Dee’s Idea of Heritage/Culture
The short story “Everyday Use” is central in Alice Walker’s writing, particularly as it represents her response to the concept of heritage as expressed by the Black political movements of the 60s. “Everyday Use” is found in Alice Walker’s collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble, which was published in 1973 (Walker 73). This was in the prime of the Black Power ideologies when “Black was beautiful”, the
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surroundings she was given, Dee could have found a greater amount of contentment within herself and her family (Macedo 85).
Taken as a whole, while the story clearly endorses the commonsense perspective of Dee's mother over Dee's affectations, it does not disdain Dee's struggle to move beyond the limited world of her youth. Clearly, however, she has not yet arrived at a stage of self-understanding. Her mother and sister are ahead of her in that respect.