Everyday Use By Alice Walker Essay

1060 Words Jun 13th, 2016 5 Pages
An Analysis of “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker Much of Alice Walker’s inspiration for “Everyday Use” came from her own life in the rural Georgia (Kelly 459). The writings of Alice Walker are narrations of the life she depicts of women from her youth into adulthood. A major author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the 1960s into the 21st century, Walker emphasizes the often-overlooked perspectives of women, African Americans, and especially African American women in her work (Abbott 120). Her use of character, imagery, and symbolism make Walker’s writings of fiction seem more non-fiction. Walker’s short stories give examples of what her life was like from her character’s point of view. In the short-story” Everyday Use,” Walker speaks about the life of a mother and her two very different daughters. “Everyday Use” is about the relationship between a mother and her two daughters, one whom has forgotten her roots and tries to abandon her past and create a new persona, while using her heritage as an art form.
The symbolism of quilts and a butter churn described a life of beauty, tranquility, and self-sufficiency. “Everyday Use” substitutes quilts for flowers (Kelly). The mother has an artist’s soul, and she even teach her daughters the art of quilting. The quilts represent a form of heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation. They were created from old clothing from relatives, even some patches and scraps from older quilts. There are two particular…

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