Sample Literature Review Paper on The importance and function of symbolism in “Everyday Use” story.


In "Everyday Use", writer Walker utilizes routine usage things to portray imagery. These
things have diverse implications and response to the principal characters, which differentiate;
basic and reasonable utilization, to elegant adornments. Dee is Principal personality, and so are
Mrs. Johnson and Magy. Each has own contrasting perspectives on the worth and significance of
the different things in their lives. The writer utilizes this divergence to explain that the substance
of an item, and of individuals, is more paramount than style.
"Everyday Use" concentrates on the connections between women of distinctive eras and
their persevering legacy, as symbolized in the bedcovers they mold together. This association
between eras is sturdy, yet Dee's advent and absence of comprehension of her history
demonstrates that those securities are susceptible too. The bedcovers are bits of living history,
archives in fabric that record the lives of the different eras and the trials, for example, war and
destitution, that they confronted. The coverlets serve as evidence of a family's history of pride

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and battle. With the confinements that neediness and absence of instruction set on her life,
Mother believes her individual history one of her few fortunes (Walker 75). As opposed to
accepting a monetary legacy from her ancestors, mother had the blankets. For her, these items
have more esteem that Dee, notwithstanding admitting her yearning to worry for and conserve
the coverlets, is inept to understand.
Alice utilizes the quilts as fundamental Imagery for this story. Each character has an
alternate sentiment on what these quilts signify to them. These duvets were passed down through
eras of the family, subsequently making them exceptionally distinctive, exceptional and
invaluable (Walker 75). Other images in the story are: whip, seat, and dasher. Every one of the
three things has picked up engravings on it from overburden utilization of it. This assumes an
extremely critical part for it reveals to us that there is distortion of the items, making them more
useful and rational (Walker 73-74). Yard is an alternate image of the traditional something
delivered out of nothing by individuals needing everything. "A yard like this is more comfy than
most individuals know. It is similar to an expanded lounge room. “The yard is an ecstatic
getaway, a spot where Mother's disappointments might be avoided. For her and Maggie, the yard
induces security, a spot where they can apply what little control they have over their background.
When the story comes to an end, the mother must settle on a decision as to whom to give
the coverlet which they will hold for eras. Whilst both characters are meriting the bedcover, both
have distinctive thoughts concerning what to do with them. Dee realizes that these things are
invaluable bits of convention and legacy. She needs them to hang for adornment (Walker 75).
Dee likewise cites "She'd most likely be retrogressive enough to put them to daily usage"
(Walker 76). The reality that Dee just needs to hang them on a wall for decoration characterizes
the contention the writer is attempting to make. If Maggie takes the coverlets she will insolently

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utilize them and they may tear or get totally inept. Whilst if Dee takes the coverlets she will
utilize them as adornments and they will never again be enhanced and additionally would get
unusable. Writer Alice Walker anticipated for Maggie to have the coverlets as they would be in
daily utilization and signify utilization of their legacy.

Generally the images signify legacy. Is it accurate to say that it is nobler to live your
legacy or to just take a token of it? Dee was acting like a vacationer. She strolled into her
mother's home and took things that she would not utilize but rather make symbolization out of

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Work Cited

Walker, Alice. “Everyday Use.” Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.
Ed.  X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 8 th  Ed. New York: Longman, 2002. 70-95.Print.