Secret to Happiness

4 April 2015
An examination of the characters and themes in Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use.

An examination of the theme of personal conflicts within the characters of Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use.” The author provides a brief analysis of each character in the story and relates their characteristics to the personalities of everyday life.
“Alice Walker’s characters in the short story Everyday Use depicts many characteristics that we all have. Maggie symbolizes fear and uncertainty. Dee symbolizes life and success, but also an unawareness of compassion and a need for love. Mama symbolizes honesty, responsibility, and the ability to be content in her situation. Maggie, Dee, and Mama’s personalities are all different and extreme, but without a little portion of these in our own life, we could never be whole as a person.”
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