Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Everyday use by Alice Walker Many families in our society have several symbolic collections like pieces of household items and jewelry that are handed from one family generation to another. These items often remind family members of their loved forefathers great-grandparents and grandparents who are viewed as priceless to the family history and existence. In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use " narrative the family quilts and heirloom represent the valuable family members' attitude and emotions regarding their heritage. The idea concerning the preservation of the family heritage particularly African-American heritage is clearly highlighted. It is clear that Alice Walker believes in the fact that an individual’s heritage should be appreciated and taken as a way of living and not a mere shrinking timepiece that is only meant to be respected and observed from a distance. There are two main approaches to family heritage preservation and observation portrayed their heritage because it is one the valuable treasures that they own. Clearly heritage is a pleasant remembrance of where the family came from and it signifies the effort their family made to maintain their legacy and create a new life as well. Works Cited Allen-Polley Kathryn. "Dee’s Heritage." Ode to Friendship. Ed. Connie Bellamy. Virginia Wesleyan College 1998. Baker and Pierce-Baker Houston and Charlotte. "Patches: Quilts and Community in Alice Walker Everyday Use?" Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives Past and Present. Eds. Henry Louis Gates and K. A. Appiah. New York: Amistad 1993. Callahan John. "Review of Love and Trouble." Short Story Criticism Vol. 5. (Essay date 1974). Walker Alice. “Everyday Use.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction Poetry and Drama. Ed.X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 8th Ed. New York: Longman 2002. 88-95. Walker Alice. "Everyday Use." Harper Anthology of Fiction. Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York: Harper Collins 1991. [...]
Discuss symbolism, heritage, or family in “Everyday Use.” Page Requirements: 3 full pages Source Requirements: 5 sources total, 1 primary, at least 1 online articles, at least 1 print source.