Mother wanted to ask her "why don't you do a dance around the ashes? Dee physically separates herself from her family as soon as she is old enough.She leaves town to attend college in search of a better lifestyle.
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).
All of them will also agree that Mama chose to stand beside Maggie and supported her while she turned her back on Dee.
However, there is no universal agreement when it comes to who is right and who is wrong.
In the short story "Everyday Use", by Alice Walker, the hand-stitched quilts, which are the central symbols, are representative of culture, heritage and a way of life. Walker describes her a big boned woman and we get the sense that she is manly.
Walker gives us the impression she is a father figure as well as a mother to her daughters.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.The reader must not take sides and instead find a way to reconcile the opposing worldviews of Mama and Dee.Nancy Tuten echoes the sentiment of most readers and most commentators who said that Dee was a bad example of how a girl should behave.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.Mama sees the quilt as well as the churn top and dasher Dee wishes to take, as functional items rather than decorations.The characters, Maggie and Dee, are foils of each other, each one having different interests and priorities in their lives.