COMPARING WALKER WITH DEE AND MAGGIE 3
ComparingWalker with Dee and Maggie
Sometimes,authors present their ideas in a story through characters that theyforgeto reflect their personal attributes. In the story, EverydayUse,Alice Walkeruses Dee and Maggie to contrast the lives of children brought up inthe same environment. Maggie suffered burns,and she developed a low self-esteem(Walker,1998, p409). She was averse to social places,and she preferred staying at home. Her sister, Dee, was independent,outgoing and dynamic. Maggie did not continue with her education andshe was content with helping her mother with household chores(Walker, 1998, p409). Dee earned a scholarship and she made a modellife for herself. Just like Maggie who had a disfigured visage,Walker lost one eye as a child leading her to withdraw from mostsocial activities. In addition, Walker presents some attributes thatshe shares with Dee. Just like the ambitious girl, Walker obtainedcollege education through a scholarship and she moved out of hertown.
Froman ideal point of view, Maggie is more practical that Dee. Sherespects the family’s artifacts and she intends to use them in herdaily activities. Conversely, Dee believes that the quilts cannot beleft at Maggie’s care (Walker, 1998, p411). She wants to preserveand exhibit them. Dee is, therefore, superficial unlike Maggie whois real and genuine.
Atthe end Mama makes the right decision. She scorns Maggie for hertimidity(Walker, 1998, p412). She dislikes Maggie’s fear to ventureinto the environment outside the domicile. She presumes that Maggieis a partial failure since she was not good in school. Nonetheless,she considers her instrumental to perpetuate the family’sheritage(Walker, 1998, p412). She hails Dee for her achievement butshe is uncomfortable with her egocentric behavior.
Walker,Alice. (1998). EverydayUse.  Literature: reading fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay.4thed. Robert DiYanni, Ed. New York:  McGrawHill.