Maggie walks.
She has been like this, chin on chest, eyes on ground, feet in shuffle, ever since the fire that burned the other house to the ground.Alice Walker's Everyday Use Short Story Analysis. Updated on November 15, L C David. more. Contact Author.
Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" examines the divide between the rural, southern black in the 60's and 70's and the new progressive movement among the younger generation. Use by Alice Walker. I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon.
A yard like this is more comfortable than most people know. Everyday Use Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for Everyday Use is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Literary Analysis of Everyday Use by Alice Walker Short Story Analysis Course Supervised by Assist.
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- A Psychological Analysis of Alice Walker's Everyday Use The human mind is divided into three parts that make up the mind as a whole.
These parts are necessary to have a complete mind, just as the members of a family are needed to make up the entire family. In “Everyday Use”, Alice Walkers shows the development of Dee’s idea of her.