Discussion #7: Walker: “Everyday Use”
- Read Alice Walker’s story, “Everyday Use.”
- Although the narrative point of view favors Maggie in this story, and most readers feel a thrill of justice when Mama snatches the quilts away from Wangero (Dee) and places them in Maggie’s lap, we can begin to see more complexity within the story when we fully examine both Maggie’s and Dee’s beliefs and motivations.
- Consider which daughter you believe should get the quilts, and create an effective argument defending your choice.
- Use direct examples from the text, quoting, summarizing and paraphrasing from the story to prove your point.